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Master Provisions’ MPower Lunch to be live on Facebook; Kristi Nelson to be keynote speaker

Master Provisions is preparing for its seventh annual MPower Lunch with a fun twist on its signature event. On Oct. 26, the lunch will go live on Facebook, featuring keynote speaker Kristi Nelson, Vice President Global Resources for Multi-Color Corporation. “We are honored to have Kristi share her story as part of our event,” said Roger Babik, President of Master Provisions. “Amid this trying...

The Carnegie’s 13th annual Suits That Rock — a month-long virtual event this year — raised $76,000

(Story has been updated to include new amount raised as more donations came in.) The Carnegie says its month-long Suits That Rock virtual fundraising campaign raised more than $76,000. The Carnegie replaced its original in-person concerts with an online celebration throughout the month of August. Suits That Rock benefits The Carnegie’s arts education programming, which provides in-school and after-school,...

Cincinnati Zoo opens African Penguin Point, new habitat gives warm-weather penguins room to roam

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has opened its African Penguin Point, the new home for African penguins three times larger than their former habitat. It includes a dramatically larger indoor bedroom area to encourage breeding and expand nesting sites. “African Penguin Point was funded through the Zoo’s More Home to Roam capital campaign, which aims to give animals more space and to...

Behringer-Crawford Museum presents NKY History Hour with Dave Schroeder on Cov’s neighborhoods

Covington is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own history and personality. From grand homes and civic buildings to tidy shotguns and bungalows, this tapestry of neighborhoods continues to transform and thrive. Find out what makes each Covington neighborhood unique and how the city developed and changed over time in a virtual presentation by Dave Schroeder, executive director of the Kenton County...

NKADD, Team Shelter USA get $150,000 grant from Joanie Bernard Foundation for cat spay/neuter

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District and Team Shelter USA have been awarded at $150,000 grant from the Joanie Bernard Foundation to support cat spay/neuter throughout the district’s eight-county region. This is the fifth year the Foundation has awarded this grant to NKADD, and during that time, more than 20,600 cats have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies. Because of this...

NKY Black-Owned Business Town Hall, a free webinar, offered on Sept. 15; sign up here

The Covington Business Council and the Community Action Commission will present a webinar to inform small business owners and entrepreneurs of resources available to help them becom successful in small business ownership and find out the hurdles black-owned businesses face. Click image to register The NKY Black-Owned Business Town Hall will be presented Sept. 15 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration closes...

Thoroughbred Charities of America awards more than $1 million in grants to 70 organizations

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has announced that grants totaling nearly $1,070,000 will be awarded this year. A record 92 grant applications were received earlier this year during the organization’s annual grant cycle. Ultimately, 70 organizations were approved for a grant including 45 aftercare organizations, 16 backstretch and farm worker programs, five equine-assisted therapy organizations,...

Ohio River Foundation offering ‘Russell the Mussel’ to help with its classroom education program

Ohio River Foundation (ORF) has a new team member to help with its popular Mussels in the Classroom education program. His name is Russell the Mussel, and he’s a freshwater mussel not unlike those that inhabit the creeks, streams and rivers of the Ohio River watershed. Russell himself is a character in a Virginia Tech/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service children’s book that bears his name. ORF spearheaded...

Toyota Tsusho America rewards Georgetown College student’s idea with RAV4 XLE vehicle donation

Philipp Hoeper, a recent Georgetown College graduate and New Zealand native, experienced firsthand how challenging life can be without transportation. As a foreign student, he came to America without a vehicle and didn’t earn enough money to buy one – a 1999 Toyota Camry – until he was late into his college career. Prior to that, he depended on his peers and fellow members of the Lambda Chi Alpha...

Barnstable Brown family continues raising funds for diabetes research, despite no 2020 Derby gala

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky It is Derby week in Kentucky. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it is September. Like so many other things in our world during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there were some major changes to the Kentucky Derby that usually takes place on the first Saturday in May. For 31 years on the eve of the ‘Run for the Roses,’ the Barnstable Brown Derby-eve gala...

New baby eastern black rhinoceros at Cincinnati Zoo is a boy — and you have a chance to name him

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s new baby eastern black rhinoceros is a boy. The calf, born Aug. 21, is doing well and needs a name. To raise funds for the care and feeding of mom, Seyia, and baby, the Zoo is throwing them a virtual baby shower. Each $100 shower gift comes with a chance to name the baby, meet the rhinos, and get a Rhino Rembrandt painting. “This is a rare calf and a rare...

Kentucky Downs enables owners to donate to Grayson Foundation, PDJF through horsemen’s accounts

Owners racing horses at Kentucky Downs compete for some of the most lucrative purses in the world, and the track is encouraging horsemen to contribute a piece of their winnings to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs launches on Labor Day, Sept. 7, and continues on Sept. 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16, with purses scheduled...

Faith Community Pharmacy, EC Learn, Dignity Store get support from Horizon’s Coronavirus Relief Fund

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky will distribute $30,000 to Faith Community Pharmacy and $40,000 to Early Childhood Learning Education Assessment Resource Network (EC Learn), both serving Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky.   “Faith Community Pharmacy and EC Learn each support a clear need that, if not for COVID-19, would not have been present or present at its...

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra wrapping up free summer concerts at Tower Park with ‘Pop-Pourri’

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 26th free summer series in Tower Park with “Pop-Pourri,” featuring seven decades of pop hit favorites of Boomers to Centennials at 7:30 p.m. on September 5. Prior to the show the City of Fort Thomas is holding a Kentucky Derby Party beginning at 6 p.m., where folks can don their hats and watch the two-minute race at the MessHall (6:50), or watch...

Terry Horan to be ArtsWave 2021 campaign chair, challenged by fundraising in pandemic times

ArtsWave, the engine for the region’s arts, wrapped up an unprecedented fiscal year announcing updated 2020 fundraising results –$11,705,000 through annual and one-time emergency contributions – and by announcing its 2021 Campaign Chair, Terry Horan, President & CEO of HORAN. The 2020 Campaign was just at fifty percent of goal when stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 hit the community and...