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Contents December 2014 | Vol. v, No. 7




Doctors’ Ball


The Faces of Gunnar


December Dreams


1 9th Annual Event Recognizes Excellence in Medicine

December Fashion


Boo La La Halloween Ball


Spirit Ball Masquerade  elebrating the 100th Anniversary of C The Belle of Louisville


Editor’s Letter


Signature Chefs Auction


Food and Wine




Charity Spotlight

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Hold Fast to Dreams

A Chat with Chef Bill Lynch

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P ush-Ups for Charity: Get Fit. Have Fun. Make a Difference.

Corporate Spotlight Macy’s Helps the Stars Shine

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Volunteer Spotlight


On the Circuit


The Scene



A Night with Charley

Nixons Personify Season of Giving

 ourbon & Beyond, Pink Prom, B Gallopalooza: Bridles & Bourbon, The Power of Pink, Spirit of Sug Award, The Candle Glow Gala

Calendar of December Events

Let It Snow

ON THE COVER Gunnar Deatherage photographed by Clay Cook. Read more beginning on page 12.

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Pam Brooks Tonya Abeln editorial associate Josh Miller social correspondent Cassandra Mastropaolo contributing writers Kristie Hicks, Alexa Pence, Lauren Schuhmann fashion editor Gunnar Deatherage art director Derek Potter production manager Matt Bach graphic designers Katy Barrett-Alley, Amy Gomoljak, James Osborne, Christie Passarello contributing photographers Jolea Brown, Clay Cook, Alexa Pence, Steve Squall circulation manager Chris Sparrow account manager Sarah Richmond account executive Laurie Lennon publisher editor


Chris Ferrell Patrick Min chief technology officer Matt Locke chief operating officer/group publisher Eric Norwood director of digital sales & marketing David Walker controller Todd Patton creative director Heather Pierce director of online content/development Patrick Rains chief executive officer chief financial officer

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Hold Fast to Dreams


his month we pulled our Fashion Editor, Gunnar Deatherage, from behind the cameras, where he creatively directs our feature and fashion shoots, to the front of the lens, where the multi-faceted designer revealed a side of himself that his Project Runway All Stars fans may not always get to see on the reality competition. It’s a sheer delight to have the opportunity to work with someone so creatively gifted. Each month he pushes the artistic vision and takes us on a journey through his imagination, and this month, walks us through his dreams. This and every month, Nfocus chronicles the stories of people in the community who are working toward a dream. Whether it’s the March of Dimes dreaming of a time when all babies are born strong and healthy, or the organiz-

ers of events like The Pink Prom and The Power of Pink, who dream that research can someday eradicate breast cancer. These are not impossible dreams if we have the courage to pursue them together. I think you call that hope, and our city is full of it. Of course this is the perfect opportunity to make dreams come true for others through programs like Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army Angel Tree adoptions. Imagine the magic and wonder that can be restored to the life of a child through those simple acts. Why not incorporate giving into your family traditions this year? Combined with the recurrent offerings listed in our The Scene calendar, it is sure to be an enchanted December. Every dream begins with a dreamer. May all yours come true this holiday season!


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Doctors’ Ball 19th Annual Event Recognizes Excellence in Medicine

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he Doctors’ Ball on October 18 at the Marriott Downtown celebrated medical breakthroughs, leading edge research and outstanding patient care in Kentuckiana while raising funds to benefit the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before taking their seats in the ballroom as awards were presented to doctors and members of the community whose work impacts Kentuckiana residents and the healthcare industry. Zack Hornback’s story served as a testament to the work done by healthcare professionals in Kentuckiana. “We lived through every parent’s nightmare; that phone call in the middle of the night saying that our son had been in an accident and we needed to get to University Hospital immediately,” shared Zack’s mother Eileen Hornback. “We were told he had a traumatic brain injury, that he may not live or ever walk or talk again. The doctors at University saved his life but it was Frazier Rehab that gave him his life back.” This year’s award recipients included: Ardis Hoven, M.D. - Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year, Marie and Ron Abrams - Community Leaders of the Year, Roberto Bolli, M.D. - Excellence in Research, Morton Kasden, M.D. - Excellence in Education, Rosemary Ouseph, M.D.- Compassionate Physician Award. Award recipient Dr. Roberto Bolli said, “I am very pleased and proud to receive the 2014 Excellence in Research Award. I wish to thank my colleagues in the Institute of Molecular Cardiology (over 100 people altogether), who have worked hard for the past 20 years to bring to UofL more than 120 million dollars in federal grants, establishing our team as an internationally-recognized leader in cardiovascular research.” With a world-class reputation for health care, like the work done by Dr. Bolli and the Institute of Molecular Cardiology, doctors and health care providers in Kentuckiana continue to produce care and research that makes it possible to save a life like Zack Hornback’s. “As I continue to recover, I thank God every day that he placed me at Frazier Rehab with their wonderful staff,” said Zack. “I am doing great and appreciate my second chance at life.”

