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Contents November 2013 | Vol. iv, No. 6

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Opera Opening Night

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Golden Anniversary

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Staying Curious

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Fall Into Fabulous

Red Carpet for La Bohème

elebrating the Legacy and Future of C Actors Theatre

IdeaFestival #IF13

Y ounger Woman’s Club Annual Fashion Show

16 In Honor of Ali Ali’s Documentary Premieres as his Humanitarian Awards are Bestowed 18

St. James Court Art Show Gala

T he ART of the Chef & the CRAFT of Cooking

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Fashion

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New Faces of Philanthropy

14 Neighbors Gather

at the Fountain

Bourbon Bash

Style Specimen

elebrating five of Louisville’s up-andC coming community leaders

departments 4 Guest Editor’s Letter From One New Face to Another 38 Chat with the Chair Tommy Arnold, Feast On Equality

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Charity Spotlight

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Corporate Spotlight

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Guest Column

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On the Circuit

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Empowering Women Luncheon

Calendar of November Events

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hat an amazing class of New Faces. They come to us from a diverse background of nonprofits and professions. About a month ago, I, along with the New Faces of yesteryear, gathered to select this year’s class. I can’t begin to tell you how challenging it is to narrow the field of community nominations to just five. There are so many wonderful organizations and volunteers doing amazing work. I would like to thank Nfocus for taking the time to recognize these unsung heroes and their efforts. Speaking of an unsung hero, be sure to pay close attention to this issue’s guest columnist, James Bartlett. A future New Face in his own right, James is a native Louisvillian with an incredible story of leadership and service. He currently serves as the Executive

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he red carpet, the sidewalk arias, the tuxes, the gowns, the photographers…“Opening Night Gala of Kentucky Opera is always an evening filled with glamour and excitement, and September 20 was no exception. With a sold-out crowd, Louisville wore its finest to the opening performance of La Bohème, the world’s most beloved opera,” said David Roth, Kentucky Opera General Director, who also directed this production of La Bohème. After walking the Brown-Forman sponsored red carpet and posing for photos at the step-and-repeat, opera goers entered the magnificent Brown Theatre, where they were transported to early 19th-century Paris. Sponsored by Hilliard Lyons, the Kentucky Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème received rave reviews from critics and patrons alike, with much attention given to the beautiful, young cast portraying Puccini’s tragic, romantic Bohemians: Corinne Winters (Mimi), Louisville native Emily Albrink (Muzetta), Patrick O’Halloran (Rodolfo), Luis Orozco (Marcello), John Arnold (Colline) and Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek (Schaunard). “You won’t want to miss the next unexpected experience at Kentucky Opera, November 15 & 17. Celebrate Verdi’s 200th Birthday with an opera never before presented by Kentucky Opera – Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra,” said Roth. On January 25, Carnevale, the Opera’s annual fundraiser, will tease patrons with arias from the season closer, Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. This year’s Carnevale is themed “From Verona with Love,” in honor of the star-crossed lovers. One of the mainstays on Louisville’s black-tie circuit, Carnevale will be held once again at the Louisville Marriott Downtown and, in addition to live performances by signature artists, the evening will offer guests fine wines, a gourmet meal, and after-dinner dancing. Premiering on February 14, Roméo et Juliette promises a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day. Visit kyopera.org for more information regarding show times and upcoming productions.

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Golden Anniversary Celebrating the Legacy and Future of Actors Theatre

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hat do Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, acclaimed actress Julianne Moore and Emmy Award-winning Margo Martindale have in common? Among their many accomplishments on stage and behind the camera, they all have a history with Actors Theatre of Louisville. Three of the Honorary Co-Chairs for the Actors Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala, these actors recognize the significant impact that Actors Theatre has had on the landscape of the arts in America. Presented by The Glenview Trust Company, the 50th Anniversary Gala held at the Malvern House of Lee and Babs Robinson on September 21 brought together almost 200 guests for an evening honoring Actors Theatre’s legacy and celebrating its future. Ornate costumes from the Actors Theatre costume closet, from embellished gowns to an astronaut suit, lined the circular drive and kept guests company in the gardens as they enjoyed cocktails before being led to dinner by golden stilt-walkers. A violet and tangerine sunset served as the backdrop for dinner, a celebratory feast enjoyed by guests along with actors Michael Shannon and Timothy Busfield, and the playwright of The Whipping Man, Matthew Lopez, all in town in reverence of the leaders who built the foundation on which Actors Theatre stands. “Thank you to all of you who have supported Actors Theatre throughout the past five decades, especially our 50th Anniversary Season Sponsors—Brown-Forman, GE, LG&E and KU Energy, The Gheens Foundation, and, of course The Glenview Trust Company,” said Artistic Director Les Waters before raising a glass. “Here’s to fifty more!” For more information on Actors Theatre’s 50th Anniversary season visit actorsthreatre.org. JOSH MILLER PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOSH MILLER

