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Kosair Charities® announces Holiday Donation Drive

Making the Holidays Brighter for Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s Kids

The stories of Kosair Kids® are heartwarming, but they all have one thing in common – the love of toys, books, and bikes. Kosair Charities is excited to kick off their “Holiday Toy Drive” officially on Wednesday, November 22.

This donation-based program enables the community of Louisville and southern Indiana to giveKosairHolidayWishlist back to Kosair Kids® by simply donating a new book or toy valued between $15-$20.

This year’s wish list includes the following:

  • Art Supplies
  • Board Games
  • Chapter books
  • Legos
  • Barbies
  • Superheroes

Please note: Toys must be brand new in a box and unwrapped; books should be for all reading levels up to 8th grade.

MEDIA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:

Kosair Charities Corporate Kite Club member, Park Community Credit Union is officially kicking off the “Holiday Toy Drive” with the purchase of toys and books to donate on Wednesday, November 22, at 9:30 a.m. at Target in Middletown, 12975 Shelbyville Road.

“Park Community Credit Union values giving back to the community. On November 22nd, we’ll be shopping at the Middletown Target to surprise a few families with presents for the holidays. We’ll also be buying family games, coats, and stocking Kosair with items they need to spread holiday cheer this season. We love our friends at Kosair Charities, and we’re thankful for this opportunity to further their mission,” stated Ellie Yerkes, Director of Business Development at Park Community Credit Union.

How can the public and other organizations donate? If you would like to hold a toy drive at your office and need more information, or a collection bin, contact Kaitlin White at (502) 637-7696, x106 or kwhite@kosair.org.  For individuals who wish to donate, please schedule a time to drop off donations at 982 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, Kentucky, by contacting Kaitlin directly at the phone number or email address above. To make a monetary donation visit kosair.org.

 

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

 

Kosair Charities® Announces Partnership with U of L’s raiseRED Dance Marathon

RaiseRedKosair Charities to match first 50 dancers who raise $1,000
Event Date: February 23, 2018

LOUISVILLE, KY (November 1, 2017) – Kosair Charities is proud to announce a new partnership with the raiseRED Dance Marathon, presented by Papa John’s Pizza. RaiseRED is a nationally recognized student-led philanthropic campaign that fights to end pediatric cancer and better the lives of children and their families in Louisville.

 

RaiseRED focuses year-round to support the children, families, and doctors fighting pediatric cancer at UofL.  Fundraising has begun and will cumulate with an 18-hour dance marathon celebration on February23, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m.

Kosair Charities has committed to match up to $50,000 for raiseRED’s top 50 student fundraisers in 2018. In 2017, raiseRED’s top individual fundraiser raised more than $4,000 and overall 1,000 students raised more than $459,000 through 6,585 unique donations. RaiseRED’s 2018 dance marathon has a fundraising goal of $550,000. Since raiseRED’s establishment in 2013, more than $1,000,000 has been raised for the fight against pediatric cancer at UofL.

“RaiseRED is excited to begin this partnership with Kosair Charities. Our aim is that through our combined efforts and a common mission, we can spread our influence and further benefit the lives of children in our community, stated Mary Grace Gormley, raiseRED Sponsorship Coordinator. We are so grateful to be working with Kosair Charities, and we can’t wait to see where this partnership takes us!”

All proceeds from raiseRED Dance Marathon will support patient care in the UofL Physicians – Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders outpatient practice as well as research performed at the University of Louisville. You can donate now: https://raisered.org

 

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

 

About raiseRED
RaiseRED is a nationally recognized student-led philanthropic campaign that fights to end pediatric cancer and better the lives of Louisville children and their families. RaiseRED is the University of Louisville’s largest student-run philanthropic organization and the only student organization to support the clinical and medical research efforts at the University of Louisville. RaiseRED works year-round to support the children, families, and doctors fighting pediatric cancer at UofL. For more information, please visit https://raisered.org/. Follow raiseRED on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Kosair Charities Announces 2017-18 Gifts & Grants Recipients

 

Kosair Charities is proud to celebrate those that make a difference in the lives of children throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana with its annual Crystal Ball, which will be held on Saturday, OInvitation_Frontctober 7 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Kosair Shrine Center, located at 4120 Bardstown Road.