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Boo La La Halloween Ball Not scared to raise funds for Olmsted Parks Conservancy


tanding in the lobby of the Marriott Downtown on October 25, one would have witnessed the arrival of human sized Legos and spiders, Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and a magical unicorn entering the building for a spooktacular night of Halloween festivities in support of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Brown-Forman cocktails awaited as guests posed in a variety of themed vignettes before making their way into the ballroom for dinner, a costume contest and the always-lively dance party. “Boo La La Halloween Ball is our most important and fun fundraiser each year,” shared Susan Ward, Associate Director of Marketing and Development for Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “This year we had 400 guests and we brought in $185,000 in support of our work to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkways.” She went on to explain that, “Without attention and support, the value of this great asset will decline. It takes hard work, funding and community interest to preserve the Olmsted Parks, Louisville’s treasured natural and recreational resource. Our goal is to keep Louisville’s Olmsted Parks extraordinary. We would like to thank everyone who supported  this event and especially our major sponsors, David & Betty Jones, Brown-Forman, Power Creative and Pharmerica.” Looking out onto the dance floor after dinner, an ice queen danced alongside Woody from Toy Story and a flock of nuns and priests, which of course, doesn’t happen just everyday. As always, attendees of Boo La La celebrated the legacy and future of Olmsted Parks while enjoying a night out of their normal “costumes.” For more on Olmsted Parks and ways to get involved visit olmstedparks.org.

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Spirit Ball Masquerade Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Belle of Louisville


n any given October night, the quaint streets of St. James Court rattle with crackling leaves beneath a lamplit glow in a world almost frozen in time, nostalgic to our modern eyes. On October 25th, this hushed court fell bewitched by ghoulish guests of this year’s Spirit Ball and Masquerade Dance. Characters from various eras floated to one house of particular opulence - the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, believed to be one of the most haunted houses in one of the most haunted neighborhoods in America according to paranormal author and honorary chair of the event, David Dominé. Reaching its ninth year, the Spirit Ball is an affair with devilish decadence and time honored tradition. Guests explored the Victorian mansion, dipping in and out of rooms full of activities and spooks galore. This night, the parlor fell under the spell of pianist Christopher White, while guests later in the evening were hypnotized by the sounds of the Rascals of Ragtyme and singer Karen Chavis with Winton Reynolds. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Belle of Louisville, guests boarded a “haunted steamboat” and kept the big wheel turning into the night with a speakeasy-style after party. The only uninvited guest of the evening was perhaps the ghost of Mr. Theophilus Caldwell who is said to be a spirit resident of the Museum. Alexa Pence Pho t ogra phs by A lexa Pence

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Signature Chefs Auction Working together for stronger, healthier babies


he gourmet feast that is the annual Signature Chefs Auction featured a myriad of Louisville’s best chefs for an evening in support of the March of Dimes. Guests enjoyed a tasting of 30 restaurants, along with BrownForman cocktails, Four Roses Bourbon tastings, Comfy Cow ice cream and Conti coffee before taking their seats for the live auction and presentation. Lead Chef Josh Moore of Volare has come a long way since being born two months premature, weighing only 4 pounds. “Thanks to all of the chefs for participating” he said of the friends and industry professionals who donate their time and efforts to make the event a success each year. Event Chairman and Hilliard Lyons President and CEO Jim Allen mounted the stage to present the Roosevelt Award to Barbara Sexton Smith. Allen described Barbara as, “an influential force in Louisville’s art scene and the community as a whole.” He went on to share that, “Barbara has helped raise more than $208 million for various charitable initiatives. She has made substantial contributions across a diverse array of organizations and projects, many directly benefiting youth and families.” Prior to the “fund the mission” auction, Monica and Aaron Keith gathered their triplets and walked onto the stage to share their story, one that reminded guests of the impact that medical research and the NICU can have on a premature infant. Emory Grace, Hayes and Blake are now over one year old and thriving. But, their journey wasn’t easy, and it took weeks in the NICU at Kosair Children’s Hospital and a variety of medical treatments to nurture them and prepare them to lead healthy lives. Monica and Aaron credit the staff at Kosair and the work of the March of Dimes for allowing them to be the parents of “three true angels.” Nfocus is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Signature Chefs Auction along with University of Louisville, PBI Bank, Norton Healthcare, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Marriott Downtown, Power Creative, and more.

