Imagine! Art Auction

Art lovers and supporters of St. Francis School gathered at the Omni Hotel for this fundraiser gala on Oct. 27. Works up for bid came from local, regional and national visual artists. Proceeds from the event allow St. Francis to provide financial aid and scholarships to their student body.

Photos by Tim Valentino

Equestricon Opening Ceremonies

Horse racing’s ultimate festival and convention kicked off on Oct. 29 at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Throughout the day, fans took part in workshops, seminars, networking opportunities and other events leading up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Photos by Tim Valentino

An Anniversary and a Requiem

Susan Seiller with parents Bill and Lynn Seiller.

By Janice Carter Levitch

“On the road of life, it’s not where you go but who you’re with that makes the difference” (origin unknown).

When I received the invitation to Lynn and Bill Seiller’s 60th anniversary celebration, it warmed my heart. In this day and time, it’s a rarity that anyone reaches such a milestone. However, the Seillers are just that – a rarity, a phenomenon. And Bill will be the first to tell you he is a better person for the last 60 years because of Lynn.

Bill and Lynn Seiller’s 60th wedding anniversary brunch at North End Cafe on Frankfort Avenue.

 Friends and family gathered at North End Cafe on Frankfort Avenue to enjoy a delicious brunch that ranged from Eggs Benedict to a bacon apple bleu sandwich. I enjoyed half a dozen beignets – lightly spanked with confectioners sugar – and, of course, several mimosas. (The server always looks befuddled when I request to hold the orange juice for my mimosa order, but they eventually get it right after one or two tries.)

“It’s been quite a journey,” Bill stated during his toast. “We’ve had a lot of adventure, a lot of fun, some tough lessons, some sadness and met lots of people with whom we’ve shared a laugh, a cry, an idea, a hug, art or music. I never would’ve met so many wonderful people had I not been married to Lynn.”

Susan Seiller also took a few moments to reminisce with everyone about what it’s been like to be the daughter of such terrific parents. Yes, I cried. I couldn’t help it.

Speaking of crying tears of joy, I attended the Louisville Orchestra Coffee Concert that included the works of Mozart’s Requiem and Monteverde’s 1610. It moved me to tears of appreciation as the music is utterly magical and reminds you of being in church with glorious angels singing. Prior to the concert, Teddy Abrams (in case you’ve been living under a rock, he’s the truly exceptional conductor for the Louisville Orchestra) and I met up after his rehearsal for the performance and discussed a few things.

Teddy Abrams, conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.

“We have a history of spiritual works, and the big choral masterpieces are some of the most magnificent pieces you’re going to find,” Teddy noted. “We also have Kent Hatteberg, who conducts the (University of Louisville) Collegiate Choral and the Louisville Chamber Choir. They are world-class and really knock it out of the park. The Mozart Requiem is written for four soloists – soprano, alto, tenor, bass – along with the 80-90 choral members.”

Teddy lives life much like a vibrant musical score: jumping from one task to the other with great energy. I admire his fortitude and stylish approach with fashion along with his wealth of musical knowledge. If you get the chance to attend one of the Louisville Orchestra Coffee Concerts, be sure to take it. 

Bill and Lynn Seiller’s 60th wedding anniversary invitation.

“This is a little bit like visiting Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy,” Teddy concluded, “and wondering how it’s possible for one person (Monteverde) to dream up this level of genius in 1610 that still makes sense to us today. It’s really mind-boggling, leaving you with a sense of awe for human creativity, and that’s what you walk away with after these performances.” VT


Vickie Lee Jones.

Jones, Vickie Lee

Vickie Lee Jones, 67, passed away Oct. 24, 2018.

She was a member of the Church of the Living God, Temple #45, and retired from VA Medical Center.

