Media Photo Opportunity: HMH Foundation to Receive First-Ever Kosair Charities® Grant Local civic organizations to be recognized for their role

HMH Foundation to Receive First-Ever Kosair Charities® Grant
Local civic organizations to be recognized for their role 

What:             Kosair Charities is awarding the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) a $160,000 grant to purchase life-saving equipment for the HMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Leaders from Kosair Charities will present a check at a special ceremony at Hardin Memorial Hospital. The grant is the first-ever that Kosair Charities has awarded in support of Hardin Memorial Health.

Two local civic organizations, the Knights of Columbus 1455 and the Riasok Shrine Club, will participate in the ceremony. The two organizations have partnered for years to support Kosair Charities. Leaders from Kosair Charities, the two local civic organization and HMHFwill each place a specially designed panel to form the iconic Kosair Charities kite at the ceremony. The leaders will then visit the staff and patients in the NICU.

WHO:           •   Jerry Ward, Kosair Charities Board Chairman

  • Joe Prather, HMHF Board Chairman
  • Chris Knight, Riasok Shrine Club
  • Mike Nethers, Knights of Columbus 1455
  • Dennis Johnson, HMH President and CEO
  • NICU Staff and patients (with permission only)

WHEN: Wednesday, August 31 Program is 11:30 a.m. (Anticipated 15-minute program)

WHERE:          Auditorium 5A and
NICU Hardin Memorial Health, Main Campus 913 N. Dixie Ave.   Elizabethtown, Ky.

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

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 also 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.

RSVP:   Please contact Kasey McCrary: 270-779-3718,         


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 or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



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.


The Prickly Pear Boutique to Host First Headbands of Hope Trunk Show

WHAT |  Join the Prickly Pear Boutique for its first-ever Headbands of Hope trunk show, featuring a variety of styles for children and adults. For every headband purchased, one headband will be donated to a child with cancer. The headbands will be distributed at the 3rd Annual Gold Ribbon Festival that will be held on September 18 on the Kosair Charities Campus. The headbands are currently on sale in the store, but the trunk show will feature a large variety of styles.

WHEN |   Saturday, Sept. 10

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE |  The Prickly Pear Boutique

1505 Main St.

Middletown, KY 40243

MORE | Kosair Charities and its’ community partners in pediatric cancer care are hosting the 3rd Annual Gold Ribbon Festival celebrating pediatric cancer survivors on September 18. It will be a day of fun, food and fellowship for families.  The headbands purchased on September 10 will go directly to these survivors on September 18. The partners include: University of Louisville Pediatrics, Kids Cancer Alliance, Make-A-Wish, Gilda’s Club, Chili’s Clip for Kids, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Camp Quality, and Papa John’s.

“We were so excited to find this company at the Atlanta Market,’ said Prickly Pear Boutique co-owner Amy Quinlan. ‘We were immediately drawn to their booth after seeing how they donate a headband to a child with cancer for each one sold.  The headbands are so stylish, and appeal to both younger children as well as adults. We are looking forward to the trunk show!’”

Headbands of Hope

St. Joseph Children’s Home and Kosair Charities® will celebrate two Silent Messenger statues on St. Joe’s Frankfort Avenue campus

Dr. Terry Brooks, Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates announces partnership

 between St. Joe’s and the Face It® movement
Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m.

What:   St. Joseph Children’s Home and Kosair Charities Silent Messenger statue celebration; announcement of St. Joe’s partnership with the FACE IT movement to end child abuse in Kentucky.

When:   Thursday, July 14, 10:00 a.m.

Where:    St. Joseph Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY  40206, front lawn St. Joseph Children’s Home will host a celebration of two new Kosair Charities Silent Messenger statues located on St. Joe’s Frankfort Avenue campus.  The statues are located at Frankfort Avenue and Brownsboro Road entrances to the property.   Last year Kosair Charities committed $1 million to St. Joe’s kids, specifically the construction of new residential cottages for up to 48 of Kentucky’s most abused and neglected children ages 5-14.

