Posts

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.

###

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/

###

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 

####

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.

 

#### 

 

About the 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 6) – Kosair Charities and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame are proud to announce a class of eight that will be inducted as the Class of 2017 into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born in, or played their respective sport, in the state of Kentucky. Each inductee is recognized with a bronze plaque.

Past inductees into the Hall of Fame include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Adolph Rupp, Paul Hornung, Pat Day, Denny Crum, Joe B. Hall, Secretariat, Mary T. Meagher, Johnny Unitas and others.

The KAHF induction will take place on June 1 at 6:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. Tickets are $100 per person, or $800 for a table of eight. For information go to www.kosair.org

Tickets will go on sale in April.

Here is the list of inductees for the Class of 2017:

Mike Battaglia – One of the faces of thoroughbred racing in the Commonwealth since he began calling races in 1972. Battaglia called races at Turfway Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs where he called 19 Kentucky Derbies, from Affirmed (1978) to Grindstone (1996). He also worked for NBC on Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup coverage from 1993 until 2014. He’s been the morning-line maker for Churchill Downs, Turfway Park and Keeneland, where he is also the on-air handicapper, since 1974. He remains the associated Vice-President at Turfway.

Howard Beth – Only one of two high school girls’ basketball coaches in state history to surpass the 700-win mark. The longtime Marshall County High School coach won two Kentucky state titles, made 19 trips to the Sweet 16 and when he retired in 2010 was the all-time winningest girls’ coach in state history with a mark of 794-149. He won the state title in 1982 and ’84, finishing a perfect 34-0.

Rodger Bird – One of the state’s greatest football players of all time, Bird was a high school All-American at Corbin and then went on to play at the University of Kentucky. With the Wildcats, Bird was a first-team All-American as a running back and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He was switched to defensive back and was named AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1966. His jersey hangs in Commonwealth Stadium. His brothers, Calvin and Billy, were football players at UK and another brother, Jerry, played basketball for the Wildcats.

Rob Bromley – The longtime WKYT sports anchor is the familiar face for many wanting coverage of the Kentucky Wildcats in Central Kentucky. He’s been at WKYT for more than 40 years, among the longest standing television anchors 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.  During his duties with the UK network, Bromley has done shows with Fran Curci, Joe B. Hall, Jerry Claiborne, Eddie Sutton, Bill Curry, Rick Pitino, Hal Mumme and Tubby Smith. In 2015 he was inducted into the NATAS Ohio Valley Silver Circle, one of the highest awards given by NATAS for 25 years or more of distinguished service.  He was named Kentucky Co-Sportscaster of the Year for 2016 by the National Sports Media Association.

Swag Hartel – Growing up just outside of London, England, Hartel’s passion was soccer. But he’s made a name for himself in the state of Kentucky as a legend of sorts in the local running world. The former Western Kentucky University star runner owns Swags Sports Shoes in Louisville. A former winner of the Kentucky Derby Festival MiniMarathon, Hartel opened his first store in 1985 and now has two locations in the Louisville-area.

Kenny Klein – The longtime Senior Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at the University of Louisville has been with the U of L staff since 1983. The Murray State graduate is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. He has worked in media operations for the NCAA at the men’s Final Four since 1985 and has also worked for the PGA of America at PGA Championship and Ryder Cup events. He received the Katha Quinn Award for his outstanding service by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 2012.

Dennis Lampley – One of the legends in high school football coaching, Lampley arrived at Trinity High School in 1971 as an assistant coach. He served as the defensive coordinator on three state championship teams before taking over as the head coach of the Shamrocks’ program. He compiled a record of 138-21 during his tenure, winning five state titles in 10 years as the head coach. During his tenure, Lampley’s teams won 50-straight games from 1988-91 – which is still the state record. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1990 and was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. He was the longtime athletic director at Trinity and is still the school’s assistant AD.

Marion Miley – She was the best female golfer in America from 1936-41, winning numerous amateur championships in the years before the formation of the LPGA Tour. Miley became one of the best and most famous female athletes in the 1930s but at the age of 27 in 1941 she was murdered in an apartment at Lexington Country Club during a robbery attempt. She is still remembered as a pioneer in women’s sports whose legacy of courage and achievement paved the way for future generations.

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

Bluegrass Center for Autism Center to Dedicate New Playground

Bluegrass Center for Autism Center to Dedicate New Playground 

September 29 at Kosair Charities® East Campus

WHAT |  Family, friends and local businesses are invited to join Bluegrass Center Autism for a special dedication ceremony to commemorate the newly-built, fully-accessible playground.

WHEN |  Thursday, September 29, 2016  

                     9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony with reception to follow

WHERE |  Bluegrass Center for Autism at the Kosair Charities East Campus

9810 Bluegrass Parkway

Louisville, KY 40299

MORE | Join Premier Partners: Park Community Credit Union, Kosair Charities, The City of Jeffersontown, Louisville Metro Council, Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, Councilman Glenn Stuckel, and the Dream Foundation of Kentucky for a special ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly-built, fully-accessible playground.

