“Picking Up the Pieces”

When everything seemed to be falling apart for Christopher, Class Act Federal Credit Union was there to help him pick up the pieces.

A Class Act Member’s New Beginning

Provided by Class Act Federal Credit Union

For 27 years, Christopher Helm touched the lives of visually impaired students by traveling from school to school as a resource teacher. He discussed his ventures in education with unmistakable passion in his voice, “I loved working with kids who were visually impaired…they’re just so grateful to have somebody there to help them.” Recently, Christopher decided to retire and buy his “forever home” with the help of Class Act Federal Credit Union. He’s been a member of Class Act for over 30 years, and expressed that working with them made home buying a pleasant experience. This was due, in part, to the excellent customer service he received from his mortgage officer, “She was on the phone, texting me, or sending me emails constantly. I mean, she really kept me up to date with the whole process.”

Unfortunately, Christopher was thrown a curveball when he was involved in a hit and run that left him with a totaled car, a concussion, and whiplash. He was suddenly in a difficult situation where he needed a new home and a new car at the same time. While he was nervous at the time, Class Act came through for him as they always have in the past, “It was amazing that I had to really go out on a limb, and they had no problem with allowing me to secure a mortgage and to finance a brand new car.”

When everything seemed to be falling apart for Christopher, Class Act Federal Credit Union was there to help him pick up the pieces. He was surprised by how easy it was to get a new car and a new house simultaneously through Class Act. “It went smooth as silk,” said Christopher, “They take all the hassle out of the application process and the approval process…They just have great service.” Now, Christopher is ready to embark on his new adventure in his “forever home” with his brand new car parked out front. Whatever the future holds for Christopher, Class Act Federal Credit Union will be there, by his side, helping him along the way.

To become a member of Class Act Federal Credit Union, call 502.964.7575 or visit classact.org today.

The Fillies Derby Ball

The 61st annual Fillies Derby Ball, held on April 6 at the Louisville Downtown Marriott, featured cocktails, dinner, dancing to the band Caribou and a silent auction. The Derby Princesses were introduced and the Derby Queen Brittany Patillo was selected by the traditional spinning of the wheel.

Photos by John H. Harralson Jr.


The 2019 Derby Princesses: Kelsey Sutton, Elizabeth Seewer, Mary Baker, Brittany Patillo and Allison Spears.


Sean Alvey, Amy, Tim and Traci Stemmle and Julie and Shawn Wilson.


Paul and Beth Harper, Todd Brown and Doug Sanders.


Sherry Yang and Randy O’Conner.


Evan Spalding and Mary Lou Meyer.


Rip Hatfield, Tracey Jackson and Mike Seebert.


Karen Kirchner and Shannon Seebert.


On the Town
With celebrated photographer John H. Harralson Jr.

John H. Harralson Jr. is a veteran photographer and iconic figure in Louisville society. He owned and published The Voice from 1987 through 2005. At the age of 91, Mr. Harralson still regularly contributes to the magazine and can often be seen photographing local parties, galas and sporting events.

Galas and Brunches and Parties, Oh My!

L-R Steve Humphrey, Janice, Steve Bass, Terri Bass, Kevin Frantz and Liz Gastiger, before attending the Kentucky Derby Museum Gala.

The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred and the courage runs deep”  —C.W. Anderson

By Janice Carter Levitch

Portrait by J. Edward Brown.

Let me tell you about some of the latest adventures I’ve had. This gal needed a little polishing to get ready for the Kentucky Derby Museum Gala, so I caught up with Dr. Sean McGuire of the Physician’s Center for Beauty, and the services I received made all the difference. We started off with dermaplaning, a fancy name for shaving your face. Yes, I did it and loved the results. The soft layer of peach fuzz on my face was gently removed along with the superficial layer of dead skin (gasp!). Then we moved onto tackling what looked like the number 11 happily emblazoned between my eyebrows (frown lines caused by repeated scrunching of eyebrows). A little injection of Dysport and voila, those elevens were erased in no time. Last but not least, I was told my lips were asymmetrical, so onward with a little enhancing and poof, good as new. My lip gloss has never looked so good.