The Crystal Ball event was designed to acknowledge and honor a select group of the area’s most distinguished members of the medical community, as well as to spotlight and garner awareness for the amazing work of a number of exceptional Kentucky & Southern Indiana charities.

“This year’s celebration will continue to honor the hard work and dedication that our partnering agencies provide to our community,” stated Jerry Ward, Kosair Charities, Chairman of the Board. “Every one of these organizations makes a difference in the lives of Kosair Kids®.”

MEDIA PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception with attendees and special award winners

7:30 p.m. Dinner begins

8:00 p.m. Award presentation recognizing Tori Murden McClure, Dr. Judy Theriot, MD, CPE, The Jones Family and the gifts and grants recipients.

More about the awards are listed below:

The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award

The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award recipient reflects the moral values, compassion, and commitment to serving humanity exemplified in a leadership role in non-profit organizations. Randy’s values, ethical conduct, and service above self are the key factors in choosing the individual to receive this award. The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award shall be given to Tori Murden McClure.

The Roger Fox Award

The Roger Fox Award recognizes a physician whose dedication to children provides hope that all kids will one day be able to run and play. That was the hope Roger Fox had and never lost. Mr. Fox was a dedicated member of Kosair Charities who passed away prematurely and this award is given in his honor. The 2017 recipient of the Roger Fox Award goes to Dr. Judy Ann Theoriot, MD, CPE.

The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award        

The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group who have advanced children’s goals for the future through vision, innovation, and self-sacrifice.  The 2017 recipient of the Sam Swope Community Leadership Award is the Jones Family.

The following organizations are a part of the 2017-18 Gifts & Grants program:

  • Americana Community Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
  • Bluegrass Center for Autism
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana (The)
  • Boys & Girls Haven
  • Camp Quality USA—Kentuckiana
  • Carriage House Educational Services
  • CASA of Bullitt County
  • CASA of the Heartland
  • CASA of the River Region
  • Center for Nonprofit Excellence
  • Center for Women and Families (The)
  • Central Louisville Community Ministries
  • Council on Developmental Disabilities (The)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Dare to Care Food Bank
  • Dorman Preschool Center
  • Down Syndrome of Louisville
  • Dream Factory (The)
  • Dreams with Wings
  • Duchenne Research Education and Miracle Foundation
  • Eastern Area Community Ministries
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana
  • ETA Teen Center
  • Exploited Children’s Help Organization
  • Family & Children’s Place
  • Family Community Clinic
  • Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Louisville
  • Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm (The)
  • Fund for the Arts (The)
  • Gilda’s Club Louisville
  • Green Hill Therapy
  • Hardin Memorial Health Foundation
  • Healing Place (The)
  • Heuser Hearing and Language Academy
  • Home of the Innocents
  • Hope Southern Indiana
  • Hosparus
  • House of Ruth
  • Huntington’s Disease Society of America—Kentucky Chapter
  • Jewish Community of Louisville
  • Jewish Family & Career Services of Louisville
  • Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare—Children’s Peace Center
  • Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children—Camp Hendon
  • Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation
  • Kentucky School for the Blind
  • Kentucky Youth Advocates (Face It® Movement Project Management)
  • Kids Cancer Alliance
  • Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies (The)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (The)
  • Lighthouse Promise
  • Lindsey Wilson College—Nursing Program
  • Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Louisville Central Community Centers
  • Louisville Metro Police Foundation
  • Maryhurst
  • Meredith-Dunn School
  • Miracle Dancer Scholarship Foundation
  • Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. of Greater Louisville
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society—Kentucky/Southeast Indiana Chapter
  • Pitt Academy
  • Plymouth Community Renewal Center
  • Portland Christian School
  • Project One
  • Salvation Army (The)
  • Scottish Rite Club of Bullitt County Scholarship Program
  • Shively Area Ministries
  • Shriners Hospital for Children—Lexington
  • Silver Heights Camp and Retreat Center
  • Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence among Adolescents
  • South East Associated Ministries
  • South Louisville Community Ministries
  • Southwest Community Ministries
  • Southwest Family Ministries
  • Spalding University
  • Special Olympics Kentucky
  • Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky
  • Joseph Children’s Home
  • Matthews Area Ministries
  • Vincent de Paul of Louisville
  • Summit Academy of Greater Louisville
  • Trust for Life
  • University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital
  • University of Louisville Autism Center
  • University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics
  • University of Louisville Pediatric Clinic
  • University of Louisville Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
  • University of Louisville’s Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric Neurorecovery
  • Uspiritus
  • Visually Impaired Preschool Services
  • Volunteers of America Mid-States
  • Wednesday’s Child
  • Wesley House Community Services
  • Workwell Industries
  • YMCA Safeplace Services
  • YouthBuild Louisville