She is survived by her children, Sean and Marcus Jones, Ena Griffin and Camille Stewart (Curtis); mother, Gladys Braxton; 11 grandchildren; siblings, Sherrell Hayden, Donna Smallwood (William), Samuella Gathright (Roderick), Chauncey Brummer (Isabell) and Tyra Dyson; and a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2018, at the Church of the Living God, Temple #45, 2401 W. Madison St. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2018, at the church, with entombment in Evergreen Cemetery.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Vickie Lee Jones, visit

Moore, Margareta

Margareta “Margaret” Moore, formerly of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on Oct. 12, 2018, at the age of 87 years old in Conway, South Carolina. She will now be reunited with her husband, Marshall; daughter, Betty Jean; sons, Patrick and Michael; and her parents, Joseph and Barbara Aigelsreiter, each of whom preceded her in death.

Margareta Moore.

 Margaret was the well-loved mother of Jack Moore (Jerin) of Kenosha, Wisconsin; Sandra Frantz (Ron) of Monterrey, Tennessee; Elizabeth Bradham (Jim) of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; Barbara Johnson of Louisville, Kentucky; and Kathryn Coleman (Rick) of Conway, South Carolina. She was also the treasured mother-in-law to her son Micheal’s wife, Sue, of Linwood, North Carolina.

Twelve beautiful grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren referred to Margaret as “Omi” or “Grandma.” She will be lovingly remembered as soft-spoken, kind and gentle by distant relatives in her childhood town of Salzburg, Austria, and by scores of neighbors and friends she met throughout her lifetime as an adult here in the United States.

After her passing, many have expressed to the family that she made the world a brighter and warmer place and that she will be missed so very much. An intimate service was held on Oct. 19, 2018, at her church in Conway, South Carolina, and she is now peacefully at rest.

Maurice Eugene Stallard I.

Stallard I, Maurice Eugene

Maurice Eugene Stallard I, 69, passed away on Oct. 24, 2018.

He was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and the Newburg Tennis Association.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Stallard; children, Kellie Watson and Maurice Stallard II (Danielle); grandchildren, Kane Watson, Chaz, Jordyn and Jayden Stallard; father, James Sheckles; siblings, Thomas Stallard (Omega), Mary Jones, Jackie Ashford, Cordelia Ford, Viola and Tiara Sheckles, Barry and Kevin Stallard and Judy Osorio; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2018, at A.D. Porter & Sons Southeast, 4501 Bardstown Road. The funeral was held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2018, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 2042 Buechel Bank Road. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at

What’s Cooking

Introducing the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Gin Cocktail: Money Rider

Hendrick’s Gin is proud to be the official gin of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championship on Nov. 2 and 3. Whether you are attending the races or hosting your own watch party, you can still enjoy Hendrick’s signature cocktail, Money Rider, which was created especially for the Championship and will be served throughout the weekend. It is a delicious and simple cocktail, showcasing Hendrick’s most peculiar and divine essences of rose and cucumber, that is sure to be a crowd pleaser at any viewing party.

Money Rider

2 parts Hendrick’s Gin

1 part fresh lime juice

.5 parts raspberry syrup

Topped with Q Ginger Beer

Build all ingredients in highball glass over cubed ice. Churn and serve.

On Friday and Saturday, Championship attendees can gaze their eyes upon a giant, mobile, intricate cucumber slicing machine, the Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher. Hendrick’s Gin Brand Ambassador Mattias Horseman will be relinquishing his vast knowledge of cucumbers, cucumber slicers and gin and offering cocktail samples to properly garnish – always with a cucumber, never a lime. The 38-foot long, four-ton machine, powered by a man on a penny farthing, can achieve road speeds of up to 25 mph and slice up to 18 cucumbers per hour making it the largest and most utterly inefficient cucumber slicer known to man! It is slowly traveling cross-country – with a stop in Louisville at the Breeder’s Cup – with the sole purpose of offering the most beautifully garnished Hendrick’s Gin cocktails.

Woodford Reserve’s Holiday Lunch and Dinner Events

The Woodford Reserve Distillery is celebrating the season with their annual holiday lunch happening every Friday and Saturday starting on Nov. 24. The lunch includes a special bourbon tasting, a special cocktail and cash bar. Lunch will feature a seasonal three-course meal. Ticket packages are available for purchase that include a tour of the distillery. Tickets for lunch are $40 per person and $60 per person including distillery tour.

