Endurance events raise cancer awareness
John Sensenig, owner of John's Run/Walk Shop, 317 South Ashland Avenue, recently donated a meeting space to the Lexington chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, which had been meeting in libraries and other locations around Kentucky. The meeting space is also available for rent to other organizations.
The Team in Training is a fund-raising component of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Participants are responsible for raising money, through donations and corporate and private sponsorships, to participate in an endurance event of their choice. They can pick a half or full marathon, an Olympic distance triathlon or a century bike ride. Some upcoming events are the Memphis in May triathlon in Tennessee on May 15 and the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in Louisville in April.
Fund-raising fees are $2,000 minimum. In exchange for fund-raising, participants receive three to five months' training from certified coaches. Seventy-five percent of the fee goes directly to the LLS, and 25 percent goes toward the participants' lodging, transportation and meals during events. Any amount over the minimum is given directly to the LLS.
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To participate in a future season of Team in Training, contact Ann-Maria Baas, Lexington Team in Training coordinator, at (859) 226-0764 or AnnMaria.Baas@lls.org.
For a full story and photos about the donation, go to Josh Kegley's Fayette County blog at www.kentucky.com/communities.
Call for Bryan Station alumni
The Bryan Station Reunion of 50 Years Committee is looking for pictures and memorabilia from graduating classes of 1959 through the present. The Reunion of 50 Years Celebration will be held April 18 from 4-7 p.m. Contact Ashley Pemberton Herndon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gloria Compton at (859) 299-7600.
Volunteers needed for hospital event
Kentucky Children's Hospital needs volunteers for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, an equestrian event featuring dressage, cross country and jumping. Volunteer dates available are April 21-26. Organizers of the event will make a donation on behalf of volunteers to the hospital.
All volunteers will receive an admission pass that can be used each of the four days of the event, a volunteer parking pass, one lunch ticket and a store discount of 20 percent.
Contact Anne Johnson at RolexVols@uky.edu or call (859) 323-8091.
Eating disorder support group
The National Association for Anorexia and Associated Disorders is forming a Fayette County support group, but does not yet have enough members to schedule its first meeting. The group is designed for women and men with anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder and their family and friends. Call (724) 766-6341 for more information.
PRIDE hires environmental educator
Bluegrass PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment) has announced the recent addition of Linda Blue to its staff as an environmental educator.
Blue holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Louisville and has experience in environmental education. She will be responsible for planning and implementing environmental lessons and activities for students in grades K-12, as well as helping schools develop and establish waste reduction and recycling programs.
For more information, go to www.KentuckyPRIDE.com or the group's blog at www.kentucky.com/communities.
Lexington girl to compete in state bee
Erin Christopher, a student at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, will be one of about 50 youngsters to compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee on Saturday at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.
Erin, the daughter of Kevin and Rebecca Christopher, competed against about 40 other students to win the Fayette County bee on Feb. 17. She won a trophy and $75.
The winner of the contest, which part of the Kentucky Derby Festival, will receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a trophy, the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster collegiate dictionary and a $25 Amazon.com gift card.
Savings bonds valued at $5,000, $3,000 and $1,500 will be awarded to the second-, third- and fourth-place finalists, respectively. Official Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee T-shirts will be presented to all participants.
Participants are in grades four through eight in public and private school systems in Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Refugee Ministries seeking donations
Good Foods Market & Café on Southland Drive is accepting donations through April as part of the Give Where You Live Program in support of the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. The organization helps refugees legally admitted to the United States as victims of violence and persecution to integrate in their new communities.
Financial businessman honored
John H. Houston of Lexington has earned life membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, an association of financial professionals. Houston is only the sixth Kentucky member to achieve this status. His business, Houston Insurance Agency, 3167 Custer Drive, Suite 101, has been in operation since 1963. He is a Western Kentucky University graduate.
Radio reading service recruiting volunteers
Central Kentucky Radio Eye will hold a volunteer orientation from 10 a.m. to noon March 31. CKRE is currently recruiting volunteer readers, control board operators and office help. Call (859) 422-6390 to request a volunteer application form and to register for the orientation.