 

The total amount gifted will be announced the night of the Crystal Ball.
MEDIA NOTE: To schedule a time to interview the award recipients and organizations receiving grants, please notify Erin Jones, 502.774.0767

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

 

Kosair Charities® to Honor Distinguished Area Leaders at The Crystal Ball The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award, The Roger Fox Award and The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award to be given Saturday, October 7

 

Crystal_Ball_Logo(Louisville, KY – October 4, 2017): Kosair Charities is proud to celebrate those that make a difference in the lives of Kentucky and Southern Indiana kids with its annual Crystal Ball. The event will be held Saturday, October 7 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Kosair Shrine Center located at 4120 Bardstown Road.

The Crystal Ball not only recognizes over 100 children’s organizations in Louisville and Southern Indiana but also identifies area leaders who are dedicated to bettering the lives of Kosair Kids®.

Kosair Charities is proud to announce the recipients of the Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award,  The Roger Fox Award, and The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award.

The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award

The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award recipient reflects the moral values, comTori Head Shotpassion, and commitment to serving humanity exemplified in a leadership role in non-profit organizations. Randy’s values, ethical conduct, and service above self are the key factors in choosing the individual to receive this award.

The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award shall be given to Tori Murden McClure.

Murden McClure currently serves as the President of Spalding University. A passionate world adventurer and humanitarian, Ms. McClure is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first female and first American to travel overland to the geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. Ms. McClure has climbed on several continents and is a fully certified emergency medical technician in both urban and wilderness areas and is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School has served as the chair of the board of directors.

An outspoken critic of the disparity in higher education today and always promoting the transformational power of education, Tori holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, and her juris doctorate from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. In 2005, she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University. Her non-fiction book A Pearl in the Storm was published by Harper-Collins in 2009.

Tori Murden McClure encourages individuals, particularly students at Spalding, to seek greatness through learning and to use their talents and skills to contribute to their communities.

The Roger Fox Award

Kosair Charities recognizes a physician whose dedication to children provides hope that all kids will one day be able to run and play. That was the hope Roger Fox had and never lost. Mr. Fox was a dedicated member of Kosair Charities who passed away prematurely and this award is given in his honor.

_Judy Theriot_0046Dr. Judy Ann Theoriot, MD, CPE is the recipient of the 2017 Roger Fox Award. Dr. Theriot received her medical school and residency training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (UofL). Following her completion of residency in 1997, she completed a chief resident year helping to oversee the UofL Department of Pediatrics residency program. Theriot then joined the Pediatric faculty of UofL Division of General Pediatrics based at the Children and Youth Project, a multidisciplinary pediatric primary care clinic for high-risk infants and children.  She became Medical Director of the Project in July of 2002 and helped guide the project through a period of significant growth and EHR implementation. Additionally, she coordinated the resident continuity clinics. She has been very involved with medical education and served on the Department Residency Committee from 1997-2012 and as Assistant Residency Program Director from 1999-2008.  She was the co-director of the Medicine/Pediatric residency training program from 2003-2004.

She has developed innovative teaching modules and rotations for the Pediatric residents and Psychiatry residents at UofL. Dr. Theriot has served on numerous department, community and hospital committees. She served as the Academic Pediatric Association’s region VIII co-chair in the past and is currently the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Kentucky Chapter Champion. She was a founder and the president of BookStart for Life-Long Success, a grassroots organization supplying age-appropriate books to infants and preschool children at well-child visits in some of Kentucky’s highest-risk Appalachian counties. As a professor of Pediatrics and a Certified Physician Executive, Dr. Theriot is a well-qualified medical director serving the KY Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs since 2013. In this role, she works with the Commission leadership to increase access to care in rural areas of the state bringing needed services to local communities to create a comprehensive system of care and improve quality of life for all of Kentucky’s children and youth with special health care needs.