Along with their weekly holiday lunches, Woodford Reserve Distillery is hosting a special holiday dinner and tour experience at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15. Chef Ouita Michael has crafted a decadent four-course meal for the event. Tickets are $100 per person and include a distillery tour along with dinner.

Norton Children’s Hospital Snow Ball Gala

The Louisville Ballet Snowflakes greet guests Lee Garlove and Dr. Amy Garlove at the 2017 Snow Ball.

Photos courtesy of the Children’s Hospital Foundation/Chris Joyce Photography

The Snow Ball Gala, a magical night of cocktails, live entertainment, dancing and gourmet cuisine will take place on Nov. 17 at the Omni Hotel. The gala, which is attended by more than 900 guests each year, benefits the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital. To learn more about the soiree we spoke with Norton Healthcare Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Lynnie Meyer.

What to Expect

“The Snow Ball has evolved over time to be the must-attend event to kick off the holiday season. The black tie event features many different touches that make it a fantastic way to support Norton Children’s Hospital,” said Meyer.  “When guests arrive, they’ll be greeted by the Louisville Ballet Snowflakes and Omni Louisville hospitality. Once they approach the junior ballroom, they’ll have the option to have a commemorative photo taken before sampling different bourbons at the Heaven Hill tasting bar or specialty cocktails – one of which is served on a snowflake ice luge.”

While enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres, guests can bid on upscale silent auction items that include luxury trips, jewelry, art, performances, dining, leisure activities and sporting events. Two raffles new to the event are for 12 bottles of upscale bourbon and 15 bottles of upscale wine. The bourbon includes Willett Pot Still Reserve, Angel’s Envy and Noah’s Hill, while the wine includes bottles of Patrick Javillier Savigny-les-Beaune Les Montchenevoy Blanc and La Crema Sonoma Pinot Noir, to name a few.

“Once in the ballroom, a five-course gourmet meal will feature a special winter wonderland-themed dessert,” Meyer explained. “Capping off the evening will be the raffle drawing for a Ramage Company-built home in Norton Commons and a BMW from BMW of Louisville, followed by dancing to Endless Summer Band. As guests depart, they’ll sip on hot chocolate or coffee and nibble cookies in the art gallery while listening to a jazz trio.”

The Impact

A $2 million challenge gift from the Lawrence Family Foundation launched fundraising for the $20 million Jennifer Lawrence CICU in 2016.  “At the time of the initial gift, the foundation challenged the community to raise an additional $2 million to support construction of the unit,” said Meyer. “Funds raised through this year’s Snow Ball will go toward that initiative.”

The new unit will feature specialized space for children recovering from heart procedures; open heart surgery, including heart transplant, heart failure and other conditions requiring intensive care. It is part of a large renovation currently underway at the hospital.

“Norton Children’s Hospital, working with specialists from University of Louisville Physicians, is home to the only pediatric heart failure and transplant program serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana,” Meyer affirmed. “The program is made up of a specialized team that includes a heart failure cardiologist, electrophysiologist, interventional cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeon, transplant surgeon, cardiovascular anesthesiologist, intensive care physicians, specially-trained pharmacist, social worker, child life specialist, specially-trained nurses, a family support team and a rehabilitation specialist.”

Russell and Kathy Cox with Karen and Gary Lawrence.

The Foundation and its Mission

“Karen and Gary Lawrence have graciously joined us as honorary chairs of this year’s Snow Ball,” Meyer commented. “When their daughter, Jennifer, visits Norton Children’s Hospital each year, they come with her. This has allowed them to see first-hand the work our caregivers and specialists provide, as well as the needs of children with heart conditions. Their generosity through the Lawrence Family Foundation has shown their passion around helping these children, and that generosity continues with their support of the Snow Ball.

