Fayette County notes: Online auction will benefit horse program

December 12, 2012 

Lexington Catholic's new Equine Academy is having a fundraising "non-event" — an eBay auction — this month.

Items for sale include an acoustic guitar signed by country music stars Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton; VIP events at Three Chimneys and Jonabell farms; a backstage pass to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; and a Storm Cat halter.

The auction site is available at Myworld.ebay.com/lchsequine. Bidding ends at 8 p.m. Dec. 16.

The program introduces students to all aspects of the horse industry and includes many extracurricular lectures, field trips, speakers, and shadowing and mentoring opportunities. Students participate in service projects and must do a senior project.

Pallet jacks donated to community, charity groups

Clark Material Handling Co. has awarded a pallet jack to each of the following eight Central Kentucky non-profit organizations as part of its Raising Hope Pallet Jack Giveaway Project:

■ Lexington Rescue Mission — Lexington

■ Salvation Army — Lexington

■ Clark County Community Services — Winchester

■ Quest Farm — Georgetown

■ Newton's Attic — Lexington

■ HOPE Center — Lexington

■ CAP: Christian Appalachian Project — Lexington

■ Amen House — Georgetown

The pallet jacks will be used to help each of the organizations further its community service and charity work.

Concours d'Elegance presents check to hospital

On Nov. 16, the Keene land Concours d'Elegance presented a $25,000 check to support the Kentucky Children's Hospital infant simulator program.

The check represents the first of a three-year commitment to fund the purchase of three infant simulators for the pediatrics department. Physicians, medical students and other health care providers will use the simulators to train in treating pediatric conditions.

Kentucky Children's Hospital has been the beneficiary of the Concours since the first event in 2004.

The 10th annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for July 18-21, when the featured marquee will be the Mustang in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of its introduction.

Furnace is prize in 'Gift of Heat' giveaway

Fayette Heating & Air is accepting applications for its sixth annual "Gift of Heat" giveaway through Dec. 14.

A new furnace will be awarded to an individual or family in need who is nominated by a friend, family member, co-worker or group.

Nominations will be accepted online at Fayetteheating.com through noon Friday. The winner will be announced at 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at Fayette Heating & Air, 817 Nandino Boulevard.

The winner's HVAC system will be installed Dec. 21 or 24. For more information, call Anna at (859) 293-5760.

Mary Todd Lincoln's housekeeper subject of research

The African-American Genealogy Group of Kentucky will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Northside Public Library. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Gwen Thompson, director of the Mary Todd Lincoln House, will present "Finding Jane: Researching One Woman's Life from Slavery to Freedom."

Enslaved to the family of Mary Todd Lincoln, housekeeper Jane Sanders was briefly mentioned as "a treasure" in an early biography of Mary Todd Lincoln.

Thompson will discuss the research process that revealed Sanders as a wife, mother and property owner in pre-Civil War Lexington.

The AAGGKY meets monthly every third Saturday. Membership is open to anyone interested in researching, preserving and sharing the stories of generations of blacks in Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 422-4457 or visit Aaggky.org.

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