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pening with Thrivals 6.0 on Tuesday, and finishing out the week with NuLu Festival on Saturday, IdeaFestival (#IF13) brought together scores of thought leaders and innovators, from high school students to CEOs. During Thrivals, urban revitalization strategy consultant and Peabody winner Majora Carter shared that you have to “create the kind of environment you want to be in” when it comes to community. Echoing Carter’s challenge to generate change, Kevin Smokler, author of the essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School, said, “Creative thinking is a key skill to success in the 21st century.” The theme “Stay Curious” was mirrored throughout #IF13, from the Taste of Innovation’s use of biodegradable dining implements to Mayor Fischer’s popup office in the lobby of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. “Don’t eliminate your options,” said Roger Newton, Founder and CEO of Esperion Therapeutics Inc. “Develop competing alternatives and consistently reassess your prospects.” Gathering for the opening reception on Thursday evening at 21c Museum Hotel, everyone from sixth grade activist and campaign manager Zev Kaplun Dickstein to Maasai warriors Wilson and Jackson joined in conversation about how to transform ideas shared and generated during #IF13. From pork to interactive art, Friday morning of #IF13 endorsed artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s statement that “art brings the capability to have experiences engaging with your city and others.” Following Lozano-Hemmer, “Art @ the Edge” educated attendees about the projects of four Creative Capital artists. “We believe artists are entrepreneurs,” shared Creative Capital CEO Ruby Lerner. Dashing between sessions, from the Orange Room where Louisville Water Company offered recyclable water bottles to the Café Press free personalized iPhone case stand in the lobby (photos were submitted via twitter @cafepress #defynorm), the energy of thousands of people gathering in support of idea generation and innovation was overwhelming, and even more energizing than the custom #IF13 Heine Brothers’ coffee blend “Eye Opening.” While #IF13 may have come to a close, IF University offers “ideas at play” all year long. ideafestival.com

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Fall Into Fabulous Younger Woman’s Club Annual Fashion Show

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hen fall rolls in, it carries with it a kind of romanticism. Chunky sweaters, tights, boots and that pea coat you’ve been dying to don—how could one not fall in love with Fall into Fabulous? This year’s show set a benchmark for the Younger Woman’s Club, being the largest and most fabulous show they have hosted yet. Louisville socialites and fashionistas mingled amongst models at The Gillespie on September 26. The night acquired a special something that distinguished it from the usual enchantment Louisville nights tend to bestow. As the autumn sun set, fashion was full-on. Lines of women cascaded through russet bronze revolving doors. Fall into Fabulous is one of those events where people watching is expected and “oohing” is the norm. The top floor of the Gillespie proved this to be true as it served as a one-stop local shoppers dream, with cheesecake. Attendees got the chance to take a peek at the lineup before heading downstairs to view the show. Boutiques showing their fall lines included Pink Julep Boutique, Merci, Clodhoppers, Serendipty, Sassy Fox, Monkee’s, Rodeo Drive, Blink, Caden, Blush, Bows, Ties & Links, and Dress & Dwell. Styling covered the essentials, from go-to outfits to soiree perfection, all found at local boutiques. Proceeds from Fall into Fabulous benefit the YWC 2013-2014 charity campaign. Since the YWC was founded in 1921, the club has given over $3.4 million to charities. Last year, YWC raised over $67,000 funding 20 diverse, charitable organizations in the community, such as the Visually Impaired Preschool Service; Cedar Lake who provides care for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities; Downs Syndrome of Louisville; and the Center for Women & Families. ywclouisville.org

