Fayette Co. | Three Central Ky. aviators to receive master pilot award

Three Central Kentucky aviators received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on March 20. After a chili dinner at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, the three pilots were honored by the Federal Aviation Administration for continuous involvement in aviation for 50 years or more.

Award winners were Dr. George Gumbert, a co-founder of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky; Ed LaFontaine, a balloonist and former director of state aviation; and Lowell Wiley, a retired corporate pilot and flight instructor.

LYSA league receives grant

The Lexington Youth Soccer Association TOPSoccer league has been awarded a US Youth Soccer Association grant. The in-kind grant will provide soccer equipment for the league's athletes, including balls and goal keeper's jerseys. It is thought to be the first grant awarded to LYSA in its 30-plus-year history.

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) was created by the United States Youth Soccer Association for children ages 4 and older with physical and/or mental disabilities. For more information about this and other LYSA TOPSoccer events or to register, call Jessie Birdwhistle at (859) 608-4160. The cost for participation is $25 a player.

Non-profits get financial help

More than $108,000 has been awarded to 33 non-profits in Central and Eastern Kentucky through the Blue Grass CARE Fund at the Blue Grass Community Foundation.

Created last year in response to the increase in requests for aid, the fund continued this year because of double-digit increases in requests for assistance for food, shelter, and clothing. Funding partners included Blue Grass Community Foundation, Bluegrass Women United, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, the Keeneland Foundation, PNC Bank, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and many individual donors.

The distribution committee reviewed more than 75 applications. The committee's goal was to distribute the money to organizations that could have the most immediate impact in the community.

"This grant will allow us to continue to provide a three-to five-day supply of emergency food to those with nowhere else to turn," said Betty Moore of the Jackson County Food Bank in McKee. "Last year, we served over 7,000 individuals, and this year we expect to serve many more, since the county's largest employer has laid off over 15 percent of its workers. We count on grants like this to get us through."

Organizations receiving funding in 2010 are Appalachian Apostolate Inc., Ashland Community Kitchen, Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency Inc., Black Church Coalition of the Bluegrass Inc., Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Catholic Action Center, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington, Christian Appalachian Project, Clark County Community Service Center, Community Action Council, Community Service Center of Wilmore-High Bridge, Eolia Christian Community Outreach Inc., Estill County Food Bank, Frankfort Resource Office for Social Ministries Inc., Franklin County Women's Shelter, Gateway Homeless Coalition Inc., God's Pantry Food Bank, Hazard Perry County Community Ministries, the Hope Center, Jackson County Food Bank Inc., KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Lex-Care Inc., Lexington Rescue Mission, Lighthouse Ministries Inc., M&M Pantry Inc., Owsley County Outreach Corporation, Pike County Domestic Violence Board Inc., Project Worth & Outreach Program Inc., Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky Inc., The Salvation Army of Lexington, The Salvation Army of Ashland, The Salvation Army of Danville, and The Salvation Army of Madison County.

For more information about Blue Grass Community Foundation or the Blue Grass CARE Fund, call (859) 225-3343 or e-mail Barbara Fischer at

2010 debutantes presented

The Blue Grass Charity Ball presented the 2010 debutantes on Dec. 28 at the Lexington Convention Center. Since 1961, the ball has provided funding to more than 40 agencies in Central Kentucky.