Catherine Platz, Marketing and Philanthropic Manager for Kendra Scott, and Josh Meredith, Creative Director, Original Makers, at the Woodford Reserve Oaks Brunch at the Omni Hotel.

Thanks to all of the beauty services – including having Daniel Strasser, creative director for Clique Boutique apply my makeup – I was prepared for the Derby Museum Gala held at Churchill Downs. Tonya Abeln, president  of the Churchill Downs Foundation, recapped, “Under the leadership of Michelle Mudd and the guidance of the incredible staff at KDM, this year’s Kentucky Derby Museum Gala was one for the ages as guests were given the opportunity to dine and explore the newly expanded space.” Michelle Mudd chaired the gala while looking absolutely enchanting alongside her husband Bill Mudd, president and COO Churchill Downs.

L-R Steve Wilson, co-founder of 21c Museum Hotels, Christy Brown, and artist Daniel Lismore attending Christy Brown’s legendary Derby Party.

“This year’s gala, with presenting sponsor Central Bank, showcased the museum’s expansion, the Oaks Garden Terrace,” she said. “Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres inside The Mansion at Churchill Downs Racetrack followed by a trolley ride to the museum for a seated dinner and dessert. Afterwards, guests danced the night away to the Celebrity All Star Band.”

Woodford Reserve Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall making the official Woodford Reserve Derby Toast at the Woodford Reserve Oaks Brunch.

Onward to the next escapade – a quick jaunt to New York to take my daughter (a student at NYU Tisch) to the well-known 21 Club. If she couldn’t get home for Derby, I thought we’d have great fun dining at this “hangout of choice for New York’s elite.” As you enter the restaurant, you immediately notice the cast-iron jockeys that line the staircase near the entrance. It all started in 1931 when the colt Twenty Grand won the Kentucky Derby and the first cast-iron jockey was put on display to commemorate the win. The item quickly multiplied outside 21 as big races were won and stables were honored with a replica painted with the proper colors and inscribed with the owner’s name or stable. We enjoyed every moment, including being seated under the thousands of toys and memorabilia suspended from the ceiling. Oddly enough, our table was under the UofL basketball signed by a former coach. What are the chances?

L-R Cathy Shircliff and Tonya Abeln who work closely together at Churchill Downs, laugh off their matching Christian Siriano gowns while attending the 2019 Kentucky Derby Museum Gala.

Next, Josh Meredith, the creative director of Original Makers Club, hosted a Woodford Reserve Oaks Brunch on the rooftop of the Omni Hotel. “It’s exciting to see a vision become a reality,” he explained to me. “Over the past six years, the Oaks Garden Party & Brunch has kicked off the greatest weekend in Kentucky! Partnering with Louisville’s top chefs and one-of-a-kind venues (and) having Woodford Reserve, the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, involved has elevated the event beyond measure.”

Janice and Sarah Carter Levitch visiting the legendary 21 Club in New York, famous for the cast iron jockeys lining the entrance celebrating the well-known thoroughbred stables in America.

I have to say, all of these adventures are exponentially more gratifying with my sweetheart in tow. Concluding the festivities, I had the opportunity to attend Christy Brown’s Derby party. Guests arrived by the busload directly from the track. The Juggernaut Jug Band kept the crowd moving and libations kept flowing. Steve Wilson, co-founder of 21c Museum Hotels, arrived with his special guest Daniel Lismore, a well-known artist in London, England. “He is art,” Wilson commented on Lismore’s style. Lismore has a resume that would knock the haute couture socks off of any legendary fashionista. That’s a wrap on another first Saturday in May! V

Prestigious Properties: 2800 Mayo Lane

2800 Mayo Lane

Prospect, KY 40059

Claire Alagia or Tom Wakefield  |  502.425.0225  |  WR Realtors
Photography by Lisa Bauer  |  Description by WR Realtors