The Silent Messenger statues at St. Joe’s signify Kosair Charities’ commitment to the health and well being of kids in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  They are synonymous with the Shriners mission to help children.   The celebration falls almost one year following ribbon cutting in July 2015 at which Kosair Charities announced their $1 million financial commitment.

The Face It® Movement, conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth, officially launched on April 9, 2013, as a 10-year initiative led by Kosair Charities; its vision is that by 2023 all children in Jefferson County will be free from abuse and neglect. Face It directly addresses the increasingly unacceptable number of child abuse deaths in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas with best practices in child abuse prevention, community engagement and the promotion of effective policies to improve the child welfare system.

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The event is open the public.

More information can be found at, or by calling 502.893.0241. St. Joseph Children’s Home hosts three programs:  residential treatment, foster care and adoption and a child development center.  For more information about these programs please visit:  St. Joe’s was founded in 1849.

Contact:  Andrea Pridham, Development Director, 502.893.0241,

Kosair Charities Media Contact: Erin Jones, 502.774.0767,

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Kosair Classic Takes Place on Mon., July 18


Powered by Lusk Mechanical with Proceeds Benefiting Kosair Charities®

WHAT |          The 2nd annual Kosair Classic, powered by Lusk Mechanical, will be held on Mon., July 18 at Lindsey Golf Course in Ft. Knox. Registration will take place from 8 – 9:45 a.m., with a tee time of 10 a.m. During registration, a continental breakfast will be provided, as well as snacks and drinks throughout the scramble. The awards presentation, silent auction, and heavy appetizers will begin at 3:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Kosair Charities.

WHEN |          Monday, July 18

Registration 8:00 a.m.

Tee time 10 a.m.

WHERE |        Lindsey Golf Course

4024 Bullion Blvd.

Fort Knox, KY 40121

MORE |           Registration is now open. If you do not have a foursome, you can register as an individual player or as a team of two or three. Entry fees are $90 per player or $360 for a foursome. Opportunities are available for hole sponsors, birdie sponsors, and eagle sponsors. Recognition will be given to sponsors throughout the scramble. Your registration fee includes your green fee, golf cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, and appetizers after play. Download the registration form at

For more information on registration or sponsorship, contact Marki Hartlage at (502) 637-7696 or


SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual Reach Out for Kosair Kids® Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Cave City Convention Center

(Cave City, KY, June 29, 2016). The fifth annual Reach Out for Kosair Kids® is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th, 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 has many no cost kid-friendly activities and other games that are only a coin. New this year is the kids’ costume parade that will begin at 9:45 a.m. (CDT), pie in the face game along with many other new games for kids. It’s a day filled with many activities for the entire family!

Reach Out for Kosair Kids® is a fundraiser for Kosair Charities® and hosted by the Glasgow Shrine Club. Since 2012, over $91,700 has been raised for Kosair Charities.

Kids 18 and under can play games to win tricycles, bicycles, XBoxOne gaming systems, portable basketball goals, and many more prizes.  Other activities include: Door prizes, cake walk, dunking booth, inflatables, karaoke, a Hot Wheels race and more. The mini cheerleading clinic will be conducted by the Glasgow High School cheerleading team.

The live auction begins at 10 a.m. and will feature the 2016 Reach Out for Kosair Kids® Quilt. The popular Zaxby’s Wing Chomp returns for its fifth year and the silent auction kicks off at 9 a.m.  The antique tractor and car show will start at 9 a.m.

Kids and adults can both enjoy the cake walk and karaoke contest.  Door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes alternating between kids and adults. Many of the mascots will be returning again this year – Radar the weather dog, Poppy and Roscoe.

The 50-cent meal (hot dog, Coca-Cola®, chips and dessert) goes on sale at 10 a.m. and continues whiles supplies last.

The kids’ prizes and 50-cent meal are made possible through the generous monetary and product donations of local businesses, individuals, Masonic lodges, Eastern Star chapters and other organizations.  These donations are greatly appreciated.

We also appreciate the donations from the businesses and organizations who donate their time and services to provide food, trophies, activities, auction items, and volunteers that help make this event possible.