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If you only know Gunnar Deatherage from Lifetime’s design competition Project Runway (Seasons 9 and 10) or Project Runway All Stars (Season 4), then you are familiar with a hyper-competitive screen persona intended to be comic relief at times, oftentimes snarky and occasionally, as described in one of his own television confessionals, even vindictive. True, he may wear that sass of one-liners as a protective armor, but it is just a fraction of a dimension – an improvised character even – of a man who, in “reality,” is incredibly thoughtful, loyal and introspective; a champion of Louisville with a brilliant mind, fierce determination and an abundance of talent. He is a man of many faces – all of them deeply creative.


first met Gunnar in 2011 when we were both asked to judge a hat contest for cancer survivors at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. I had recently moved back to Louisville from Los Angeles and had heard his name dropped numerous times – it’s not one you easily forget – in reference to being one of the cities young local tastemakers. His strong personal style was evident, and prior to ever appearing on television, it was clear that he had star power. People attending the event waited in line to get their picture taken with him and he graciously complied. I know this because I was the one they asked to take the photo. I’m not sure they even knew why they wanted his picture yet; they just thought it was something they would want to have. They were right. At the time Gunnar had been commissioned to design a custom evening gown for a local cancer survivor, Sherry Trenaman Howell, to wear to The Julep Ball, an annual fundraising gala held on the eve of the Kentucky Derby. We spent our time talking about his process for that design, one that involved precise planning and painstaking details. That project coincided with his first opportunity to audition for Project Runway and I would soon see the dress that we discussed evaluated by Heidi Klum on the first episode of Season 9. I watched from home as she criticized the gown – from the color to the style – and at the end of that first episode, Gunnar was sent home before having the opportunity to compete with the other designers that season. I remember thinking, “What a shame that the world doesn’t know the story behind all of those design choices.” The color was chosen specifically to represent Sherry’s fight against breast cancer; the exposed boning in the garment was designed to support and augment the shape for what was left after her surgery; and, the ruffles were purposeful in hiding scar tissue. Over 3000 rosettes, hand crafted and burned at the edges to create a very specific shade of pink, were overlooked. Weeks of work dismissed. Gunnar was devastated. Revisiting that moment now Gunnar recalls, “I was 21 at the time and not yet making collections. I had spent so much time working on that gown that I didn’t have anything else to show. I don’t regret taking that dress to New York because that project wasn’t about me, yet it was very personal to me. My only goal was for Sherry to feel pretty in that dress. I spent a lot of time with her to come up with the design. I watched her cry when her hair fell out. I went to wig fittings with her. I watched her twin boys look at her and wonder if their mom was going to get sick again or if she would even be around next year. I watched her self-confidence plummet because that is what cancer does to you. You are stripped of everything that makes you feel like you. Despite the result of the critique, I’m proud of that dress because it was a trophy at the time for someone who had fought for their life.”

Growing up Gunnar Growing up in Hanover, Indiana wasn’t easy for him, despite having a supportive family that embraced him fully. He says it’s hard to look back without acknowledging the shadow that looms on his childhood. “I was constantly made fun of from the minute I walked into kindergarten until I graduated high school,” he recalls. We are sitting on the floor of his enviably

