Brotherhood Banquet, Phillips Homes Support Kosair Charities, Community

54th Annual Brotherhood Banquet + proceeds of a home sale by Phillips Homes help Kosair Kids®

Elizabethtown, KY— May 23, 2019 — Members of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus and the RIASOK Shrine Club and have donated proceeds from the 54th Annual Brotherhood Banquet to Kosair Charities. Local home builder Phillips Homes donated the proceeds of the sale of a newly constructed home as part of the fundraising efforts. A check for the grand total of $71,500 was presented Wednesday, May 22 to Kosair Charities representatives at the Pritchard Community Center.

“Kosair Charities is honored and grateful for many years of support from the Brotherhood Banquet and the Elizabethtown community,” said Keith Inman, Kosair Charities president. “We are humbled by the generosity of the entire Elizabethtown community, the Knights of Columbus, and the RIASOK Shrine Club. The support is life changing for Kosair Kids®.”

The Brotherhood Banquet began with an idea and a friendship of two men in 1965, Thomas R. Clark, Sr., Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and William J. Harris, President of the RIASOK Shrine Club. Since its inception, the Brotherhood Banquet has raised over $750,000. Children in the Elizabethtown community benefit from this support through Kosair Charities’ financial assistance for families in need of help with their children’s medical bills. Most recently Kosair Charities provided grant funding for the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

“Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus and the RIASOK Shrine Club extend our heartfelt gratitude to Phillips Homes, all banquet sponsors and to the Elizabethtown, Hardin and surrounding counties for their support of this ongoing community event,” said Tom Clark, Jr., local business owner and one banquet organizer. “The money raised has continued to bless our community in many ways and my father, Thomas Clark, Sr. and William Harris would be very proud of their legacy.”

Special this year, Phillips Homes donated the proceeds of the sale of a newly constructed Elizabethtown home to Kosair Charities as part of the Brotherhood Banquet fundraising efforts. The grand total of $71,500 was possible due to the support of many generous sponsors and supporters of the Brotherhood Banquet and the Phillips Homes project.

Members of Kosair Charities staff and board, RIASOK Shrine Club, Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus and community members at Wednesday’s check presentation.

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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.

MEDIA ALERT: Kosair Chairites, Face It Announce Support to Exploited Children’s Help Organization

Contact:
Lindsay Wehr, Kosair Charities at lwehr@kosair.org
Sonja Grey, ECHO at sonja@echo-ky.org
Mara Powell, Kentucky Youth Advocates, at mpowell@kyyouth.org

Media Alert

Kosair Charities, Face It Movement Announce Support to Exploited Children’s Help Organization

What:
Kosair Charities and the Face It ® Movement will make a joint announcement concerning financial support for the Exploited Children’s Help Organization (ECHO), who has worked since 1983 to reduce the impact and incidence of child abuse and exploitation. In the last year, ECHO has educated and empowered over 4,440 kids is our community to recognize the signs of abuse and how to be safe. Donuts and coffee provided thanks to North Lime Coffee & Donuts.

When:
Thursday, April 18, 2019
9 a.m. (Speakers), 9:30 a.m. (Check Presentation)

 Where:
Bridges of Hope – Neighborhood Place
1411 Algonquin Parkway, Louisville, KY 40210
On-site parking available.

Who:
Keith Inman of Kosair Charities, Terry Brooks of Kentucky Youth Advocates, Commonwealth Attorney and ECHO Board Member, Thomas Wine, and Sonja Gray of ECHO. Photographers and all media welcome.

Why:
The Face It ® Movement, launched in 2013 and funded by Kosair Charities, directly addresses child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. ECHO is one of 70+ partner organizations helping in these efforts. This event will celebrate funding support to ECHO from both Kosair Charities and Face It ®.

Kosair Charities Announces New Board Chair

Hugh “H” I. Stroth, Chairman

Hugh I. (“H”) Stroth elected Chair of Kosair Charities Board of Directors 

The Kosair Charities Board of Directors is pleased to announce Hugh I. (“H”) Stroth, Jr. as the new Board Chair. Active in community service, Stroth is a member of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy. He formerly served on several boards, including the Spalding University Board of Trustees, Heuser Hearing and Language Academy, and as an ex-officio member of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks Trust for Life.

“Families face an infinite number of challenges when raising a child,” said Stroth. “Kosair Charities is on the journey to find solutions helping kids in our community become healthy and successful.”

Including Stroth, the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the 23-member board includes: Matthew Brotzge (Vice Chairman), Kirk Carter (Treasurer), and J.B. Hitt, II (Secretary). The Board is currently going through a strategic planning process with Kosair Charities President, Keith Inman, which will culminate in a comprehensive plan for the next several years.

Stroth retired as Corporate Director of Donor Development for Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 non-profit medical facilities across North America that cares for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal abnormalities and injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Prior to joining Shriners Hospitals, he spent over 17 years at the University of Kentucky as Director of Development for the Medical Center and College of Medicine, and Director of Development for Institutional Programs. He also was Associate Vice President for Development at the University of Louisville.

He holds an M. Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration with emphasis in Institutional Advancement from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a B.S. degree from Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY.

He and his wife, Ann, have three daughters and three grandchildren.

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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, please visit kosair.org.

Custom Dream Playhouse Gifted to Four Kosair Kids

Custom playhouse built for four kids through local collaboration were presented during this culminating Playhouse Reveal event

Through a unique collaboration between local businesses and non-profits, four Kosair Kids ® received custom-built dream playhouses. In its 9th consecutive year, this year two sets of siblings – Anistyn and Easton and Lola and Oliver – received playhouses on March 21 which were designed, built and decorated especially for their needs. The children are involved in every step of the process.

