Fayette County Notes: May 29

A Veterans Victory Party will be held at the Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature live music, barbecue and a full bar. Admission is $10, or $5 with veteran, police or fire identification.

For more information visit

Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center seeks volunteers

The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center is seeking volunteers. Free training will take place June 7, 8, 15 and 22. Volunteers, who serve all 17 counties of Central Kentucky, must be 20 years old, have access to a telephone, have reliable transportation, make a six-month commitment and apply for training.

Volunteers provide crisis counseling on the 24-hour hot line, and advocacy in local emergency rooms.

Call (859) 253-2615 or visit for more information.

Luggage needed for foster and adoptive children

Luggage, duffle bags and backpacks are needed to give to foster/adoptive kids in transit around the state. Children coming into care often move from homes through the court systems with all their belongings in garbage bags.

To make a donation, take luggage or bags to Bella Blooms in Brannon Crossing or to 210 Walton Avenue.

To have luggage or bags picked up, call (859) 552-2235.

American Red Cross, Columbia Gas pair up

Columbia Gas of Kentucky partnered with the American Red Cross to provide critical services and lifesaving training for families and individuals in Kentucky communities including disaster preparedness and response, health and safety courses, blood drives and assisting military members and their families.

The partnership encouraged customers to sign up for its free paperless direct e-bill service between Feb. 1 and March 31. During the two-month campaign, 580 customers signed up, and each of those initiated a donation of $10 to the Red Cross.

In addition to the customer-driven campaign, Columbia Gas of Kentucky contributed $4,200 to the Red Cross for a total contribution of $10,000.

The donation will be shared with Red Cross chapters including the Big Sandy Chapter, Daniel Boone Chapter, Mid-East Chapter, and the Northeast Kentucky Chapter.

Medtech to aid tornado victims

Students and staff at Medtech College in Lexington, in partnership with the Salvation Army, have launched a drive to assist Moore, Okla., tornado victims.

The campus will serve as the collection point for donations. Money and checks are being accepted; checks should be made out to the American Red Cross, with "Oklahoma Relief" in the memo.

Urgent needs also include personal hygiene items, first-aid supplies, water, non-perishable food, diapers, blankets, clothing and appliances. The Salvation Army will pick up donations for transport to Moore victims.

Drop off donations from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through June 7 at the administrative side of the Medtech College campus building, 1648 McGrathiana Parkway, Suite 200.

Grant to be used for emergency equipment

The Grainger Foundation has donated $3,000 to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Department of Emergency Management in support of its Community Emergency Response Team program.

The grant will be used to purchase response equipment for future team classes, in which members learn about disaster preparedness, first aid, emergency response, light search and rescue, fire fighting and team organization.

Blood donor could win Toyota Prius

Donate blood to the Kentucky Blood Center this summer and you could win a car. During the Drive for Life campaign through Sept. 13, persons 18 and older who register to donate blood are eligible to win a 2013 Toyota Prius.

A blood drive will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3534 Tates Creek Road.

To schedule a donation call 1-800-775-2522 or go to