The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award        

The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group who have advanced children’s goals for the future through vision, innovation, and self-sacrifice.

The Jones Family is the 2017 recipients of the Sam Swope Community Leadership Award. David and BettyJonesFamily Jones will be accepting this award on behalf of the family. They are Louisville natives who met at the University of Louisville. Together they have raised five children and now have 11 grandchildren.  Through a great partnership that spanned the creation of a large and loving family, and big business, they have always focused on their family first, and continue to interact with each member of the family, in many fun and thoughtful ways.  David built a career in business and is most proud of the many jobs he created, and Betty focused on family and teaching and is proud of her family and the diverse interests of her children.

In addition to raising a family and building a business, Betty was a French teacher for many years, and all of their children have been educators in some form or fashion.  While preferring quiet philanthropy, they have supported many causes through the years, with public education and parks leading the list.  They are honored to receive this award in recognition of the many causes they and their family have supported and continue to support.

For further information about the event or to arrange pre-event interviews with any of the award recipients, please contact Erin Jones at 502.774.0767. Photos of all award recipients are attached.

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

1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Giveaway Benefiting Kosair Charities® Raffle tickets are available through November 10th

For nine consecutive years, Kosair Charities volunteers have organized the rebuilding and raffling off a vintage car to raise funds for Kosair Kids® needing organ transplants. This year, Kosair Charities volunteer, Robert Hart, and his team will be selling $10 raffle tickets for one lucky person to win a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Car 1IMG_5120Stingray.

This Corvette Stingray will be on display at the following events:

  • September 28-30: Barbeque on the River (Paducah, KY)
  • October 12-15: GoodGuys Nostalgia Nationals (Beech Bend Raceway)
  • October 21-22: Louisville Fall Swap Meet (Fair & Expo Center West Wing, Louisville)

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the events listed above, online at www.kosaircar.com or mailing a check made payable to Kosair Shrine to Kosair Charities, P.O. Box 37370, Louisville, KY 40233. You can also purchase raffle tickets at Craig and Landreth (5357 Dixie Hwy. Louisville, KY 40216).

The $10 raffle ticket also serves as an entry into the Classic Car Giveaway Celebration at the Kosair Shrine Center on November 10th. The celebration includes live music by The Monarchs, a cash bar, appetizers, a silent auction and the drawing of the winning ticket. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the winning ticket drawn at 9 p.m. All net proceeds from tickets sold will benefit Kosair Charities.

The car giveaway has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Kosair Kids® since 2009. In 2016, the car giveaway grossed approximately $150,000. Thanks to generous support from our sponsors and the community, Kosair Charities and Trust for Life are able to better the lives are children across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

 

30 DAYS TO LOVE VEGETABLES

Kosair Charities® and American Heart Association Kick-Off a
30-Day Fruit and Veggie Challenge in JCPS

(Louisville, KY: September 6, 2017)  Kosair Charities has teamed up with the American Heart Association to create the 30-day Fruit and Veggie Challenge, which encourages kids to eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal. Students will track their progress using their own challenge calendar. Students who turn in the best chart at the end of the program are eligible to win prizes.

According to the American Heart Association’s estimates, 78 percent of people in Louisville don’t get the recommended five servings of FruitVeggieCalendarfruits and vegetables in their diet every day. In an effort to change that, one student at a time, the 30-day Fruit, and Veggie Challenge kicked off this past Friday in Jefferson County Public Schools.

“Healthy eating is a matter of habit,” said Vicky Weber, Senior Vice President of Business Relations and Marketing at Kosair Charities. “And it usually takes a few weeks for a new habit to be learned. This one-month challenge is designed to get kids, teachers, and parents talking about better nutrition for their meals for a whole month, in a fun and participatory way. Kids have fought their parents about eating vegetables for generations. But we’re hoping that by the end of this challenge, seeing those fruits and vegetables on their plate won’t seem so out of place. And when it comes to getting kids to eat healthily, we know parents need all the help they can get.”

“With childhood obesity at historic highs and the incidence of children with high cholesterol and diabetes on the rise, the importance of stressing lower-fat, vegetable-rich diets at an early age has never been greater”, said Jane Merman, Go Red For Women Director with the American Heart Association. Eating habits learned in childhood may set patterns many could carry for the rest of their lives. And studies consistently show that adults who eat at or near the recommended levels of vegetables and fruits live longer, and have dramatically lower rates of heart disease and stroke.