“The Lawrence Family Foundation’s commitment helps raise the visibility of the needs at Norton Children’s Hospital while ensuring that children have access to state-of-the art care without having to leave the area,” Meyer continued. “The new Jennifer Lawrence CICU will allow us to enhance the high levels of care we already provide in a unit dedicated solely to heart patients.”

Raffles and Prizes

The main prizes in the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle are a newly constructed home in Norton Commons and a 2019 BMW 2 Series convertible with $10,000 cash. Only 12,000 tickets are available for $100 each, and can be purchased online at or by calling 502.559.KIDS or 877.782.8811 toll-free.

This year’s house is the largest home ever included in the raffle by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, with nearly 3,200 square feet of living space. The Beaux Arts-inspired architecture is complemented by an open floor plan design and third-floor terrace overlooking Norton Commons. The three-bedroom, two full and two half-bath house features a full basement, two-car garage, 12-foot ceilings and geothermal heating and cooling and is valued at approximately $800,000.

The raffle was made possible by the Ramage Company which developed the home floor plan and managed construction, interior design by Leslie Cotter Interiors, staging furniture supplier Market on National, Norton Commons, BMW of Louisville, Thorntons, WAVE 3 News, Alpha Media and L&N Federal Credit Union.

Tickets for the raffle have been on sale since July, including online, at special events and at open houses. Any unsold tickets are available for purchase at the Snow Ball prior to the drawing.

“Once all tickets are in the giant tumbler, guests and those watching online hold their breath waiting for the name to be drawn,” Meyer said. “After the home is drawn, the ticket goes back in the tumbler so it also has a chance of being drawn for the BMW that comes with $10,000 cash. Right then and there, we call the winners. Only once have the winners been in attendance at the Snow Ball.” VT

The Snow Ball is presented by Konica Minolta and will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 17, at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Tickets are $5,000 for a corporate sponsor table of 10 or $450 each. The event is part of the Festival of Trees & Lights presented by Republic Bank. For more information, visit

Peace Education

Youth explore appreciation for differences at Peace Ed’s Teen Leaders for Diversity Camp.

Living in a nation that feels more divided with each passing day can take an emotional toll on all of us. But bright spots in this tumultuous time exist in our community. The Peace Education Program is one of them.

Known as Peace Ed, the organization – which began 35 years ago and currently includes 88 schools and 67 community sites in its network – provides learning experiences to youths and adults that help reduce violence, enhance personal integrity and foster mutual support. To learn more, we spoke with Executive Director Eileen Blanton.


“The program started 35 years ago when we were teaching conflict resolution in one classroom in one school,” said Blanton. “We have worked tirelessly over the last (several) years to bring new initiatives to Louisville youth. Some of those initiatives include reducing prejudice and training gang-involved youth on conflict resolution. We have introduced our programs to entire middle schools and preschools. (We) have also created a mediation manual that is being used by different conflict resolution educators around the world.”

Last year, they joined forces with community partners Dr. Eddie Woods, KentuckyOne Health, University of Louisville Hospital, the Louisville Metro Department of Safety and Healthy Neighborhoods and others to establish “Pivot to Peace.” This collaboration is providing an opportunity for victims of stabbings and gunshot injuries to identify and address the factors in their lives that have put them at risk of violence, both physically and mentally, and to help turn their lives around.


“We impacted over 25,000 youth and community members, served 26 schools and 15 community sites and provided professional development training for 300 adults during the 2016-2017 school year,” Blanton affirmed. “On average, in just 8.44 hours, Peace Ed can demonstrate an 84 percent increase in youth knowledge of strategies for nonviolent conflict resolution and a 30 percent increase in their use of listening, communication and conflict resolution skills.”

Thanks to Peace Ed’s work, thousands of people in Louisville are able to reject violence and choose peaceful ways of solving their problems. From the streets to hallways and boardrooms, Peace Ed alums are recognized as “champions for change,” who continue to put their skills into practice in meaningful ways.

Campers at Laukhuf Elementary School build skills while playing cooperative games.