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he fountain—surmounted by a sculpture of Venus rising from the sea—was preeminent on St. James Court,” writes Sena Naslund in her newest book, The Fountain of St. James Court; or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman. At this year’s St. James Gala, after a more than a century of preeminence, the lady atop the fountain had to share the spotlight with some serious scene stealers! Keith Simon set the scene for the first gala to benefit the School at the Louisville Zoo with a near life-sized elephant and two giraffes. Joining them were animal ambassadors from the Zoo, including a wallaby and a hawk. That’s in addition to the figure of the historic St. James Lamplighter, a newly commissioned tree carving by Rob Preston, which will be the lady’s permanent neighbor. As the second neighborhood association established in the U.S., the St. James Court Association has some experience with throwing a block party and a deep appreciation for good neighbors, which is why each year, on the Saturday before their nationally-renowned Art Show, this historic neighborhood gathers around their iconic fountain to celebrate their talents and treasures. Herb Fink was honored with the Malcolm Bird Spirit Award. Churchill Davenport was honored for his work establishing the Kentucky School of Art. And Julie Wilkinson’s painting of the Pink Palace was unveiled as the 2013 St. James Art Show Poster Contest winner. Each honoree was warmly celebrated by the crowd, but the evening’s preeminent and reluctant show stealer was gala chair Jeff Perry. Saddened by Jeff ’s recent career move to Columbus, Ohio, the Association presented him with a sculpture from Flame Run Gallery. The gala fell silent (a true silence rarely heard at galas) when Jeff was called to accept his gift, and when he finished saying thank you, all guests rose to their feet and applauded in sincere appreciation for what it means when “neighbor” signifies not just close to your house, but close to your heart as well.

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tanding in middle of Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center, HBO Films President Len Amato said, “I can’t think of a more perfect place” to premiere Stephen Frear’s documentary Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. “Everyone knows Ali was a great champion in the ring, but Ali was also a man of purpose and a man of conscience and I think this institution is a fitting tribute to him and we are delighted to premiere here.” Ali appeared at the premiere, flanked by his family and dear friends. All lauded his courage to speak out against racism and war, refusing his induction into the Vietnam War, but in 1967, Ali was vilified, convicted when his application for conscientious objector status was denied, stripped of his World Heavyweight Championship, left with little financial resources and denied the right to box during what might have been the peak of his career. Prior to the screening of Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, University of Louisville Law Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes led a talk about the U.S. v. Clay, the case which heard Ali’s appeal of his conviction. In a unanimous ruling, eight white men in black robes (Justice Thurgood Marshall had to recuse himself due to his involvement in the prior litigation) reversed the conviction and restored Ali’s title of World Heavyweight Champion. Michael Bolton, who was in attendance for the premiere, said that Ali’s refusal could have silenced him and his name forever, “but the opposite happened when the Supreme Court voted the right way and a man who was a champion in the ring became a champion of human rights outside of the ring.” Bolton was one of the inaugural Ali Humanitarian Award recipients for his work toward gender equality, along with Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Carter, and Louisville’s Mark Hogg, whose nonprofit organization WaterStep works to bring clean water to impoverished communities around the world. Ali’s daughter, Laila, said the Ali Humanitarian Awards are a symbolic “passing of the torch” of the work her father has done and the human rights work yet to be accomplished.

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Each year, when Nfocus wraps the annual New Faces of Philanthropy celebration, there is a lingering fear that we may never again find a group of individuals as inspiring as the year before. But because we live in Louisville, the great city of compassion, there never seems to be a shortage of commendable young candidates representing extremely worthy organizations within our community. This year is no exception. We are proud to present the 2013 class of New Faces of Philanthropy: Jeremy Jarvi with Team Shaan Foundation, Josh Moore with March of Dimes, Daniel Noltemeyer with Best Buddies Kentucky, Elizabeth Scott with Family Scholar House, and Kristen Williams with Louisville Grows. May their stories open your eyes to these important charities, but more importantly, may their efforts encourage you to do something - be it small or significant – to improve the world, the region, the community around you.

