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: www.casarr.org/casa101

To learn more about Kosair Charities, visit https://kosair.org/

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 kosair.org.

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 Spalding.edu.

Vegas-style magic show The Magic & The Wonder with world-famous performers to benefit two local charities

Media Alert

Vegas-style magic show The Magic & The Wonder with world-famous performers to benefit two local charities

What:

A Vegas-style magic show brought to Louisville’s Whitney Hall. Ideal for a date, friends, or the whole family, see world-famous performers Kevin James, The Inventor and star of the Broadway hit “The Illusionist”, Jessica Jane – Magician & Entertainer, and Stephen Bargatze, as well as local magicians Patrick and Janice Miller, while supporting a great cause. All proceeds benefit Kosair Charities and Kids’ Center for Pediatric Therapies. Watch promo video.

 When:
Saturday, July 27
6 p.m. – Close-up magic begins in the lobby (all press & media welcome)
7 p.m. – The Magic & The Wonder

*MAGICIANS AVAILABLE JULY 23 – JULY 27 FOR LIVE STUDIO PROMOTIONS

Where:
The Kentucky Center
Whitney Hall
501 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

Who:
World-famous performers Kevin James, The Inventor and star of the Broadway hit “The Illusionist”, Jessica Jane – Magician & Entertainer, and Stephen Bargatze, as well as local magicians Patrick and Janice Miller. ALL MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WELCOME.

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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.

Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies: Since 1958, Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies has provided physical, occupational, and speech therapies to special needs children to help them reach their full potential. Kids Center provides these services regardless of the family’s ability to afford the cost of care. For more information, please visit kidscenterky.org.

Kosair Charities to host children of Camp Quality Kentuckiana for special summer cookout

Media Alert

Kosair Charities to host children of Camp Quality Kentuckiana for special summer cookout

What:
Kosair Charities will host a Kick Off Cookout for nearly 100 children of Camp Quality Kentuckiana on Sunday, June 23. The theme this year will be “Blast from the Past celebrating 30 years of Camp Quality Kentuckiana” featuring music, crafts, the League of Mascots, and more. The annual event leads in to a summer camp, ensuring that every child who has been diagnosed with cancer can have a summer camp experience.

When:
Sunday, June 23

10:30 a.m.: Campers arrive at Kosair Shrine Center
11:30 a.m.: Cookout begins featuring a DJ, crafts, and the League of Mascots
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
*Onsite parking available

Who:
Kosair Charities sponsors accommodations, activities, food and drink for over 90 children attending camp. 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. ALL MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WELCOME.

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About the Organizations

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.

 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.

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.