A group of Meyzeek Middle School students will be celebrated at Peace Ed’s upcoming event, Champions for Change: A Celebration of People that Make Peace Possible, taking place on Nov. 8 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

“We are excited to honor the recipients of the Inaugural Lee Thomas Champion for Change Award,” said Blanton. “They exemplify the mission and values of Peace Ed to reduce violence, enhance personal integrity and foster mutual respect. The award goes to the Meyzeek Middle School Navigators, 10 young men who are surrounded by violence and have spent the last three years dedicated to developing the skills needed to navigate conflicts peacefully.”

The Navigators have met every week since sixth grade with Peace Ed trainer Durk Davidson learning to understand their own anger triggers and cues, strategies to de-escalate conflict and develop active listening and mediating skills. Their weekly meetings serve as a safe space to find mutual support in navigating the difficult – sometimes violent – situations they encounter at their school, neighborhoods and homes.

“The change I have seen in these guys since the first day we met is phenomenal,” said Davidson. “Every week, they share how they’ve used their skills to navigate conflicts and to improve their lives. I am so proud of these young men and how much they’ve grown. They are already a big part of their schools and neighborhoods being safer places to grow up.”

The Navigators invite the community to come celebrate Peace Ed’s 35 years of victories over violence with all the people who make peace possible throughout the city. There will be live music (including a special performance by Ben Sollee and Cynthia Fletcher), hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. 

“It’s impossible to measure the amount of violence that has been prevented by this work and all of the ways it impacts individuals for the rest of their lives,” said Blanton. “However, our efforts have been praised as a factor in reducing violent crime in Louisville this year by 35 percent. We are excited to celebrate our mission on Nov. 8 and join with our community to raise funds to help our youth to resolve their conflicts peacefully.” VT

Peace Ed’s Champions For Change

Kentucky Center for
African American Heritage

5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8


By the Numbers

• Schools with high levels of conflict cite their work with Peace Ed as reducing their conflicts by 25 to 50 percent.

• In just 8.44 hours Peace Ed can demonstrate:

– 84 percent increase in youth knowledge of strategies for nonviolent conflict resolution

– 30 percent increase in their use of listening, communication and conflict resolution skills.

• Teen Leaders for Diversity participants demonstrate:

– Curriculum understanding up 88 percent

– Diversity skills increase 66 percent

• 95 percent of the youth trained practice at least two new strategies for solving their conflicts nonviolently.

• National statistics show cooperative games programs decrease bullying by 43 percent.

• Schools that implement restorative practices (including conflict resolution and prejudice reduction skills) show an increase in attendance and a decrease in suspensions.

Nonprofit News

President and Founder of Operation Parent Jean Schumm, Karen Lawrence and Director of Community Partnerships for Operation Parent Amanda Gale. Photo courtesy of Operation Parent.

Karen Lawrence Helps Parents In Newly Released Video About Childhood Anxiety

Karen Lawrence, the founder of Camp Hi-Ho, is the featured spokesperson in the first celebrity educational video launched by local non-profit Operation Parent. The six-minute video focuses on childhood anxiety and informs parents about possible causes and warning signs as well as positive coping mechanisms and ways to help their child. The video is now accessible at

The video is part of a series in a new program Operation Parent launched last month called the “21st Century Prevention Project,” which is based on empowering parents and encouraging them to set boundaries and talk early and often with their children about important cultural teen and pre-teen issues. The program implements a methodical and digital approach to prevention education, allowing busy parents to have immediate access to important information 24 hours a day, seven days a week on any digital device.

“We’re so excited about 21st Century Prevention because childhood anxiety, like many other issues, can be avoided and managed if parents know what to look for and how to address it early,” explains Operation Parent Founder Jean Schumm. “Karen’s tenure working with children at Camp Hi-Ho, as well as her own experience as a mother of three, made her a perfect voice to get the attention of parents everywhere and help inform them about the common issue of childhood anxiety.”

