Another Chance To Love Louisville

Several weeks ago, I wrote about my godsons, Terry and Tyrone, who live in Beecher Terrace, one of the city’s most violent areas. It was also the location for an event called Love Louisville  that brought hundreds of people, including Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad, to the neighborhood park for an afternoon of fun, music and plenty of love.

We’re heading back there on Aug. 18 with school supplies and backpacks for the residents. If you have any you want to donate, please feel free to drop them off at The Voice-Tribune, 735 E. Main St. now through Aug. 17 and we’ll make sure they get to the residents. If you want to join me and the others who are heading up this next round of Love Louisville: Beecher Terrace, contact me at the information on the right.

By the way, I intended to write a follow up about the initial event but have struggled with it a bit since my youngest godson, Terry, was arrested again days after the event and is now serving time in what I call “jail camp.” Sometimes, love isn’t enough, I suppose. But it doesn’t mean giving up, either.

Get Undressed Before Best Dressed

The morning of The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed is always a frenetic one. This year, I’m going to change it up – by running in the Louisville Underpants Run on Aug. 25. Hear me out: The grassroots event begins at 11 a.m. on The Belvedere. It’s free – though donations are accepted – and benefits the KIDS Center, a nonprofit agency that teaches kids with physical challenges how to see the ability in their disabilities. The annual event is headed up by Kevin Brooks, who has a heart for fitness, fun and philanthropy. Pretty sure this 1.5 mile race will incorporate all of that. For the record, you don’t have to look like – or dress like – a Victoria’s Secret angel or Calvin Klein model to participate. The key is to be creative for a great cause. There will be awards given for Best Underpants, Most Creative, Biggest Team, and Most Colorful Undies. I’m thinking about donning a pair of long johns.

Fifty Shades Of … Red?

I haven’t read that book – have you? Well, plenty of others have. In fact, Publishers Weekly claims if you stacked up all purchased copies of “Fifty Shades of Grey” it would tower 51 miles high – the equivalent of 187 Empire State Buildings. Or, if you prefer an athletic analogy, you could fill 12 Olympic swimming pools with all of the copies sold.

I don’t get it, but how could I, considering I haven’t taken the time to read it. But, again, plenty of others have and the readers vary in demographics as vastly as the critics do about the merit, or lack thereof, regarding the tome.

If you have read it, or haven’t and want to discuss why, I’d love to hear from you (even confidentially) for an upcoming article. As always, my contact information is below.

Save The Dates

The Louisville Country Club swim and dive team hosts its fifth annual Swim for Hope on Aug. 18. The fundraiser is open to all families and friends of LCC and has a goal of raising awareness and funds for Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and funds for the Satterwhite Recipient Assistance Fund, a fund developed by the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust for Life to aid Kentucky organ transplant recipients in meeting financial needs that are not covered by insurance or other programs. The event will be held at the Louisville Country Club pool between 12 and 4 p.m.

The Kentucky Humane Society’s Tuxes & Tails 2012 is Aug. 18 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The annual gala, sponsored by Brown-Forman, benefits KHS’s life-saving mission. For tickets, go to www.kyhumane.org.

FEAT’s Speakeasy About Autism Casino Night Gala is Aug. 18 at The Gillespie. This year’s gala will be staged as a roaring 1920s speakeasy complete with flappers and swing jazz. Denny Crum will once again host a Texas Hold Em tournament on the mezzanine. For more information, call FEAT at 502.596.1258, email feat@homeoftheinnocents.org or go to www.featoflouisville.org.

The 17th annual Lincoln Foundation Evening of Jazz benefiting the Whitney M. Young Scholars program is Aug. 24 at Churchill Downs.

This year’s headliner is Billboard-ranked Marcus Johnson. Mayor Greg Fischer will receive the Lincoln Foundation’s most prestigious honor, the Spirit of Excellence Award.

For tickets, contact Morgan Hanley at 502.585.4733 ext. 214 or mhanley@lincolnfdn.org, or go to www.lincolnfdn.org.

Angie Fenton, The Voice-Tribune’s managing editor, can be reached at angie@voice-tribune.com, 502.551.2698, www.facebook.com/angiefenton2 or via @angiefenton on Twitter.