Smiles, Laughter Fill Kosair Kids Holiday Party

Smiles, laughter, and joy filled the Crowne Plaza, on December 2, during the annual Kosair Kids® Holiday Party.

Over 400 children from Kosair Charities partner agencies, and our Financial Assistance Program, attended the annual invitation-only holiday party. The party provides a safe and accessible holiday experience, allowing kids to be kids.

“It’s emotional, and very rewarding,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities. “To see these kids smile is a very heart filled moment.”

Thanks to donor support, every child ten and under received a new toy, book, and stuffed animal from the Louisville Zoo, as well as had the chance to create holiday crafts, play games, win a bike, meet Santa Claus, and much more.

“This is my 8th year planning the Kosair Kid Holiday Party, and it is my favorite event,” said Stephanie Smith, Events Director. “The months of coordination are all worth it when you see these kids’ faces light up as they enter the room. Their smiles are what keep the volunteers, and sponsors coming back year after year.”

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Kosair Charities, Jamon Brown Foundation Help West End Youth

A recent free football camp, as well as a trip to the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series, have received support from Kosair Charities in collaboration with the Jamon Brown Foundation. Kosair Charities aided in the cost of the annual Jamon Brown Football Camp this July, led by it’s namesake who is a Louisville native and […]

Guest Post: Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life

115,000 men, women and children are waiting on a lifesaving transplant; in Kentucky that number is around 1,000. Being a registered organ donor is so important to many donor and recipient families across the entire state of Kentucky. It’s very significant in my life as well.

My name is Crysta McGee and I am a Community Educator for Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life in conjunction with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. I focus on youth and multicultural outreach. My story starts way before my job and only begins to explain why Kosair Charities means so much to me, TFL and KODA. All of our missions converge; all three organizations are involved in helping save lives.

My granddad was living the best retired life. While I went away to college, all that began to change for him. He started going into renal failure and was put on dialysis several days a week. The only cure for dialysis is a kidney transplant. Unfortunately, Granddaddy was ineligible for transplant for many reasons.

I saw my family’s situation and basically stereotyped organ donation and transplants (like many other people)- I thought it was something that just impacted older people. It would never happen to me nor anyone younger than me.

I was TOTALLY wrong.

The first day I walked into the TFL office on the Eastern Parkway Kosair Charities Campus (also known as the house of good deeds to me), I was hit with so many stories and pictures of children that have been impacted by this wonderful mission. Seeing these Kosair Kids® in the flesh has totally changed my way of thinking about donation and about life in general.

Louisville resident, Eleanor received a heart transplant when she was just 2 months old- she’s now 7, loves going to school and playing with her little sister.

Riley was born with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. His parents were told he wouldn’t make it to 2 years old. Thanks to someone saying yes to donation, Riley just celebrated his 13th birthday and he’s competing in the upcoming Transplant Games of America. Posters of him are featured in Circuit Court Clerks Offices across the state.

Keegan saved 5 lives when he was 6 years old- 3 with his organs and his heart valves saved 2 little boys around his age. 75% of donated heart valves go to pediatric patients. I never got the chance to meet Keegan, but I know he was an awesome little dude from working with his mom Shannon.

Many more stories could be told about the people I’ve met and the stories I’ve been moved by, but I’ll spare you some reading!

We have space to celebrate these kids and their families as well as funds to go around the state and tell their stories thanks to Kosair Charities! Our partnership makes our reach even greater just by having the Kosair name attached.

Registering as an organ donor simply means if I could save a life, I would save a life. It could possibly help one of our Kosair Kids!

Remember to say YES to organ donation and be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Happy Donate Life Month! DonateLifeKY.org

To learn more about Trust for Life click here.

 

Family & Children’s Place Partnership with Kosair Charities

The following was written by an employee of Family and Children’s Place in gratitude of our support of their mission to protect and heal children and families. Read on to see how your support can impact abused children in our community. 

