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Margo Morton.

Louisville resident assists health care service in Ball State project

Ball State University senior Margo Morton of Louisville is part of a student team helping a health care service acclimate new employees. After graduation in May, she hopes to return to Louisville and use the skills she learned at Ball State to work at an organization that she is passionate about.

In an immersive learning course over the 2018-19 academic year, Morton, nine other students and the faculty mentor are assisting Open Door Health Services, which offers affordable and accessible care to people throughout Delaware County in Indiana. The 10 students, divided into two teams, are focusing on the organization’s marketing and public relations and its orientation and onboarding process for new employees.

“I’m excited to be a part of this project,” Morton said. “Open Door Health Services fills an important role in the Muncie community, and I’m happy that I’m able to use the skills I’ve gained at Ball State to help the organization.”

Morton is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in sociology.

“Ball State encourages students to engage in a wide variety of subjects, and my communication studies classes have exposed me to so many interesting, enlightening ideas,” said Morton. “Ball State has armed me with knowledge and opportunities that I will be able to use throughout my life.”

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Auto Group of Louisville on Oct. 20.

Dancing with the Cars – New Dealership Opening Launch Party

Longtime car dealership owner Edgar Migirov opened his second dealership in the East End of Louisville on Oct. 20, 2018. Auto Group of Louisville offers luxury, pre-owned vehicles with the same customer-friendly financing options.

Migirov opened his first dealership in Jeffersontown in 2008 with only five cars and has grown with over 100 cars in stock at any given time, along with the financial division, iDrive Financial in 2015, with which he has affiliations with more than 20 financing institutions. He has become known as Louisville’s credit specialist. At Auto Group of Louisville, consumers will appreciate the same level of service and financing options as iDrive Financial.

Auto Group of Louisville and iDrive Financial are Google’s top rated car dealerships in Louisville that offer auto sales, auto financing and auto repair.

At the official Auto Group of Louisville Launch Party, attendees mixed and mingled with car enthusiasts, test drove their favorite cars, enjoyed food and drinks and danced to beats delivered by DJ Ryan Coxx.

Auto Group of Louisville is located at 11601 Plantside Drive.

Local Certified Interior Designer Wins Prestigious Asid Award for Historic Modern Kitchen Project

A local certified interior designer, Bethany Adams, was recently recognized by The American Society of Interior Designers Ohio South/Kentucky Chapter (ASID) for her historic/modern kitchen project in Old Louisville. 

Bethany Adams.

She recently received the Residential Single Space Award for this project at their annual awards ceremony on Sept. 28, in Northern Kentucky.

Adams owns Bethany Adams Interiors. An architecturally-informed interior designer, Bethany moved to Louisville, Kentucky, after working in Chicago for several years and living in Paris for one. She bought and renovated her first home in the preservation district of Old Louisville; a project that was later featured on the American Institute of Architects home tour in 2016 and won the Kentucky/Southern Ohio American Society of Interior Designers award for “Best Large Residential” and “Best in Show” awards in 2017.

Bethany recently moved to a larger historic home in Old Louisville and commenced to renovate several areas of the house in her modern and eclectic taste. Under her own eponymous design firm, her bright and fun projects have made a splash in the Louisville area.

For more information on Bethany Adams Interiors, visit

Power Of 1 Breakfast

Story by Volunteers of America

By Jennifer Hancock,

President & CEO

Volunteers of America

Each year at our Power of 1 Breakfast, Volunteers of America tells the stories of the lives we change. 

This year we talked about how compassion and kindness guide our mission.  More than 1,000 guests at the Omni Hotel in Louisville heard speakers explain how Volunteers of America started them on a new path. 

Megan Coldiron told her story of hope and recovery.  Megan came to us at her lowest point.  After being prescribed pain pills, her life had spiraled out of control.  She dropped out of school and could not live without drugs.  Her parents were raising her daughter.  She was being evicted from her apartment.  That is when she found Freedom House, Volunteers of America’s program for pregnant and parenting women working to overcome addiction. 

