Fayette County

Fayette County notes: Jan. 28

January 27, 2014 

Baggy pants, deep pockets Last year Chuy's General Manager, David Feigel set a goal to lose more than 80 pounds. As motivation, he decided to raise funds for the Kentucky Children's Hospital for every pound lost. Feigel recently reached his goal and presented the hospital with a check for $7,000.

Wednesday is Alzheimer's Advocacy Day at Capitol

Kentucky Alzheimer's Advocacy Day is Wednesday at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. The public event, scheduled from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., encourages citizens to wear purple and meet with legislators to help build awareness of Alzheimer's disease as well as promote the care and support needs of those living with the disease and their caregivers. To register or for more information, call 1-800-272-3900 or go to infoky-in@alz.org.

Legends promote nonprofits

The Lexington Legends are inviting nonprofit organizations to participate in their Community Organization of the Night program during the 2014 season.

The Community Organization program offers nonprofits the opportunity to publicize their work at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and on Legends radio broadcasts during each of the Legends' 70 home games.

On their night at the ballpark, organizations may set up a display on the concourse, where they can greet fans and distribute information. Before the game, a representative of each Community Organization of the Night is interviewed on the public address system. The representative also is a guest on the Legends' radio broadcast for a half-inning during the game. Each organization also receives four complimentary tickets to their game.

Solicitation is not permitted, but there is a fundraising element in the program. To maximize exposure and to boost fundraising, organizations that reserve their night for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday game will purchase a minimum of 50 Legends fundraiser tickets at four dollars each. Fundraiser tickets may then be sold by the organization for up to the regular face value of 10 dollars, allowing the organization to raise up to six dollars per ticket sold.

Game dates will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (859) 422-7855.

MS Advocacy Day

The 6th Annual Multiple Sclerosis Advocacy Day in Frankfort will be 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, with a networking lunch and the opportunity to hear from government officials, including Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes. The public is encouraged to set appointments between 10 a.m. and noon with their legislator. For reservations or information, visit Main.nationalmssociety.org/site/Calendar/185333402?view=Detail&id=325971.

Nominations sought for women who empower

Nominations are being accepted for The Bluegrass Alliance for Women's Impact Awards, which recognize women in the 17-county Bluegrass Area Development District who are empowering women and girls in their communities and are likely otherwise to go unnoticed through other channels.

Counties in the BGADD are Anderson, Boyle, Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford.

Since the awards were created in 2007, 111 women have been nominated and 50 Impact Awards have been presented. All nominees will be recognized at the 8th Annual Legacy Award Luncheon March 25 in Lexington at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newton Pike.

One nominee from each county will be named that county's Impact Award recipient. One Impact winner will receive the Legacy Award, recognizing the recipient as an exemplary role model committed to empowering women and girls in the BGADD.

The nomination form can be found at Bluegrassallianceforwomen.com. The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 21.

Neighborhood grants

Lexington residents who want to help improve the city are invited to apply for a 2014 Neighborhood Sustainability Grant. Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works is providing the grants, which are to be used by residents to work collaboratively and creatively to improve the environmental health of Lexington.

Grants are available for a wide range of projects including rain gardens, green roofs, community gardens, streamside restoration, recycling programs, beautification projects (outside only), rain barrel projects, the cleanup and restoration of illegal dumpsites, litter cleanups, street-tree plantings and other projects that are determined to improve the environmental health of the community and meet the principles of sustainability.

Public and private schools, all neighborhood and homeowner associations that are incorporated and have a complete slate of elected officers, churches and other nonprofits are eligible to apply for these grants.

Eligible applicants may apply for a maximum amount of $2,500. These grants require a 100 percent match.

More information and application materials are available at Lexingtonky.gov/greengrants.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted to the department's office by 4:30 p.m. March 3. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. For more information, contact Louise Caldwell-Edmonds at (859) 425-2800 or via e-mail at louisec@lexingtonky.gov.

Take the Polar Plunge

The 15th anniversary of the Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics, will take place at Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Road near Man o' War Boulevard on Feb. 8.

Polar Plungers commit to raise a minimum of $75 ($50 for plungers under age 18) and then take a chilly dip into a pool to help support the Special Olympics mission of providing sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Participants can pick up brochures at Texas Roadhouse or call the Special Olympics Kentucky office at 1-800-633-7403. Potential Plungers can also register online at Kentuckyplunge.com, create a Web page and raise money through the official Polar Plunge website. The top male and female fundraisers will be named King and Queen of the Plunge and receive a Coleman steel cooler. Also, the top male and female fundraisers between the ages of 6 and 12 years old will be named Plunge Prince and Princess and will each receive a Polar Plunge jacket.

Pre-registration will be held 4-8 p.m. Feb. 6. On-site registration will open at 9 a.m. the day of the Plunge. Opening ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. and the first Polar Plungers will hit the water about 30 minutes later.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, contact Julie Goodpaster, special events director, at 1-800-633-7403, via email at jgoodpaster@soky.org or visit Soky.org.

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