Madison County

Madison County notes: Mar. 18

March 17, 2014 

For the 17th consecutive year, the Empty Bowls Project is helping to put food on the table for hungry people in Madison County.

The community event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 11 at First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern ByPass, Richmond.

With a minimum $12 donation, participants will receive a handmade pottery bowl, homemade soup, bread and drink. Both meals will also feature entertainment by local musicians. At lunch, pianist Marvin Kiper will play, and the Madison Dulcimers, led by Merwyn Jackson, will perform during dinner.

All proceeds will help feed local residents through four organizations: Richmond Food Bank at New Liberty Family Shelter, God's Outreach Community Food Bank, Home Meals Delivery and the Salvation Army of Madison County.

To volunteer, make a donation, or to request more information, contact Dianna Ackerman at (859) 661-5101 or Lea Wells at (859) 353-2339.

Berea woman named Elizabeth Dole fellow

Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation has announced that Chasity Tuggle of Berea has been named a member of its Elizabeth Dole Fellows program. Fellows are spouses, parents and other loved ones actively caring for wounded warriors who help provide military and veteran caregivers a national voice. Fellows play a lead role in raising awareness in their home states and communities and serve as advisers to the Foundation. To learn more, go to

Appalachia poverty topic at social justice event

Cynthia Duncan will address Why Poverty Persists in Rural America as part of the Welch Appalachian Social and Economic Justice Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University. The event will be at 3:30 p.m. March 28 in EKU's Business and Technology Center Auditorium.

Duncan is the founding director of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Duncan was a sociologist at the university for 11 years before leaving to become director of the Ford Foundation's Community and Resource Development Unit in 2000.

For more information, contact Caroline Reid at To register, contact Lauren Miller at

Insurance expert talks about retirement planning

David F. Babbel, senior adviser for Finance Group and Insurance Economics Practice with Charles River Associates and a former senior financial economist with The World Bank, will address Financial Challenges to Funding Retirement at the EKU Center for the Arts from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. April 22. The session is free and open to the public.

Babbel's presentation is part of a daylong event targeted to insurance professionals, who can earn up to six hours of CE credit.

The cost for the daylong program is $90 and includes a continental breakfast, snacks and lunch. For more information or to register, contact Debbie Ellis at or (859) 622-1579. The registration deadline is April 15.

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