“Freedom House taught me that the choices I made when I was addicted and at my lowest point did not have to define me for the rest of my life,” Megan said. 

We know that’s true – and we know we cannot continue to provide support and care for the women who count on us without the help of our generous donors and partners.  We are so grateful to the many people who supported our mission at the breakfast, and invite you to join us and learn more. 

Learn more about how to help Volunteers of America change lives.  Visit @voamid on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit us at

A Signature Cause

Marla Guillaume with Harper and Bennett. Photos by Andrea Hutchinson.

Serving mothers and babies through the March of Dimes and Signature Chefs Auction

By Laura Ross

Family photos courtesy of Kelsey Petrino Scott

It all happened very quickly. It was frightening, fast and then, there she was – all three pounds, three ounces of a tiny baby.”

One year ago this week, Kelsey Petrino Scott and her husband, L.D. Scott, were enveloped in a dangerous situation that threatened the lives of both Kelsey and their newborn, Anissa.

Bobby Petrino with granddaughter Anissa.

The daughter of University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino, Kelsey and her husband, a UofL football defensive line coach, were no strangers to precarious births. Each of their first three children – Brianna, 8, Braylon, 6, and Emmett, 3 – were born prematurely, and Emmett began his life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

But this time was different. Anissa’s arrival, at just 32 weeks, was potentially perilous for both mom and baby.  

Anissa Scott shortly after her birth.

One in 10 babies is born prematurely, and premature birth is the number one cause of infant death. The U.S. has one of the worst rates of maternal death in the developed world. Additionally, African-American women are significantly more likely to die and give birth prematurely, and their children can face a 130 percent higher infant death rate.

The statistics are sobering and only affirm the importance of the work of the March of Dimes, a cause Kelsey and her family support. The six – including baby Anissa, who recently celebrated her first birthday – will serve as the Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction on Nov. 8.

Early Arrival

Despite three previous premature births, Kelsey had a relatively normal pregnancy with her fourth. But in October 2017, in the midst of a busy UofL football season, the family enjoyed a visit to a local pumpkin-picking farm. A couple of days later, Kelsey noticed swelling in her feet and hands. It quickly spread to her face and other areas. “I almost didn’t recognize myself,” she said.

Her blood pressure was elevated, and she was put on modified bed rest for two weeks while her husband and father headed to Florida State University for an important game.

“Bed rest is hard with three children, but my goal was to stay out of the hospital,” Kelsey said. However, a routine trip for an ultrasound and checkup showed her blood pressure had skyrocketed, and she was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a dangerous and potentially fatal complication. 

“I told my mom I had a feeling something was very wrong,” recalled Kelsey. “They wouldn’t even let me go home to pack a bag.”

She was immediately admitted to the hospital. After several days, Kelsey awoke with sharp stomach pains, which alarmed her doctors. An emergency C-section was ordered, with fears for her life and her unborn child’s in the balance.

“I had talked to my dad earlier that morning, and he had consulted with doctors in Florida and was freaking out, even though I was assuring him I was OK,” Kelsey recounted. By the time they spoke again, Bobby Petrino had already arranged, with help from the Florida State staff, for L.D. to fly home immediately on a private plane.

“My husband arrived at the hospital, they were waiting to scrub him in and they rolled me away,” Kelsey said. “I realized then it was a true emergency.”

Soon, their daughter Anissa was born. She weighed in at just over three pounds and was whisked away to the NICU, where she stayed for more than two weeks.

“When your baby is in the NICU, it’s like time freezes,” Kelsey explained. “You know all this stuff is going on around you, but the most important thing is that little infant lying there. You feel how much they need you. That was the hardest part.

Kelsey Petrino Scott with Anissa, Brianna, Emmett, L.D. and Braylon Scott.

