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Baker Hunt to honor long-time volunteer Bud Thurman with youth scholarship in his name

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Baker Hunt has commemorated its Youth Scholarship Program to be named for long-time student and volunteer, Bud Thurman.  

Bud Thurman is no stranger to the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center. During his time in Northern Kentucky, he has spent so much of his efforts in the classroom learning watercolor and colored pencil skills, making lifelong friendships, and contributing by raising money for the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, especially Youth Scholarships.

Bud Thurman

Before his philanthropic days, the Fort Mitchell native, took a Master Gardening class and became the “champion of the Baker Hunt gardens.” The gardens on 620 Greenup Street weren’t much of anything beyond basic shrubbery, before Thurman pitched in to grow several plots from the ground up, including the very popular children’s gardening program W.O.R.M.S. (“We’re Organically Recycling Mulchers”).

In 2007, The Friends of Baker Hunt worked to establish “Twilight in the Gardens,” which became the signature fundraising event for the scholarship fund.

Thurman was the face and voice for Baker Hunt and was able to raise thousands of dollars to fund the original mission and legacy of Margaretta Baker Hunt — to bring the community together through art education.

“Bud was at the heart of soliciting donations, overseeing and inspiring volunteers and contributing countless hours of work in the gardens,” said Virginia Kirst, fellow Baker Hunt Master Gardener.

With funds like Thurman has raised throughout the years, Baker Hunt has been able to begin serving the need for art education across all ages for those who weren’t granted the privilege or the ability to afford classes.

If you’d like to donate to Baker Hunt to help educate students, young and old and from near and far, you can visit the link here for more information.

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