chic apartment – a historic home in Butchertown that evokes the energy of an artist’s cottage. His cat, Zara, circles us competing for attention wearing a custom patent leather collar from Gunnar’s Destination Hydra collection. “I was called a girl until about the fifth or sixth grade because I had a bowl cut that I was really attached to. After that, they would just yell ‘gay’ and I didn’t even know what that meant. I wasn’t sexually interested in anything at that point in my life.” The painful stories are told very matter-of-factly with a complete absence of resent or regret. There is no intent to elicit sympathy; they are simply mile markers along the way. The emotional scars aren’t evident, but not because they are hidden; they are utilized wisely as tools to add depth to his art. By senior year, Gunnar had taken control of his identity. He details, “I realized I liked who I am and I actually didn’t care anymore. I convinced everyone that if they voted for me for Prom King, I would wear the most outrageous thing I could make.” True to his word he produces photo evidence of a floor length zebra print tuxedo jacket topped off with a tie comprised of feathers and holographic sequins. He left with the crown that evening and the realization that, “I enjoyed what I was doing with me.” His desire to create, he says, was encouraged and indulged by his mother who “allowed me to make these massive messes in the house. My Christmas gifts were always something crafty. My grandma Donna McManis taught me how to crochet by the age of seven.” Though their relationship as children was contentious, he calls his younger brother Gage, now a U.S. Marine, one of his best friends. “We are daylight and dark but there are ways that only your siblings can ever know you. You can’t hide all the silly or messed up stuff of your childhood from them.” He always knew a traditional collegiate route probably wasn’t right for him so he followed his mom’s advice and pursued beauty school, one of the many creative outlets for which he still makes time. He also became involved with a group of young creatives that formed an underground artistic scene and called themselves The Basement Project. “Everyone had different skills to offer and it was very forward thinking for young kids to form a non-profit.” His first foray into the world of philanthropy started with that group and an event they organized called Fashion with a Passion in 2009 – a fashion show held at Glassworks for which Gunnar designed and created 12 looks in two weeks. That summer he also met a woman who he credits as being a game changer in his life. “I absolutely credit Meleigha Tankersley with getting my name out and helping me to establish credibility in Louisville. I owe a lot to her. She knew all the right people and taught me the art of faking it until you make it which I think is very important for creative people sometimes. She made people notice me before I really had anything to show them.”

Back to Reality Following his swift elimination from Season 9 of Project Runway, Gunnar was admittedly and understandably embarrassed. “I went incognito after that,” he explains. “I was 21, which I now know is too young for getting publicly ripped apart on television. Project Runway was always the dream.


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There was never anything after that to me.” He took the summer to find himself and realized he needed to get back to Louisville – the city he had fallen in love with since high school. It was in responding to a Craigslist ad for a job managing a fashion boutique on Bardstown Road that he met another important mentor in his life. “Michelle Pellerin, the owner of The Pink Door, plucked me from depression, taught me so much about running a business and saved me from turning into somebody who was just burned by reality TV.” One day, on his way across the bridge to Jeffersonville, the phone rang. “It was a blocked call from Los Angeles and I knew what I was getting myself into before I even answered the phone.” Project Runway asked Gunnar if he would audition for Season 10 of the popular series – a rare second opportunity. “I turned my car around before I even got across the bridge and went to Hancock Fabrics and bought everything I would need to make a collection.” For Gunnar, it was time for redemption. He arrived at auditions this time armed with an impressive collection called Spy-Wear, a reinvented look (hair he had died half black and half white often evoking Cruella de Vil references) and a new strategy for how to approach this competition: “I was easily deemed the villain of that season, and while it might have appeared that I embraced that role, it’s hard to hear and read some of that criticism about yourself. I came home and distracted myself from the onslaught of social media attacks by falling in love for the first time.” His Season 10 experience wasn’t completely mired by the public’s reaction to his onscreen persona. It culminated on fashion’s largest stage in the country – New York Fashion Week in the tents of Lincoln Center. What the casual viewer of the show doesn’t see is that the top seven contestants actually get to create and produce a runway show, not just the top three (or sometimes four) which is what is shown on the edited version on Lifetime. In a time of online spoilers, this is done so the guests of the fashion show won’t know and leak who the actual top three designers are before the eliminations have a chance to play out on television. That year I happened to be covering fashion week in New York for Nfocus when I received a call from Project Runway producers saying I had been invited to watch Gunnar Deatherage’s collection. It was quite a profound moment. Well, it was a profound moment wrapped into a very long eight hour experience that began at 4:00 a.m. I got but a glimpse into how taxing the production of such a show must be for the competitors (days that Gunnar explains are sometimes 22 hours long silently awaiting your fate). I watched seven competitor’s collections walk the runway three times each so that the cameras could capture every angle,

every detail. Each walk must be conducted like it is the most important. Then the tent filled with all of the VIP guests and celebrity judges and the collections show again – this time just once, to capture reaction shots from judges and fellow competitors. When Gunnar stepped onto the most coveted platform in fashion to announce his aboriginal-inspired collection he said, “This is for everyone from a small town with a dream.” I wished every young creative child that felt at one time like they didn’t fit into the mold could have witnessed that triumphant moment. Two years later, the phone rang again with that blocked Los Angeles number, this time while Gunnar was shopping for plants in Lowe’s with his roommate Cassandra in the middle of a conversation about how he needed to make a change in his life. “I hung up and looked at her and said, ‘Remember that thing that gave me intense angst for a year of my life? Am I really going to do that again?’” He hadn’t sewn since New York Fashion Week, and he was no longer in the relationship that had distracted him from the anxiety of public opinion. But he thought, “I’m 24. Why not?” This opportunity was to compete for Project Runway All Stars (now airing on Lifetime, Thursdays at 9/8c) and while contracts with the network require him to be discreet about specifics of the competition, he can confirm that he left unscathed this time (with the exception of forming a dangerous and expensive shopping habit at Barney’s during down time). “I got to have incredible conversations with very established designers for whom I have a lot of respect. I went in thinking of them as competitors and left thinking of them as allies.”

