Kosair Charities Advisory Council Announces 2019 Gifts & Grants

Louisville, KY— December 5, 2018Kosair Charities Advisory Council, composed of seventeen distinguished community members, announced the recipients of their 2019 Gifts and Grants awards. Eight recipient organizations were selected after an extensive application and interview process. The total amount of all awards is $300,000, a piece of the full 2019 grant commitments by Kosair Charities.

2019 Kosair Charities Advisory Council Grant Recipients

“On a daily basis, there are hundreds of non-profits in Kentucky and Southern Indiana doing incredible and selfless work,” said Bob Bonsutto, Chair of Kosair Charities Advisory Council. “To have the opportunity to meet so many of these organizations and individuals, and support their diverse work with children through these grants, is so meaningful.”

The Advisory Council exists to help advise the Kosair Charities Board of Directors, and each year collectively receives selects grant recipients. “We at Louisville TKO are honored to be a recipient of Kosair Charities Advisory Council Grant.  Our mission is to empower the youth of Louisville to build successful futures through a structured boxing program, positive reinforcement, academic support, and connection to the community,” said Joe Reeves, TKO board member. “The funds that we have been awarded through this grant, will help us extend this mission to a new footprint of youths in the community, and for that, we are very grateful.”

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

  • Help Us Grow ($25,000) – Incorporates character development and confidence building components to help struggling readers become confident grade level readers, thus improving their life’s trajectory.
  • Louisville Visual Arts ($25,000) – Improves lives through visual art education, community outreach, and artist support. LVA seeks to engage, inspire, and improve our community through the arts.
  • Living Faith Community Development Center ($28,434) – Dedicated to improving the quality of live for Louisville residents via the following principles: safe communities, development and personal empowerment for our families.
  • Commonwealth Theatre Center ($34,704) – Develops youth and our community through excellence in comprehensive theatre education and performance.
  • George’s Scholar Institute ($35,000) – Works to embrace, educate and empower youth in Louisville.
  • Sowing Seeds With Faith ($41,192) – Paring diverse youth academically and socially for the adverse moments in life by instilling accountability, expectations, structure and faith.
  • Black Community Development Corporation ($49,650) – Fosters social and economic empowerment to distressed communities in Louisville.
  • Louisville TKO, Inc. ($61,020) – Empowers youth to build successful futures through a structured boxing program, positive reinforcement, academic support, and connection to the community.

“The Impact of this grant honestly is hard to put into words. As a grassroots organization, to see this actually come to fruition is beyond my wildest dreams,” said DaMarrion Fleming, president & founder of Sowing Seeds With Faith. “This grant will academically push youth in the right direction with a new level of accountability that we can put on both youth and parents.”

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

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About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. We know 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 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care each year. For more information, please visit kosair.org

Kosair Charities 4th Annual Pie Auction

Local chefs, Kendra Scott, help support Kosair Kids ®

Louisville, KY— November 19, 2018 — Fifteen local chefs, auctioneer and owner of Mr. “P” Express Alan Parnell, Rachel Collier, retailer Kendra Scott and many more lent their talents to support the fourth annual Kosair Charities Annual Pie Auction on Sunday. Presented by truckload contract carrier, Mister “P” Express, attendees had the opportunity to bid on custom desserts and unique holiday gifts in time for both Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

“Who wouldn’t want to serve a pie exclusively made by a local chef at their Thanksgiving, or start holiday shopping with jewelry designed by a Kosair Kid” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “This event brings together unique aspects of our community to help our most precious gift of all – children.”

This year’s event, emceed by WDRB’s Rachel Collier, included a live auction featuring 30 holiday desserts, a silent auction filled with a variety of holiday gifts and desserts, as well as an exclusive Kendra Scott jewelry trunk show experience. The trunk show featured signature pieces designed by Kosair Kid®, Kendall and Kosair Kids Club Member, Olivia. Net proceeds supported Kosair Charities.

