Kosair Charities Advisory Council Announces Grant Recipients, COVID-19 Relief Funding

Louisville, KY— January 18, 2021 — Kosair Charities Advisory Council, composed of 19 distinguished community members, today announces the recipients of their fiscal year 2021 grant awards. The Advisory Council supports Kosair Charities and their Board of Directors by promoting and advocating for Kosair Charities’ mission to enhance the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Eleven recipient organizations were selected after an extensive application and interview process. This year, the Advisory Council awarded $300,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to these partner agencies, a portion of the full grant commitments of Kosair Charities.

“We recognize the impact that COVID-19 has, and will continue to have, on our children. Kosair Charities Advisory Council wanted to focus this year’s grant efforts to support programs that have needed to adjust their programs to continue assisting children during this challenging time. The Council decided to focus on education and engagement for children,” Council Chair, Bob Bonsutto explained.

The following grants were awarded:

  • 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc. ($25,000) – Promote the safety and well-being of children by implementing strategies that keep fathers involved and families together.
  • Bridge Kids International ($30,000) – Bridge Kids International envisions young people and communities that have the confidence, skills, tools, and resources to solve economic development, education, environmental and health challenges and thrive.
  • Carriage House ($45,000) – Dedicated to the belief that children of all abilities can learn and make progress in an environment that is stimulating, nurturing and where individual differences are respected and celebrated. To create a preschool environment where all children will thrive.
  • City Schoolhouse ($33,000) – City Schoolhouse works to strengthen children and families by empowering them through active and individualized education, fostering a love of learning, and renewing their community through its people.
  • Doors to Hope, a Sisters of Charity Ministry ($5,000) – opens learning opportunities, encourages community involvement and engages in advocacy for immigrant women and families.
  • Global Game Changers ($25,000) – Global Game Changers innovative evidence-based program uses service-learning to develop the whole child by building core social-emotional competencies, character, and leadership skills in K-5 students.
  • Louisville TKO ($23,000) – empowers youth to build successful futures through boxing, positive reinforcement, academic support, and connection to the community.
  • Orchid House, Inc. ($13,000) – 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.
  • Southwest Community Ministries ($40,500) – Strives to create a more financially equitable Southwest community by playing an integral part in alleviating the burden of crisis and poverty in the area.
  • George’s Scholar Institute ($30,000) – Embrace, educate, and empower youth in Louisville, envisioning a future where youth reach their full potential, starting with a successful academic career.
  • Wesley House Community Services ($30,500) –Empower families, individuals, and communities toward self-sufficiency, creating hope and opportunity that result in extraordinary change in the lives of those served. Wesley House Community Services helps people help themselves.

“Wesley House youth are excelling artistically and socially. Because of partnerships like this one with Kosair Charities, we can ensure that children are not left behind.” – Patricia Williams, President and CEO, Wesley House

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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 kosair.org.

Kosair Charities awards $300,000 to HMH Foundation

Kosair Charities awards $300,000 to HMH Foundation
Donation to fund Emergency Department, NICU and BirthPlace

Elizabethtown, Ky., November 6, 2020 – Kosair Charities awarded $300,000 today to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) Board of Directors. The gift will allow the Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and BirthPlace teams to purchase new equipment to help some of their most fragile and youngest patients. The announcement was shared during a virtual meeting.

“The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation helped bring a fully equipped NICU, the only one of its kind, to Central Kentucky,” said Kosair Charities President Keith Inman, an Elizabethtown native. “We are especially proud to support the Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department team work to pursue a pediatric readiness designation, an important honor and assurance that the team offers the highest level of care for the more than 1,100 pediatric patients who come to the hospital each month.”

Kosair Charities has contributed more than $700,000 to the HMH Foundation since 2016. Central Kentucky has long supported Kosair Charities as well. The Brotherhood Banquet organized by the Knights of Columbus 1455 and the Riasok Shrine Club has raised funds for Kosair Charities for more than 65 years.

“We live in a generous community, and it’s amazing how much we can accomplish when we work together for good,” Foundation Chairman Joe Prather said. “We are honored to work with Keith and other community groups to give children access to the best possible care close to home.”

The Baptist Health Hardin NICU will receive an Infant Transport Incubator to safely transport babies without disturbance if they need to transfer to another hospital for more specialized care.

“Since our Level II NICU was established in 2015, we have cared for nearly 800 babies,” said BirthPlace Nurse Manager Dee Dee Diller. “Having the latest technology for our NICU babies is so important to help them thrive.”

BirthPlace will receive a Triton system and Fast Flow Blood Warmer to treat Postpartum Hemorrhaging (PPH), a preventable and potentially life-threatening condition for women after delivering a baby. The Triton system accurately tracks blood loss information during delivery and postpartum care to better detect PPH. Moreover, the Fast Flow Blood Warmer allows PPH patients to receive warmed blood quickly.

The Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department will receive equipment including an ultrasound machine, syringe pumps, fluid warmer, carts, vein viewers and pediatric temperature sensing catheters. The grant also will provide car seats for patients in need.

“Our team always wants to do whatever it takes to give patients the best so they set a goal to achieve the pediatric readiness designation,” said Deanna Parker, Baptist Health Hardin Assistant Vice President of Emergency Services. “Kosair Charities and will help us meet the criteria to apply and meet our goal.”

Baptist Health Hardin operates one of Kentucky’s busiest Emergency Departments seeing more than 70,000 patients annually.

Suggested Photo (download link) and Caption: Photo by Elaina Janes. Neonatologist Chukwuma Nnorom, MD treats a patient in Baptist Health Hardin’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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About HMH Foundation:  The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization governed by a group of community and business leaders from across Central Kentucky. The Foundation provides leadership and resources to secure investments that will improve health in local communities through Baptist Health Hardin. The HMH Foundation is committed to keeping Baptist Health Hardin strong and ensuring access to the very best care close to home for the residents of the 10-county region it serves.

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 kosair.org.

Attorney General Cameron Joins Kosair Charities, Kentucky Youth Advocates to Announce Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit

Toolkit will assist prosecutors across the Commonwealth with prosecuting child abuse cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 27, 2020) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron today joined Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair Charities, and statewide partners in the Face It ® Movement to announce the release of a Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit. Developed by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, the toolkit equips Kentucky prosecutors with best practices and resources to prosecute child abuse cases.

“The Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit provides prosecutors across the Commonwealth with best practices to assist in the prosecution of child abuse cases,” said Attorney General Cameron. “These cases are often some of the most complex and challenging cases that a prosecutor will face in his or her career, and our office is committed to providing resources and support.  Kentucky consistently ranks first in the nation for incidences of child abuse and child maltreatment, and this toolkit is a step toward ensuring that any individual who abuses or neglects a child in the Commonwealth is fully prosecuted.”

The toolkit highlights the importance of cooperation in addressing incidences of child abuse by encouraging collaboration between stakeholders, including Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys, social workers, physicians, and advocates.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Cameron joined Kosair Charities President Keith Inman and Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks, along with child welfare representatives, for a roundtable to discuss methods for combatting child abuse.  This toolkit was an idea that arose from that meeting and, prior to today’s press conference, the group gathered for a follow-up roundtable to discuss next steps.

“Every child deserves to grow up safe and healthy with the support to reach their fullest potential,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities.  “Kosair Charities works diligently towards that goal with our over 100 statewide partners in the Face It Movement – a movement committed to preventing and ending child abuse in the Commonwealth.  We commend Attorney General Cameron’s commitment to helping reach that goal, even more crucial amidst an isolating pandemic, by implementing efforts to ensure perpetrators of abuse cannot harm another child.”

“There’s a pandemic in Kentucky that, unlike COVID-19, sadly is not new,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates.  “But, like COVID-19, it sweeps across our Commonwealth like a plague, impacting every community in every county. But there is hope when it comes to the tragedy of child abuse. We understand its causes and we can not just address it, we can end it. That solution requires intentional actions by us all around prevention and detection. It demands deep investments for those children who have suffered the tragedy of abuse. It takes the tough edged prosecution of abusers. You’ve heard the phrase before but it rings so true when it comes to child abuse – we are all in this together, and together, we can end it.”

The toolkit aims to support prosecutors as they work to protect Kentucky children from abuse and is part of a larger effort to end child abuse in the Commonwealth.

“Working in partnership is critical, because those who harm children do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries,” said Robert M. Duncan, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  “It is important for law enforcement across the state to collaborate with each other to address the harm caused by child abuse and hold offenders accountable for their actions.”

The toolkit provides a roadmap for prosecutors to follow when they receive a child abuse or neglect case and walks prosecutors through conducting the investigation, interviews of the victim of witnesses, and trial preparation.  Topics such as charging strategies, pre-trial and trial issues, and trauma-informed prosecution are also covered.  In addition, applicable case law and statutes for reporting requirements, victim notification, discovery, indictment, and other issues are included to provide a quick reference for prosecutors.

The manual is accompanied by resources that will be available on the Attorney General’s website for easy viewing and download.  These resources include sample motions, opening statements, medical release forms, and social media law enforcement guides that can be customized by prosecutors for use in obtaining discovery and preparing for trial.