Additional educational videos in the series will focus on topics like cyberbullying, drugs and alcohol, healthy eating habits and vaping. The video series is being made possible thanks to support from Norton Healthcare, Baptist La Grange, Oldham County Fiscal Court and other donors.

A supplementary tool that is available for local parents through this initiative includes the organization’s elementary edition of The Parent Handbook, designed to raise awareness and prevent high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, cyberbullying and eating disorders. The Handbook was distributed to all fourth-grade parents in the Oldham County School district last month and was distributed to JCPS elementary counselors on Oct. 25 who will then send home to 7,776 fourth-grade parents later this year.

For more information about this project or Operation Parent, please visit or call 502.265.9045.

Community Foundation Of Louisville Selects 15 Artists For Hadley Creatives; Program Supports Working Artists In Louisville

 Fifteen Louisville-based artists have been selected to participate in Hadley Creatives, a program developed and supported by the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL). This second cohort is a continuation of CFL’s commitment to cultivate a community of Hadley Creatives through 2023. Through a competitive application process, artists from multiple disciplines who demonstrated a strong creative vision and a readiness to pursue a career as a working artist were selected. The six-month program will help local artists build their professional practice, cultivate an expanded peer network and dedicate time for reflection and planning.

“The 2019 Hadley Creatives class is a reflection of Louisville’s diversity,” said Susan Barry, president and CEO of CFL. “The Community Foundation is pleased to respond to the creative needs of our community by bringing together performing, literary and visual artists for this unique collaboration.”


Adrienne Miller, Visual Art

Andrew Cenci, Media

Brandon Ragland, Dance

Eli Keel, Theater & Literary

Erica De La O, Dance

Erica Rucker, Theater & Literary

Gibbs Rounsavall, Visual Art

Irene Mudd, Visual Art

Keith McGill, Theater & Literary

Morgan Eklund, Theater & Literary

Richard Sullivan, Visual Art

Sanjay Saverimuttu, Dance

Tatiana Rathke, Visual Art

Theresa Bautista, Dance

William Duffy, Visual Art

The Community Foundation of Louisville has worked closely with Creative Capital to build the six-month program. Creative Capital is a New York-based nonprofit that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country by surrounding them with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

“We are excited to partner with Creative Capital to expand Louisville’s Hadley Creatives community,” said Ramona Lindsey, program officer at the Community Foundation of Louisville and staff lead on the program. “Our work will support a community of artists committed to professional best practices while expanding the impact of artists on the social fiber of our city and nation.”

The 2019 Hadley Creatives class was introduced to the Hadley Creatives community of participants and supporters on Oct. 21, with a reception at 21c Museum Hotel.

Creative Capital artists will lead the 2019 Hadley Creatives in a two-day professional development retreat beginning Nov. 10, at 21c. During the weekend retreat, the 15 participating artists will attend sessions on strategic and business planning, securing funding and communication for artists. The group will then meet monthly to further develop their professional skills with support from Louisville’s cultural, civic and business leaders.

Hadley Creatives is supported by the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. The Community Foundation designed Hadley Creatives as a way to nurture creative professionals and support a thriving arts economy throughout Louisville.

For more information about Hadley Creatives, contact Ramona Lindsey at the Community Foundation of Louisville, 502.855.6971 or

Greater Louisville Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant From The Ups Foundation

The Greater Louisville Foundation received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).

The grant will be used towards the GLI Workforce Inclusion & Education program to improve the workforce inclusion and education pipeline for underserved individuals in the Greater Louisville region.

Dollars will be allocated towards workforce research, travel expenses and program materials to support business engagement in the Academies of Louisville at JCPS.

“We are grateful to The UPS Foundation for investing in our efforts to improve college and career-readiness in our region,” Deana Epperly Karem, vice president for regional economic growth for GLI, said. “We will use this grant to further efforts to create the workforce of the future and ensure economic viability for people from all walks of life.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, The UPS Foundation identified specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.

In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Greater Louisville Foundation’s efforts to get more students ready for the workforce and careers of the future,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

At Home With Kimberly Rice

Kimberly Rice with daughter Trinity.