Midwest Fashion Week and Beyond Since returning home from Project Runway All Stars, Gunnar has fallen in love with his craft again. He has been busy designing and creating two collections containing well over 200 pieces of clothing. One is a ready-to-wear collection currently for sale at gunnardeatherage.com, and the other, Destination Hydra, closed the show to much enthusiasm at Midwest Fashion Week in Indianapolis in October. He’s already conceptualizing his next collections, all of which are different. “Some marketers would say that is a mistake because you can only make money from knowing your clientele, but I’m not motivated by money. Money makes people miserable. I enjoy doing it and if it doesn’t sell, I’ll donate it. The relief is that I’m not afraid to fail. I’ve failed nationally on television before!” I’m not certain what the future holds for Gunnar or where his talents may take him; but, I’m certain that his work will always have a piece of Louisville in it. And Louisville will always be able to claim Gunnar as one of our all stars.

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“I wanted to thank you and let you know that the ad that you ran for the Arts Council of Southern Indiana certainly did its' job. When we were asked by an anonymous family to market a full size, bronze statue by a late and notable Louisville sculptor for $60,000, we were not sure where to start.” “After seeing your publication Nfocus and reading the list of clients who both read and advertise in your publication, we made our choice. Within two weeks of our ad appearing, we had three interested buyers contact the arts council and the sale was made within another week. Many thanks to you and your staff for helping us reach our market for the valuable piece.”

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A Chat with Chef Bill Lynch

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reen Chili Wontons. These three delicious words bring to mind one place for many locals: The Bristol Bar and Grille. If you live, work or visit anywhere in the Louisville area, chances are that you are familiar with this mainstay of the city’s dining scene. For over 3 decades, The Bristol Bar and Grille has served Louisvillians and guests during brunch, lunch and dinner- making this restaurant a true “Louisville Original”. Menu items—including those famous Green Chili Wontons and aged choice steaks—offer a little bit of everything and ensure that even the pickiest of diners in your party will be satisfied. With 6 different locations, The Bristol is a go-to choice as many plan for out of town guests or special nights out during the holiday season. Chef Bill Lynch, Executive Chef for the downtown location, shares more about what makes the Bristol an excellent place for dining as well as his recommendations for entertaining over the holidays.

The Bristol has been a Louisville dining destination since opening in 1977. To what do you attribute the lasting presence of the restaurant? The people are what make the Bristol. We’ve got so many great talents within the company and they truly enjoy their jobs. I am blessed to work with terrific managers, servers and kitchen crew. Working with Theresa and Ramon is a joy.


What is your background and what led you to being the Executive Chef at the Bristol? I studied at Sullivan University and worked for years under Chef Shawn Ward at Jack Fry’s. I got to know some people in Louisville Originals and they brought me into the Bristol because they liked my work with local food.

What can diners expect on the menu for the holiday season? I celebrate Hanukkah every year at the Bristol with my famous braised local beef brisket and latkes. We’ve also got a yummy butterscotch rum

tea that warms you down to your toes and puts good cheer even in the staunchest Grinch.

Many visitors will be in our downtown area for the holidays. After making reservations at The Bristol Downtown, what are your recommendations for a night out in Louisville during the month of December? The Bristol is the best place to be for a preshow dinner, and a must if you are going to see the Nutcracker [presented by the Louisville Ballet at the Kentucky Center] or Pam Tillis [“A Kentucky Christmas Dinner Show” presented by Christmas at the Galt House] in concert. We’re on museum row if you want something fun to do with kids, or the Evan Williams experience for grown folks.

For readers who are entertaining guests or accommodating a crowd, what makes the Bristol a great choice? What sets the Bristol apart is our commitment to great food and service… We’re also on the Urban Bourbon trail and have over 50 different bourbons to choose from.