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Jeremy Jarvi

Team Shaan Foundation As President of Team Shaan Foundation, Jeremy Jarvi has shared the tragic story of this organization many times; but as he recounted the details to us on October 6, there was an almost unnerving similarity to the circumstances surrounding its formation 16 years ago. We met amidst warnings of flooded roads – weather conditions that led to dozens of home evacuations, including 12 rescues and 250 assists. Fortunately, there were no fatalities associated with this year’s flooding. Such was not the case on March 2, 1997. On that night Jeremy, then a high school student, gathered with close childhood friends Shaan Willis, Brian Logsdon, Andy Hennessey, Matt Kuerzi and Bart Becker. As they went their separate ways Shaan phoned his parents to update them that he was on his way home – a trip that should have taken five minutes. Thirty minutes later, his parents called to report that he had never arrived. Shaan had drowned when the van he was driving was swept off the road. “Shaan was a very popular person,” Jeremy says of his best friend. “He always had a big network of friends and we knew we wanted to keep his memory alive by doing something positive in his name from the very start.” With respect for a life well-lived but gone too soon, Jeremy and Shaan’s network of grieving friends – teenagers at the time – vowed to raise $50,000 for the Center for Women & Families. Jeremy shares, “We were able to actually raise $65,000 for an adolescent room in Shaan’s name. We furnished the room with couches and computers to give the kids a safe and secure environment to do homework, play games, or just relax and hang out.” The mission of Team Shaan Foundation is to improve the lives of youth within our community by giving them the opportunity to succeed, and Jeremy, along with the original board members, has successfully done that multiple times over. In addition to their efforts on behalf of Center for Women & Families, they established the RaShaan Roland Willis Scholarship Fund, an endowment for which they raised $200,000 for students who desire but can-

“Our kids will grow up knowing the Team Shaan story, volunteering and giving back to the community” not afford a Catholic education at St. Xavier High School. “We all attended St. Gabriel grade school together where we met and became close friends,” Jeremy explains. “As we moved on to high school, half of us went to St. Xavier, including Shaan, and the rest of us attended Trinity. We always had fun going back and forth with the Trinity/ St. X rivalry. And yes, although I am a proud Trinity guy, I have helped raise over $200,000 for an endowment fund in Shaan’s name at St. X.” In 2007, Team Shaan started a campaign to raise $150,000 for Kosair Children’s Hospital to install Get Well Networks in every room. The system revolutionizes patients’ experience by allowing them access to information related to their illness, play video games, watch movies, participate in webinars and complete homework. “We attain our fundraising goals through several events every year.” Jeremy describes the shared effort, “Our biggest event is our annual golf outing which is the first Saturday in August. Next year will be our 15th consecutive year for that. We’ve done everything from a Monte Carlo night to a Mardi Gras party; but, as our lives change, our events reflect that. We are now planning more family events.” Team Shaan has become a family affair. Jeremy, who balances his Foundation work with his career at Greater Louisville Inc., says, “The Willises have become a second family to all of us. Shaan’s parents, Bob and Marita, and sister, Tanya, are the most selfless and generous people I know. I am blessed to have them in my life.” Jeremy engaged the spouses of Team Shaan board members including his own wife, Kristen, with whom he will soon welcome a second child to join their three-year-old son Landon. “Our kids will grow up knowing the Team Shaan story, volunteering and giving back to the community. It’s my vision one day that they will take the reins and continue to keep Shaan’s spirit alive.”

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Josh Moore March of Dimes

In a city that has firmly established itself as a food lover’s destination, Chef Josh Moore is a name that has emerged as a talent that makes it so. His 20 years in the restaurant industry include a start at Vincenzo’s at the age of 14, followed by 7 years as a pastry and sous chef at Porcini Restaurant. Having learned from the masters, he has now established himself among them as the Executive Chef and partner at Volare Italian Ristorante, where he has contributed to the Clifton neighborhood dining scene for almost 10 years. Local charitable organizations rely on Louisville’s tight-knit group of celebrated chefs almost as much as their own kitchens do. A lot is asked of our restaurant community in terms of donating time and resources, but because of the commitment of professionals like Josh, there always seems to be an abundance of enthusiasm and participation. “For me, it comes down to supporting the people who have supported me,” Josh shares. “I’ll probably do 25 offsite events this year alone – charity events or private dinners that I’ve donated to auctions to raise money. I love it, though, and I love being able to give back to the community.” Josh’s generosity has benefited an incredible number of organizations, including Dress for Success, Brooklawn, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Young Breast Cancer Survivors, Hosparus, Shamrock Foundation, Apron, Inc., Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and Guardiacare. But the organization to which Josh donates the most significant amount of his limited free time is March of Dimes. “Initially I was approached by my good friend Harry Dennery to just set up and do a tasting with the other restaurants at the Signature Chefs Auction. Now for the past five years I have found myself in the position of Lead Chef, where I lead the efforts of recruiting and coordinating chefs and restaurants