“Because of the preeclampsia, I was stuck in bed after I’d given birth to this tiny baby,” she added. “I couldn’t even hold her or see her because the doctors’ focus was on me, to prevent me from having seizures or a stroke. My daughter was at her most vulnerable point, and I couldn’t be there at first. That was so hard.”

A Signature cause

Kelsey is grateful for the support provided by her family, friends and March of Dimes representatives when her children were in crisis.

“I was lucky enough to be able to focus on my NICU babies and be there every step of the way – to see them when I could, hold them when I could. I know that’s why they had short NICU stays,” she said. “Many people don’t have that opportunity and must stay there a lot longer, or the parents must go back to work, or they don’t live 15 minutes from the hospital. I was really blessed I could be with them in the NICU and get them home as soon as possible, with continued support from family and the March of Dimes.”

Anissa Scott at her first birthday party.

Events like the Nov. 8 Signature Chefs Auction help fund research to keep mothers and babies healthy and safe throughout pregnancy and birth. This year’s soirée, which will be held at the Omni Hotel, will welcome several hundred guests for an evening of feasting on culinary treats from 30 elite Louisville chefs, led by Volare Executive Chef Joshua Moore, who has recruited top chefs for the event for 11 years. The event also features dozens of silent and live auction items, and most importantly, will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for research toward preventing premature births and resulting health issues for mothers and babies.

“Our goal this year is to raise $325,000,” said Carolyn Harper, senior development manager for March of Dimes Kentuckiana. “Funds raised go toward research centers across the country that are trying to get to the bottom of why babies are born prematurely. One study at Stanford University is developing a blood test that is showing an 80 percent accuracy on determining if a woman will deliver early. This could be a lifesaver for both the mother and baby. Doctors can intervene, and hopefully it would lead to many more happy endings if a mother could have a simple blood test.”

Funding also assists an initiative that began in Kentucky called Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, which focuses on targeted delivery dates after 39 weeks. Additionally, money raised provides education and resource programs for hospitals and expectant moms on wellness issues like smoking cessation, good nutrition, regular obstetrical checkups and ways to keep both the mother and baby healthy.

For Signature Chefs Event Chair Marla Guillaume, president of Century Lending Company, leading one of Louisville’s biggest fundraisers is a challenge she happily tackles, with an eye towards both fun and the mission. “We have to continue the research for babies before they come into this world and help all babies and moms have a normal pregnancy and delivery,” she said. “This event builds awareness and is a fun evening. It fills my heart to be able to know how much our culinary community gives to the March of Dimes each year.

Signature Chefs Event Chair Marla Guillaume.

Chef Josh Moore does a phenomenal job of getting with the chefs to give their time and amazing food. I find a new favorite restaurant to add to my list every year.”

Finding the Solution

Historically, March of Dimes was established by the need to find a cure for the polio epidemic. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt implored Americans to send spare change to the White House to raise money, people responded, and in time, a cure for polio was discovered through research funded by the organization.

“It’s amazing to think that back then, by people sending their pocket change, we found a cure for something as big as polio,” mused Carolyn. “Imagine what we can do with social media and all the ways we have to raise money today. In one night, in Louisville, Kentucky, we raise upwards of $325,000 for the March of Dimes. Just think what we can do for babies when the entire country responds like that.”

The Signature Chefs Auction is emotional for all involved. “When it’s all clicking, it’s so gratifying,” added Carolyn. “When you’ve given your heart and soul all year long to raise money while always keeping the mission in mind, we know we’re making a difference. I’m a firm believer that we’re part of a global effort to help healthier moms have healthier babies.”

“The thing that helped me the most was giving in to the situation, recalled Kelsey. “You can’t have control over it, and you have to trust the doctors and trust the research. My complications were not at all what I wanted or had planned, but I had to let fate carry me. Luckily for me, it turned out fine each time I had a premature baby. They’re all healthy today.