“As a prosecutor in a smaller jurisdiction, the development and implementation of the child abuse tool kit is a vital resource for prosecutors in these smaller jurisdictions,” said Courtney Baxter, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit.  “I appreciate the Attorney General’s work on this important issue and the development of this invaluable tool. Bringing all the players to the table allows us to combine our resources and knowledge to protect the most vulnerable in our society and reach our goal of eradicating child abuse.”

“Prosecutors have the responsibility to achieve justice for the child victim and to protect the community from offenders who may go on to sexually abuse others,” said Lou Anna Red Corn, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 22nd Judicial Circuit.  “Child sexual abuse cases are among the most challenging of cases to prosecute. Medical evidence is available in less than 5 percent of the reported cases of CSA, and the prosecution often must rely on the testimony of a child.  The Attorney General’s toolkit will truly assist the state prosecutors because it includes not only the substantive law for the issues that arise in CSA prosecutions, but equally important, it includes information and resources for a trauma-informed, victim-centered prosecution.  The state’s prosecutors appreciate the time, research, and thoughtfulness that has gone into the Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit and we will turn to the toolkit again and again.”

The Office of the Attorney General will make the Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit available to prosecutors throughout the Commonwealth. The toolkit is available to download here.

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

PMC’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 www.pikevillehospital.org.

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 www.kosair.org.

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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.

Where:

* 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, lwehr@kosair.org, 502-637-7696 ext. 103

Gary Copeland, Executive Director
Shively Area Ministries, gary.copeland@shivelyareaministries.com, 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.

WHERE:   https://kosair-2020.hatfield.marketing/

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, lwehr@kosair.org, 502-262-5434 (cell – may call or text)

Kosair Charities Announces Board Member Retirement

Louisville, KY— August 7, 2020 — Longtime Kosair Charities board member, Jerry Ward, has announced his retirement. In his 17 years on the board, he has not only overseen supporting hundreds of organizations whose sole mission is to help kids, but is also one of the founders of the Kosair Charities’ Advisory Council, Face It Movement, oversaw the awarding of hundreds of millions of dollars to agencies who assist children, expanded Kosair Charities reach by opening an East End Facility and office in Shelbyville, KY and dedicated much of his life to helping kids.

As Kosair Charities looks to the future, the following immediate actions have been and are being taken by the organization:

  • Establishment of a committee composed of board, advisory council, staff, and philanthropic leaders to review policies and make recommendations to ensure a culturally diverse and race sensitive culture and organization.
  • Review of all procedures, specifically recruitment, retention, vendor, and procurement policies, with the assistance of vetted partners and resources.
  • Continue funding diverse and equitable causes and organizations ensuring kids in every community have the resources needed to reach their full potential.

Kosair Charities will continue to focus on improving the lives of all children across the Commonwealth as it has done for 97 years. We will not stop until all children can grow up happy, healthy, and safe.

As a society we are at a pivotal point. Together we will continue to listen, learn, and collaborate. Words will be backed up with action through our gifts and grants program, internal and external committees, and policy review to safeguard against any harm to our community and our mission.

We realize we live in a world that is demanding change and are ready to lead that change. We look forward to collectively laying a foundation to celebrate not only 100 years, but progress into a modern and evolved organization laying a foundation for the next 100 years.

Keith Inman
President, Kosair Charities

About the Organization

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. To make this possible, in the last 5 years alone Kosair Charities has granted over $50 million dollars to hundreds of organizations who help children statewide, as well as assisted families directly through the Kosair Kids Program. Watch a video about Kosair Kid ® Henry, who is now reaching his full potential because of Kosair Charities. For more information, visit kosair.org.

10th Anniversary Custom Dream Playhouse Gifted to Kosair Kid

Custom playhouse built for Jane, age 6, through local collaboration was presented during a safe, special reveal

Louisville, KY— June 31, 2020 — Through a unique collaboration between local businesses and non-profits, one lucky Kosair Kid ®, Jane Secrest, received a dream therapeutic playhouse, custom-built and designed for her needs. The playhouse was revealed last week to the family and virtually to the public this morning on the Kosair Charities Facebook page (view video and photos). Tom Waller Signature Homes led the project, constructed at the recipients’ home, on behalf of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA).

For 10 years, the BIA has collaborated with Kosair Charities, River City Bank and numerous BIA members to create playhouses which serve as a therapy-aid to improve and enhance quality of life for a Kosair Kid.

The Playhouse Project would not be possible without the support of the building community “Alongside our builder, Tom Waller of Tom Waller Signature Homes, we are excited to once again partner with Kosair Charities and River City Bank to provide a safe and fun place for this child to play and dream,” said Juva Barber, Executive Vice President, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville.

Several BIA members have donated the building supplies and labor to build this year’s playhouse (see list below). Builder, Tom Waller said, “We as a community are so fortunate to have so many people that can step up and give their time and energy to make these things possible. It’s pretty amazing.”