“Mister “P Express strongly believes in giving back to our community, especially when it comes to the lives of children. Our company motto is the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” said Cindy Collier, co-owner with husband, Allan Parnell.  “The heart of Mister “P” Express begins at the root of the company; we are dedicated to our community and strongly support Kosair Charities and what they do to assist children in need.”

The highest live auction item was Pie Cookies made by local kids, which sold for $2,000. The event was held on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 2 – 5 p.m. at The Shrine Center on Bardstown Road.

View photos from the event at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/156239270@N07/albums/72157703709300904

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About Kosair Charities: 

Since 1923, Kosair Charities has shown children their potential, instead of their obstacles. Through our grant and financial assistance programs, we are advancing child advocacy services, childhood education, clinical research, pediatric healthcare, and social services—setting the stage for kids to take flight. Learn more at www.kosair.org.

Kosair Charities Announces Gifts & Grants, Honors Area Leaders at Crystal Ball

2019 Gifts & Grants and award recipients announced at Oct. 25 event Louisville, KY— October 26, 2018 — Local individuals and organizations that make a difference in the lives of children were celebrated at the 4th Annual Kosair Charities Crystal Ball on Thursday, October 25 at the Kosair Shrine Center. The event honored distinguished community […]

Kosair Charities Hosts Night at the Zoo

Kosair Kids ® Night at the Zoo aims to provide a safe, stress-free trick or treating for special needs kids in our community.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 18, 2018) – Kosair Charities helped make trick or treating possible for children with special needs and their families on Wednesday night. Over 2,100 attendees enjoyed candy booths, character photos, glow sticks, a dance party, and more during the event.

“This is an event like no other,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “The children and families inspire me on a daily basis and it is incredible to help them celebrate Halloween in a comfortable way.”

Kosair Kids ® Night at the Zoo and the collaboration between Kosair Charities and the Louisville Zoo began 13 years ago. It is a private event is made possible by both Kosair Charities as well as funds donated on Give for Good Louisville.  Held during “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” at the Zoo, attendance is limited at this event to ensure a spacious and safe environment so kids and families escape their challenges for a stress-free Halloween experience like no other.

“We are honored to have partnered with Kosair Charities for over a decade to make this event possible and share both the Zoo and a unique trick or treat experience,” said Zoo Director, John Walczak. “The smiles on the kid’s faces are priceless.”

The event was held on Wed., Oct. 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. at The Louisville Zoo.

Learn more about each organization at www.kosair.org and www.louisvillezoo.org.

View photos from the event at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/156239270@N07/albums/72157696703825040.

 

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About Kosair Charities: 

Since 1923, Kosair Charities has shown children their potential, instead of their obstacles. Through our grant and financial assistance programs, we are advancing child advocacy services, childhood education, clinical research, pediatric healthcare, and social services—setting the stage for kids to take flight. Learn more at www.kosair.org.

 

About the Louisville Zoo:
The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Kosair Charities Announces $1.2 Million Grant to Help End Child Abuse

Grant will support the Face It ® Movement addressing child abuse & neglect in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 18, 2018)Kosair Charities announced today a $1.2 million-dollar grant to Kentucky Youth Advocates to continue funding for the Face It ® Movement, a multi-partner initiative aiming to prevent child abuse. The grant was unveiled at a joint press conference on Thursday morning.

The Face It® Movement, launched in April 2013, is fully funded by the Kosair Charities grant and coordinated by Kentucky Youth Advocates. It was formed in response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. The grant supports primary prevention programming, campaign management, marketing, community education and awareness, trainings and education for youth and professionals, conferences, educational events, and policy advocacy and implementation focused on safe kids and strong families.

Face It has grown from a small group of initial partners to nearly 60 partner organizations—including nonprofits, government agencies, medical professionals, child-serving agencies, neighborhood centers, the courts, advocacy organizations, and school systems—across Kentucky.

“There is nothing more important in our Commonwealth than protecting our children,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities. “The Face It ® Movement brings together community members and organizations who collectively can effect change.”