Come and join us for our 5th annual Reach Out for Kosair Kids®, Saturday, August 6th, at the Cave City Convention Center, Cave City, Kentucky.  Parade starts at 8 a.m. (CDT) – activities begin at 9 a.m. (CDT).  FREE ADMISSION – FREE KIDS’ ACTIVITIES. Fun for the entire family!  Follow us on Facebook.

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to Honor New Inductees at Banquet

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to Honor New Inductees at Banquet

Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m.

WHAT |        2016 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees to be honored at banquet. The new inductees are listed below.

WHEN |       Thursday, June 2, 2016

6:00 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction

7:15 p.m. Dinner

8:00 p.m. Program


Induction: Pat Day

My Old KY Home sung by members of the Louisville Chamber Choir

Emcee: Paul Rogers

HS Athletes Award: Whitney Creech from Jenkins High School, presented by Ellis and Badenhausen, (Landon Young from Lafayette High School will not be in attendance.)

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

WHERE |    The Crowne Plaza Louisville 830 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209

WHO |         Class of 2016 (listed below)

                       Past Inductees will be in attendance, and available for interview:

Pat Day

Louie Dampier

Jim Host

Paul Rogers

Jack Hillerich and many more

MORE |      The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates their 53rd Anniversary and will hold the annual banquet to induct seven of Kentucky’s premiere athletes to the Hall of Fame. The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame honors 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 this event benefit Kosair Charities.

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

Kosair Charities® & the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 

Class of 2016

Philip Haywood is the head football coach at Belfry High School. After 41 seasons, he is the winningest coach in Kentucky history with a record of 403-129. Since moving to Belfry in 1984, he has a record of 331-97 in 32 seasons, including 5 state championships and 6 runners-up finishes. Philip has been named the C-J Coach of the Year 4 times, was USA Today’s National Coach of the Year in 2013, received the Blanton Collier National School Coach of the Year in 2014, and will be inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016.

Lakeside Swim Club, located in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, was founded in 1924. Lakeside began its first swim team in 1928 and has provided a rich history and tradition of high level competitive swimming, boasting 10 Olympians (1940-2012), numerous champions and qualifiers in the World Games, Pan Am Games, Olympic Trials, NCAA, Nationals, and Kentucky Championships. The swim team continues to host the Ohio Valley Championships, the oldest annual swimming meet held in the USA, as well as one of the longest hosted Masters Swim Meet’s (adult competition) in the USA.  Numerous swimmers, divers and coaches have earned local, state, and national accolades in their respective discipline while representing Lakeside. Lakeside’s reputation as one of the most unique swimming facilities is well-known throughout the country.

Joel Utley: This play-by-play broadcaster began describing the action of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Basketball games in 1961 and by the time of his induction had called more than 1,600 KWC games. Over those 55 years, Utley broadcast all 8 NCAA D-II title games won by KWC; 12 NCAA D-II Championship games and six straight title games all involving the Owensboro school. All were records. In addition to KWC basketball, Utley called high school football and basketball, plus KWC football until he began concentrating on basketball in the 1980s. A native of Madisonville, Utley’s love for basketball evolved by attending games officiated by his father, William Utley, a 1996 inductee to the KHSAA Hall of Fame.

Shaun Alexander began his football career as the running back for the Boone County Rebels legendary coach Owen Hauck. Shaun was 1994 Kentucky Mr. Football, 1993/1994 All State, was an All American, and was the ESPN #1 HS Recruit his senior year. In his senior year at Boone County, Alexander had 3,501 yards and 54 TDs. In his high school career he scored 110 TDs and rushed for 6,657 yards. Alexander attended the University of Alabama where he was named 1998/1999 All SEC, 1999 SEC Player of the Year, and NCAA All American. He left Alabama as the all-time rush and touchdown leader. In 2000, Alexander went first round to the Seattle Seahawks. He played in the Pro Bowl three times, was named All Pro twice, was named to the NFL 2000 All-Decade team and was 2005 NFL MVP. Alexander was the first football player to grace the cover of EA Sports College and NFL video games. Alexander’s nickname is Mr. Touchdown because he is the only person to score 110 TDs in high school, 50 in college and 112 in the NFL.