Participating Jefferson County Public School students began coming home with letters about the challenge last Friday, September 1. The challenge officially ends on September 30, when student charts must be turned in to teachers.

We hope to spread the word and share the successes on social media. You can find pictures of Fruit & Veggie Challenge at “American Heart Association Louisville” and “Kosair Charities” or by searching our campaign hashtag #KosairHealthyKids and #AHAFruitandVeggieChallenge.

For more information on the 30 Day-Fruit and Veggie challenge, visit Fruit and Veggie Toolkit for Kids at http://www.heart.org/

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

About the American Heart Association: The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Get your car giveaway raffle ticket at the Kentucky State Fair NOW

1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Giveaway Benefiting Kosair Charities®
Chances will be sold at Kentucky State Fair August 18-28th  SW# 860-864

(Louisville, KY August 17, 2017) – For nine consecutive years, Kosair Charities volunteers have organized the rebuilding and raffling off a vintage car to raise funds for Kosair Kids® needing organ transplants. This year, Kosair Charities volunteer, Robert Hart and his team will be selling $10 raffle tickets for one lucky person to win a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Tickets will be for sale at the Kentucky State Fair, from August 18-28th, in booth number SW# 860-864 located in the South Wing. The booth is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 

The $10 raffle ticket also serves as an entry into the Classic Car Giveaway Celebration at the Kosair Shrine Center on November 10th. The celebration includes live music by The Monarchs, a cash bar, appetizers, a silent auction and the drawing of the winning ticket. The doors open at 6 p.m.Car 1IMG_5120

 

If you are unable to make it to this year’s Kentucky State Fair, you can also purchase tickets by visiting www.kosaircar.com or mailing a check made payable to Kosair Shrine to Kosair Charities, P. O. Box 37370, Louisville, KY 40233. You can also purchase raffle tickets at Craig and Landreth (5357 Dixie Hwy. Louisville, KY 40216). All net proceeds from tickets sold will benefit Kosair Charities.

The car giveaway has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Kosair Kids® since 2009. In 2016, the car giveaway grossed approximately $150,000. Thanks to generous support from our sponsors and the community, Kosair Charities and Trust for Life are able to better the lives are children across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

St. Matthews Mid-Summer’s Night 5K Run/Walk Registration is OPEN

WHAT |          Registration is now open for the St. Matthews Mid-Summer’s Night 5k Run/Walk presentedSt.matthewsrun by The Benefits Firm benefiting Kosair Charities. The race begins and ends in Bethel St. Paul’s parking lot and wraps up with an awards ceremony immediately following the race.

After the awards, there will be a free cookout for all race participants at Saints Pizza and Pub. Registration fee includes entry to the race, free cookout at Saints, and a free race t-shirt.

WHEN |          Thursday, July 27  8-10 p.m.

WHERE |        Bethel St. Paul Church, 4000 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40207

COST |            $30 Registration through July 21 (Mail-in or online) or $35 Day of Registration

*5pm at Bethel St. Paul

MORE |            Packet pickup will be on Monday, July 24th at Saints Pizza and Pub from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. Race-day packet pickup will be 5 p.m.-7:45 p.m. in the parking lot of Bethel St. Paul.

The first place runner will be recognized in the following age categories: 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over. The top 3 male and female winners overall will be recognized. Sign up now: http://bit.ly/2uzRU5A 

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

About The Benefits Firm:Beginning in the year 2003 as a two-person boutique investments and supplemental insurance firm, The Benefits Firm has morphed into an ever growing 20-person operation with services spanning the entire financial and insurance spectrum. Their products and services are widespread and cater to both the business and individual communities.

 

 

Save the Date: Reach out for Kosair Kids® Event is scheduled for August 5

The sixth and final Reach Out for Kosair Kids® event is scheduled for Saturday, August 5, at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Kentucky. The event kicks off with a parade at 8 a.m. (CDT) and activities begin at 9 a.m. (CDT).

This FREE event will feature many kid-friendly activities and other games that are free or  only cost a coin to play. It’s a day filled with activities for the entire family!

Reach Out for Kosair Kids® was founded in 2012 by the Glasgow Shrine Club to raise money to improve the lives of children throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2012, over $130,000 has been raised for Kosair Charities.