What is your favorite holiday food tradition? Do I have to pick one? I love hosting a Christmas cookie exchange. You get to taste the best cookies of all your friends. I also love preparing my Hanukah latkes and cooking brunch for my extended family on Christmas morning. Whether you live in the Highlands, are visiting downtown or live just across the river, The Bristol Bar and Grille can accommodate you and your guests as you enjoy the season. For entertaining at home, check out Chef Lynch’s decadent recipe for Gingerbread Waffles with Eggnog Topping . For further decadence at home and to warm your soul on a cold night, try the recipe for Holiday Butterscotch Spiced Tea (see recipe on nfocuslouisville.com). With comforting recipes like these, or a casual but elegant dinner out at the Bristol, Louisville residents and guests can endure anything that this winter might bring. La uren Schuhmann

2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground cloves 4 eggs 6 tablespoons butter, melted 1 cup milk ½ cup sour cream (or plain yogurt) 4 tablespoons Kentucky sorghum (or molasses) 4 tablespoons crystalized ginger, roughly chopped Eggnog sauce: 2 large eggs, separated ¾ cup powdered sugar ¼ teaspoons grated nutmeg 1 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon bourbon 1 teaspoon brandy 1 dark rum Preheat waffle iron. In a large bowl, sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg and ground cloves. In a separate bowl, mix 4 eggs with melted butter, milk, sour cream and sorghum. Gradually incorporate wet ingredients into flour mixture. To prepare eggnog sauce, beat 2 egg whites in a medium bowl. Gradually add half the powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, beat 2 egg yolks with grated nutmeg. Fold the mixture into the egg whites. Add remaining powdered sugar, heavy cream, bourbon, brandy and dark rum and whip until medium peaks form. For a family-friendly version, substitute one teaspoon of vanilla for the bourbon, brandy and rum. Grease preheated waffle iron. Pour batter on waffle iron and sprinkle crystallized ginger on top. Cook until brown and crispy. nfocuslouisville.com

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t might be corny to say, I married my best friend, but it is so true!” said Nikki Keehner, referring to her new husband, John Martin Lockhart. The two were introduced by mutual friends in October of 2010, went on their first date shortly thereafter and the rest was history. John Martin and Nikki spent the next several years together trying new restaurants, traveling, going out with friends, and entertaining. Becoming very close during their courtship, each said they just knew the other was the right one for them. Their families became good friends and John Martin’s mother, Karen, felt like Nikki was the daughter she never had. After almost three years of dating and a lot of family speculation and anticipation, John Martin asked Nikki to marry him on February 13th, 2013, on the balcony of Ruth’s Chris. After a romantic proposal he then surprised her with an engagement party of family and close friends at Porcini’s, where everyone was anxiously waiting to toast the newly engaged couple. Nikki and John Martin began planning the party

of their lifetime, their wedding and reception. They love hosting parties and entertaining together so they wanted their wedding to be a reflection of that. “We wanted a big party that was classic, but laid back, and just fun!” shared Nikki. They decided to have the wedding ceremony and reception all in one location and thought The Olmsted had the perfect ballroom to accommodate their wedding extravaganza. Finally, the elegant invitations were mailed out. Nikki and her mother, Beth, hand addressed hundreds of envelopes in beautiful black calligraphy. On the evening of October 3rd, 2014, guests were greeted at The Olmsted by romantic twinkling candles and beautiful white hydrangeas as they gathered to watch John Martin and Nikki exchange their vows. Nikki looked glamorous walking down the aisle in her long, white, lace dress with sweetheart neckline. She shared, “it was the first dress I tried on!” John Martin said this was his favorite moment, “watching Nikki come down the aisle and realizing that we were finally getting married.” Following the ceremony, everyone made their way

to the other half of the ballroom for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and fun! Guests enjoyed delicious beef tenderloin and cheeseburger sliders, crab cakes, and meatballs. A family friend made the beautiful three-tiered vanilla bean and chocolate ganache wedding cake. It was covered in luscious cream and gold icing, which complimented the elegant gold and lace tablecloths. The newlyweds made their first champagne toast using heirloom flutes that have been passed down for generations from John Martin’s grandparents, Mary Ann and Charles Pfeiffer. The reception went into full swing when a favorite local band, Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits, took center stage and elevated the party atmosphere. Soon, everyone on the dance floor donned feathered masks and danced the night away. As the festivities ended, guests made their way out to the foyer where they held up sparklers to make a “tunnel of love” for John Martin and Nikki Lockhart to exit together… two friends now united as one. Fallon Pfeiffer

