Brotherhood Banquet supports Kosair Charities and the Community

Elizabethtown, KY— June 17, 2020 — Members of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus and the RIASOK Shrine Club donated proceeds from the 55th Annual Brotherhood Banquet to Kosair Charities. The Brotherhood Banquet raised $38,000 this year through the dedication and efforts of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus 1455, RIASOK Shrine Club, the generosity of the event’s sponsors, and caring members of the Hardin County community. These funds will help children in need in the community through the work of Kosair Charities.

“The Kosair Charities family is thankful for the many years of dedication and support from the Brotherhood Banquet and the Elizabethtown Community,” said Keith Inman, Kosair Charities president. “Thanks to the generosity of the Knight of Columbus, RIASOK Shrine Club, and Elizabethtown community, Kosair Kids® have the support and resources they need to grow up happy and healthy.”

Tom Clark, Jr., local business owner and one banquet organizer, echoed this sentiment. “Thanks to the support of many Elizabethtown and Hardin County businesses and the generosity of many individuals to make this event and support possible,” said Tom. “Over the years, funds raised from this event have been invested in making life better for the children and families in our local community. Most recently, Hardin Memorial Health received funding for the new NICU through the Kosair Charities Gifts and Grants Program.”

The Brotherhood Banquet began with the vision of two men in 1965 – Thomas R. Clark, Sr., Grand Knight of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus, and William J. Harris, President of the RIASOK Shrine Club. They decided the two organizations should work together to raise money for Kosair Charities. Now, 55 years later, the Banquet is still going strong and supporting local communities because of their shared friendship.

Since its inception, the Brotherhood Banquet has raised almost $800,000 for Kosair Kids. Children in the Elizabethtown community benefit from this support through both the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program, which provides assistance for families in need of help with their children’s medical bills, as well as the Kosair Charities’ Gifts and Grants Program which provides financial support to local non-profits serving children.

Pictured: William J. Harris (left) and Thomas R. Clark, Sr. (right), Brotherhood Banquet founders, traded their organization’s traditional hats to display the unity behind the name “Brotherhood Banquet.”

Note – The banquet celebration was held on Saturday, March 7 prior to COVID-19 closures.

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About Kosair Charities: Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, visit kosair.org.

Kosair Charities COVID-19 Update: How you can help kids in your community

I hope you and your family are staying healthy amid the current crisis. It is an uncertain time for everyone as the world faces the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

At Kosair Charities, our donors, volunteers, board, staff, and the children of our community are our top priority. We will continue to make every effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by following the recommendations of our local health department, government, and CDC.

Children in our community need you now more than ever. The Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program provides support for children and families who could not otherwise afford the cost of medical care, therapies, equipment, and devices. As a result of COVID-19, we anticipate a significant loss of revenue which may impact the program. These children are already a vulnerable population. Please consider making a gift to the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program today.

As the economy is shifting with the spread of the virus, we would like to remind you that we do accept gifts from Donor Advised Funds, or you can always make your gift online. Your support could mean a child receives the physical therapy they need to walk or the hearing aid they need to hear their parents say “I love you,” which is so priceless during these challenging times.

Thank you for your support,

Keith Inman
President, Kosair Charities

Your Savings, Your Legacy

Create your legacy with an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift

The IRA Charitable Transfer is an excellent way to make gifts and receive tax benefits in return. If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can use your IRA to support Kosair Charities through your required minimum distribution. Making an IRA charitable gift will lower the income and taxes from your IRA required minimum distribution this year.

Benefits for the Charitable IRA Rollover:

  1. Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to support our cause.
  2. Satisfy some or all of your required minimum distribution for the year.
  3. Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions.
  4. Make a gift that is not subject to the deduction limits on charitable gifts.
  5. Use your rollover to make payments on an existing pledge to us.

How to Donate

Contact our Development Office at (502) 637-7696 or asamblanet@kosair.org for more information.

IRA Rollover PDF

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.”

View event photos

Support Kosair Charities this holiday season.

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.”