“The Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center is at the very center of Louisville area efforts to prevent child abuse, stop it when it’s disclosed, and help families recover. There, children who have alleged sexual abuse are welcomed by compassionate Family & Children’s Place professionals committed to finding and understanding the truth, while preventing any new trauma to the child and family.

Forensic interviewers sit down with children to hear their story – to ask questions in a nonjudgmental environment. Police and Child Protective Services often view the interview remotely from a nearby room to aid in understanding the facts and, when possible, build a case against the person responsible for the abuse.

Pediatric professionals from the University of Louisville provide caring medical exams to document physical injuries and mental health professionals assess their emotional state and provide helpful counseling and referrals to other sources that might help restore them to happiness, health and safety.

The center is designed for children, with calming colors, child-sized furniture and youth-focused artwork. The intent is to make them feel safe, comfortable and give them support during the most painful period of their life.

For the children who have to use the center, Kosair Charities is more than just a name on the building. It’s a life and hope line, a means to understand and process the hurt, and to find the path to full recovery. Kosair’s real gift isn’t the building, or the generous donations that support the center and staff. It’s the power to give children back their childhoods, and to making this a better, safer community for children and families.”

Welcome

Hello and welcome to our new and improved website! We are very excited to launch the new Kosair Charities website to the public. Our hope is that this new website will educate the public about the impact Kosair Charities has throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.

For over 90 years Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. During the 2017-18 fiscal year, Kosair Charities supported more than 200 pediatric agencies in our community with funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year.

Keep checking our blog to learn more about Kosair Charities impact on the community, Kosair Kids®, our supported agencies, events and charitable giving. We can’t wait to get started!

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 6) – Kosair Charities and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame are proud to announce a class of eight that will be inducted as the Class of 2017 into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born in, or played their respective sport, in the state of Kentucky. Each inductee is recognized with a bronze plaque.

Past inductees into the Hall of Fame include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Adolph Rupp, Paul Hornung, Pat Day, Denny Crum, Joe B. Hall, Secretariat, Mary T. Meagher, Johnny Unitas and others.

The KAHF induction will take place on June 1 at 6:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. Tickets are $100 per person, or $800 for a table of eight. For information go to www.kosair.org

Tickets will go on sale in April.

Here is the list of inductees for the Class of 2017:

Mike Battaglia – One of the faces of thoroughbred racing in the Commonwealth since he began calling races in 1972. Battaglia called races at Turfway Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs where he called 19 Kentucky Derbies, from Affirmed (1978) to Grindstone (1996). He also worked for NBC on Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup coverage from 1993 until 2014. He’s been the morning-line maker for Churchill Downs, Turfway Park and Keeneland, where he is also the on-air handicapper, since 1974. He remains the associated Vice-President at Turfway.

Howard Beth – Only one of two high school girls’ basketball coaches in state history to surpass the 700-win mark. The longtime Marshall County High School coach won two Kentucky state titles, made 19 trips to the Sweet 16 and when he retired in 2010 was the all-time winningest girls’ coach in state history with a mark of 794-149. He won the state title in 1982 and ’84, finishing a perfect 34-0.

Rodger Bird – One of the state’s greatest football players of all time, Bird was a high school All-American at Corbin and then went on to play at the University of Kentucky. With the Wildcats, Bird was a first-team All-American as a running back and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He was switched to defensive back and was named AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1966. His jersey hangs in Commonwealth Stadium. His brothers, Calvin and Billy, were football players at UK and another brother, Jerry, played basketball for the Wildcats.

Rob Bromley – The longtime WKYT sports anchor is the familiar face for many wanting coverage of the Kentucky Wildcats in Central Kentucky. He’s been at WKYT for more than 40 years, among the longest standing television anchors in Kentucky. His career at WKYT included a run of 30 years on the UK Television Network doing play-by-play, color commentary and sideline reporting.  During his duties with the UK network, Bromley has done shows with Fran Curci, Joe B. Hall, Jerry Claiborne, Eddie Sutton, Bill Curry, Rick Pitino, Hal Mumme and Tubby Smith. In 2015 he was inducted into the NATAS Ohio Valley Silver Circle, one of the highest awards given by NATAS for 25 years or more of distinguished service.  He was named Kentucky Co-Sportscaster of the Year for 2016 by the National Sports Media Association.

