Bluegrass philanthropists recognized


The Association of Fundraising Professionals Bluegrass Chapter recognized 22 people recently at its annual National Philanthropy Day event, on Nov. 8.

James E. "Ted" Bassett III, a Keeneland trustee emeritus, was named this year's distinguished philanthropist, and Virginia Newsome received the Youth in Philanthropy Award.

At the event, the YMCA of Central Kentucky honored the Kentucky Center for Orthodontics for its donation of the "Let Your Light Shine Pavilion" at the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA. The donation allowed for double the number of children to attend camps. The pavilion was used for the first time last summer for day camps, family nights, special Y events and community events.

For more information about the Association of Fundraising Professionals Bluegrass Chapter, go to

A cancer Hero

The American Cancer Society's Mid-South Division recently named Mary Lou Brown of Somerset a "Hero of Hope." Brown is one of 20 cancer survivors and caregivers from the mid-South states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee to be recognized.

Brown is a 24-year breast cancer survivor and a longtime American Cancer Society volunteer. She volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center and is a trained Reach to Recovery volunteer. Brown retired to Kentucky in 1988. She works part-time at Mill Springs Battlefield Visitors Center in Nancy.

The Heroes of Hope program is in its fourth year. Honorees serve as spokespeople for the American Cancer Society in their communities. Those selected have triumphed over cancer, made significant volunteer contributions to the American Cancer Society and made an impact in the lives of others.

For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or

Recycle the turkey oil

Are you frying a Thanksgiving turkey this year? If so, you can recycle your used cooking oil in an environmentally responsible way at the second annual Gobble Grease Toss.

The Toss will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the old landfill pad at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Residents should bring their oil in a sealed container to help prevent spillage. The service is available to Fayette County residents only; no businesses will be allowed to toss their grease.

Cooking oil and grease should never be poured into toilets, sinks or other sanitary sewer drains. Fats, oil and grease from cooking oils can cause clogs and backups in the sanitary sewer system.

For more information on the Gobble Grease Toss or fats, oils and grease, call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255 or go to

Exploring movement

The Explorium of Lexington introduced a new EyePlay interactive exhibit, Let's Move, on Nov. 8. The exhibit combines intuitive human body motion with floor spaces. Children can move, hop, twist and dance, using their hands and feet to activate sounds and colorful graphics projected on the floor.

The exhibit is financed by the Explorium and by the Lexington Clinic Foundation and the Dr. James L. Stambaugh Fund, presenting sponsors.

Two custom interactive programs were created with the funding to engage children in learning about the human eye. The Let's Move exhibit and EyePlay technology provide captivating content to young audiences. At the exhibit, children can pop balloons, play the piano or challenge their friends to a game of virtual soccer.

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Legends give $1 million

The Lexington Legends have announced donations for 2011 totaling $1,022,411 to a variety of non-profit organizations serving Central Kentucky. The Ivy Walls Charitable Giving Foundation Fund at Bluegrass Community Foundation, in cooperation with the Legends and business sponsors, presented checks to organization representatives Nov. 17 in the Kentucky Ale Tap Room at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

In its 11-year history, the Legends organization has donated more than $10 million in the region.

Organizations receiving funds in 2011 are: the Autism Society of the Bluegrass; the Boy Scouts of America Bluegrass Council; Kentucky Children's Hospital; the Kentucky Pink Connection; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; the Lexington Humane Society; the Markey Cancer Center; the Ronald McDonald House; the Salvation Army; the St. Joseph Hospital Nursing Scholarship Program; the St. Jude Children's Hospital; Susan G. Komen for the Cure; the University of Kentucky Military Veterans of America; and the YMCA of Central Kentucky.