About the 2020 Recipient:

Jane Secrest: Jane, 6, was adopted from China by the Secrest Family when she was three. Born with abnormally arranged organs, Jane endured multiple surgeries, attended countless therapy sessions, and received funds from the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program. Jane’s family recently learned there were no further interventions and she is now on home hospice care. “The playhouse will serve as incredible motivation for Jane to engage in play, both alone and with her siblings and peers,” said Kasie, Jane’s mom. “This is important for Jane’s health as she often doesn’t feel motivated to play due to her physical limitations, and can become quite disengaged.”

Special thanks to the follow Contributors:

Tom Waller Signature Homes
Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville
River City Bank
Kosair Charities
PC Building Materials
Gonzalez Brothers Framing
Corrigan Electric
Karista Hanna, Set the Stage
KI Lumber
Phillip Osbourne Concrete
Alex Gonzalez Roofing
Carpet Specialists
Scott Riggles Trim
Jones Landscaping + Design
Brecher’s Lighting
Allstate Ready Mix
Louisville Spray Foam
Elder Heating and Air

MEDIA NOTE: Download video and photos. To schedule a time to interview the Secrest family, Juva Barber (BIA), Tom Waller (Tom Waller Signature Homes), Keith Inman (Kosair Charities), or David Hobbs (River City Bank) please notify Stephanie Smith at ssmith@kosair.org.

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About the Organizations

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.org.

Building Industry Charitable Foundation represents the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville.  The BICF mission is to use the talents, resources, and abilities of members of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville to improve the quality of life of special needs children and adults in the community. For more information, visit BICFLouisville.org.

More photos available upon request.

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.

Attorney General Cameron Joins Partners in the Kosair Charities Face It Movement for Press Conference on Child Abuse Prevention and Prosecution

LOUISVILLE, KY (January 7, 2020) –Kentucky has the highest rate of child victims of abuse and more than double the national rate. Today, with partners in the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron shared his office’s commitment to helping end child abuse in the Commonwealth.

Pictured are Kosair Charities president , Keith Inman and Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameron

“Child abuse exploits the innocence of youth and robs our children of the security and safety they desperately need and deserve. We can no longer accept that the Commonwealth leads the nation in child abuse, and we must do all we can to end this injustice for Kentucky’s children,” said Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. “As the chief law enforcement officer for the Commonwealth, I am committed to partnering with child advocacy organizations, as well as state and federal prosecutors, to prevent child abuse and prosecute abusers to the fullest extent of the law. Together, we will work to eliminate child abuse and create safer communities where Kentucky families and children can flourish.”

“Kosair Charities works every day to ensure children have the supports they need to be safe and healthy with opportunities to thrive, and our 100 partners in the Face It Movement are diligent in efforts to keep Kentucky kids safe from abuse and neglect,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities. “We commend Attorney General Cameron’s commitment to helping us reach our goal by implementing efforts to prevent child abuse and ensure perpetrators cannot harm another child. Kentucky is fortunate to have courageous state leaders willing to face the epidemic of child abuse head on.”

In 2018, 24,066 Kentucky children were victims of abuse or neglect. The Face It Movement focuses on a three-pronged approach to addressing Kentucky’s high rate of child abuse and neglect: promote best practices in prevention and intervention, build community awareness, and advocate for effective policies to keep kids safe and strengthen families.

“We know that ending child abuse demands everyone’s commitment. That means principals and pastors, business leaders and child care workers, police officers and the medical community. Ending child abuse also calls for elected leaders to bring vision, courage, and action on this crisis for Kentucky’s kids, and we are so very fortunate to have Attorney General Cameron at the forefront. His imagination and guts can be catalysts in changing the trajectory of the disturbing trendlines we see around abuse and neglect,” said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.

“For the safety of our children, we need to work together to improve the prosecution of perpetrators of child maltreatment. Keeping kids safe is an adult responsibility that spans all professions and caregiver status. My team and I look forward to working with our new Attorney General in addressing this critical, statewide issue,” said Dr. Christina Howard, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Learn more about Face It’s 2020 policy priorities at faceitabuse.org/policy/. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, make a report at 1-877-KYSAFE1.

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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 kosair.org.

About the Face It Movement
The Face It Movement launched in 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities in response to the number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. Face It focuses on a three-pronged approach to addressing child abuse and neglect: promote best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, build awareness and engage the community, and advocate for effective policies to improve the child welfare system. Learn more at faceitabuse.org.

About Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Youth Advocates believes all children deserve to be safe, healthy, and secure. As THE independent voice for Kentucky’s children, we work to ensure policymakers create investments and policies that are good for children. Learn more at www.kyyouth.org.