Gold Key 2019 for Ball Homes

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Parks & Weisberg REALTORS hosted their annual celebration of Gold Key members at the Starting Gate Suites at Churchill Downs on May 9.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Derby City Fashion Week

As part of Derby City Fashion Week, this designer runway showcase took place at Hotel Louisville on May 11.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Man & Woman of the Year

The Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted the finale of their Man & Woman of the Year Campaign at the Omni Louisville Hotel on May 11.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Roses and Rosè

This first-time brunch soiree was hosted at Evermore in Mockingbird Valley on May 11. Guests enjoyed a buffet from Lilly’s and performance by Pride of Kentucky Chorus. Proceeds from the event went to St. Vincent de Paul Louisville, which helps at-risk youth and supports those in need of assistance with meals, housing, addiction and more.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

A Walk in the Park(lands)

Kentucky Coffee Tree Rondel.

By Laura Ross

Photos by Bob Hower

“We have such beautiful parks here,” mused philanthropist and chairman and CEO of 21st Century Parks Dan Jones. “To choose a favorite? That’s impossible. It would be like choosing a favorite child.”

But, on a warm spring day, his sights might be set on Broad Run Park, the southernmost section of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, as the Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden celebrated its grand opening on May 10.

The Woodland Garden reveals the dynamic nature of Kentucky’s living woodland landscape and provides an immersive opportunity for discovery. Its design emphasizes the art of observation and the idea that a woodland landscape can be perceived as a series of rooms defined by trees, shrubs and other living layers.

“Stone walkways, a dry-laid stone bridge and an incredible mix of flora and scenery immerse visitors in nature,” said Jones.  

Part of the charm of the 15-acre garden is its commitment to authenticity. Planners took special steps to preserve the space, lightly editing existing flora and features before adding complementary plants and man-made wonders, including three tree rondels, two wooden decks with dynamic views of the landscape, a dry-laid stone bridge and two winding trails to guide visitors from room to room through the enchanting space.

“My primary idea was to use this already rich site to edit and create spaces, paths and destinations to reveal to visitors how much wonder there is in Kentucky woods, fields, streams and river edges,” said Rick Darke, project consultant and author of the acclaimed book, “The American Woodland Garden.”

More than 47,000 plants were installed to fill in the natural areas of the garden, complementing existing plants and trees such as a towering bur oak that is more than 125 years in age. The Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden is for hiking only – no bikes allowed – which encourages visitors to take their time as they travel along the garden’s winding trails.

Conceived in 2013, the Woodland Garden was designed by Louisville’s Bravura Architecture in consultation with Rick Darke. Parklands Horticulture Director Tom Smarr oversaw the project and assisted in the design. A total of 15 nurseries and landscape firms worked on the $2.1 million project since groundbreaking took place in 2016. Construction of the Woodland Garden was made possible thanks to donations from individuals and foundations including the Gibbs Foundation.

One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, which was established to create and preserve new parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure.

“Between the areas for our active people space with the playgrounds and splash park and very natural spaces is the pivot of the Woodland Garden,” said Jones. “It’s in the absolute perfect natural place for gathering visitors. We hope generations of families will explore the Parklands and the Woodland Garden.” 

The Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden is located at 10702 Broad Run Pkwy. in Broad Run Park near Fern Creek. Visit www.theparklands.org for maps, trails, events and images of the Parklands.

Women 4 Women awards $20,000 gift to Scarlet Hope

Ronelle Brumleve, Scarlet Hope; Misty Cruse, Women 4 Women; Pam Peter, Glenview Trust, Women 4 Women Grants Chair; Aaron Scott, Scarlet Hope.

Last week, Women 4 Women announced the recipients of its 2019 Grant Awards, giving away $75,000 to local nonprofits serving women and girls throughout Metro Louisville. This award brings the organization’s giving total to nearly $1.5 million since its founding in 1993.

“Women 4 Women was founded on a desire to serve women and girls. These grants further the mission of Women 4 Women and address key issues that impact women and girls in our community. Our grants program is really the heart of who we are as an organization,” said Misty Cruse, executive director for Women 4 Women.

Women 4 Women began accepting grant applications at the end of 2018 and has spent the last few months reviewing more than 40 applications to make final selections.

“Determining the final grant recipients is a tough decision. Fortunately, our dedicated Grants Committee and Champion donors play significant roles in reviewing these applications and determining the organizations whose missions most closely align with that of Women 4 Women,” said Cruse.

Since returning to a grant-making organization in 2013, Women 4 Women has supported 40 local organizations through its annual grant awards. This year, seven organizations received grants in various amounts, including $20,000 awarded to Scarlet Hope to specifically address the issues of trafficking and prostitution in the community. Other recipients include LaCasita Center, Doors to Hope, National Black MBA Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, South Louisville Community Ministries and National Center for Families Learning.

Applications for the 2020 grant awards will be available in December. For more information about the program, visit w4w.org.

Kentucky Derby 145

The eyes of the world were on Louisville as the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby took place at Churchill Downs on May 4. The race results took an unprecedented turn after Maximum Security crossed the finish line first but was disqualified following an interference and objection from other riders. The garland of roses and $3,000,000 purse instead went to Country House led by jockey Flavien Prat, trained by William I. Mott and owned by Maury Shields, Guinness McFadden, Larry Foxwood, Nanci Foxwood and Jamie Roth.

Photos by Amber ChalfinKathryn Harrington and Andrea Hutchinson

Kentucky Derby 145 Red Carpet

Locally and internationally known personalities graced the red carpet prior to the Run for the Roses on May 4. Donning their most festive attire, celebs walked in front of a massive crowd of reporters, videographers and photographers from around the world.

Photos by Tony Bennett

Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest

Churchill Downs hosted the annual Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest on May 3. For the first time in the history of the contest, both men and women strutted the pink carpet to showcase their looks to take home the grand prize, an exquisite timepiece from Longines.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Derby Eve Gala

The American Lung Association hosted its annual Derby Eve celebration on May 3 at the Seelbach Hilton. The dazzling experience featured a gourmet dinner and lively entertainment by Burning Las Vegas.

Photos by Bailey Boyd