“My involvement with March of Dimes is therapeutic to me in the same way that farming is.” to participate in the tasting event. Through the years I’ve also gotten involved with getting auction items together and encouraging chefs to contribute some enticing packages for the exciting live auction element of the event,” Josh explains. “On a personal level, I was born over two months premature. I only weighed four pounds – not that you would believe it now!” laughs the power lifter. “I also have a five-year-old son, Gibson, and while he was born healthy, he has brought great meaning to my work with March of Dimes. Everyone wants to support the health of babies.” Josh’s commitment, reliability and infectious enthusiasm have helped March of Dimes raise over $1 million during his time with the organization and his contributions have proven him invaluable to the Signature Chefs Auction. This year’s event, to be held on November 14 at the Marriott Downtown, will feed and entertain over 650 people and promises to raise big bucks as usual. Josh adds, “I’ll be donating a dinner for ten people in a private home again this year at the live auction. My experiences can be as hands-on, like a cooking class, as you want, which sometimes makes it more fun for the guests. There are also some amazing travel and sports packages available as usual.” In addition to his professional role as a chef, Josh also manages a 10-acre farm in Taylorsville, where he grows much of the produce for Volare. The antique enthusiast has nearly completed a top-to-bottom renovation on the 110-year-old farmhouse that sits on the property. “I picked two of the most consuming things to be – a chef and a farmer!” he jokes. “But my involvement with March of Dimes is therapeutic to me in the same way that farming is. I love my job and I love my community work so that takes the stress out of it for me. Through March of Dimes I’ve been able to reach out and help a fellow chef who I have a lot of respect for when he had a baby born prematurely. We were able to offer help through that challenging and stressful time. For me, out of all the charity stuff I do, March of Dimes is my ‘baby.’”

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DANIEL NOLTEMEYER BEST BUDDIES KENTUCKY

If you’ve ever attended a Best Buddies Kentucky event, you’ve likely seen Daniel Noltemeyer working the crowd like a seasoned politician. His charisma and excellent public speaking skills are frequently sought after to represent Best Buddies, an organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment and leadership development for people like Daniel with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Daniel, 31, is in high demand not only locally for Best Buddies Kentucky, but nationally as an Ambassador for Best Buddies International – an honor for which he was handpicked by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, the organization’s founder and chairman. “My favorite part is traveling to represent Best Buddies. I have been to California; Dallas, Texas; Washington, DC; and Bloomington, Indiana,” where he attended the Best Buddies International leadership conference with 1,700 volunteers from 18 countries. “Washington, DC is my favorite,” he shares, flashing his characteristic mega-watt smile. It was in DC that Daniel spent meaningful time at a National Leadership Conference with Ben Cocanougher, whom he refers to as his “friend for life.” Ben was Daniel’s assigned Buddy as a student at Centre College in 2009. He is now a medical school student at Georgetown University and was witness to Daniel’s personal story of social isolation and bullying. Ben shares, “Daniel gave a speech to over 600 students from colleges all over the world. By the end of the speech, over two-thirds of the crowd was in tears. The other third was just afraid to cry. He even included me in the speech and invited me up on stage to stand with him. I don’t think I have ever been as honored as I was when I stood beside Daniel as he advocated for himself and others with intellectual disabilities. I could not be more proud to be his friend and his buddy.” Daniel grew up in Fern Creek, where he lives now with his mother Lois Hart and stepfather Bill Hart. His birth father, Burt Nol, died of leukemia when Daniel was only 18 months old. He credits his parents for their support: “Lois

“BE RESPECTFUL TO PEOPLE AND LEARN WHAT THEIR LIFE IS REALLY ABOUT. MY DISABILITY IS JUST A CHROMOSOME THAT IS INSIDE OF ME.” and Bill Hart are always the best thing in my life. They worked so hard to raise me to grow up to be a man. I am proud to call them my mom and dad.” Daniel also boasts of how proud he is of his big brother, Patrick, 34, who is the individual who suggested the start of Best Buddies in Kentucky five years ago to benefit people like his younger brother. When Daniel isn’t serving the community as a Board Member for Best Buddies Kentucky, the Buddy Director at University of Louisville or as an Ambassador for the Council on Developmental Disabilities, he is working at one of his two jobs – as an office clerk for Ceridian Stored Value Solutions where he has been employed for three years, and at Kaplan Barron Pediatric Group where he has worked for 14 years. Because of his strong work ethic and reliability, Daniel was awarded with the 2012 Awesome Client Award by Zoom Group. “My hobbies are dancing, video games and playing sports – basketball is my favorite. I like to go to Okolona Presbyterian Church on Sundays and spend time with my church family and get to know their lifestyle too,” Daniel says. “Best Buddies is a better place to be in. You should be respectful to people and learn what their life is really about. My disability is just a chromosome that is inside of me. I see people who go to college and I wish I could go to college and now I get to be friends with people who do. Best Buddies closes the gap for those people with disabilities,” Daniel shares of his devotion to the organization that he says has built his confidence and changed his life. Daniel is a gifted individual with an enormous heart. He is an example of kindness, courage, optimism and social inclusion. In his own words, his mission is “to show people that the world is a better place to be in.” I think Daniel teaches us just that.