“All the nurses called Anissa feisty,” she continued. “She may have been a teeny-tiny baby, but that never occurred to her. She did things that no one expected a baby her size to do. She overcame it all, and we are so thankful.” VT

The Voice-Tribune is a proud sponsor of the Nov. 8 Signature Chefs Auction benefiting the March of Dimes.

Meet the Cover Girls

Harper and Bennett Rohrer are the daughters of Erica Rohrer, who served as event lead for the 2017 Signature Chefs Auction. At 10 months old, these little ladies are full of personality and were naturals in front of the camera. Though Harper and Bennett were born early at 37 and a half weeks, they didn’t have to spend any time in the NICU and are both healthy.

Marla Guillaume and Erica Rohrer with Harper and Bennett.
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson.

“We were very lucky,” said Erica. “March of Dimes really helps moms understand the importance of folic acid and prenatal vitamins, so I made sure to do everything I could while pregnant to make sure they were as healthy as can be. We attribute a lot of their success to the advancements March of Dimes has made.”

Signature Chefs Auction

Omni Louisville Hotel

5:30 p.m. Nov. 8


Power of One Breakfast

Volunteers of America (VOA) held its annual fundraising breakfast on Oct. 16 at the Omni Hotel. Attendees learned about the positive changes VOA makes in our community and heard from Freedom House graduate and keynote speaker Megan Coldiron, who overcame addiction while pregnant thanks to the work of VOA.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

New Voices of Philanthropy

On Oct. 19 at the Speed Art Museum, The Voice-Tribune and the Community Foundation of Louisville recognized individuals making a difference in our community by giving the honor of New and Future Voices of Philanthropy. Guests celebrated the honorees and witnessed the awarding of a $3,500 grant split among their selected charities. Cathead Vodka provided complimentary cocktails and Wiltshire Pantry provided tasty appetizers.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Rodes Goes Red

Rodes For Him For Her partnered with the American Heart Association for a sip and shop fundraiser on Oct. 18. Shoppers enjoyed a trunk show and some phenomenal giveaways. Ten percent of the night’s sales benefitted the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Pearls & Pumpkins Party

To celebrate 30 years of serving Kentuckians, the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center hosted a delightfully Southern event at Hurstbourne Country Club on Oct. 18. Attendees dined on a farm-to-table buffet and took part in a live auction. The event was held in honor of event chairs and founders Betty Kilgore and George Gibbs.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Butterflies in Motion

The Butterfly Society, Heuser Hearing Institute’s volunteer community, hosted its annual cinematic fundraiser on Oct. 18 at the Brown Hotel. Supporters decorated their tables and themselves to compete for the award for best table design while enjoying lunch and bidding on auction items.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Fall Into Fabulous

On Oct. 19, the Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville hosted a fall fashion show at the Marcus Lindsey. Supporters watched as representatives from local boutiques showed off their autumn fashion selections on the runway.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

James Beard Taste America

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Tour made a stop in Louisville on Oct. 19. Guests were treated to a unique culinary experience with tastings, three course meals and presentations from visiting and local chefs.

Photos by Tim Valentino



Barrett, Karen Browning

Karen Browning Barrett, 68, passed away on Oct. 16, 2018.

Karen was born on June 30, 1950, in Newport, Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her father, Aurther Browning, and sister, Laura Farah. Here to carry on her memory are her husband of 35 years, John “Steve” Barrett; daughter, Laura Fogle (John); mom, Rita Browning; stepchildren, Cathy Hardin, John Barrett and Rebecca Kuznik; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two aunts and five cousins.

A visitation took place on Oct. 22, at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road, with a private burial following. The family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the Lupus Foundation of America.

Bendingfield, Michael

Michael Bendingfield, 56, passed away Oct. 16, 2018. He is survived by his siblings, Lois McWhorter (Mike), Maxine Bendingfield (Larry Pettiway) and Clarice Cathey (Ronald); and his companion, Monesa Woods.

