Inman Named to inaugural 2021 Power 50 List

March 13, 2021 – Louisville, KY

Keith Inman, Kosair Charities President, was selected for the inaugural compilation of Louisville Business First’s Power 50 of the most influential members of our business community.

Keith Inman, Kosair Charities President

As his career snapshot below shows, Inman’s influence has spanned decades and includes strategic planning on his part that will continue his leadership influence well into the future. A UofL graduate from Elizabethtown, KY, Keith’s career highlights including establishing alumni chapters across the country at his alma mater, becoming Executive Director of the Cardinal Athletic fund. A term as assistant  athletic director for advancement at University of Maryland led to becoming the first permanent president of the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary, NC created by ESPN and Valvano. He moved back to Louisville as assistant vice president of health sciences at UofL, executive director of the Jewish Hospital Foundation, and ultimately senior vice president of external relations at Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare. As vice president for university advancement at UofL, Inman launched a fundraising campaign in 2007, which peaked in 2014, raising $1.05 billion dollars. Keith’s statewide influence has culminated in his current role as President of Kosair Charities, the largest children’s charity in the state. With a 25-member board, advisory council, staff, partner organizations, and donors, Keith is activating a vision to help not only fix problems children face but help prevent them. This includes joining 100+ organizations to end the unprecedented incidents of child abuse and neglect through the Face It Movement.

A recent economic impact study of Kosair Charities found that over a roughly 5-year period (cumulative) and adjusting for inflation, the estimated overall economic impact of Kosair Charities was

  • A $231.7 million contribution to US Gross Domestic Product, $226.7 million of which was in the Louisville metropolitan region in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
  • The creation or support of around 1,631 jobs, of which 1,598 were in the Louisville metropolitan region.
  • The generation of around $22 million in local, state, and federal taxes, of which around $21.5 million was in the Louisville metropolitan region.

Three of these five years noted were under Keith’s leadership and with the assistance and support of our current Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and staff.

As noted by Louisville Business First, to compile the Power 50 for 2021, LBF solicited nominations from the public and received more than 150 suggestions. The editorial staff and Publisher Lisa Benson also internally nominated candidates who we thought were worthy of consideration.

View the 2021 Power 50 List | View Power 50: Keith Inman

Kosair Charities Names New Board Chair, Executive Committee

Board Chair, Ken Reiss

Louisville, KY— January 29, 2021 Kosair Charities’ Board Chair, H.I. Stroth, Jr. announced due to family circumstances and other considerations, he will step down from his role, effective January 13, 2021. H.I. has served as board chair since 2019, and will remain a member of the Kosair Charities Board for which he has served for over 10 years.

H. has spent his adult career helping enhance the health and well-being of kids. As chair, H. led a board and nearly a 100-year-old organization, which awards over $16 million a year to agencies that help children. His and the entire board’s focus has been on ending child abuse in Kentucky, advocating at the state, local and national levels for funds, providing educational opportunities for our most precious resource, helping fund crucial medical research, and providing financial support for healthcare for children whose families cannot pay. In this volunteer role, H. oversaw all board committees, the president of the organization, as well as facilitated monthly board meetings and a robust gifts and grants process.

Ken Reiss, a board member since 2003, was unanimously elected board chair on January 13. Reiss has held board leadership positions of Vice Chairman, Nominations Committee Chair, as well as key positions on the Real Estate, Statues, Signage and Insurance Committee; Grants Committee; and Legal and Bylaws Committee. “I am grateful beyond words for this honor,” Reiss said. “Thank you to my fellow board members, as well as the Kosair Charities president and staff, for entrusting me with the privilege and great responsibility of this role.” Board members all serve in a volunteer capacity. Reiss, who is retired as president of Louisville Frame and Fender, has served on the Kosair Charities Board of Directors since 2003, in addition life-long community involvement and volunteer roles.

Including Reiss, the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the 24-member board includes: John Burgin (Vice Chairman), Kirk Carter (Treasurer), Dwight Maddox (Secretary), and Larry Craig (At-Large Member).