Darel Carrier- Scored 3,148 pts (64-point game) in high school. He was an All American at Western Kentucky University (50-point game), and broke WKU’s scoring record 26 ppg. In ABA, he averaged 20 ppg (53 point game), led 3-point percentage, best free throw percentage (89.19 in 1969-70), three-time All Star Team member, and made Top 30 All-Time Team. Voted 6th Best Backcourt (with Louie Dampier), Top 25 Shooting Guards, and Top 50 Free Throw Shooters in the history of the professional game. Leading scorer in the World Tournament. 1967 Gold Medal winner in Pan American Games (scored 32 pts -a record that has not been broken).

Kyra Elzy: Oe of the best girls’ basketball players from Kentucky, Kyra Elzy earned Eighth Region Player of the Year and All-State honors each of her final three seasons at Oldham County.  A two-time All-America selection by Parade Magazine and Street & Smith, Elzy led the Lady Colonels to four district titles, two regional championships and a semifinal appearance at the 1993 KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16®. Elzy went on to be a star at the University of Tennessee following her prep career, and was part of two national championship teams.

Scott Davenport, a native of Louisville’s South End where he was an all-district player at Iroquois High School, is ingrained in the Commonwealth’s basketball culture. Davenport is the only head coach to win both the KHSAA and NCAA Championships. In ten seasons at Louisville’s Ballard High School (86-96), Davenport compiled a 258-69 record, which included the 1988 State Championship. Davenport’s collegiate coaching includes VCU (85-86), UofL (96-05), and Bellarmine University (Beginning in 2005), where he won the 2011 National Championship.

Mt. Washington FOP Lodge #82 Presents Fishing For Kosair Kids® Tournament

WHAT |         Mt. Washington FOP Lodge #82 presents the Fishing for Kosair Kids® Crappie Tournament.

WHEN |        Sunday, May 1, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE |    Taylorsville Lake State Park

Possum Ridge Boat Ramp

KY 44 East of Taylorsville to KY 248

Follow signs to entrance of Taylorsville Lake State Park at Possum Ridge Rd.


Sunday, May 1, 5:00-6:30 a.m.

Briar Ridge General Store

21 Old Briar Ridge Road

MORE |           Entry fee into the tournament is $50.  First place prize is $500 (based on minimum of 50 boats). There will be a cookout and raffle following the tournament. All proceeds from the event will benefit Kosair Charities. For pre-registration or for more information, please contact Tim Morris at (502) 773-0866. 

Kosair Charities® is proud to announce their 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Kosair Charities is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Board Members and the full list of members that will serve on the 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

Barry Dunn

Barry Dunn

Barry Dunn and Larry Craig were elected to the board to serve a five-year term. Jim Szofer’s was elected by virtue of his office for the Kosair Shrine Divan, his term will expire in four years.

Dunn is Executive Director, Office of Legal Services for the Ky. Public Protection Cabinet.

“I feel tremendously honored to join the board of Kosair Charities, an organization devoted to the most laudable of goals: To build better tomorrows for our children,” Dunn said. “I look forward to doing my part to ensure that children in need get the care, support, and services they need to let their dreams take flight.”

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Larry Craig

Larry Craig, also elected, is an established auto dealer for over 40 years and currently owns the Craig and Landreth dealerships. He will also serve a five-year term.

“It is truly an honor to be associated with an organization that’s all about the well-being of children,” Craig said.

Jim Szofer, a consultant for CFW Engineers, was elected by virtue of office for the Kosair Shrine Divan.

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Jim Szofer

“I am very happy to be a member of the Kosair Charities Board,” Szofer said. “It’s great to be associated with an organization that provides so much for the kids in our community, and around the Kentucky-Indiana area.”