Visitation was held Monday at G.C. Williams Funeral Home. The funeral was held on Tuesday at at Family Worship Center, 1621 S. Fourth St. Burial was held in Green Meadows Cemetery.

Brown, Peggy L.

Mrs. Peggy Brown, 81, of Louisville, Kentucky, returned to her Heavenly Father on Oct. 16, 2018. Mrs. Brown was born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky, on July 23, 1937.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Garnett D. Brown. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Tommy Brown (Laura); grandchildren, Jereme Brown and Rachel Vancelette (Chase); brothers, Eddy Simpson and Billy Simpson; sister, Barbara Jean Rock; and a host of other family and friends.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Mrs. Brown’s caregivers – Barbara Jean and Danny Rock, Charlotte Howard and Roseann Lindsey – for their loving care and dedication.

In keeping with Mrs. Brown’s wishes, there will be no public services and burial will be private.

Crisco, Bertha

Bertha (Haywood ) “Big” Crisco, 108, passed away Oct. 19, 2018, at Christian Care Home.

Born in Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, she was a homemaker and Baptist by faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Crisco, and daughter, Mary Louise Crisco Phillips. Survivors include her granddaughters, Pamela Repp (Marc), Tammy Phillips Motley (Bob); grandson, Stephen Phillips; and two great-grandchildren.

Her funeral was held Monday at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy., with burial at Bethany Cemetery. Visitation was held before the funeral.

Expressions may be made to Norton Children’s Hospital or the Kentucky Humane Society.

Douglas, Sandra Mischelle

Sandra Mischelle Douglas, 27, passed away on Oct. 17, 2018, in Palm Bay, Florida. She was born June 24, 1991, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Elizabeth Ann (Douglas) King. She was a mother of four children.

Visitation was held Monday and Tuesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana. Her funeral service was held Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with burial following at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana.

Gunderson Jr., Arthur James

Arthur James Gunderson Jr., 70, passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2018, at Episcopal Church Home. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

Art was a fun-loving father and husband, and he was always “up for a good time” with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan – unwavering in his support for the University of Kentucky Wildcats – and passionate about local grade school and high school basketball. For more than 30 years, he served as a basketball coach in a variety of capacities for Our Lady of Lourdes, Assumption High School and Kentucky Country Day. Art was equally zealous about running: His claim to fame was running 40 consecutive Kentucky Derby Festival half marathons, including the inaugural race in 1974. He was also a lifelong member of Audubon Country Club and an active parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Art will forever be remembered as a loyal husband, a benevolent father and a great storyteller who was a stranger to no one.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Janice Sparks Gunderson; son, Eric Gunderson (Jenny); daughters, Laurie Young (Doug) and Kristin Hunt (Tom); and seven grandchildren, Alex, Maggie, Molly, Elle, Beckett, Lydia and Nora.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Christine Waddle and Arthur Gunderson Sr.; his grandmother, Betty Snead; his mother- and fathers- in law, Jean and Joe Sparks and Bill Emrich; and his sister-in-law, Carol Babb (Steve).

Visitation was held on Oct. 20, at Highlands Funeral Home (3331 Taylorsville Road, Louisville). His funeral mass was celebrated Oct. 21, at noon at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (508 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville).

Memorial contributions in Art’s name can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( or to the Our Lady of Lourdes Legacy Foundation.

Legler, Larry Lee

Larry Lee Legler, 70, passed away Oct. 20, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mildred Legler, and brothers, Roger and Ronald Legler. Left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Betty Lay (Jack) and Carol Meise (Buddy) and his girlfriend of 22 years, Josephine Craycraft.

The funeral service was held on Oct. 23, 2018, in Evergreen Dignity Memorial Chapel. Visitation was held Tuesday until the time of service.

Memorial donations in Larry’s name can be made to National Kidney Foundation. Please visit to share your condolences with the family.

Schmuckie, Gretchen L.