“I would like to thank H. for his past, present, and continued service to Kosair Charities and our entire community,” said Kosair Charities President, Keith Inman. “I am looking forward to working with Ken, the Executive Committee, and entire Board as we continue to provide resources to help children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana reach their full potential.”


About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, health research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit

Pikeville Medical Center’s NICU Receives Grant from Kosair Charities for Cooling Blanket Therapy System


PIKEVILLE, KY – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently received a $59,000 grant from Kosair Charities to purchase a Temperature Management “Cooling Blanket Therapy” System for the PMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  This temperature management system has the ability to cool a newborn’s body and brain temperature, potentially saving a baby’s life in certain situations.

“This is exciting news for our entire region,” explained PMC NICU Medical Director and Neonatologist Todd Hambleton, MD.  “A cooling system, by itself, is non-invasive – it requires no medication, no needles, and no incisions.  Unfortunately, some babies, even those born at full term, experience a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain shortly after birth.  Having this gives us another tool to help us treat babies who fall into this category.”

Cooling blanket therapy system in use

This system uses a technique called hypothermia treatment, in which the newborn is wrapped in a waterproof blanket that circulates cool water around a baby, lowering the body’s temperature to 92.3 degrees Fahrenheit.  Experts say decreasing the temperature cools the baby’s brain and body, reducing the risk of brain injury by as much as 50 percent.

“Thanks to this second consecutive grant from Kosair Charities, we can take another step forward in our mission to enhance our level of pediatric care at PMC,” explained PMC Vice President of the Board of Directors and CEO Donovan Blackburn.  “Every step we take allows us to potentially keep more families together and close to home when their child needs specialized care.  Not only will the babies receive the care they need, but their families will experience fewer emotional and financial burdens associated with traveling to receive care.”

“Kosair Charities is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of all children. We are grateful to fund a brand-new cooling blanket system for the Pikeville Medical Center NICU,” said Keith Inman, Kosair Charities President. “We hope this will provide comfort for not only the smallest of our Kosair Kids, but their families as well.”

PMC receives $59,000 grant from Kosair Charities

In 2020, PMC’s NICU doubled in size, increasing the number of beds from 8 to 16. In addition to being able to treat more babies, the increase of beds has advanced PMC’s level of care from a level II to a level II Advanced Care NICU.  This has allowed PMC physicians and staff to care for babies born earlier in the mother’s pregnancy. Previously, babies born sooner than 32 weeks had to be transferred to a higher-level facility.  However, the PMC NICU can now keep and take care of babies born as early as 28 weeks.


About Pikeville Medical Center

Pikeville Medical Center is 348-bed regional referral center and Kentucky’s only level II trauma center. PMC offers over 400 services, including every major specialty and many subspecialties, and features the region’s most advanced medical technology.

PMC employs nearly 3,000 people and has nearly 400 credentialed healthcare providers.

PMC’s mission is to provide world-class quality health care in a Christian environment. For more information, please visit

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, please visit


Kosair Charities to grant $15,000 to Shively Area Ministries in virtual press conference

NEWS RELEASE: Kosair Charities to grant $15,000 to Shively Area Ministries in virtual press conference

What:     A virtual press conference hosted by Kosair Charities and Shively Area Ministries (SAM) was recorded this week, discussing a $15,000 grant awarded to Shively Area Ministries to support their It Takes a Village program. Special guests include Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities, and Gary Copeland, Executive Director of Shively Area Ministries.

Why:     The It Takes a Village program provides financial assistance, along with education and empowerment support for those engaged in kinship care. Our community has seen great increase in relatives and friends raising children who were not born to them. Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped enhance the health and well-being of kids through financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. Since 1988, Shively Area Ministries has worked to assist individuals and families in the 40216 zip code by fulfilling basic needs including: food, clothing, and financial assistance for utilities, housing, transportation, and prescription medications.


* All Recorded video footage, quotes, and images may be utilized across all media mediums and channels.  

