A rally to celebrate the University of Kentucky football team's home opener and to benefit the UK Children's Hospital will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the 5/3 Pavilion on Main Street. There will be games and giveaways throughout the event, and there will be a guest speaker.
At 8 p.m., the event will become a party for those 21 years old and older. Tickets are $5. Participants can buy drinks at the outdoor bar, hosted by Skybar Lexington, and there's no cover charge for entrance to The Rosebud, Silks Lounge, Cheapside Bar and Grill, Wildcat Saloon, Bluegrass Tavern, Skybar Lexington and Redmon's. The Tim Talbert Project will perform in the Pavilion.
The event is sponsored by the Lexington Charity Club as a fund-raiser for the UK Children's Hospital. For more information, contact Kate Lossen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 885-1692. You can buy tickets online at Guestlistapp.com/events/67089 or at Kennedy Book Store.
Best Friends needs more friends
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The Best Friends Center, in the Second Presbyterian Church at Main and Ransom, is designed to provide people diagnosed with memory loss and dementia a safe and fun environment while offering family members a break from 24-hour care-giving.
Volunteer opportunities are available, and hours are flexible. The center is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Contact Bobby Potts, volunteer coordinator, Best Friends Center, (859) 258-2226 or email Bobby.Potts@ccc1884.org
Celebrities read for Radio Eye
Central Kentucky Radio Eye, Kentucky's only radio reading and information service for those who are visually impaired or physically disabled, will host the Fifth Annual Celebrity Reader Week, Sept. 12 through 18. Local celebrities from the arts, media and government, including Mayor Jim Gray, WKYT's Barbara Bailey and WVLK's Sue Wylie, will join volunteers in Radio Eye's broadcasting studio for live readings of the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-Journal and other media.
The organization focuses on bringing the written word to those who need help, but the event is available to the public, through the cooperation of the Lexington Public Library, on Lexington Insight Cable TV, Library Channel 20, from 8 a.m. to noon, and on the internet at Radioeye.org.
Women's networking sessions begin
Women Leading Kentucky's Fall Roundtable Networking Luncheon Series will begin Sept. 14. The topic of the series is "Starting Small, Growing Big Companies."
The roundtables are:
■ Sept. 14: Carey Smith, CEO, Big Ass Fans
■ Oct. 20: Evan Morris, partner, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
■ Nov. 16: Kim Knopf, CEO, Sleep Outfitters
The roundtable will be noon to 1:30 p.m. at Sal's Chophouse, 3373 Tates Creek Road in Lexington. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.
The cost is $35 for each event or $100 for all three. Advance registration is required; you can register online at Womenleadingky.com or mail a check to Women Leading Kentucky, P.O. Box 961, Lexington, Ky. 40588.
Two groups receive funding from Pepsi project
Two local organizations won grants from The Pepsi Refresh Project, an effort that supports creative ideas to move communities forward.
■ Wellington Elementary PTA Playground Fund earned a $50,000 grant during the July voting cycle. The money will be used to pay for architectural planning of a new playground and for playground equipment and mulch at the newly built Wellington Elementary School. Supporters voted for Wellington Elementary PTA Playground Fund at the Pepsi Refresh Project Web site, Refresheverything.com. Voting occurred between July 1 and July 31. The playground will be used by 100 Early Start students and more than 500 elementary school students.
■ A Time To Live earned a $25,000 grant. The grant will be used to buy a van to transport animals from shelters to rescue or permanent homes. The program is designed to reduce euthanasia rates for animals in shelters.
In the program's first year, Pepsi Refresh Project gave more than $20 million for more than 1,000 projects across the country.