Gretchen L. Schmuckie, 84, passed away Oct. 19, 2018. She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and a partner with her husband at Hikes Point Bowling Lanes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Schmuckie Sr., and her brother, Ron Hoeflich.

She is survived by her children, Cathy Morgan (Michael), Barbara Jones (Dave), Rosemary Schmuckie, Linda Thompson (Glenn), Jim Schmuckie Jr., Ted Schmuckie, Ruth Briney and Bob Schmuckie (Rhonda); brothers, Lester Hoeflich (June) and Jim Hoeflich (Janice); sister, Ruth Nowak; 11 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and daughter in law, Beth Schmuckie.

Visitation was held Oct. 23, at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road, with the funeral on Wednesday at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2141 Lancashire Ave., with cremation burial on Thursday at St. Michaels Cemetery, 1155 Charles St.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, 3105 Lexington Road Louisville, KY 40206. Online condolences may be shared at

Thomas, Augusta

Augusta Yvonne “Evon” Beeler Thomas, 86, passed away Oct. 10, 2018, at home surrounded by family members.

She was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Louisville, Kentucky, to the late Rothchild Beeler and Margaret Lee Beeler Clay, who both preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Virginia Covington and Doris Merritt. Survivors include sons, Jay Jr., Eugene, Walter, Malcolm, Virgil and Rothchild Thomas; daughters, Paula Brooks (Henry), Victoria Sarver (Victor) and Evette Thomas; sisters, Margaret Butler, Peggy Beeler and Sarah Clay; 11 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.

Augusta retired from the Louisville VA Medical Center years ago and just recently from the American Federation of Government Employees Union in Washington, D.C.

She donated her body to University of Louisville Bequeathal Program for science research.

Memorial services will be held Oct. 27, 2018, at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Expression of sympathy may be made to Grace Hope Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky (

What’s Cooking

Harvest Presents Bourbon Tasting with The Wine Rack

Chefs Jeff Dailey and Ryan Smith will host a bourbon tasting along with John Johnson of The Wine Rack at Harvest, 624 East Market, on Nov. 12 starting at 6 p.m. Light appetizers will be paired specifically with private-barrel picks collaborated on between Harvest and The Wine Rack, highlighting their autumnal products and features. 

Chefs Jeff Dailey and Ryan Smith.

Tastings will be with Buffalo Trace and Barton Distilleries. There will be an open bar as well.

“We love showcasing our food, but when we can work with another local business like The Wine Rack to also pair our creations with exquisite bourbons – it’s special,” says Tim Quinlan, general manager. “Our patrons love a unique experience and we aim to please them.”

Tickets are $35 per guest (all inclusive). Reservations are required. Call 502.384.9090.

Harvest is a locally grown restaurant, situated in the downtown NuLu arts district of East Market Street. Harvest’s mission is to serve outstanding, regionally inspired, seasonal “farm-to-table” cuisine. Eighty percent of ingredients are sourced locally from within a 100-mile radius and many of the foods are baked, cured, smoked and preserved in-house. For more information, visit VT

Butchertown Grocery Honors Chef Dean Corbett

Chef Dean Corbett.

Butchertown Grocery is celebrating the life of Louisville culinary icon Chef Dean Corbett by recreating one of his most popular dishes, roasted Duck a l’Orange. This menu offering runs now through Oct. 31. Executive Chef and Owner Bobby Benjamin credits Corbett with paving the way for the culinary growth of Louisville, Kentucky.

“From myself and the whole Butchertown Grocery team, our hearts go out to the family and friends of Chef Dean Corbett,” he said. “For over 30 years he created an immense legacy of groundbreaking culinary art and growth in the Louisville community. We thought it only fitting to honor his legacy by serving a dish that is purely Dean, his signature Duck a l’Orange. Thank you, Chef Dean, for your devotion to the culinary world and elevation of the Louisville food scene.” Butchertown Grocery is located at 1076 E. Washington St.