Returning to the Kosair Charities board are the following members:

  • Jerry W. Ward, AIF®, Chairman
  • Wendell P. Wright, Vice Chairman
  • John B. Hitt, II Secretary
  • Robert Flowers, Treasurer
  • Matthew L. Brotzge
  • Kirk Carter, PP
  • Eddie Chrisman, PP
  • Randy Coe, AIF®, PP
  • Steve Hueston, Potentate
  • Tom Larimore
  • Harry Lusk
  • Patrick Philip Miller
  • Gary Morgan
  • Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk, David L. Nicholson
  • David Owen, PP
  • Kenneth Reiss, PP
  • JR Riggs, Jr., Potentate
  • H.I. Stroth, Jr.
  • Councilman Glen E. Stuckel
  • Frank Texas
  • Martin R. Walters 

Board Members Emeritus 

  • Brown Allen, PP
  • Samuel G Swope, *deceased

The Kosair Charities Board of Directors help guide, support and lead the efforts to achieve the organization’s mission.

2016 Advisory Council

  • Chandler Blewett
  • Bob Bonsutto
  • Judge Gina Kay Calvert
  • Jerry Cantrell
  • Bobby Clarkson
  • Joan Conrad
  • Reba Doutrick
  • Councilman David James
  • Dave Juergens, PP
  • Jean West Losavio
  • Tom O’Bryan
  • John Roth, MD
  • Lester Sanders
  • Craig Scherman
  • Sandy Metts Snowden
  • Bob Thrush
  • Memory Townsend
  • Sam Watkins, Jr.

The Kosair Charities Advisory Council, consisting of leaders in the community, serve as the consulting arm to the board of directors. They aid in maintaining Kosair Charities’ focus on meeting the healthcare needs of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Kosair Charities® announces Corporate Kite Club

Local businesses join to support and enhance lives of children across KentuckianaCorporate Kite Club

(Louisville, KY – Jan. 19, 2016) Kosair Charities launches the Corporate Kite Club, a group of businesses who are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The Corporate Kite Club formed in appreciation from Kosair Charities for these organizations’ annual support.

“It’s a great feeling to have so many generous companies on board with us to help Kosair Kids®,” said Vicky Weber, senior vice president of marketing for Kosair Charities. “As a member of the Corporate Kite Club, a company can truly show their commitment to community and compassion for children.”

The Corporate Kite Club recognizes companies making a difference. “At Park, part of our fundamental mission is to work for the success of our members and our communities,” Jim Spradlin of Park Community Credit Union said. “For many years we have had a valuable relationship with Kosair Charities through our charity debit card program.  We feel that this gives us the chance to give back to those in our communities that need a helping hand.   Our organization considers it an honor to work with Kosair Charities and to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of those that Kosair Charities serves.”

Since 2014 Corporate Kite member Epic Insurance Solutions has collaborated with Kosair Charities to produce Capes for Camp. “We are very proud here at Epic Insurance Solutions to partner with Kosair Charities to provide the resources and money to help send these great kids to Camp Quality for a week,” Don Thompson of Epic Insurance Solutions said. “The fund raising efforts of our team members has been phenomenal and inspirational and facilitated great comraderies. The kickoff event is well attended by our EpiCare volunteers and is a much looked forward to event each year.  We love Capes for Camp!”

There are currently 42 businesses recognized in the 2015-2016 Corporate Kite Club: Abel Construction, Bluegrass Indoor Karting, CAL Laboratory Services, CH Guenther, ClearArc Capital, Arc, Coca-Cola, COIT Cleaning Services, Clariant PP Catalyst Project, ConAgra Foods, Dr. Pepper, Epic Insurance Solutions, First Federal Savings Bank, Flexible Packaging , IPA Foundation, Greenstream International, Ken’s Beverages, KentuckyOne Health, Landstar, LG&E, Lusk Mechanical, Martin Brower, McDonalds, Mercer Transportation Co., Mister “P” Express, Inc, Morgan Stanley, Owen Funeral Homes, Park Community Credit Union, Paul Elmes Corporation, PNC Bank, Premier Packaging, RH Clarkson Insurance Group, Sam Swope Auto Group, Stock Yards Bank & Trust, The Benefits Firm, Thornton’s, Timco Aviation Services, Todd Asset Management, LLC, University of Louisville, UPS, UTC Aerospace Systems, UTXL, and Zeon Chemicals.

Local business interested in joining the club can do so through fundraising, general donations, and sponsorships. Membership is achieved on a fiscal year basis that must reach or exceed $5,000. For more information about the program, contact Erin Fowler at or call at (502)724-9991.