By Janice Carter Levitch

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Kimberly Rice is known for her giving spirit and works with several nonprofits within our community. As the administrative marketing manager with River City Housing, Rice works in a supportive role for every department. She recently graduated from the fall Leadership Louisville Ignite Program, where she worked with the Fund for the Arts initiative to help provide art experiences to people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to experience them.

Rice recently invited The Voice-Tribune into her home to share her five favorite things.


“This is the cap I wore when I earned my master’s degree from Indiana University Southeast in May 2017,” she said. “It is significant because graduating was on my bucket list, and I was able to do that. The scripture Jeremiah 29:11 on the top of the cap is my favorite and is about prosperity, hope and a future. Going into graduate school and other transitions in life, it was time to do some soul searching and trust in God. Sometimes faith is trusting that you know it will all work out.”


“A lot of my friends have no idea how much I enjoy riding on the back of my boyfriend’s motorcycle,” Rice revealed. “We just enjoy riding around together when we go out to dinner or just for quality time together. I absolutely love this helmet, and he gave it to me for my birthday. It’s jazzy and riding symbolizes a feeling of liberating yourself. When I’m riding, I see things from a totally different perspective that is inspiring.”


“Those are my Vince Camutos, and they express my desire to be different and unique,” said Rice. “I tried to find the perfect shade of this particular color (Canyon Brown) and this pair also had the embellishment, which makes them one of my favorite pair of shoes. I found them in the shoe department at Von Maur. When I see a cute wedge, I can feel pretty and feminine, and I have to get them because I don’t wear heels.”


Rice joined the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority while attending the University of Kentucky. “One of our founders collected elephants,” she recalled. “When she passed away, the elephant was considered our unofficial mascot in her honor. The tradition is that you acquire 22 elephants as gifts in honor of our 22 founders, then you can buy your own.”


“(On) Mother’s Day 2017, my two daughters surprised me by taking me to Churchill Downs,” Rice remembered fondly. “It was the first time they were able to treat me and take care of all the expenses for the day. Trinity is my youngest and Jhade is older. We had so much fun on this day just spending time together.” VT

Growing Local Businesses One Cup At A Time

Story By Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co.

We take coffee shops for granted nowadays, but 25 years ago they were few and far between. The concept of a local coffee shop back then was not what it is today. But that didn’t discourage Mike Mays, Co-Founder and President of Heine Brothers’ Coffee.

Twenty-five years ago Mays was able to get his first Heine Brothers’ Coffee shop on Longest Avenue financed, and since then Mays has managed to grow the enterprise to 15 locations (with two more locations opening soon).

When Heine Brothers’ Coffee finally found the perfect building to house their headquarters, Wilson & Muir Bank was one of their first calls.  “We called Sam and he was there touring the building with us a day or two later,” said Mays.  WMB had Heine Brothers’ financing lined up to buy and renovate the building in no time. “It helps me sleep at night knowing that my bankers know my business and are committed to being there to help me grow it,” said Mays.

“Heine Brothers’ has become a local success story and a community treasure,” said Sam Winkler, WMB Senior Vice President. “Mike and Heine Brothers’ could bank with anyone in Louisville these days, but I am proud that he has chosen to bank with us at Wilson & Muir Bank,” added Winkler. 

Mays’ relationship with WMB goes beyond business. Brian Bates, WMB Senior Vice President, has also assisted Mays in getting residential loans on two different occasions. Due to Mays’ previous relationship with WMB, the process of getting a residential loan was simplified. “At the end of the day, it brings satisfaction knowing we help clients accomplish their objectives by being a local bank with local people making local decisions,” said Bates.

Wilson & Muir Bank’s decision makers are always accessible whenever a client needs them. It’s one of many reasons why Mays loves working with WMB. “They are ready to act quickly if an issue for Heine Brothers’ comes up,” said Mays. 