Swag Hartel – Growing up just outside of London, England, Hartel’s passion was soccer. But he’s made a name for himself in the state of Kentucky as a legend of sorts in the local running world. The former Western Kentucky University star runner owns Swags Sports Shoes in Louisville. A former winner of the Kentucky Derby Festival MiniMarathon, Hartel opened his first store in 1985 and now has two locations in the Louisville-area.

Kenny Klein – The longtime Senior Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at the University of Louisville has been with the U of L staff since 1983. The Murray State graduate is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. He has worked in media operations for the NCAA at the men’s Final Four since 1985 and has also worked for the PGA of America at PGA Championship and Ryder Cup events. He received the Katha Quinn Award for his outstanding service by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 2012.

Dennis Lampley – One of the legends in high school football coaching, Lampley arrived at Trinity High School in 1971 as an assistant coach. He served as the defensive coordinator on three state championship teams before taking over as the head coach of the Shamrocks’ program. He compiled a record of 138-21 during his tenure, winning five state titles in 10 years as the head coach. During his tenure, Lampley’s teams won 50-straight games from 1988-91 – which is still the state record. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1990 and was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. He was the longtime athletic director at Trinity and is still the school’s assistant AD.

Marion Miley – She was the best female golfer in America from 1936-41, winning numerous amateur championships in the years before the formation of the LPGA Tour. Miley became one of the best and most famous female athletes in the 1930s but at the age of 27 in 1941 she was murdered in an apartment at Lexington Country Club during a robbery attempt. She is still remembered as a pioneer in women’s sports whose legacy of courage and achievement paved the way for future generations.

About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. Kosair Charities supports over 100 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year. For more information please visit https://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Kosair Charities® To Honor Two Distinguished Area Leaders at The Crystal Ball

Kosair Charities® To Honor Two Distinguished Area Leaders at The Crystal Ball

The Roger Fox Award & Sam Swope Community Leadership Award to be given

This Saturday, October 1

(Louisville, KY – September 30, 2016): Kosair Charities is proud to announce the recipients of its 2016 Roger Fox Award and Sam Swope Community Leadership Award, both to be recognized during the reimagined Kosair Charities Crystal Ball taking place on Saturday, October 1 at the Kosair Shrine Center, 4120 Bardstown Road.

Dr. Stephen Church, is the recipient of 2016 The Roger Fox Award and Cissy Musselman, will receive the 2016 The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award.

The Roger Fox Award

Mr. Fox was a dedicated member of Kosair Charities who passed away prematurely, however, he never lost hope that all children would someday be able to run and play.  This award recognizes a physician’s dedication to children.

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-14-58-amDr. Church graduated with Honors from University of Louisville Medical School. He completed his Residency in Pediatrics at University of Louisville Affiliated Hospitals where he served as Chief Resident. He and two other pediatricians started what is today East Louisville Pediatrics.

Dr. Church is committed to advocacy for children’s causes and academics. He is a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Church is very active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and its advocacy programs, and also works with the Coalition for Healthy KY, KY Youth Advocates. He is the immediate past president of the KY Chapter of AAP and President of their Foundation. Dr. Church is now Chairman of the AAP Chapter Forum Committee and Chair of the Annual Leadership Forum Committee. Dr. Church also sits with the Board of Directors of the AAP representing those two committees. Dr. Church has or is serving on various National Task Forces, formerly represented five southern states as District IV CFMC and is now Chair of the Committee representing all districts of AAP. He is active in support of fighting childhood obesity, child abuse, Safe Haven, emergency preparedness, and academics. Dr. Church has written position papers, advised and reviewed bills for Child Causes to be introduced in Frankfort, and testified to several legislative groups and committees. Dr. Church was highly honored to be one of the supporters who spoke in the Capitol Rotunda at the introduction of the “Child Abuse” bill. Dr. Church and his lovely wife Diane have four great children and two grandsons.