Who:     Speakers

  • Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities
  • Gary Copeland, Executive Director of Shively Area Ministries
  • Kaitlin White, Communication Director, Kosair Charities

Contact: For follow up quotes, photos, headshots or interview opportunities with Keith, or Gary please contact:

Lindsay Wehr, Senior VP of Strategy & Outreach
Kosair Charities,, 502-637-7696 ext. 103

Gary Copeland, Executive Director
Shively Area Ministries,, 502-447-4330 ext. 34

MEDIA ALERT: Kosair Charities’ Face It Movement to host statewide Child Abuse Prevention virtual training event 

MEDIA ALERT: Kosair Charities’ Face It Movement to host statewide Child Abuse Prevention virtual training event 

WHAT:  Do you want to be the face of child abuse prevention? Keeping kids safe is an adult responsibility. Kosair Charities and the Face It Movement invite you to learn more about the faces of child abuse and how you can promote change. In an exclusive virtual event, hear from keynote speaker, Rachael Denhollander, in addition to distinguished state and local guest speakers. All proceeds and donations support the Child Abuse Prevention fund at Kosair Charities. Special thanks to Honorary Event Chairs – Mr. W. Frank and Mrs. Paula Harshaw (Harshaw Trane).

WHY:    Kentucky is #1 in the NATION in incidents of child abuse and neglect, with nearly double the national average. Face It ® directly addresses the  unacceptable incidences of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky with the promotion of best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, engaging the community, and advocating for effective policies to improve the child welfare system.

WHEN:   Tuesday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


WHO:     Speakers

  • Rachael Denhollander, Attorney & Advocate (Keynote)
    Attorney General, Daniel Cameron (guest speaker)
    Councilman David James (guest speaker)
    Elizabeth Woolsey (emcee)
    Keith Inman (Kosair Charities president)

Photo/Video Opportunity:

  • Rachael Denhollander headshot and Bio (attached)
  • Quotes and screenshots from event are welcome to be utilized.
  • View Face It ® brochure
  • NOTE: Per keynote’s request, no video portion of the keynote may be utilized, only screenshots and individual quotes. Event link above is not public.

CONTACT:  Lindsay Wehr, Senior VP of Strategy & Outreach
Kosair Charities,, 502-262-5434 (cell – may call or text)

Kosair Charities Advisory Council Announces Grant Recipients

Louisville, KY— December 3, 2019 — Kosair Charities Advisory Council, composed of 20 distinguished community members, announced the recipients of their fiscal year 2020 grant awards. Eight recipient organizations were selected after an extensive application and interview process. This year, the Advisory Council will be awarding $300,000 in grant funding to these partner agencies, a portion of the full grant commitments of Kosair Charities.

“The dedication to serving children in need is truly commendable and impressive,” said Bob Bonsutto, Kosair Charities Advisory Council member. “We are honored to be able to support these agencies as they work to enhance the health and well-being of our community’s children.”

The Advisory Council supports Kosair Charities and the Board of Directors by increasing community engagement and awareness of Kosair Charities’ mission to enhance the health and well-being of children. The Council also is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide healthcare, research, education, social services and child advocacy to children and families in our community.

“Kosair Charities’ impact in the community, through our organization, will ensure longevity for our youths’ future through today’s actions,” said Anthony Richardson of Inside the Lines Training. “With this grant, we are able to reach more students effectively, and provide adequate tutoring, athletic training, and mentoring for our scholars.”