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e’re doing this again next year, right Mom?” Jack Chauvin, 12, is not asking to go back to Disneyland or attend a UofL football game. He’s not even trying to get mom, Laura, to take him back to the Mega caverns. No, his plea is purely altruistic. He is trying to ensure that he will have the opportunity to once again organize an event for Push Ups for Charity— an annual fundraiser that raises awareness and support for our military heroes—and give back to those who have already given so much. “We’re here today to say ‘thank you’ to our military because they deserve our thanks,” Jack, a student at St. Margaret Mary, shared with the sizeable crowd gathered on the tennis court behind his home for his event on Saturday, November 8. Participants were divided into 6 teams with names such as “Justice”, “Independence” and “Freedom”. Each team member completed as many push- ups as possible during 90 seconds. Each push-up and dollar raised brought awareness and support to those serving in the military. With the help of family and friends, as well as retired and active military members, more than 14,000 pushups were completed. Jack exceeded his goal of raising $5,000. The event held special significance for the members of Team Freedom: a team comprised of active and retired

military. Jack also brought his enthusiasm to this team and cheered on his teammates such as Bill Rothel and Mikel Simms. Bill, retired Armed Forces—and push-up record holder for many years—shared his reason for participating: “anything we can do to pay our respects.” Mikel, active and stationed at Fort Knox, expressed his reasons for joining in the event: “it means a lot to be able to give back to my community and fellow service men.” When asked what connected Jack to this charity, his mom, Laura, explained, “He is competitive. His dad, Judge McKay Chauvin, has worked in public service for as long as Jack can recall and has always encouraged him to thank and give respect to those in uniforms of all kinds.” Jack adds, “I wanted to say ‘thank you’ and PushUps for Charity wasn’t in Louisville so we brought it here.” One idea that Jack and his family want others to take away from this event, shares Laura, “is not so much the money raised but building the understanding that every person can make a difference—even children. Especially children! The more young people we can raise with the understanding that you don’t have to sit on the sidelines and watch a problem, the better.” It is certain that Jack will not sit on the sidelines. For more information visit PushUpsforCharity.org, DoSomething. org or GenerationOn.org. LAuRen SCHuHmAnn

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he line at the checkout counter in the kids department at Macy’s in Oxmoor Mall extended almost to the back of the store with many still scouring the racks for the perfect find, but this wasn’t Black Friday. This was try on day for the Kids Center 2014 Holiday Fashion Show, an annual event that both raises money for the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies as well as lets the stars that utilize their services shine on stage. Macy’s has been a cherished partner in this event for ten years. Jim Littlefield-Dalmares, Director of Marketing and Development for the

complement to her infectious smile. Not all transactions at Macy’s end with a high five, but Terri Cardwell, a Macy’s By Appointment Executive, patiently processed each item, complimented them each on their selection and wished them good luck in the show with the enthusiastic gesture. Lisa Hamm, VP of Macy’s Inc. at Oxmoor Mall, shares, “It is important to us at Macy’s to be able to give back and support the communities that we

“There is nothing like seeing the kids light up when they go to Macy’s to pick out their clothes.” Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies says, “There is nothing like seeing the kids light up when they go to Macy’s to pick out their clothes. We love that they are such a key part in helping our kids shine.” The participants get to exercise their own sense of fashion with their selection and the joy was evident on their faces as 11 year old Mychaela explained that she had worn a dress in the show for five years, but this year she wanted an outfit that represented her more mature personality. The pink denim jeans and matching down-filled vest that she chose will be the perfect

serve. Supporting children and children’s causes is an important aspect of Macy’s community giving, made relevant in this case by Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, which focuses on helping children with special needs. We are excited to once again partner with Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies for their Holiday Fashion Show. Through showcasing kid’s fashions from Macy’s Oxmoor store, we are honored to be able to bring awareness to such an important cause.” Just as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a time-honored holiday tradition in many households in the country for 88 years, Macy’s try on day has become a way to kick off the holiday season with a smile for many incredible local children. tonya abeln

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A Night with Charley


ne of the many joys of vacation is to unwind with a good book and I was excited to make my selection this year when leaving for a late fall trip to Florida. I recently reconnected with an Eastern High School classmate through social media and was delighted to see that she had published a book titled Life With Charley: A Memoir of Down Syndrome Adoption. Sherry Palmer is a gifted writer whose stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul and I’m Glad I’m a Mom. Her latest literary journey chronicles the challenges and pressures of being a minister’s wife and the decision she made with her husband, Brad, 24 years ago to adopt a two month old baby with Down syndrome named Charley. With her good natured humor she recounts what big news it can be when a clergy couple has a baby. Even bigger news when they adopt a baby. But a special needs baby was not in some people’s script for the perfect pastor’s family. Though wellintentioned, they started a discreet campaign to try to “save” them from this lifetime choice. Through this honest, intimate, poignant and heartfelt true story, the reader gets a candid look at the joy, pain and chaos of parenting a DS child. Charley is a funny, stubborn and fiercely loyal man who Sherry describes as “unimpressed with his Down syndrome and who refuses to be stereotyped.” His story teaches the lessons that we should each try to embody this holiday season: hope, faith and wondrous discovery. I was so deeply affected by this story that I invited Sherry and her