The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award        

This award recognizes an individual who has advanced children’s goals for the future through vision, innovation, and self-sacrifice.

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-14-50-amElaine “Cissy” Musselman is Vice Chair of Risk Management Services Company (RMSC) of Louisville, where she organizes, structures, and administers self-insured plans and affinity programs for businesses, associations, and governmental entities. RMSC has been listed among the INC 500 America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies and also received the High Impact Award from Greater Louisville, Inc. Business First Fast Fifty Award. In 1992, Musselman became the first insurance broker in the United States to be computer-linked with the floor of Lloyd’s of London. The computerized access, London Insurance Market Network (LIMNET), allows instantaneous trans-Atlantic quotations and claims processing. Today, RMSC is a division of AssuredPartners Insurance Services Inc., the 13th largest insurance brokerage firm in the United States.

Musselman’s business and civic associations have included: Member of the American National Red Cross Board of Governors, Director of Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kentucky, Chair of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the 1976 Metro United Way Campaign, Chair of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Director of the Jewish Hospital St. Mary’s Healthcare Board, Director of the African-American Heritage Foundation. She currently serves as a Director on the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and Director of the Greater Louisville Foundation.

Musselman is Founder of Women 4 Women, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money and public awareness for programs dedicated to improving the Health and Economic Well-being of women and girls. Through the Champions 4 Her projects more than $1,000,000 has been raised for women’s programs and services. Some of her many awards include: Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, Tom C. Simons Distinguished Leadership Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Community All American Award and more.

‘Crystal Ball,’ formally known as ‘Dreams Take Flight,’ was created to acknowledge and honor a select group of the area’s most distinguished members of the medical community, as well as to spotlight and garner awareness for the amazing work of a number of exceptional Kentucky and Southern Indiana charities.

For further information about the event or to arrange pre-event interviews with any of the award recipients, please contact Erin Jones at 502.774.0767. Photos of both recipients’ photos are attached.

Bluegrass Center for Autism Center to Dedicate New Playground

Bluegrass Center for Autism Center to Dedicate New Playground 

September 29 at Kosair Charities® East Campus

WHAT |  Family, friends and local businesses are invited to join Bluegrass Center Autism for a special dedication ceremony to commemorate the newly-built, fully-accessible playground.

WHEN |  Thursday, September 29, 2016  

                     9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony with reception to follow

WHERE |  Bluegrass Center for Autism at the Kosair Charities East Campus

9810 Bluegrass Parkway

Louisville, KY 40299

MORE | Join Premier Partners: Park Community Credit Union, Kosair Charities, The City of Jeffersontown, Louisville Metro Council, Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, Councilman Glenn Stuckel, and the Dream Foundation of Kentucky for a special ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly-built, fully-accessible playground.

The new playground will be replacing outdated equipment that was not fully-accessible, which is a level above ADA compliant. All of the new equipment is not only recreational, but therapeutic as well. Each activity at the playground has therapeutic value for the children. The playground will be located near the Bluegrass Center for Autism wing on campus, but is available and open to young people that both agencies are serving at each end of the campus.

To RSVP for this event, contact Jeff Allen at jallen@bluegrasscenterforautism.org or 859-351-1665.

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The Prickly Pear Boutique to Host First Headbands of Hope Trunk Show

WHAT |  Join the Prickly Pear Boutique for its first-ever Headbands of Hope trunk show, featuring a variety of styles for children and adults. For every headband purchased, one headband will be donated to a child with cancer. The headbands will be distributed at the 3rd Annual Gold Ribbon Festival that will be held on September 18 on the Kosair Charities Campus. The headbands are currently on sale in the store, but the trunk show will feature a large variety of styles.

