Blue Grass Community Foundation recently awarded $50,000 to charitable organizations that serve Central Kentucky.
Non-profit agencies in Central Kentucky were invited to apply for funds for projects that would focus on early-childhood education and literacy. A committee of community volunteers reviewed the grant applications.
A complete list of awards follows:
■ Central Music Academy, $5,000 for operating expenses, including musical instruments, materials, student scholarships and program administration.
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■ FoodChain, $2,600 for educational programming materials, workshops at area schools and after-school programs for teachers and students to design, construct and maintain indoor aquaponics classroom systems.
■ Frankfort's OWN, $5,000 to fund the Frankfort's OWN Saturday Educational Program.
■ Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, $2,372 for music technology, instruments and music to support music integration into classroom activities.
■ Lexington Philharmonic, $1,278 for LP TIME, the LexPhil Title I Music Education Program.
■ Living Arts and Science Center, $5,000 for the Science Explorers program in five Fayette County Title 1 schools.
■ Mentors & Meals, $5,000 for the STEM Infusion Program.
■ New Opportunity School for Women, $5,000 for books and internships for the February 2012 and June 2013 NOSW residential sessions.
■ Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, $5,000 for Parent Leadership 101 implementation for the parents of Woodford County Schools students.
■ Simon House, $5,000 for the Children's Educational Component that provides educational services and enrichment to homeless children in this program.
■ Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Kentucky, $3,750 for tutoring services for at-risk youth.
■ The Nest Center for Women, Children & Families, $5,000 for the Math and Science Educational Initiative.
To learn more about giving through the Community Foundation, call Allison Lankford at (859) 225-3343 or visit Bgcf.org.
Salvation Army needs bell ringers
The Salvation Army is in need of volunteer groups, families, individuals, and businesses to ring the bell at one of its outdoor kettle stands for a day or an evening beginning Friday and continuing through Dec. 24. Kettle funds support The Salvation Army's Christmas services and year-round programs such as the Emergency Shelter, Early Learning Center, Food Pantry, and Boys & Girls Club. Contact Townsend Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 252-7706 to volunteer. Visit SalvationArmyLex.org for more information.
Martial arts contest raises $1,000
The Central Shaolin/YMCA of Central Kentucky Martial Arts Tournament and Demonstration was held Oct. 20 at the Beaumont YMCA. Central Shaolin students of all ages competed in forms and sparring categories, and participated in a martial arts demonstration prior the competition. The event raised more than $1,000 for the Y's Annual Giving Campaign that provides financial assistance for area children and families to participate in YMCA programs.
Time to apply for energy assistance
Thousands of low-income families in Central Kentucky can seek energy assistance this winter through the Community Action Council's subsidy component of its federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program provides a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used toward rising energy bills. The amount of the benefit is determined by income, household size, fuel type and geographic location.
Anyone at risk of losing their heat due to inability to pay should contact one of the council's nine centers in Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas counties. Information on available locations is listed below.
Applicants must bring the following to apply: proof of income for the previous month for all adults 18 and older in the household; most recent heating bill or verification from a landlord that heating expenses are included in rent; birth dates of all household members.
Applications are taken at all of the following Community Action Council locations between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday:
Lexington: 913 Georgetown Street, (859) 244-2215; 3439 Buckhorn Drive, Suite 100, (859) 273-6395; 1902 Cambridge Drive, (859) 246-1192; 1169 Winburn Drive, (859) 294-5249; 520 Toner Street, (859) 554-4350; Millersburg: 1414 South Main Street, (859) 987-5277; Paris: 1113 Main Street, (859) 484-3860; Cynthiana: 216 Old Lair Road, (859) 234-2121; Carlisle: 149 Scrubgrass Road, (859) 289-7172.
For information on energy assistance programs, contact the Community Action Council in Lexington, (859) 233-4600; Paris, (859) 987-5277; Cynthiana, (859) 234-2121; or Carlisle, (859) 289-7172.
Lung cancer awareness events
Central Kentuckians can participate in two events designed to raise awareness and support the movement to defeat lung cancer.
The Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday at the University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium between gates 3 and 4.
Registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with a pre-event kick off at 9:30 a.m. The 5K run begins at 10 a.m., and participants who choose to walk the 5K or a 1-mile will begin at 10:03 a.m.
Online registration for the run/walk is $25 and is available through midnight today. Event-day registration will be $30. Proceeds benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership's research, education and awareness programs. For information, visit Freetobreathe.com.
The Shine a Light on Lung Cancer vigil will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Signature Club of Lexington, 3256 Lansdowne Drive. The vigil will celebrate lung cancer survivors, support those with the disease and honor those lost to the disease.
The free vigil is affiliated with the Lung Cancer Alliance, which provides patient support and advocacy for those living with or at risk of lung cancer. To register, visit Lexingtonvigil.kintera.org or contact Jeanni Thompson at email@example.com or (859) 260-3198.
Philanthropy awards Nov. 8
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Bluegrass Chapter will hold its annual National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon Nov. 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington. The luncheon honors regional philanthropists and volunteers.
The Distinguished Philanthropist Award winner this year is the Triangle Foundation. The Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award winners are Despina Wilson and Shelby Ware for their work on the Contemplation Pavilion Project for the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program. Additionally, various non-profit agencies will honor an outstanding volunteer or patron at this event. Honorees include: Diane and Rick Avare; Baptist Life Communities; Larry and Martha Deener; Leslie Fannin; Foundation for a Drug Free Youth; Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Aaron German; Dr. Robert and Linda Granacher; David E. Harper; David Jones, Isaac Kurs and Soundbar; Kentucky Horse Park Volunteer Program; Kentucky Utilities; Elizabeth Kramer; Ann and Terry McBrayer; Jennifer Nime Palumbo; PNC Foundation; Henry Anthony Raiche; Shamrock Bar and Grille; Lori Suthon and University of Kentucky; and The Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com.
The AFP Bluegrass Chapter works to advance philanthropy in Central and Eastern Kentucky through education, advocacy, networking and resources.