Built with the owners’ input and design in 2002, the Estate at Mayo Lane is a rare opportunity to own a private, sprawling, 10-acre Kentucky property minutes from East End amenities. Influenced by classic Southern and European architecture, the residence boasts five bedrooms with a first floor master suite, eight full bathrooms, two half bathrooms and nine fireplaces in more than 17,000 square feet of meticulously-maintained finished living space designed with both luxury and comfort in mind. From the gated entry to the massive Corinthian columns, the level of detail and care are evident before you even walk through the custom-made, leaded and beveled glass front door.

Inside the stunning entry, one is instantly captivated by the beauty of this home. A custom designed iron and gilt railing lines the curved staircase. The adjacent library with custom millwork and coffered ceilings that are carried throughout the home boasts a cherry-paneled bar and abundant wainscoting and woodwork. The first floor master suite includes a private sitting room and fireplace, an expansive yet warm bedroom with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and a luxurious bathroom. The three second-floor bedrooms each have their own en-suite bathrooms.

The grand living area, also complete with a vaulted ceiling, offers sweeping views of the terrace, pool, fountains and lush landscape. An elegantly appointed dining room is the perfect place for hosting guests, with a grand chandelier as its centerpiece and a convenient butler’s pantry nearby. The home’s kitchen offers ample cabinet space, high-end finishes, a cozy breakfast area and a comfortable hearth room. The tall windows overlook the pool, and the doors open to an outdoor terrace with ample space for any size gathering.

A private apartment with a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, den and laundry provides the ideal set-up for family, visitors or care providers. The lower level, which opens to the grounds and garden, provides further living and entertaining space. An impressive stone fireplace anchors this level, surrounded by a sitting room, bar and billiards room. A roomy home gym and spa, a spacious wood-paneled office, additional bathrooms and ample storage space round out the lower level. Outside, mature trees and rolling land create a stunning vista from the terrace. Professionally-designed gardens and landscaping highlight the elegant pool with its statues and fountains, pool house and expansive terrace. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to make this one-of-a-kind estate your own. V

Prestigious Properties: 3608 River Ridge Cove

3608 River Ridge Cove

Prospect, Kentucky 40059

John Stough  |  502.552.9120  |  Kentucky Select Properties
Photography by Tim Furlong, Real Tour Cast |  Description by Kentucky Select Properties


Welcome to this magnificent River Glen Estate with breathtaking views of the Ohio River on almost five acres of land. Designed by renowned Louisville architect Timothy R. Winters, this property is modeled after New England style-architecture as can be seen from its gorgeous display of white cedar shingles. Distinct features include two master suites, a chef’s kitchen, a four-car garage, two laundry rooms, a central vacuum system, a pool and a screened in rear patio to take in the Ohio River views.

Upon entering the foyer, you are greeted by the stunning ceramic tiled floor, which is flanked by a decorative wood paneled library to the left and the formal dining room with wainscoting trim to your right. As you make your way through the foyer, the exquisite Santos Mahogany floors will lead you around the central staircase to the large family room and open kitchen, the heart of the estate. The family room is enhanced by the coffered ceiling, a gas fireplace and a striking 180 degree panoramic view of the Ohio River. The spacious chef’s kitchen features an oversized granite-topped island, custom cabinetry, two dishwashers and new stainless steel appliances. Just off the kitchen you’ll find access to the main laundry room, the four car garage, a full bath and an overflow pantry for additional storage space. To complete the first floor, the owners designed a lavish guest room suite that could easily be used as a first floor master.