WHEN |   Saturday, Sept. 10

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE |  The Prickly Pear Boutique

1505 Main St.

Middletown, KY 40243

MORE | Kosair Charities and its’ community partners in pediatric cancer care are hosting the 3rd Annual Gold Ribbon Festival celebrating pediatric cancer survivors on September 18. It will be a day of fun, food and fellowship for families.  The headbands purchased on September 10 will go directly to these survivors on September 18. The partners include: University of Louisville Pediatrics, Kids Cancer Alliance, Make-A-Wish, Gilda’s Club, Chili’s Clip for Kids, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Camp Quality, and Papa John’s.

“We were so excited to find this company at the Atlanta Market,’ said Prickly Pear Boutique co-owner Amy Quinlan. ‘We were immediately drawn to their booth after seeing how they donate a headband to a child with cancer for each one sold.  The headbands are so stylish, and appeal to both younger children as well as adults. We are looking forward to the trunk show!’”

Headbands of Hope

Kosair Charities, Norton Healthcare Reach Settlement Agreement

Kosair Charities, Norton Healthcare Reach Settlement Agreement

 Organizations resolve disputes to focus on their respective missions. Children’s hospital name to change.

LOUISVILLE, KY August 11, 2016:  Kosair Charities Committee, Inc. and Norton Healthcare, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a settlement agreement that resolves all disputes between them on terms that allow each organization to focus on its respective mission.

Under this settlement agreement, Kosair Charities’ annual contributions for the children’s hospital currently being held by the Court during this dispute will be transferred to a separate endowment that will continue to fund 100% of the cost of charity care provided to children whose families cannot afford to pay for services at the children’s hospital until the endowment is exhausted.  Kosair Charities has also agreed to a one-time financial contribution that will be matched by Norton Healthcare, which will be used to help fund the cost of new or enhanced facilities or equipment at the children’s hospital.

As part of the agreement, the organizations agreed to terminate previous agreements between them.  Within six months, the Kosair name will be removed from the children’s hospital, as well as all other Norton Healthcare facilities and medical practices that include the Kosair name.

“We believe this resolution will prove beneficial to communities and children we serve,” said Stephen A. Williams, CEO, Norton Healthcare. “Both organizations remain committed to meeting children’s health care needs. The time has come for us to pursue that focus independently. We thank Kosair Charities and its members for their prior support and dedication to the Commonwealth’s children. Norton looks forward to continuing to serve the pediatric community.”

“We are happy to announce this agreement will allow Kosair Charities to continue to serve our longstanding mission of ensuring that all children in this community, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, receive the medical care they need,” said Jerry Ward, Chairman of the Board of Kosair Charities. “Although the needs of our children have changed, the focus of Kosair Charities remains the same. We look forward to helping the children at the children’s hospital as provided in today’s agreement, as well as to expanding our support for the over 100 pediatric agencies and life-changing programs outside of the hospital who rely upon Kosair Charities and our donors.”

Specific terms of the settlement agreement are not being made public.

About Norton Healthcare

For 130 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is a leader in serving adult and pediatric patients throughout Greater Louisville, Southern Indiana, the commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. The hospital and health care system is the Louisville area’s third largest private employer, providing care at more than 210 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with 1,837 licensed beds; seven outpatient centers; 13 Norton Immediate Care Centers; more than 13,000 employees; more than 750 employed medical providers; and approximately 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. In 2015 Norton Healthcare was named by Healthiest Employers as the 11th healthiest place to work in the country. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at NortonHealthcare.com.

About Kosair Charities

Since 1923, Kosair Charities has made it possible for children in this region who have nowhere else to turn to receive quality health care and other critical services. Kosair Charities is the largest charity for children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana and over the years, it has been the largest private supporter of Kosair Children’s Hospital. Each year, Kosair Charities gives millions of dollars in grants and other support to over 100 pediatric organizations for crucial care and services of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. To find out more information about Kosair Charities and the programs and services it supports, please go to Kosair.org.