The following grants were announced at a press conference Tuesday morning:

  • City Schoolhouse ($50,000) – Strengthen children and families by empowering them through active and individualized education, fostering a love of learning and renewing their community through its people.
  • 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc. ($46,574) – Promote the safety and well-being of children by implementing strategies that keep fathers involved and families together.
  • Orchid House, Inc. ($46,426) – Therapeutic and medical day center for young children facing behavior/emotional and health challenges to allow intense intervention and socialization with peers. Committed in advocating for high-risk children to increase the possibilities of bright future.
  • Purpose Inc. ($42,000) – Inspire and equip at-risk youth to find their purpose through music, art, technology and sports and to take an active role in reshaping the culture.
  • Inside the Lines Training ($30,000) – Enrich student-athletes with tolls to excel academically; to develop characteristics of leadership, while enhancing their athletic foundation.
  • River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute Inc. ($30,000) – Enhance the development of African-American families with children through education, arts and culture.
  • Southwest Community Ministries ($30,000) – Unites community partners to ensure the support of our neighbors who find themselves in crisis to strengthen the Southwest community by playing an integral part in alleviating the burden of crisis and poverty in the area.
  • Family Scholar House, Inc. ($25,000) – Aims to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency.


Kaitlin Blessitt, Executive Director of Orchid House shared, “We cannot fully express the phenomenal impact this awarded grant will have on our organization’s infrastructure and ability to serve more children in need. Kosair Charities truly understands what it takes to run a successful organization and they have instrumentally helped provide us with the tools necessary to support our West Louisville community.”


MEDIA NOTE: To schedule a time to interview Keith Inman, members of the Advisory Council, or organizations receiving grants, please notify Lindsay Wehr at


About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. 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, please visit

2019 Advisory Council Grant Recipients with Kosair Charities President, Keith Inman.

River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute Inc.

Kosair Charities Donates Funds to Support Baptist Health Floyd Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Unit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2019) – Kosair Charities announced a donation of $150,000 to the Floyd Memorial Foundation to support a unit at Baptist Health Floyd to help infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

In recent years, the southern Indiana community has been impacted by an increased number of drug users, drug overdoses and drug-related health issues affecting individuals of all ages. One of the many devastating outcomes from this alarming epidemic is the substance abuse disorder by pregnant mothers. Due to the mother’s abuse of drugs throughout her pregnancy, newborns are delivered dependent on those drugs. Following birth, the baby suffers withdrawal from the drugs, including opioids and/or chemical substances that they were exposed to before birth. It is a painful and debilitating process that lasts 10 to 17 days or longer and is managed with morphine to help ease their pain.

“There has been a recent influx of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome across the U.S., and in Southern Indiana,” said president of Kosair Charities, Keith Inman. “Kosair Charities is about ensuring kids grow up happy, healthy, and safe, and we hope this support helps allow that opportunity.”

Kosair Charities presents $150,000 check to support Baptist Health Floyd Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Unit

Baptist Health Floyd experienced a jump in this patient population from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, data indicated that approximately 10% of babies born at the hospital exhibited signs of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

The grant will help establish a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome unit at Baptist Health Floyd to be complete with equipment, trained staff and dedicated area. This will allow staff members to quickly and effectively manage treatment of babies born with the condition, while keeping baby with mother to support mother/baby bonding. One of the many resources the grant will support is an infant base station that provides a warm, safe environment and continuously monitors vital signs while allowing the baby to stay with the parent(s).

The grant will help pay for equipment and technology vital to appropriately care for babies born with this condition. Additional grant monies will support the construction of a dedicated space and training staff.

“The Kosair Charities grant is an important and much appreciated financial contribution allowing Baptist Health Floyd to advance our neonate and newborn care here locally,” expressed Dr. Dan Eichenberger, President of Baptist Health Floyd. “This grant will be instrumental in assisting us in providing excellent care to these babies born dependent on drugs. It will allow Baptist Health Floyd to keep the babies here locally, prevent the separation of mom and baby, and enable the bonding which is so beneficial to a newborn’s development.”