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family to join me and my Nfocus colleagues at the annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs event that we have been honored to sponsor for years. To my delight, they made the trip from Knoxville, Tennessee and I was able to meet Charley and tell Sherry in person how much I enjoyed reading her book and how much I admired the choices she had made. When you are a mother of a DS child, your guard is never completely down, as Sherry explains in her blog review of the night at lifewithcharley. blogspot.com. There were, of course, concerns of how he may handle the crowd of over 600 people. What would he eat? “Bye, bye hamburgers. French fries be gone. Hello gourmet feast,” she writes. What if he got excited and danced as he tends to do? Who would he talk to? Would he be lonely? Charley rose to the occasion as he often does in life. Later, she writes, when his head hit the pillow, “he was pensive. I know the look; I’ve seen it before. It’s a look that overrides any words. I could see it in his eyes. They were filled with what Charley calls his ‘happy.’ That place where you don’t have to adjust your lens because the picture is perfect. That place where people see you as you. That place where you can just be yourself.” Charley’s biggest wish, Sherry says, is to feel connected to the world and to be treated as a regular person. Can’t the same be said of all of us? This holiday season, take a lesson from Charley and accept others as they are without judgment. May it lead to a smile as big as Charley’s. Sherry McCaulley Palmer’s book can be purchased at Amazon.com PAM BROOKS

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The Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) is a non-profit organization promoting fine dining throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by recognizing excellence. The yearly conference culminated with Bourbon & Beyond, an awards ceremony at The Brown Hotel honoring founder of OpenTable, Chuck Templeton and Agostino and Vincenzo Gabriele, owner of Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant.


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Pink Prom 10.17.14 Guests danced the night away at this year’s Pink Prom presented by Dillard’s and Mercedes Benz Tafel Motor Co. and held at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center. As always, the event benefited Susan G. Komen for the Cure, but this year the hue themed party founded in Louisville expanded to Lexington and Cincinnati as well.




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In only its sophomore year, The Power of Pink has great promise to be one of Southern Indiana’s anticipated annual October traditions. Held at Kye’s, the gathering is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for men and women facing breast cancer.


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Spirit of Sug Award 10.26.14 The Butterfly Society met at the home of Dr. Ted and Mrs. Sarah Steinbock to present the second annual Sprit of Sug Award to Kathy Oyler. The honor bears the name of the late Sug Schusterman whose contributions on behalf of the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy made a long lasting impact.




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The Candle Glow Gala 09.27.12


The Louisville Marriott Downtown was aglow for the Kourageous Kids pediatric program at Hosparus. The theme for this year’s ninth annual Candle Glow Gala was “Kaleidoscope: Creating a Vision of Compassion” and was presented by BB&T Insurance Services. The mission at Hosparus is to guide and care for patients who are facing a life-limiting illness.


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ong regarded as one of the most fashionable holiday parties in Louisville, Snow Ball Gala will be a magical night of cocktails, auction, dinner and dancing at the Louisville Marriott Downtown to raise funds for Kosair Children’s Hospital. Once again this year, a $100 raffle ticket could win you a new house in Norton Commons or a 2014 BMW 3 Series from Sam Swope BMW plus $10,000 in cash – or both! The black tie event is the elegant conclusion of the annual Festival of Trees and Lights which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary and benefited the neuroscience and neurosurgery program at Kosair Children’s Hospital. As Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing hospital that is “Just for Kids,” Kosair Children’s Hospital has a storied history of helping children and their families. Originally called Children’s Free Hospital, it was founded by civic activists after the tornado of 1890 and within two years was providing key pediatric services. By the 1960s, the hospital was equipped to provide every category of acute medical and nursing care to every category of child. The current Kosair Children’s Hospital was formed in 1981 upon the consolidation of Children’s Hospital and Kosair Crippled Children Hospital. Look for full coverage of 2014 Snow Ball Gala in the January issue of Nfocus!

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