The new playground will be replacing outdated equipment that was not fully-accessible, which is a level above ADA compliant. All of the new equipment is not only recreational, but therapeutic as well. Each activity at the playground has therapeutic value for the children. The playground will be located near the Bluegrass Center for Autism wing on campus, but is available and open to young people that both agencies are serving at each end of the campus.

To RSVP for this event, contact Jeff Allen at jallen@bluegrasscenterforautism.org or 859-351-1665.

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-11-55-38-am

HMH Foundation Receives First-Ever Kosair Charities® Grant Recap

Foundation calls support from local civic organizations instrumental

August 31, 2016, ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky – Kosair Charities surprised Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) officials today with a $200,000 gift for the HMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only level II NICU in Central Kentucky.

CheckHMHF was expecting a $160,000 grant but at today’s special ceremony at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Kosair Charities President Randy Coe increased the gift by $40,000.

The grant is the first ever that Kosair Charities has awarded in support of Hardin Memorial Health. Kosair Charities is a Louisville-based philanthropic organization that for more than 90 years has worked to protect the health and well-being of children. Through its grant program, Kosair Charities supports agencies around the state that provide crucial medical care to children.

HMH Foundation (HMHF) officials credited two local civic organizations, the Knights of Columbus 1455 and the Riasok Shrine Club, for their long-standing support to Kosair Charities and their willingness to shine a spotlight on the needs of the HMH NICU.

“For more than a half a century, these two great organizations have hosted the annual Brotherhood Banquet and raised millions of dollars for Kosair Charities,” said HMHF Chairman Joe Prather. “It’s great to see those funds coming back to our communities to help HMH provide care for fragile newborns close to home.”

Prather, along with leaders from both organizations, took part in today’s event, each placing a specially designed panel to form the iconic Kosair Charities Kite.

Kosair Charities’ Randy Coe placed the final panel of the kite.

“Each piece of this kite represents a vital part of the whole,” said Coe. “The result is better care for our region’s children and we couldn’t be more proud of that.”

Riasok’s Chris Knight and Knights of Columbus’ Dr. Mike Nethers said that their organizations took great pride in helping make this grant possible.

“More than 50 years ago, leaders from our two organizations came together around a singular idea; to impact the lives of children in need,” said Knight.  “To have our work benefit children in this community means so much.”

Nethers, anNICU Twins obstetrician, who regularly delivers babies at HMH knows first-hand the importance of the NICU.  Less than an hour before the ceremony he delivered a baby that in years past would have had to been transported to another hospital for care.

“Minutes matter when it comes to providing care for vulnerable babies,” said Nethers. “Having the NICU here at HMH saves lives and keeps families together. I’m so proud that our two organizations helped make this investment possible.”

With this grant, the independent HMHF has raised more than $600,000 for the NICU over the past 18 months. The NICU was the foundation’s first project.

HMHF invests in breakthrough initiatives that HMH couldn’t otherwise fund.

The Kosair Charities gift will be used to purchase the IntelliVue Patient Monitoring System, two Giraffe Warmers and two Giraffe Omnibeds, all designed to support care for NICU newborns.

The monitoring system will allow neonatologists and the NICU team to monitor all heart, oxygen saturation and respiratory rates as well as blood pressure at the same time, increasing not only safety but the babies’ comfort.

The additional Giraffe Warmers and Omnibeds that newborns need will help support the growing volumes in the Level II NICU. Since the nursery became fully operational last September, the NICU team has cared for more than 150 babies.

HMH delivers more than 1,600 babies annually, making it the 11th busiest out of 48 delivering hospitals in Kentucky.

 

###

 

 

 

About HMH.  Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) is an integrated system of health care providers throughout a 10-county region of Central Kentucky.  HMH is committed to delivering the highest-quality patient-centered health care to the more than 400,000 people it serves. With more than 2,000 medical professionals including 230 first-in-class physicians in over 40 specialties as well as primary care and a 300-bed hospital, HMH provides comprehensive health care close to home for the residents of Hardin, Meade, Nelson, LaRue, Breckinridge, Grayson, Hart, Bullitt, Green and Taylor counties.  HMH is a county owned system under a management contract with Kentucky’s Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

About HMH Foundation.  The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization governed by a group of community and business leaders from across Central Kentucky. The Foundation provides leadership and resources to secure investments that will improve health in local communities through Hardin Memorial Health. The HMH Foundation is committed to keeping HMH strong and ensuring access to the very best care close to home for the residents of the 10-county region it serves.

 

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 call502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

 

Captions:

Check

From left to right; Dr. Michael Nethers, HMH obstetrician and Knights of Columbus 1455; HMH Foundation President Joe Prather; Kosair Charities President Randy Coe; and Chris Knight, Riasok Shrine Club hold the check for the $200,000 grant from Kosair Charities to the HMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

NICU twins:

Representatives from Kosair Charities and the HMH Foundation celebrate the new grant to HMH’s NICU with new mom Kara Pardue who just gave birth to Dixie and Junie in the HMH BirthPlace NICU.