About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. 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, please visit

About Baptist Health Floyd: Founded in 1953, Baptist Health Floyd, formerly known as Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, is a 225-bed, acute care regional healthcare provider with one of southern Indiana’s most advanced comprehensive cardiac surgery programs. Part of Louisville, Ky.-based Baptist Health, the hospital offers 34 points of care in a full continuum from inpatient care to rehab services to home care. Services include cardiac surgery, thoracic and vascular services, cancer care, diabetic treatment, weight management services, orthopedics, spine care, wound care, pain management, sleep care and a full range of women’s services including obstetrics. The cancer center’s breast program is the only program in Southern Indiana to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Our nursing staff has been recognized with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence designation. For more information, visit

 About Floyd Memorial Foundation: Floyd Memorial Foundation was founded in 1978 by community-minded citizens who wanted to ensure the longevity of Floyd Memorial Hospital, now Baptist Health Floyd. Since it’s origination, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support medical resources and advanced technology essential for effective patient care.  The Foundation ensures vital resources are in place at Baptist Health Floyd and area health-related initiatives for the better health and well-being of residents living in Southern Indiana.

Kosair Charities grants $100,000 to CASA of the River Region

Kosair Charities grants $100,000 to CASA of the River Region after Kentucky listed #1 in nation with highest rate of child abuse

Louisville, KY (Aug. 20, 2019) —With Kentucky having the highest rate of child abuse in the nation, Kosair Charities and its partners are working towards ending and preventing future abuse and/or neglect for the children in our community. Through their annual Gifts & Grants program, Kosair Charities’ generously granted $100,000 to CASA of the River Region (CASA) to train every day volunteers to become a mentor, friend and advocate to vulnerable children. CASA volunteers ensure children have a safe home, opportunities to succeed in school and receive the medical/therapeutic services they need to overcome trauma.

Kosair Charities Board and Advisory Council members present CASA of the River Region with check for $100,000 in support of their Advocacy Academy. Photo courtesy of CASA of the River Region

“There is an epidemic of child abuse in our state. Unfortunately, Kentucky gained the ignominious recognition of being number one in the country for child abuse and neglect,” says William Myers, CEO/President of CASA of the River Region. The “U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Children’s Bureau “Child Maltreatment 2017” report (released in 2019) shows Kentucky now has the highest abuse rate in the country (about 22 out of every 1,000 children).

Last year, there were 28,000+ substantiated cases of abuse and neglect in Kentucky, enough to fill 56 JCPS elementary schools. This prompted Kosair Charities to begin the Face It Movement, in which CASA is a partner organization. Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities says, “We all need to rally to shine a light on abuse and neglect. The only way we end it is together. Most of our time is spent working with kids after the abuse. We need to get in front of the problem and stop it before it happens. We cannot do it alone, it takes a great deal of partners to ensure our kids will not experience abuse or neglect.”

Inman continues, “Kosair Charities is about making sure children grow up happy, healthy and safe. We provide financial support, like the Kosair Kids program that helps families with medical bills; the Gifts & Grants program; and lease space for nonprofits so they do not have to worry about overhead. One part of our mission is advocacy; there is no better advocate for the kids than CASA. They train volunteers to be the voice for kids who don’t have a voice.”

In 2018, CASA served 627 children (the most in its 35 year history) with 211 volunteers, but on any given day, approximately 150 children are waiting for someone to stand up for them in family court. Myers says, “CASA volunteers visit with children, ensure their educational and medical needs are being met, and also write a report to the judge with their recommendations. It only takes about 1-5 hours per week to completely change a child’s life.”

CASA volunteer Peg and her co-volunteer are paired with one case that has 5 siblings. All suffering from PTSD, Peg and her co-volunteer have been involved in getting special education services, therapy and assisting foster parents with court proceedings. For the CASA volunteer, they take vulnerable children across a scary bridge of uncertainty—leaving behind the bad and changing their story for the better. One of the kids summed up a CASA well by saying, “Miss Peg, you are the bestest big person in my world ever!”

Rep. John Yarmuth congratulated Kosair Charities’ efforts and CASA’s success. “Thanks to CASA for their incredible work. I’ve been recently blessed with my first grandchild. When you look into the face of an innocent child, you think about the importance of a group like CASA whose representing innocent people faced with horrible tragedies. The idea that we have 28,000 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky in one year is stunning. It ought to be a wake up call to all of us!” Yarmuth continues, “We need to do everything we can to guarantee innocent children have the kind of lives we want for our own.”

