Fayette County: Broadway Buddies program seeks donations, applications; artwork for sale at State Theatre

A gallery of art from 19 local artists is on display and for sale in the State Theatre lobby, 214 East Main Street, through Dec. 29. The artists will donate 20-50 percent of all proceeds from the sale to the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre renovation campaign. A total of 23 works of art are available from artists such as Whitney Baker, Anne Nave Bass, Neil Bell, Marcia Cone, Blake Eames, Madelaine Enochs-Epley, Anne Kindl, David Kring, Christine Kuhn, Marco Logsdon, Marianna McDonald, Guy Mendes, Anne Rutherford Pass, Pondell, Helene Steene, Lawrence Tarpey, Mary Wathen, Deborah Westerfield and Baron Wolf.

For more information, contact the Kentucky Theatre at (859) 231-6997 or visit or Buddies to see 'Miracle Worker'

The Broadway Buddies program, designed to give young audiences in Lexington and surrounding counties the opportunity to experience live theater at no charge, is continuing with The Miracle Worker, which will be presented March 14-16 by Broadway Live at the Opera House in downtown Lexington.

According to Opera House Program Director Luanne Franklin, "Opera House Fund Board member Linda Carey originally donated tickets to a Broadway Live production in 2011, which served as the inspiration to develop this program, now in its third year."

Broadway Live subscribers and corporate sponsors may purchase or donate additional tickets to The Miracle Worker. In addition to show tickets, selected youth groups and their chaperones will be offered a backstage tour of the Opera House, theater etiquette education and study guides.

Donations are being accepted and additional sponsorships are available.

Representatives from youth groups interested in applying for participation in the Broadway Buddies program should contact Luanne Franklin at (859) 233-4567, Ext. 3286 or

Organizations must provide transportation and one adult chaperone for every eight youth attending. Applications must be received by Jan. 31 and include a copy of IRS tax designation as a 501c3 organization.

Gift-filled shoeboxes to be distributed

Lexingtonians are making a difference in the lives of more than 6,000 needy children this Christmas with gift-filled shoeboxes. Through Operation Christmas Child, local volunteers prepared more than 6,000 gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Although local collection of the gifts is finished, the shoeboxes' journey to children has just begun. Volunteers will be working in the coming weeks to prepare, package and transport the 7.2 million gifts collected in Lexington and across the United States to their final destination.

Lexington residents can still get involved by building a box online at Through an online tool, participants can send shoebox gifts to kids in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

Grants available for at-risk youth programs

The 2014 Partners for Youth Grassroots Allocation Grant applications are available to programs serving at-risk youth. Applications are due Jan. 31 and can be found at There will be a Technical Assistance Training on Jan. 8. Call (859) 258-3119 by Jan. 3 to reserve a seat.