Kids 18 and under are welcome to play games to win tricycles, bicycles, XBox gaming systems, portable basketball goals, and many more prizes. Additional activities include: Inflatables, Hot Wheels races, karaoke, dunking booth, a cake walk, and more.

Kids and adults can both enjoy the cake walk and karaoke contest.  Many of the mascots will be returning this year – SoKy the weather dog, Poppy, Yogi Bear and Roscoe.

The live auction begins at 10 a.m. and will feature the 2017 Reach Out for Kosair Kids® Quilt. The popular Zaxby’s Wing Chomp returns for its sixth year and the silent auction kicks off at 9 a.m.  The antique tractor and car show will start at 9 a.m.

New this year is the layout of the Antique Tractor and Car Show that will award participating cars in four divisions with a trophy:

  • Best Car and Truck
  • Best Motorcycle
  • Best Antique Lawnmower
  • Best Tractor and Implements

An expansion of the Car and Truck division will crown the following:

  • Best of Antique Era: 1900-1949
  • Best of Classic Era: 1950-1964
  • Best of Muscle Era: 1965 -1973
  • Best of Modern Era: 1974 – present

Tickets for the 50-cent meal (hot dog, Coca-Cola®, chips and dessert) goes on sale at 9:30  a.m. and continues whiles supplies last.

Come and join us for the 6th and final Reach Out for Kosair Kids®, Saturday, August 5th, at the Cave City Convention Center, Cave City, Kentucky. Admission is FREE. This is a family friendly event!  Learn more by following  us on Facebook.

The Glasgow Shrine Club would like to thank the businesses and organizations who donate their time and services to provide food, trophies, activities, auction items and volunteers who help make this event possible.

 

 

MEDIA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY KENTUCKY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME TO OFFICIALLY INDUCT 2017 CLASS TONIGHT

KAHF

WHAT:            Kosair Charities & the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize and induct the Class of 2017.

WHO:                Class of 2017:
                               Marion Miley (award accepted by Myra Van Hoose Blackwelder – KAHF Class of 2007)
Rodger Bird
Howard Beth
Rob Bromley
Mike Battaglia
Dennis Lampley
Erwin “Swag” Hartel

High School Athletes: Brooke Forde and Geordan Blanton

WHEN:        6:00 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction
7:15 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Induction Ceremony

 MEDIA PHOTO OPPS:

Invocation: Pat Day
My Old Kentucky Home sung by members of the Louisville Chamber Choir
Emcee: Paul Rogers

HS Athletes Award: Brooke Forde from Sacred Heart Academy and Geordan Blanton from Johnson Central High School, presented by Ellis and Badenhausen,

BEST PHOTO OPP: Cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m. with the athletes. There will be a group photo of the inductees on stage at 6:45 p.m. 

WHERE:            Crowne Plaza Louisville 830 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209

MORE:              The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the state of Kentucky. Each inductee will receive a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville’s Freedom Hall. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more. This semi-formal event includes a silent auction, dinner, and a program. All proceeds from the silent auction benefit Kosair Charities.=

NOTE: Media is welcome to stay and enjoy dinner. Please RSVP if you plan to do so.

The 2017 Class of Inductees are listed below:

Marion Miley: From 1936 to 1941, Marion Miley was the best female golfer in America, winning numerous amateur regional championships in the years before the formation of the LPGA. Her prowess on the links, combined with her youthfulness, athleticism and good looks, propelled her to international celebrity. It all came to a tragic end when, at the age of 27, she was murdered during a robbery at the Lexington Country Club. Today she is remembered as a pioneer in women’s sport whose legacy of courage and achievement paved the way for future generations.

Mike Battaglia: Mike Battaglia, eldest son of the late John Battaglia, who created the Spiral Stakes, an early prep for the Kentucky Derby, started announcing horse races in 1972. He called races at Turfway, Keeneland and Churchill Downs, where he called 19 Kentucky Derbys, from Affirmed in 1978 to Grindstone in 1996. He began working for NBC in 1993 and covered all Triple Crown and Breeders Cup races as an analyst and interviewer until 2014. He is the morning line maker for Churchill Downs, Turfway, and Keeneland, where he is also the on-air handicapper.