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Elizabeth chooses to focus on the future instead of the past. “Pay it forward” is a phrase she uses often. She doesn’t dwell on her rebellious teenage years when she “managed to graduate from Seneca High School by the skin of my teeth,” and the dark period of poverty and homelessness. Instead she looks to the most incredible part of her story…which is yet to be. Elizabeth is a devoted mother, a professional, a homeowner, board member, community leader, world traveler and international author. She is proof that education is one of the most important vehicles for reaching goals in life and thanks to her success through Family Scholar House she says, “I’ve moved beyond survival mode and am now living life to the fullest.” In 2008, the single mother of two was enrolled at Jefferson Community Technical College taking one credit at a time when she was approached by a counselor who convinced her that she would be an ideal candidate for Family Scholar House. “It was intimidating at the time,” she recalls, “but having someone who believed in me motivated me to take the first step.” Upon arrival to Family Scholar House, she was met with the same encouragement by president and CEO, Cathe Dykstra. “I call her the dream catcher because she looked me in the eyes and told me she believed in me when I wasn’t sure if I believed in myself. If I can dream it, Cathe believes in me and backs me, and we celebrate the success together.” While at the Family Scholar House, Elizabeth enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Louisville, where she pursued a degree in social work. “I excelled in school, my confidence boosted and so many amazing doors started to open for me!” she says. She was able to study abroad in Uganda, Africa, for

“MY GOAL IS TO GIVE BACK TO CURRENT FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE PARTICIPANTS, BUT ALSO TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THAT HAS INVESTED IN OUR SUCCESS.” an entire summer and was even presented the opportunity to co-author three books with her fourth currently in development. Through the books she shares her personal story and encourages others to reach for their own educational, career and personal goals despite obstacles. She says, “Through it all I was working toward becoming a good role model, not only for my children, but for the community.” Since graduating from Family Scholar House in 2010, Elizabeth received her master’s degree, completed their home ownership program and has recently created an alumni committee. “The alumni committee is important because Family Scholar House is turning out so many graduates, but the next step is missing. My goal is to harness that momentum so we can give back to current participants in the form of peer mentorship, but also to give back to the community that has invested in our success,” she shares. Giving back to the community is something Elizabeth does a lot of these days. “A humble receiver makes for a motivated giver,” she says, and she is a tremendous example of that. Besides her work on the Speakers Bureau for Family Scholar House, she is a board member at the House of Ruth and on the Board of Directors for The Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville where she will co-chair their 2014 Charity Ball. She was recently honored by Mayor Fischer and presented with a proclamation for “being compassionate through philanthropy.” A certified social worker she shares that it is rewarding to knock on a door for a home visit only to ask, “How can I help you?” while being able to relate to the feeling of desperation she often encounters on these visits. Her daughter Neveah (the name is Heaven spelled backwards) is 11 and her son Isaiah is 9. She doesn’t invest in cable television or internet in their home because she says, “We stay active as a family playing piano and violin, or getting sticks and building a fort outside. We do things that don’t cost a lot of money but focus on building our relationship.” Elizabeth is committed to investing in the community that invested in her. Her efforts will benefit many “humble receivers” and will hopefully produce, like herself, just as many “motivated givers.”

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Kristen Williams Louisville Grows