As coffee shops continue to be a part of our everyday lives now, Heine Brothers’ Coffee is excited about the future and continuing their relationship with WMB. “I couldn’t recommend Sam, Brian and the team at Wilson & Muir Bank more highly,” added Mays.

Boutique Buzz

Holiday Open House at Summer Classics

Summer Classics at Westport Village cordially invites you to attend their Holiday Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 1. The luxury furniture store will serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a portion of sales from the evening will support Norton Children’s Hospital.

Summer Classics Holiday Open House

1321 Herr Lane, Suite 160

6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1


Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk

Chenoweth Square is making shopping for the holidays fun with their annual holiday walk. Shop from local favorites like B.You, Digs Home and Garden and Fleur De Lis Interiors while enjoying Christmas carols and refreshments. Donations will be accepted for Home of the Innocents during the walk. Items needed include bar soap, body lotion, toothpaste and hair brushes.

Kick off the holiday shopping season in style with one-of-a-kind selections at Chenoweth Square from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk

3907 Chenoweth Square

6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9

Vogue Center Holiday Walk

Stock up for the holidays at the Vogue Center’s Holiday Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 9. Shoppers can sip and stroll through the center as they browse selections from some of the Vogue Center’s most popular merchants – including Anabel’s Oriental Rugs, Peppermint Palm, Blush and From the Vault – while enjoying tasty food and drinks from Coal’s Artisan Pizza and Cooking at the Cottage.  Begin your holiday shopping during this unique local experience.

Vogue Center Holiday Walk

3720 Frankfort Ave.

5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9

Letter from the Editor

Late last year, I was invited to speak at the City of New Albany Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast, a long-standing tradition that gives an opportunity to unite people of all ages, ethnicities and faiths. “These are not hopeless times,” I said with conviction as I stood at the podium. “These are trying times – but they are not hopeless.”

I’ve held onto that belief, but after the past week, I felt my stance waning. I didn’t know just how much so until Monday when I sat in the office of Red Pin Media Publisher Laura Snyder to go over the tasks at hand – including the production of the next issues of our publication – and somehow segued into what has transpired over the past week, nationally and here locally, in our community.

Bombs sent via mail. A horrific attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue filled with people who were worshipping on a Saturday morning. The shootings of Vickie Lee Jones and Maurice Stallard, who were killed at a Louisville Kroger after the gunman first tried to enter a predominantly black church and also allegedly proclaimed, “Whites don’t shoot whites,” after targeting Ms. Jones and Mr. Stallard, both of whom were people of color.   

The journalist part of me – the one who knows to her core that the media is NOT the enemy of the people – was educated to remain an outside observer, report on only what you know, refrain from passing judgment.

But I am also a mother, a wife, a family member, friend, engaged community member and, now, an increasingly fearful person who has begun to feel helpless in these trying times as shades of hopelessness creep in.

“I take my daughter to ‘our’ Kroger at least once a week,” I said as I looked at Laura.

“I look like them,” I said, my voice wavering slightly. “That could have been me.”

I looked down at my lap at that moment, a bit unsettled at my own response.

That could have been me.

That could have been you.

That could have been us.

Because we – all of us in some way – look like the people who were targeted all over the country, and right here at home, last week.

I willed back tears and looked away as I collected myself and looked down. My boot was halfway unzipped.

I’d been walking around like this half the day. Earlier that morning, my 2-year-old daughter Olive had used her favorite phrase – “What is that about?” – while peering at the zipper on my boots as she slowly peeled back the teeth. We were in a hurry then and I hadn’t stopped to address it as I rushed her to the car and then moved on to my next obligation.

But now, nearly in tears in Laura’s office, I stopped. And I smiled at my unzipped boot as I thought of Olive but heard this, too: “What’s that about?”

The increasing violence, hatred and dissension. The decreasing civility and kindness. What’s that about? What is driving this, why are we allowing it and what can be done to pick up the pieces and rebuild? I don’t have the answers – do you? – but I’m ready, finally, to join anyone who wants to find them.

These are trying times, but they don’t have to be hopeless times.