Kosair Charities is elevating our community by committing over $12 million to 80+ partner organizations in 2020.

To learn more about volunteering at CASA, attend an information session:

To learn more about Kosair Charities, visit

Kosair Charities, Spalding University unveil Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute to train nonprofit leaders

Inaugural class of 20 from Kosair Charities-supported organizations will participate in yearlong program to develop skills in all facets of strategy and culture-building

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2019) – Kosair Charities and Spalding University announced Thursday the creation of the Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute, a yearlong training program for leaders of nonprofit organizations within the Kosair Charities network. The institute aims to improve and enhance already high-performing nonprofits that are dedicated to supporting children and families.

The 20 individuals who have been selected for the inaugural class of the Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute (LDI) include executive directors and senior leadership from some of the more than 80 nonprofit organizations that have received philanthropic support from Kosair Charities.

Beginning in October, the inaugural Kosair Charities LDI cohort will collaborate with other leaders through a year of professional development and coaching from an array of Spalding faculty, staff and community partners in all facets of organizational development and leadership. Topics include emotional intelligence leadership, financial strategic management, fundraising, marketing and public relations, organizational culture and team-building, legal and ethical matters, and design thinking. Throughout the course, the curriculum will weave in social justice concepts.

“The nonprofits supported by Kosair Charities – and the leaders who run them – are doing incredible work to improve the lives of children and our community. We want those organizations to thrive for many years to come,” Kosair Charities President Keith Inman said. “The nonprofit sector is very important to the economic well-being of the communities they serve. This institute will help those nonprofit leaders make an even greater impact by equipping them with evidence-based tools and valuable skills that can be applied to nearly every aspect of their organizational strategy and culture.”

Inman continued: “Kosair Charities is thrilled to be partnering in this venture with Spalding, which has a mission that focuses on service and compassion and that aligns with our own mission. The university’s faculty and staff will provide great insight and coaching.”

Dr. Joanne Berryman, who recently retired as Spalding’s provost and is a former Senior Vice President for Jewish Hospital and a former CEO of Frazier Rehab Institute, will serve as the university’s Program Director for the Kosair Charities LDI. Berryman is also a certified Gallup Strengths-Based Leadership Coach and is certified by Multi-Health Systems and Genos Inc. as an Emotional Intelligence Coach. Berryman said the concepts discussed in the Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute are similar to what one might learn in a graduate-level course.

Program highlights include:

  • Participants will directly engage with cohort colleagues, professors, community leaders and peer and executive coaches for six hours per month. These interactions, along with individual and team project work, will equate to approximately 96 hours over the yearlong institute.
  • Six lesson modules will be presented: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership; Strategic and Financial Leadership; Advocacy/Nonprofit Resource Development; External Affairs; Organizational Culture; and Legal, Compliance and Ethical Considerations.
  • Spalding faculty and staff, including President Tori Murden McClure, multiple deans, faculty chairs, and executive staff directors, will teach in the program based on their areas of expertise.
  • Final individual or group projects will be presented to the Kosair Charities Board of Directors at the conclusion of the Institute in September, 2020.

“Spalding is well-positioned as a small, compassionate university to take on a project like this and, it’s no surprise that our faculty and staff embraced the opportunity to be involved with Kosair Charities, which is a model organization in our region for philanthropy, advancing the care of children and their families,” Berryman said. “Spalding is eager to do anything we can to collaborate with the leaders of the outstanding organizations that are affiliated with Kosair Charities.”

“We believe this to be a one-of-a-kind partnership in this region between a university and a philanthropic organization to provide broad professional development for nonprofit leaders,” McClure said. “Spalding is proud to join Kosair Charities in helping support and enhance nonprofits that are doing some of our community’s most meaningful work.”

