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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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Guest Post: Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life

115,000 men, women and children are waiting on a lifesaving transplant; in Kentucky that number is around 1,000. Being a registered organ donor is so important to many donor and recipient families across the entire state of Kentucky. It’s very significant in my life as well.

My name is Crysta McGee and I am a Community Educator for Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life in conjunction with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. I focus on youth and multicultural outreach. My story starts way before my job and only begins to explain why Kosair Charities means so much to me, TFL and KODA. All of our missions converge; all three organizations are involved in helping save lives.

My granddad was living the best retired life. While I went away to college, all that began to change for him. He started going into renal failure and was put on dialysis several days a week. The only cure for dialysis is a kidney transplant. Unfortunately, Granddaddy was ineligible for transplant for many reasons.

I saw my family’s situation and basically stereotyped organ donation and transplants (like many other people)- I thought it was something that just impacted older people. It would never happen to me nor anyone younger than me.

I was TOTALLY wrong.

The first day I walked into the TFL office on the Eastern Parkway Kosair Charities Campus (also known as the house of good deeds to me), I was hit with so many stories and pictures of children that have been impacted by this wonderful mission. Seeing these Kosair Kids® in the flesh has totally changed my way of thinking about donation and about life in general.

Louisville resident, Eleanor received a heart transplant when she was just 2 months old- she’s now 7, loves going to school and playing with her little sister.

Riley was born with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. His parents were told he wouldn’t make it to 2 years old. Thanks to someone saying yes to donation, Riley just celebrated his 13th birthday and he’s competing in the upcoming Transplant Games of America. Posters of him are featured in Circuit Court Clerks Offices across the state.

Keegan saved 5 lives when he was 6 years old- 3 with his organs and his heart valves saved 2 little boys around his age. 75% of donated heart valves go to pediatric patients. I never got the chance to meet Keegan, but I know he was an awesome little dude from working with his mom Shannon.

Many more stories could be told about the people I’ve met and the stories I’ve been moved by, but I’ll spare you some reading!

We have space to celebrate these kids and their families as well as funds to go around the state and tell their stories thanks to Kosair Charities! Our partnership makes our reach even greater just by having the Kosair name attached.

Registering as an organ donor simply means if I could save a life, I would save a life. It could possibly help one of our Kosair Kids!

Remember to say YES to organ donation and be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Happy Donate Life Month! DonateLifeKY.org

To learn more about Trust for Life click here.