In five years, partners have trained nearly 6,000 professionals on child abuse prevention and recognition, distributed 60,000 educational resources across the Commonwealth, and successfully advocated for eight statewide policies that have become law in Kentucky.

“The essence of this movement lives in both policy and programs,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “We must ensure the proper policies are in place while simultaneously activating effective programming. Child abuse prevention work will continue until it is no longer a societal issue.”

The press conference announcing the grant was hosted at Neighborhood House, led by Executive Director, Yvette Livers, who helps activate the resources provided by the Face It ® Movement. Established in 1896, Neighborhood House was the first settlement house in Kentucky. Over 119 years later, it is a community center that serves children and families living in Portland and surrounding low-income neighborhoods.

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.

About Kosair Charities
Since 1923, Kosair Charities has shown children their potential, instead of their obstacles. Through our grant and financial assistance programs, we are advancing child advocacy services, childhood education, clinical research, pediatric healthcare, and social services—setting the stage for kids to take flight. Learn more at www.kosair.org.

Kosair Charities to Support Dare to Care’s Feeding Kids Initiative

Multi-year grant to provide food assistance for Kentuckiana kids

Louisville, Ky. (September 7, 2018) – One local non-profit has received a multi-year grant from Kosair Charities to help feed children in need in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Dare to Care Food Bank will receive a grant from Kosair Charities beginning in October to support critical food assistance services to 38,860 children – an initiative called Feeding Kids.

Students and staff from Waller-Williams Elementary pictured with Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities.

“Kosair has a long-standing partnership with Dare to Care,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “Their goal of feeding the hungry in our community directly aligns with our mission of helping children in need. We look forward to the impact of this collaboration for years to come.”

The three-year grant to Dare to Care will fully fund or support:

  • Sustaining Dare to Care’s food distribution to a network of nearly 300 partner agencies serving vulnerable children in our community.
  • Backpack Buddy’s operations at Churchill Park School and Alfred Binet School where majority of students are special needs and from low-income families
  • Additional Backpack Buddy operations at over 40 schools, benefitting approximately 2,555 children annually.
  • Home Delivery Pilot Program, where approximately 75 children from low-income households will receive a food box twice a month.

The total grant award is $750,000 over a three year period, beginning in October. “I am sincerely grateful for Kosair Charities’ partnership and for the foundation’s dedication to helping children and youth in need,” said Brian Riendeau, Executive Director of Dare to Care. “Kosair Charities’ support of supportive services has impacted hundreds of children from low-income households.”

The full list of 2018-2019 Gift & Grants Recipients from Kosair Charities will be announced at the annual Crystal Ball event on Oct. 25. Learn more about each organization at Kosair.org and DaretoCare.org.

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About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. We know 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 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care each year. For more information, please visit kosair.org or call Lindsay Wehr at 502.637.7696 Ext. 103.

About Dare to Care: Dare to Care Food Bank is a local nonprofit agency with a mission to lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need.  In the past 12 months, Dare to Care distributed food for more than 20 million meals to eight Kentucky and five Indiana counties.  Dare to Care, through its Community Kitchen, serves more than 35 Kids Cafes in neighborhood afterschool locations and operates Backpack Buddy weekend nutrition programs in 40+ Kentuckiana elementary schools.  Learn more at daretocare.org.

KOSAIR ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION GRANT TO FUND FOR THE ARTS

Grant will create arts programming and experiences for kids throughout Greater Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 28, 2018) Fund for the Arts announced today a multiyear, million-dollar grant from Kosair Charities to create arts education and experiences for children across the Greater Louisville region. The grant was unveiled at a joint press conference on Tuesday morning.

Idris Goodwin, Keith Inman, Brett Bachmann, Christen Boone, Mayor Greg Fischer, and Heuser Hearing & Language Academy Students.

