Fayette County

Children's charity distributes $375,000 to 26 agencies

A children's charity distributed $375,000 among 26 agencies Monday, providing funding assistance to families who cannot afford theater tickets and for children with attention disorders whose families cannot pay for tuition.

The Lexington Children's Theatre and KORE Academy were just two children's agencies that benefited from a $375,000 donation from Children's Charity Fund of the Bluegrass. The charity presented checks to the 26 agencies during the start of the annual Children's Charity Classic week. The amounts varied.

Vicki Henderson, KORE board president, accepted $7,750 that will help about three families with tuition, she said. KORE helps students with various learning challenges by providing individualized attention. There are eight students at most in KORE classes.

"It's empowering to us to be able to help the kids," Henderson said. This is the third year KORE has received a check. "The kids that wouldn't have been anything are suddenly a leader, a role model in the classroom."

Rachel Ray of the Lexington Children's Theatre said the $4,000 check would fund the Pay What You Can program, which allows families to attend theater performances at whatever price they can pay every Saturday evening. The theater's mission is to "help foster children's imaginations," she said, and the donation "brings the theater experience to families who can't afford it otherwise."

"It's hard to even compute how the Children's Charity funds have helped us," Ray said.

The 33rd annual Classic culminates with a golf tournament Friday and Saturday at the Andover Golf & Country Club and Greenbrier Golf & Country Club. The donations presented Monday are from last year's event. The charity has raised more than $7 million for children's agencies in Central Kentucky.