If the tales of Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk don’t bring to mind food justice, then you haven’t heard them as told by Kristen Williams. Luckily, many children in West Louisville’s Shawnee neighborhood have heard the stories performed by Kristen and her husband Agyei in their neighborhood garden; and hopefully they leave feeling empowered to make a difference in their community and in their own lives. “I enjoy storytelling and I love to dress up,” Kristen explains. “So two years ago my husband and I dressed in costumes and started telling stories in The People’s Garden!” The couple received a grant last summer to perform every Saturday for two months. “We twist the stories around a little so there is always a message about fairness or equality.” Her favorite to tell is Jack and the Beanstalk where Jack climbs the stalk discovering a giant who lives among riches, including a captive goose laying golden eggs. “Jack exclaims, ‘This isn’t right! We are living in poverty down there. I’ve got to get this back to my people!’ So he avenges his town and we incorporated a garden into the story so that Jack can teach his community to be self-sufficient and not to rely on others to lift them out of poverty.” Creating a fun atmosphere for the children of Shawnee to learn about important issues is just one of the ways Kristen serves her neighborhood. “Food justice has always been an issue that is close to my heart,” she says of her decision to get involved with Louisville Grows. “I always had a garden in my back yard, but when I heard about The People’s Garden I saw it as an opportunity to restore a sense of community to our neighborhood.” Already a board member of the Shawnee Neighborhood Association, Kristen became an advocate for educating her neighbors on the value of growing their own food. “Shawnee is a food desert. We don’t have a single grocery store, only a few corner stores and fast food restaurants. Surrounding grocery stores have limited produce options and it’s less likely to be fresh,” Kristen explains. “Many people don’t realize this, but the life expectancy for people in West Louisville is

“I love challenging the way people look at food and changing the way they live their lives.” 10 years less than those of more affluent neighborhoods in the city. If you are going to tell that fact to someone, you have to be able to offer them a solution.” Gardening, she explains, isn’t just for people who are economically deprived: “There is value in growing your own food no matter where you fall on the economic spectrum. It is something that brings Louisville together and is why it is one of the top cities having this powerful food conversation.” With her first child on the way, Kristen discusses her choice to make her home in the Shawnee neighborhood. Raised in the East End of Louisville and a graduate of Presentation Academy, she began questioning the disparity among communities while studying Sociology at University of Louisville. “I was struck by the injustice in the world and I didn’t want to sit among academia and discuss answers but never actually apply those in my life. If you’re not teaching others what’s right, the information dies when you do.” Her message is for the residents of West Louisville to reclaim their space. “I want to defy stereotypes and for people to see that I am not ashamed of where I live. I own my home and I’m not afraid to walk my dogs or play tennis with my husband.” Most importantly, she encourages, we must stop sending the negative messages to our kids. Kristen’s strategy encourages self-empowerment above all else. “Louisville Grows is on the forefront of this change.” Plots in The People’s Garden are available for $25/year and have so far produced over 300 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables. Recently, Kristen helped to design and implement the Family Garden Program and the Shippingport Memorial Garden in the Portland neighborhood. “I love challenging the way people look at food and changing the way they live their lives.”

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For: LGBT Center at University of Louisville When: Fri., November 22, 7p.m. Where: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Tariff: $100 Individual ticket, $1,000 table of 10 Attire: Cocktail Info: feastonequality.com

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n its inaugural year (2012), Feast on Equality raised over $86,000 that went directly to the LGBT Center at University of Louisville. “The funds we raised that night and will continue to raise in years to come will allow the LGBT Center to develop and implement programs, support and emergency funds for these students,” event chair Tommy Arnold explained. “All I can say is that the whole journey with Feast On Equality has completely changed my life.” Starting with an Alternative Thanksgiving in 2008 for LGBT students to beginning a Feast On Equality Fund to provide ongoing support through the LGBT Center at UofL, Tommy Arnold the committee of Feast on Equality continue to have a positive impact on students and the Louisville community.

How did the idea for the Alternative Thanksgiving and Feast on Equality come about? In September 2008, I received a phone call from a friend of mine, Brian Buford, who is the Director of LGBT Services at the University of Louisville. I asked, ‘What do the students need right now?’ This is when Brian shared with me that about 8 students had just come out as LGBT and had been turned away by their families for Thanksgiving. It was in that moment that I told Brian I didn’t care if it was his house of mine, but we were having Thanksgiving dinner for these students. The numbers grew overnight, and had increased to upwards of 80 students. By the time the last student went through the line, we served around 115 students. This was the birth of the Alternative Thanksgiving that we throw just for the students at the LGBT Center. The second year of the Alternative Thanksgiving, we served about 250 students… and the third year was much the same. We realized that doing an event once a year simply wasn’t enough for the students, and in February 2012, I formed a committee, and together we established Feast On Equality. We had our inaugural event on November 16, 2013, at the Mellwood Art Center, and had over 320 guests.

