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Fayette County: Iron Jawed Angels at Farish Theatre Sunday; Hilton named Kentucky champion

October 1, 2013 

The movie, Iron Jawed Angels, will be shown for free at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Farish Theater, Central Library, 140 East Main Street. The film stars Hillary Swank, Francis O'Conner, Julia Ormond and Anjelica Huston and tells the story of the women's suffrage movement during the 1910s.

A discussion of the film will follow the showing, which is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington and the Lexington Public Library.

National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador named

Youth Service America and Festival of Children Foundation have selected Ben Swanson, 17, of Lexington, to serve as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador. As one of 51 Youth Ambassadors selected nationwide, Swanson will receive funding and training to lead an initiative to involve youth in the conservation efforts of the Kentucky Nature Conservancy.

Swanson's work began in September—National Child Awareness Month— when he traveled to Washington, D.C., for leadership training and meetings with state officials. He then returned home to launch a campaign to involve youth in the environmental conservation efforts of the Kentucky Nature Conservancy through volunteerism, awareness and partnerships with youth organizations.

Swanson was selected through a competitive application process and chosen based on the quality of his project proposal and its potential to create substantive, large-scale change on behalf of young people in Kentucky.

Swanson is a senior at Lexington's Henry Clay High School. He has volunteered with The Nature Conservancy since last September. He stewards the Jim Beam Nature Preserve in Garrard and Jessamine Counties. Swanson plans to study economics and international affairs in college.

For more information, go to Festivalofchildren.org.

Hilton selected as Kentucky Champion

Kentucky Children's Hospital has announced that Harry Hilton has been named this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Kentucky Champion. Harry will serve as a fundraising and awareness ambassador for Kentucky Children's Hospital, Kentucky and all children treated at the North American charity's 170 member hospitals.

Harry was chosen for facing his unique medical challenge with courage and will serve to illustrate the impact of Kentucky Children's Hospital and why donated funds are needed for treatment, recovery and charitable care. This fall, Harry and champions selected from each state will gather for an official ambassador trip to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla.

At 9 weeks old, Harry was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease—an autoimmune disease in which the arteries widen. Harry received his diagnosis and treatment at Kentucky Children's Hospital. His disease was especially high-risk, resulting in two more hospital stays before he received a clean bill of health.

Discussion of LBGT public policies

On Thursday JustFundKY, a non-profit educational group, will present Justice League of Kentucky Super Heroes, a community discussion lead by mayors of Kentucky cities that have recently adopted progressive LGBT policies.

Mayors in attendance will be Sherry Carran, Covington (adopted domestic partnership benefits); Steve Connelly, Berea (adopted domestic partnership benefits); Bill May, Frankfort (adopted a fairness ordinance); Johnny Cummins, Vicco (adopted a fairness ordinance); Louisville (adopted domestic partnership benefits) will be represented by Sadiqa Reynolds, director of Community Building; Lexington (adopted fairness ordinance, considering domestic partnership benefits) will be represented by Vice-Mayor Linda Gorton and council member at large Steve Kay.

KET's Renee Shaw will moderate the 6:30 p.m. discussion at the Kentucky Theatre. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. The event is free.

JustFundKY will announce the recipients of the 2013 Cliff Todd Endowment Grants at the event. More information is available at Justfundky.com.

Chipping for Johnny expands scope

The 2nd annual Chipping in for Johnny Golf Tournament will be Oct. 14 in Central Kentucky to raise funds for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and defray the rehabilitation expenses of Johnny Morris, the 24-year-old son of longtime horse industry executive Joe Morris. The younger Morris suffered paralysis in an accident at his apartment in July 2012. Last year's golf tournament raised nearly $100,000 to assist with Morris' rehabilitation, much of which occurred at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. This year's event will benefit the John Morris Foundation and Cardinal Hill.

"We are so pleased to be involved in the Chipping in for Johnny Golf Tournament. The Morris family are wonderful advocates for people with physical rehabilitation needs and their support will go a long way in helping others," said Gary Payne, president/CEO of Cardinal Hill Hospital.

The tournament will be held at Canewood Golf Course in Georgetown and is scheduled to begin at noon. The cost is $100 per golfer. For reservations or information about sponsorship opportunities and donations, go to Johnmorrisgolfclassic.com or call 1-866-678-4289.

Civil War cemetery walking tours

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will offer Civil War cemetery walking tours at 2 p.m. every Sunday in October at The Lexington Cemetery. Tours will begin at the Henry Clay monument. Cost is $10 for the public and $5 for MTLH members. The 90-minute tour features monuments and graves of the era, including the Todd family plot. For more info, go to Mtlhouse.org or call (859) 233-9999. Reservations are encouraged.

Support for young breast cancer patients

S.O.S., Strength of Survivorship, is a new Baptist Health Lexington-sponsored series of programs for young women fighting breast cancer. This free series involves monthly programs that will begin Oct. 8 and continue through June 3. All programs will be at Central Baptist Church, 110 Wilson Downing Road. The programs will begin at 6:30 p.m., following a free dinner.

Series dates and topics through the end of the year are:

Oct. 8: Your Maiden Voyage — Breast Cancer, Now What?

Nov. 12: T.L.C. — Talking, Listening & Communicating

Dec. 10: S.C.J. — Spirituality in Your Cancer Journey

Registration is required by calling (859) 260-4357. A complete list of dates and programs can be found at Baptisthealthlexington.com, click on Hospital Events.

Seeking writers for hall of fame

Nominations are being sought through Oct. 10 for the 2014 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. For a writer to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, he/she must be deceased, be someone whose writing is of enduring stature and be connected to Kentucky in a significant way.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was created by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Carnegiecenterlex.org). The goal of the Hall of Fame is to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of the commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about the state's rich literary heritage.

People can submit up to five nominations to Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, 251 West Second Street, Lexington, KY 40507 or email Neil Chethik at neil@carnegiecenterlex.org. Final decisions will be announced at an induction ceremony in January.

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