The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) teams with Youth Build Louisville, Kosair Charities, and many local businesses and builders each year to create playhouses which serve as a therapy-aide for continued strength and improve and enhance their quality of life.

“Alongside our builders, Eldridge Company and Miranda Construction, we are excited to once again be partnering with Kosair Charities, River City Bank and YouthBuild Louisville to provide a safe and fun place for these children to play and dream,” said Juva Barber, Executive Vice President, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville.

About the 2019 Recipients

The Rosenbaum Family

Lola and Oliver Rosenbaum: Both Lola (8) and Oliver (6) have Down syndrome. Oliver is dual-diagnosed with moderate to severe Non-Verbal Autism. The Rosenbaum’s feel that a playhouse will help promote Lola and Oliver’s physical, cognitive, learning, visual, low muscle tone, and hearing experiences all while playing. In addition to traditional therapy, the playhouse will provide continued therapy play in the comfort of home. The children are served by Down Syndrome of Louisville and Visually Impaired Preschool Services.

The Hurst Family

Anistyn and Easton Hurst: Anistyn (7) and Easton (5) were both born with cystic fibrosis. This disease is caused by a defective gene that creates a buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. A playhouse would encourage active outdoor play, with the movement helping prevent the build-up of mucous in their lungs and avoids persistent coughs. The playhouse will be themed as a superhero lair and assist in their lifelong battle against cystic fibrosis.

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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 operates under the Executive Committee of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville with the mission 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.

YouthBuild Louisville’s mission is to capitalize on the positive energy of young adults by helping them rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family. To learn more about YouthBuild Louisville, visit youthbuildlouisville.org.

Hwang’s Martial Arts to present Kosair Charities with fundraising proceeds

Media Alert

What:
Prior to promotional color belt tests on March 16, months of fundraising by Hwang’s Martial Arts (HMA) will culminate in a GRAND TOTAL check presentation to Kosair Charities. Representatives from both organizations as well as hundreds of HMA students and families will be present for the check presentation, followed by student belt tests.

When:
Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:30 a.m. (Speakers, demonstrations), 9 a.m. (Check Presentation)

Where:
Hwang’s Martial Arts
2813 N. Hurstbourne Parkway Ste. 201
Louisville, KY 40223

Who:
Mimi Hwang and the Horseman Fundraising Committee of Hwang’s Marital Arts, Lindsay Wehr of Kosair Charities, and select HMA students and families will be available for media interviews. Photographers and all media welcome.

Why:
More than a Martial Arts Studio, Hwang’s Martial Arts is dedicated to giving back to the community through fundraising and hard work. Community service is incorporated as a part of the school’s curriculum. This year, Hwang’s Martial Arts joined with the annual Louisville Kids Fair Indoor Carnival, as well as hosting fundraising activities through the winter, with proceeds to support Kosair Charities.

About the 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.org.

About Hwang’s Martial Arts:
Offering a wide variety of programs such as after-school program, birthday parties, all day summer camps, judo, and Hapkido, instructors and volunteers set Hwang’s Martial Arts apart. With 3 locations in the community, Hwang’s Martial Arts team is also dedicated to giving back to the community through fundraising and hard work. For more information, visit hwangsmartialarts.com.

Miller High Ball on Feb. 23 to Support Kosair Charities, Maryhurst

For more information or questions, contact:
Lindsay Wehr, Kosair Charities at lwehr@kosair.org or 502.637.7696
Stephanie Smith, Kosair Charities at ssmith@kosair.org or 502.637.7696
Visit: https://one.bidpal.net/mhb19

Media Alert
What: The 2nd Annual Miller High Ball, honoring the late Coach Paulie and Mary Miller, will raise awareness and funds for both Kosair Charities and Maryhurst. Paulie Miller was a “Hall of Fame” football coach who coached five All-Americans and a Heisman Trophy winner from Louisville Flaget High School. He also coached at Trinity High School and the University of Louisville. Following 25 years of coaching, Paulie was elected to serve the community for 18 years as Circuit Court Clerk of Jefferson County. The strength and support behind Paulie was his beloved wife Mary. Event features cocktails, dinner, silent auction and dancing to Kudmani. Sponsors include: Four Roses Bourbon, Tito’s Vodka, Falls City Beer, Old 502 Winery, Belterra Casino and Resort, MPG Media, and Outfront Media. Hundreds of attendees are expected; media welcome for photos and TV/print interviews.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
6:30 p.m. (registration), 7:30 p.m. (dinner), 8:15 (live auction), 9 p.m. (live music)

Where: Louisville Marriott East, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd.

Who: Miller family members, Keith Inman of Kosair Charities, Judy Lambeth of Maryhurst, and sponsors will be available for media interviews at 6:30 p.m. or after. Photographers and all media welcome.

Why: The Miller family witnessed their parents, the late Coach Paulie and Mary Miller, reach out to kids and instill in them a “burning desire” to achieve whatever they dreamed. The event hosted by the family is to continue their parent’s efforts to help kids in the community.

About the 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.org.

 Maryhurst, founded by the Sisters of the Good Shephard in 1843 under the direction of Bishop Flaget, is recognized as one of the few agencies in the country capable of caring for youth who are among the most traumatized victims of abuse and neglect. Maryhurst’s programs include behavioral health services, community counseling, a campus based school and residential program, group homes and foster care.

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.