University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari will be the guest of honor and featured speaker at the Salvation Army's sixth annual Christmas Breakfast, on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Lexington attorney Terry McBrayer will emcee.
The Christmas Breakfast kicks off the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign. Proceeds are used locally to assist homeless women and children, hungry families and those who struggle with poverty.
"We are so honored that Coach Calipari has accepted our invitation to be the featured speaker," said Maj. Debra Ashcraft, who heads the Central Kentucky Area Services with her husband, Steve. "Coach Calipari is well known for his commitment to the community and his ability to motivate people. That is exactly the combination we need to kick off our 2010 Red Kettle Campaign."
The Christmas Breakfast is 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Patterson Ballroom. Tickets are $50. Call Lindsey D'Lugos at (859) 252-7706, Ext. 113.
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Apply for Angel Tree and Mountain of Love
The Salvation Army will accept applications for its Angel Tree and Mountain of Love Christmas assistance programs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and 4.
Apply in person at the Army, 736 West Main Street, and bring the following items: photo ID, proof of birth date for children, proof of income, expenses and residency. For more information, call (859) 252-7706 or go to Salvationarmylex.org.
Benefit for UK center
The University of Kentucky Center for the Study of Violence Against Children will host its benefit gala, "Someone to Watch Over Me," 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at UK's Hilary J. Boone Center.
The celebration will feature wine and bourbon tastings, and music by students from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Tickets are $100 a person and include admission to the tastings, food, entertainment, a live band and dancing. For more information, call (859) 543-0078 or CSVAC.uky.edu.
Bluegrass 101, hosted by Bluegrass Tomorrow's Young Professional/Diversity Council, is a networking opportunity for professionals to learn about organizations and businesses in the community.
The event starts at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown. Participants will board a shuttle for a tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery, followed by a reception at Bakers 360, and tours of the Kentucky Theatre, Artists' Attic, Base 163, The Explorium and the Bodley-Bullock House, before wrapping up at the Penguin Piano Bar.
Tickets are $25 a person, which includes transportation, the reception (food and drinks) and all tour and cover charges.
Call (859) 277-9614 or go to Bluegrasstomorrow.org/createbluegrass2010.asp for more information.
Green award winners
The Lexington-Fayette Environmental Commission has announced winners of the 2010 Annual Environmental Commission Awards.
Awards are presented to people, organizations and businesses that have contributed significantly to the improvement of the local environment over the past two years.
This year's winners are Bluegrass Greenworks Environmental Community Building; Carman 319 Watershed Project at McConnell Springs; Kentucky Horse Park Vegetation Project, Cane Run Watershed; Lexington Housing Authority, Community Recycling; Mike Canfield and Kentucky Utilities, Emerald Ash Borer Project; Millcreek Elementary School, Wetland and Stream Restoration; Richard S. Levine, 40 Years of Solar Energy Research and Design; Sayre School, Recycling and Water Education Projects; and Shelby Jett, Water Education projects.
Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:
Brad Biliter, Woodland Park parking lot permeable paver design; Dean Scott Smith, innovation in design and implementation in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture; Lexmark International, stream bank restoration and rain garden design; Link Belt Construction Equipment Co., development of recycling and waste reduction programs; Montessori Middle School of Kentucky, environmental awareness educational programs on recycling, waste reduction and stream restoration; Prajna Design & Construction, Art in Motion Bus Stop on Euclid Avenue; Schneider Electrical, Green Team development of recycling and waste reduction in the work place; Stoney Falls Apartment Complex, community recycling; Water Quality Management Fee Incentive Work Group, design and development for the Lexington storm water incentive grant program.