This grant marks a significant step for both organizations. For the Fund, the grant strengthens the organization’s role as a steward of sizable charitable gifts and reinforces their commitment to serving a wider range of communities. For Kosair, this grant represents an effort to meet the needs of every child throughout the region and state.

The purpose of this grant is to provide numerous, high-quality arts programming and educational experiences for children throughout Louisville and the surrounding counties. In doing so, the grant fulfills several tenets of the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 plan, including increased arts access, engagement through education and the cultivation of new arts opportunities for the region’s next generation.

“We’re humbled by Kosair Charities’ remarkable investment and grateful for the immense opportunity that this grant represents,” said Christen Boone, president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts. “Their commitment ensures impactful arts experiences for our region’s youngest members and in doing so, creates a foundation for our arts community for years to come.”

The grant also marks an evolution in the years-long partnership between the Fund and Kosair, which began in 2012. Since 2015, the organizations have provided Arts for Kosair Kids, a program that focuses on the healing, transforming power of the arts and collaborates with local arts organizations to engage youth on a weekly basis through arts instruction, performances and exhibits.

“Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “We are honored to further our relationship with Fund for the Arts, helping to provide enriching arts engagement for special needs youth, where art is such an integral part of their learning process.”

The press conference announcing the grant was hosted at Heuser Hearing & Language Clinic. Idris Goodwin, the new producing artistic director at StageOne, was also on-hand to discuss the positive implications of this grant for the arts community as a whole.

“Kosair Charities is fueling life long learning in a major way with this transformative investment in arts education,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “We know that by leveraging arts and culture, our students are more likely to academically achieve, be civically engaged, and equipped with essential 21st century skills.”

About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports world-class institutions, community organizations and arts in education. Fund for the Arts also hosts the nationally recognized NeXt! leadership development program for young professionals, and leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org

About Kosair Charities

About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. We know 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 200 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care each year. For more information, please visit www.kosair.org or call Lindsay Wehr at 502.637.7696 Ext. 103.

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Custom Bike Gifted to Special Needs Child in New Albany

Kosair Charities helps provide custom bike to 6-year-old Brayden Gaddie after recent theft.

Louisville, KY— July 26, 2018 — Kosair Charities, the largest charity for children in the history of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, has committed to replacing the custom-made bike of special needs 6-year old Brayden Gaddie after it was recently stolen from their New Albany home.

“I received a call from a staff member informing me what had happened and I knew immediately we had to help,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “This has been the core of our mission since 1923, helping kids in need, and we are honored to assist Brayden and his family.”

The New Albany family had just moved into the neighborhood just days before six-year- old Brayden’s bike was stolen. The Huffy bike had custom features designed by family and friends such as the seat, handlebars, and pedals to improve lack of motion due to the six-year-old’s Cerebal palsy. The brand new bike, expected to be ready in 1-2 weeks, is being built by National Seating and Mobility and custom made for Brayden’s needs.

“As a mother I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the community,” said Brayden’s mother, Nicole Wilson. “The out pouring of love for a child they don’t even know. We never imagined such a response. We are truly blessed and will forever be grateful to Kosair Charities, National Seating and Mobility, and everyone who reached out with help of support from the Kentuckian area.”

The Kosair Kids ® Financial Assistance Program supports kids such a Brayden. If you know a child living in Kentucky or Southern Indiana who needs assistance with medical service referrals and financial support, please visit kosair.org/financial-assistance-program/.

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About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. We know 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 200 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care each year. For more information, please visit kosair.org or call Lindsay Wehr at 502.637.7696 Ext. 103.

Media Advisory: Kosair Charities to Host a Derby Themed Cookout for Camp Quality Kentuckiana

WHAT |           Join Kosair Charities as they host the Kick Off Cookout for the children of Camp Quality Kentuckiana on Sunday, June 24. The theme this year will be “Camp Derby Festival” featuring music, the    League of Mascots, Ehrler’s Ice Cream and more. The annual kick-off event will help the kids get ready and pumped up for their week at camp.

WHEN |         Sunday, June 24th

10:30 a.m.: Campers arrive at Kosair Shrine Center

11:30 a.m.: Cookout begins featuring a DJ, games, League of Mascots and Ehrler’s Ice Cream

1:30 p.m.: Campers load the buses. Once the buses are loaded the campers head to camp, located at Country Lake Christian Retreat.

WHERE |         Kosair Shrine Center

                              4120 Bardstown Road

                              Louisville, KY 40218

MORE |           Camp Quality offers a week-long camp to children who have or are in remission from cancer, so they can come together to just be kids. Kosair Charities sponsors accommodations, activities, food and drink for over 90 children attending camp.

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 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 200 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year. For more information please visit http://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

About Camp Quality Kentuckiana: Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences and companionship at no cost. Camp Quality promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential.

Kosair Kids® to be Featured at 2018 Derby Festival Events

KOSAIR KIDS® TO BE FEATURED AT DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS

 

April 12, 2018. Louisville, KY.   – A new class of celebrities will make appearances at Kentucky Derby Festival events this year. Kosair Charities has partnered with the Derby Festival to present the 2018 Kosair Kids® Class of Celebrities. These six children are each celebrities in their own right – some fighting to overcome debilitating illness with courage, tenacity and always a smile; others choosing to give of themselves to help others. Each will get to participate in a select Festival event in 2018 and receive the VIP treatment.

“This is a class of amazing kids from around Kentuckiana who inspire everyone they meet,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “We’re honored to have them join us for this year’s Festival and to be able to showcase all the good Kosair Charities does for children in our community.”

“Kosair Charities is thrilled to partner with the Kentucky Derby Festival to give once in a lifetime experiences to kids,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “The Kosair Kids® Class of Celebrities represents how to be inspirational and strong everyday regardless of your journey.”

This year’s Celebrity Class includes:

Laiken Weber, Age 13 – Laiken’s involvement with Kosair Charities began six years ago when she was just seven years old. An admitted fashionista, Laiken walked the runway in this year’s Spring Fashion Show! Sometimes referred to as Chairwoman of the Kids Club, this much-deserved moniker founded a fundraising effort called the High Five Club.

Bree Brown, Age 15– Bree is from Southern Indiana and is currently battling a relapse of Ewing’s Sarcoma (a bone and soft tissue cancer). Since 2016 Bree has attended Kosair supported agency Camp Quality. She is excited to be part of the inaugural Kosair Kids® Celebrity Class, and will be fulfilling a lifelong dream of riding in a hot air balloon for the 2018 U.S. Bank Great Balloon Charity Race.

Jenna Mohammed, Age 9 – Jenna was born prematurely, and at 18 months old she was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia. Jenna is a bold and confident fashionista who loves pretending to cook. She will be joining the Royal Court at The Children’s Tea with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses.

Olivia & Alexandra Allen, Ages 13 & 10 – Olivia joined the Kosair Charities Kids Club in the Spring of 2015 when she donated 117 brand new toys. Olivia created her very own non-profit called “Girls Giving for Good” to help other young women her age give back to those in need. Together, Olivia and her younger sister Alexandra collected over 100 chapter books for Kosair Kids® in October of 2017. You can see these amazing sisters in the 2018 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade!

Henry Hinson, Age 5 – Henry has bigger dreams and more personality than most people have in a lifetime. Henry was born with the spinal defects spina bifida and Chiari II malformation, as well as hydrocephalus but never lets that stop him! Henry will be attending Celebrity Day at the Downs.

Be sure to keep your eye out for these inspirational kids. For more information on the 2018 Kosair Kids® Class of Celebrities, visit kdf.org!  For more information about these Kosair Kids® and Kosair Charities, please contact Erin Fowler, VP of Event Marketing & Communications at (502) 637-7696, ext. 108.

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About Kentucky Derby Festival:
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people in a two- week period and has a local economic impact of more than $127 million.  This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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 200 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year. For more information, please visit http://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.