On the second floor, you’ll find the true master suite accompanied by three additional bedrooms, each with their own private bath. The master includes a sweeping view of the rear landscape and even features a cozy sitting room with a brick fireplace. The gallery-style master bath features a soaking tub, double vanities, a standing shower and two spacious closets. Directly across from the second floor laundry room, you’ll find the staircase to the third floor with more than 1,000 square feet of unfinished space. The lower level spans the length of the house and is comprised of a game room with a fireplace, a media room with a wet bar, an office, one and a half baths and ample storage space. For convenience, the lower level has a private staircase to access the garage above. This home is the ideal entertaining destination, whether with visiting with friends and family in the large family room and kitchen, lounging by the pool or taking in the breathtaking views of the river with a party of guests out back. It is a true waterfront gem. V

Prestigious Properties: 1434 Cherokee Road

1434 Cherokee Road

Louisville, Kentucky 40204

Terri Bass, Land and Residential Professional
  |  Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty
Photography by Kory Johnson
Description by
Lenihan Sotheby’s


Built in 1913, all of the amazing workmanship that was customary of the fine homes built along Cherokee Park during that time is still present and beautifully preserved in this historic home. The design elements include intricate inlaid herringbone hardwood floors, unique coffered ceilings, massive pocket doors, leaded glass-stained windows and elaborate moldings and millwork throughout. While it has maintained its historic and classic aesthetic attributes, this three story home is also fully updated according to any homeowners’ standards. The updates include a new kitchen with top of the line Wolf and Thermador appliances, exquisite marble countertops with a matching backsplash, custom cabinetry and elegant new baths throughout.

Each and every room has been updated from floor to ceiling with a careful eye to preserving the integrity of the architecture while also creating a current feel and functionality. In this five bedroom, four and a half bath home, there are spacious closets, light-filled rooms, laundry on both the second and third floors, heated master bath marble floors, Geothermal heating and air and a Control4 Smart Home system.

The residence also includes a fully remodeled three-car carriage house with an apartment above that sits at the back of the property. This prime location along Cherokee Road provides stunning views of the park and the opportunity to enjoy nature or walks to all that Bardstown Road offers. This home gives its owners the unique opportunity to enjoy the timeless elegance of the early 1900s while also enjoying every comfort of modern day luxury. There is not a detail that was missed or a renovation undone on this beautiful Highlands treasure. V

The Voice-Tribune: The Premier Ticket Resource

Photo by Chris Humphreys.

The Voice-Tribune has been covering Louisville’s favorite events for 70 years. You’ve seen us at countless galas, parties, performances, luncheons and festivals benefiting the city’s charitable and cultural organizations. Now, we’re the premier ticketing source for both event-goers and event-hosters.

While continuing to share coverage of the most exclusive affairs, Voice-Tribune.com is also where you can buy tickets for and promote local events. From your computer, smartphone or tablet, find the calendar that lists hundreds of experiences happening tonight, two months from now and anytime in between. The local worlds of food, music, theater, philanthropy and more have come together in one place for your perusal.

If you’re hosting a fundraiser or big soiree, The Voice-Tribune can help you make it a must-attend. We handle the logistics of ticketing and collecting admission revenue while you work on the important matters – like where the cocktails are coming from. We’ll also handle sharing and promoting the details with our tens of thousands of web visitors and social media followers.

The Voice-Tribune has long been the connection to the best of what’s happening in Louisville. Now it’s even easier to find out what you can be a part of each week. With so many happenings and so little room on your social calendar, let us make it effortless for you.

To learn more and see the full calendar of events, visit louisvilletickets.com

Chili’s Clip for Kids

Benefiting Norton Children’s Cancer Institute in affiliation with The University of Louisville, this annual event was presented on May 19 at Fourth Street Live. In support of those battling pediatric cancer, many people had their hair clipped, trimmed or shaved. It was a day filled with live music, games, crafts, face painting, sweet treats and more.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Kentucky Opera’s Sidecar

Kentucky Opera presented this jazzy annual fundraiser on May 17 at The Henry Clay.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Night of a Thousand Laughs

Night of a Thousand Laughs benefiting Gilda’s Club of Louisville was presented on May 17 at the Louisville Palace.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Kick Off to Summer Open House

Kosair Charities hosted an open house event on May 16 at the Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson