Teresa Isaac will be in the Hot Seat for Hope — an evening of roasting and toasting — from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday at The Grand Reserve, 903 Manchester Street.
The evening includes dinner, a cash bar, and entertainment. Tickets are $75 and attire is business casual. For ticket information, visit Kypinkconnection.org or call (859) 309-1700.
Proceeds benefit Kentucky Pink Connection, a non-profit organization committed to removing barriers to cancer screening and treatment of Kentucky residents. Aerospace bus tour
The Aviation Museum of Kentucky will sponsor an educational motor coach tour of aerospace attractions in the southeastern states Nov. 1-5.
The Southern Swing Tour will visit Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green; the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.; the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.; and the Lockheed Martin aircraft manufacturing facilities at Marietta, Ga. Return to Lexington is on Tuesday, November 5.
"The tour has a combination of the past and the present, and includes naval aviation and NASA achievements," said Gerry van der Meer, museum president. "There are several Kentucky connections to the places the tour will visit."
The deadline to register for the tour is Thursday. Cost for the trip is $794 per person double occupancy; $1,052 per person single occupancy.
For more information, go to Aviationky.org, or call the museum at (859) 231-1219.
Light the Night Walk
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 14th Annual Light the Night Walk will be Oct. 5 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the walk will take place at 7:30 p.m., following a brief opening ceremony.
Light the Night is a nationwide effort to pay tribute and give hope to those touched by blood cancers. Participants walk approximately one mile carrying illuminated balloons — white for survivors, gold in memory of loved ones lost, and red for Champions for Cures club members.
All funds raised through Light The Night support the LLS mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Last year the campaign raised nearly $45 million nationally; the Lexington walk raised more than $170,000 with about 2,000 people attending.
The event will take place in honor of 12-year-old Leukemia patient Rodrick Jackson of Lexington. The 2013 In Memory hero is Dr. John Amyx, who lost his life to CNS Lymphoma in 2012.
Additional information can be found online at Lightthenight.org/ky or by calling the local LLS office at (859) 226-0764. Dress for Success
Dress for Success Lexington is having its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 1 in Eastland Shopping Center, 1301 Winchester Road, Suite 29.
Dress for Success is a non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women and empowers them by providing professional attire, a network of support and the tools needed to help them become self-sufficient.
Central Kentucky will be represented by eight athletes and three coaches as part of Team Kentucky at the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games, to be held June 14-21 in New Jersey. The athletes include six from Lexington, two from Winchester and one from Nicholasville, competing in aquatics, artistic gymnastics, bowling, and track and field. In addition to the athletes, coaches from Lexington and Berea will head aquatics, artistic gymnastics and golf.
■ Ashley Bias, 23, Lexington, artistic gymnastics. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for 13 years. This is her first trip to a national or world games competition.
■ Vahl Forsythe, 24, Lexington, aquatics. He has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years. This will be his first competition above the state level.
■ Reba McDonald, 42, Winchester, aquatics. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for eight years. She will be teamed with three other Kentucky swimmers for the relay, including Chris Willis of Owensboro, Vahl Forsythe of Lexington and Kathleen Colliver of Nicholasville. This will be her first time competing at the national or world games level.
■ Kathleen Colliver, 26, Nicholasville, aquatics. She will compete in the 25-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle and 4x50-meter freestyle relay at the Games. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for nine years. This is the first competition above the state level for Colliver. Forsythe, McDonald and Colliver will likely be teamed in a relay event at the Games along with Owensboro swimmer Chris Willis.
■ Travis Hines, 42, Lexington, track and field. He has been a special Olympics athlete for 22 years. He has never competed above the state level.
■ Casie Seifert, 24, Lexington, track and field delegation. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years. She participated in the first ever Special Olympics USA National Games, competing in Unified Golf, where she earned a Silver Medal with partner Sarah Hawkins Lear.
■ Fannie Stonestreet, 57, Winchester, track and field. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years. This will be her first trip to a Special Olympics competition above the state level.
■ Julia Steinman, 22, Lexington, bowling. She will participate in the singles, double and team (four person) events in New Jersey. Steinman has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years. The Joseph Beth Booksellers staff member will be making her first trip to a Special Olympics national or world games event.
Three Central Kentuckians will serve as coaches at the 2014 USA National Games.
■ Mary Fehrenbach, Lexington, will make her third trip to the National Games as the Team Kentucky gymnastics coach. Fehrenbach, the 2011 Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year, has been the Team Kentucky coach at each of the previous USA National Games and her teams have won 27 medals in those Games. She has also served as the head gymnastics coach for Team USA at a number of Special Olympics World Games events.
■ Kenny Merritt, Berea, returns as the Team Kentucky golf coach, a position he held at the 2010 Games as well. His 2010 golfers posted a gold medal finish in individual stroke play and a silver in unified team play. Merritt has been a Special Olympics volunteer for more than 20 years.
■ Phillip Norris, Lexington, returns to his role from the 2010 USA National Games as the Team Kentucky aquatics coach. Norris led Team Kentucky to seven medals at those Games, including one gold. Norris is the coach for the Frankfort Sunfish aquatics team during the regular Special Olympics season.
Team Kentucky is made up of 39 athletes, one Unified Partner and 16 coaches from throughout the state. Kentucky athletes will compete in aquatics, artistic gymnastics, track and field, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football and golf.
The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games will be the third USA National Games that Special Olympics has held. Previous games were held in 2006 in Ames, Iowa, and 2010 in Lincoln, Neb. The Games will bring together 3,500 athletes and 1,000 coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Kentucky has had previous success at the USA National Games. The 2010 Team Kentucky group consisted of 39 athletes and claimed 34 medals, including 10 gold medals. The 2006 National Games team saw 42 athletes capture 42 medals, including 18 gold medals. The official Games Web site is 2014specialolympics.org. Golf tournament
Race Track Chaplaincy of America's Inaugural Golf Tournament, benefitting the work of RTCA, will be Oct. 1 at Griffin Gate Golf Club, 1720 Newtown Pike.
The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Registration begins at noon. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive at hole No. 9 and closest-to-the-pin at hole No. 4. Make a hole-in-one on hole No. 11 and win a Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide motorcycle. In addition to the grand prize, other available hole-in-one prizes include a Sharp LCD flat-screen TV, Callaway irons (3-PW), and two round-trip domestic airline tickets. The winning team will receive a cash prize of $200.
The cost is $440 per team or $125 per person, and includes golf cart, green fees, team photos, awards ceremony, barbecue dinner, and on-course refreshments.
The proceeds from this event will help support and expand the work of RTCA — an evangelical, interdenominational, 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian organization — that ministers to the horse racing industry.
Registration is available online at rtcanational.org. For more information regarding the event, to register by phone, or to learn more about RTCA, call (859) 410-7822. AHA research grants
The American Heart Association has awarded eight research grants totaling $1.235 million to the University of Kentucky, including the UK Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and the UK College of Medicine. The goal of these studies is to aid in the development of new cardiovascular treatments to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke.
The following received grants:
■ Bradley Gelfand, assistant professor in the Department of Opthalmology and Visual Sciences, $308,000: to continue his work with atherosclerotic plaques in artery walls and how RNA molecules in these areas may contribute to the disease. His work will continue to be funded through June 2017.
■ Frederique Yiannikouris, research assistant professor in the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences, $308,000: to understand the mechanism of obesity-induced hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes. This work will continue to be funded through June 2017.
■ Michael Murphy, associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, $150,000: to study the effects of metabolic disease and its link to mid-life obesity. The goal is to develop new procedures to reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes. This work will continue to be funded through 2014.
■ Florin Despa, associate professor of Pharmacology, $140,000: to study how elevated blood levels of amylin accumulate in the heart and how they can be prevented. The work will continue to be funded through June 2015.
■ Venkateswaran Subramanian, research assistant professor in the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, $132,000: to study the functional role of the molecule calpain, known to increase a patient's risk of atherosclerosis. This work will continue to be funded through 2014.
■ Marina Falaleeva, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, $93,000: to study the genetics behind a person's likelihood to regain weight after weight loss. This work will continue to be funded through June 2015.
■ Michael Petriello, graduate student in the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences, $52,000: to study how fatty acids found in foods like healthy fish can help prevent heart disease. This work will continue to be funded through June 2015.
■ Wei Zhang, graduate student in the Graduate Center for Toxicology, $52,000: to help understand and develop new approaches to reduce the risk of cardiotoxicity as a patient undergoes chemotherapy. This work will continue to be funded through June 2015.
For more information, or other cardiovascular research projects currently funded by the American Heart Association, visit Heart.org.