Inaugural Class Roster

  • Brett Bachmann: Chief Executive Officer, Heuser Hearing Institute
  • Brittany Lutke: Executive Director, Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies
  • Christen Byrne: Executive Director, Bluegrass Center for Autism
  • Da’Marrion Fleming: Founder/President, Sowing Seeds With Faith
  • Dave Christopher, Sr.: Founder/CEO, Amped Louisville
  • Dwight Maddox, Jr: Member, Kosair Charities Board of Directors
  • Jennifer Helgeson: President/CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana
  • Johnny Ware: Executive Director, Tiger Foundation
  • Kelly Pullen: EVP Clinical Operations, Home of the Innocents
  • Lee Ann Weinberg: Executive Director, Green Hill Therapy
  • Shelley Snyder: Executive Director, Kentucky Trust for Life
  • Tiffany Cole Hall: Chief Operating Officer, Volunteers of America Mid-States
  • Tracie Texas Shugart: Executive Director, Louisville Metro Police Foundation
  • Whitney Kilburn: Executive Director, Dorman Preschool Center
  • Will Myers: President/CEO, CASA of the River Region
  • Erin Gillespie: Executive Director, Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky
  • D’Shawn Johnson: Executive Director, First Tee of Louisville
  • Mark McCoy: Executive Director, Family Life Center
  • Shelby Russell: Executive Director, Kids Cancer Alliance
  • Jennifer Hancock: President/CEO Volunteers of America Mid-States

About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. 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, please visit

About Spalding University: Established in 1814 and located in downtown Louisville since 1920, Spalding is a historic, private institution that offers graduate, undergraduate and accelerated programs in a range of areas of study. The regionally accredited university offers an innovative schedule of seven six-week sessions per year, allowing students to earn a bachelor’s degree at their own pace. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. Spalding was recognized as the world’s first Compassionate University. More information is available at

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame To Announce 2017 Inductees



Press Conference set for Wednesday, May 17
NEW LOCATION: Freedom Hall

WHAT:     Kosair Charities & The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to announce seven 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees with a press conference Wednesday, May 17th at 10 a.m. at Freedom Hall.

WHO:     Welcome: Jim Ellis, President of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet details and introduction of Inductees: Paul Rogers, 2014 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee  Swag Hartel, world-class runner – 2017 Inductee Dennis Lampley, THS Coach & AD– 2017 Inductee  Rob Bromley, sports anchor at WKYT-TV – 2017 Inductee Kenny Klein, senior associate athletic director & sports information director at U of L – 2017 Inductee  Closing and Interviews with the inductees

WHEN:             Press Conference – begins at 10 a.m., May 17th

WHERE:            Freedom Hall 937 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209

MORE:              The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the state of Kentucky. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more.

The inductees will be honored at a banquet on June 1, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza, located at 830

Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209. The evening will begin with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. and will be followed with dinner and a program.

Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Kosair Charities. To purchase tickets, log onto: 

The 2017 Class of Inductees are listed below:

Marion Miley: From 1936 to 1941, Marion Miley was the best female golfer in America, winning numerous amateur regional championships in the years before the formation of the LPGA. Her prowess on the links, combined with her youthfulness, athleticism and good looks, propelled her to international celebrity. It all came to a tragic end when, at the age of 27, she was murdered during a robbery at the Lexington Country Club. Today she is remembered as a pioneer in women’s sport whose legacy of courage and achievement paved the way for future generations.

Mike Battaglia: Mike Battaglia, eldest son of the late John Battaglia, who created the Spiral Stakes, an early prep for the Kentucky Derby, started announcing horse races in 1972. He called races at Turfway, Keeneland and Churchill Downs, where he called 19 Kentucky Derbys, from Affirmed in 1978 to Grindstone in 1996. He began working for NBC in 1993 and covered all Triple Crown and Breeders Cup races as an analyst and interviewer until 2014. He is the morning line maker for Churchill Downs, Turfway, and Keeneland, where he is also the on-air handicapper.