 

Dennis Lampley: A legend in Kentucky high school football. Dennis Lampley arrived at Trinity in 1971 and served as defensive coordinator on three state title teams before becoming head coach. He compiled a career record of 138-21, winning five state titles in 10 years, including a state record 50-game win streak from 1988-91. Five of his teams were in the USA Today Top 25. He was National Coach of the Year in 1990, inducted in KHSAA Hall of Fame in 2003, National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012, and Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Kenny Klein:  Kenny Klein is the longtime senior associate athletic director and sports information director at the University of Louisville, joining the Cardinals’ staff in 1983. A graduate of Murray State, Klein is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. He has worked in media operations for the NCAA Final Four since 1985, multiple PGA Championships and Ryder Cups, the Kentucky Derby, and 1987 Pan American Games. He received the 2012 Katha Quinn Award from the US Basketball Writers Association for outstanding service.

 

Howard Beth: Howard Beth coached the Marshall County Lady Marshals for 30 years. He retired in 2010 with a record of 794-149. Included in this record are five trips to the finals of the LIT, winning the title twice. His teams made 19 appearances in the Sweet 16 state tournament, including a state runner-up title in 1981. His teams captured state titles in 1982 and 1984, that year going unbeaten (34-0). He was inducted into the KHSAA Hall of Fame in 1994 and Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rodger Bird: The youngest of the fabulous Bird brothers (the others were Jerry, Calvin and Billy) from Corbin, Ky., Rodger held virtually every UK rushing record when he graduated in 1966. A first team All-American, he was a first-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, where he was AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 1968 Bird became the first Kentucky native and former Wildcat to play in a Super Bowl.

Erwin “Swag” Hartel: The world-class runner grew up in England. He ran a 1:50:8 and was the fastest 17-year-old half-miler in the world. He came to US on a track scholarship to WKU. He placed 2nd in the British Championship with a 3:40:6, his fastest-ever 1,500 meters. He ran lead off leg for two British relay records and was an Olympic Trials participant. In 1977 he won the first Bluegrass 10,000. In 1979 he won the Ky. Derby Mini-Marathon. In 1981 he ran his first marathon in Louisville 2:19:23. He ran 64 10Ks in under 30 minutes in many towns across Kentucky.

Rob Bromley: Rob Bromley served as sports anchor at WKYT-TV in Lexington for more than 40 years, one of the longest tenures for a sportscaster in Kentucky. His career at WKYT included a run of 30 years on the UK Television Network doing play-by-play, color commentary and sideline reporting. In 2015, he was inducted into the NATAS Ohio Valley Silver Circle, honoring 25 years or more of distinguished service to the television industry. He was named Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year for 2016 by the National Sports Media Association.

 

2017 High School Athletic Class includes:

Sacred Heart Academy’s Brooke Forde and Johnson Central’s Geordan Blanton have been named Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Center Kentucky Athletes of the Year.

Brooke Forde: Brooke Forde has not only been one of the top high school female athletes in the state of Kentucky during her four-year career, but has also been one of the elite swimmers in the entire nation. She helped lead Sacred Heart to four straight swimming state titles and currently holds two individual and one relay state record. As a senior, Forde was named to the All-State team after winning state titles in the 200 and 500 freestyles – setting the record in both races – also winning as a member of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays teams. Ranked as the No. 1 college prospect nationally by Collegeswimming.com, Forde has signed with Stanford, has been a member of the U.S. Junior National Team since 2015 and was a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier in four events.

 

Geordan Blanton:  Geordan Blanton is one of Kentucky’s top football players and wrestlers but will attend Marshall University on a baseball scholarship. Blanton is one of the best three-way athletes Kentucky has seen in years. In football, Blanton helped Johnson Central to the school’s first Class 4-A state championship last season. He played defensive back and wide receiver, was a finalist for Mr. Football, and named Class 4-A Player of the Year.  In wrestling, Blanton won two state titles, finished third overall, and made it to the quarterfinals in his other season. Blanton has also been the star for the Golden Eagles baseball team that made it to the State Tournament during his junior season. Blanton is the team leader in every statistic category – batting average (just under .500), doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases. He was named All-State as a junior and was named the Daily Independent Player of the Year. Geordan is a top candidate for Mr. Baseball honors this season.

 

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