Dennis Lampley: A legend in Kentucky high school football. Dennis Lampley arrived at Trinity in 1971 and served as defensive coordinator on three state title teams before becoming head coach. He compiled a career record of 138-21, winning five state titles in 10 years, including a state record 50-game win streak from 1988-91. Five of his teams were in the USA Today Top 25. He was National Coach of the Year in 1990, inducted in KHSAA Hall of Fame in 2003, National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012, and Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Kenny Klein:  Kenny Klein is the longtime senior associate athletic director and sports information director at the University of Louisville, joining the Cardinals’ staff in 1983. A graduate of Murray State, Klein is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. He has worked in media operations for the NCAA Final Four since 1985, multiple PGA Championships and Ryder Cups, the Kentucky Derby, and 1987 Pan American Games. He received the 2012 Katha Quinn Award from the US Basketball Writers Association for outstanding service.


Howard Beth: Howard Beth coached the Marshall County Lady Marshals for 30 years. He retired in 2010 with a record of 794-149. Included in this record are five trips to the finals of the LIT, winning the title twice. His teams made 19 appearances in the Sweet 16 state tournament, including a state runner-up title in 1981. His teams captured state titles in 1982 and 1984, that year going unbeaten (34-0). He was inducted into the KHSAA Hall of Fame in 1994 and Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rodger Bird: The youngest of the fabulous Bird brothers (the others were Jerry, Calvin and Billy) from Corbin, Ky., Rodger held virtually every UK rushing record when he graduated in 1966. A first team All-American, he was a first-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, where he was AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 1968 Bird became the first Kentucky native and former Wildcat to play in a Super Bowl.

Swag Hartel: The world-class runner grew up in England. He ran a 1:50:8 and was the fastest 17-year-old half-miler in the world. He came to US on a track scholarship to WKU. He placed 2nd in the British Championship with a 3:40:6, his fastest-ever 1,500 meters. He ran lead off leg for two British relay records and was an Olympic Trials participant. In 1977 he won the first Bluegrass 10,000. In 1979 he won the Ky. Derby Mini-Marathon. In 1981 he ran his first marathon in Louisville 2:19:23. He ran 64 10Ks in under 30 minutes in many towns across Kentucky.

Rob Bromley: Rob Bromley served as sports anchor at WKYT-TV in Lexington for more than 40 years, one of the longest tenures for a sportscaster 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. In 2015, he was inducted into the NATAS Ohio Valley Silver Circle, honoring 25 years or more of distinguished service to the television industry. He was named Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year for 2016 by the National Sports Media Association.


2017 High School Athletic Class includes:


Sacred Heart Academy’s Brooke Forde and Johnson Central’s Geordan Blanton have been named Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Center Kentucky Athletes of the Year.


Brooke Forde: Brooke Forde has not only been one of the top high school female athletes in the state of Kentucky during her four-year career, but has also been one of the elite swimmers in the entire nation. She helped lead Sacred Heart to four straight swimming state titles and currently holds two individual and one relay state record. As a senior, Forde was named to the All-State team after winning state titles in the 200 and 500 freestyles – setting the record in both races – also winning as a member of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays teams. Ranked as the No. 1 college prospect nationally by, Forde has signed with Stanford, has been a member of the U.S. Junior National Team since 2015 and was a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier in four events.


Geordan Blanton:  Geordan Blanton is one of Kentucky’s top football players and wrestlers but will attend Marshall University on a baseball scholarship. Blanton is one of the best three-way athletes Kentucky has seen in years. In football, Blanton helped Johnson Central to the school’s first Class 4-A state championship last season. He played defensive back and wide receiver, was a finalist for Mr. Football, and named Class 4-A Player of the Year.  In wrestling, Blanton won two state titles, finished third overall, and made it to the quarterfinals in his other season. Blanton has also been the star for the Golden Eagles baseball team that made it to the State Tournament during his junior season. Blanton is the team leader in every statistic category – batting average (just under .500), doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases. He was named All-State as a junior and was named the Daily Independent Player of the Year. Geordan is a top candidate for Mr. Baseball honors this season.