What’s on tap for Feast on Equality this year? Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors including Brown-Forman, PNC Bank, YUM!, Humana and Humana Vitality, Aspire Real Estate Group, Chiropractic Louisville, KBD, Cool World Creations, In Bloom and Wiltshire Pantry, Feast on Equality has been able to raise the bar in terms of what we are able to do for students. We are very excited because this is the first year we’ll be able to show our donors the impact they have had on these students’ lives. Dustin Davison, owner of Cool World Creations produced a moving video that shows testimonials from students whose lives have been changed by funds raised through Feast on Equality. The evening begins at 7p.m. with cocktail hour at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, followed by a 3-course meal catered by Susan Hershberg with Wiltshire Pantry. We are honoring Dr. James R. Ramsey, President of University of Louisville, in recognition of his principled leadership of the University and his commitment to equality, fairness and diversity throughout the University and community.

Tell us more about the Feast On Equality Fund: The sole purpose of our event is to establish the Feast On Equality Fund in order to provide ongoing support for LGBT students at the University of Louisville. Many of these students lose family and financial support when they come out of the closet, and are at greater risk of dropping out. Additional services offered to students include support for LGBT members of the University and their allies, educational, social and supportive programming, and coordination for LGBT-related groups and clubs on campus. “It’s amazing,” Arnold said. “Almost 2,000 students are directly impacted by the LGBT Center at UofL on an annual basis.” With students in attendance who are a living testament to the amazing work done by the LGBT Center at UofL, Feast On Equality is one event you won’t want to miss! JOSH MILLER

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CHARITY SPOTLIGHT

Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies Seeing the ABILITY in disABILITY

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way. Complete with a silent auction and refreshments, the 2013 Fashion Show on November 23 will be held at DuPont Manual High School from 2-4p.m. “Since it’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, it makes for a perfect way to kick off the holiday season,” said Jim, whose daughter was in the fashion show the first year. In addition to the Holiday Fashion Show, their annual charity gala with a twist, Capes and Crowns on February 8, 2014, invites kids to come along to enjoy music, dancing, games and activities

The 2013 Fashion Show on November 23 will be held at DuPont Manual High School from 2-4p.m. niques, exemplified by the creation of their Activities for Daily Living Suite. “At the Kids Center we’re very proud of our new ADL – Activities for Daily Living Suite,” Jim explained further. “It’s a three-room suite with bedroom, bathroom and kitchen where children can practice daily life skills. We also installed a new sensory garden this year, which has been a big hit with our kids.” To further celebrate the abilities of the children of the Kids Center, the annual Holiday Fashion Show was started 11 years ago by parents and staff, and features about 80 children with special needs who model clothes and walk or roll down the run-

along with their parents. “It’s a great way to teach kids about giving back,” Jim explained. The Kids Center also offers “Meet the Kids” tours. Happening about twice and a month and free to the public, “Meet the Kids” exposes guests to all three therapies offered by the Kids Center– physical, speech and occupational. “We are also looking for teachers that might want to bring our ‘Project Disability’ presentation into their classroom,” shared Jim. “Project Disability is designed to build understanding, tolerance, and better acceptance of people with disabilities.” From Fashion Shows to “Meet the Kids” and their Activities for Daily Living Suite, the Kids Center continues to focus on finding the ABILITY in disABILITY for the kids they serve on a daily basis. kidscenterky.org JOSH MILLER

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Final Four Floors for the past 2 years. “We knew immediately that we had a tremendous opportunity to raise money for our community with the acquisition of the Final Four Floors,” Rivers explained. “We had hoped to turn Kentucky and UofL fans’ passion for basketball into a passion for philanthropy, and we have been overwhelmed by the response.”

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and Southern Indiana communities… through the arts, social service organizations, disaster relief support or Northwestern Mutual’s main philanthropic focus, pediatric cancer.” Through a variety of fundraising and volunteer efforts, Northwestern Mutual plays an active role in the fight against pediatric cancer, both on a local and national level. “Unfortunately, Kentucky has one of the highest rates of pediatric cancer in the country so there is much work to be done,” said Rivers. As an official NCAA Corporate Partner, Northwestern Mutual was given the opportunity to purchase the

Through the sale of the UK Championship Floor in 2012, Northwestern Mutual was able to raise over $200,000 to support pediatric cancer research and treatment at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. The sale of the University of Louisville Championship Floor is currently on sale at gocards. com/floor, with proceeds going to the pediatric cancer research team at Kosair Children’s Hospital led by University of Louisville physician Dr. Kenneth Lucas. With over 3 million clients, and as the nation’s largest direct provider of individual life insurance, Northwestern Mutual continues to strive for excellence, both in business and community support. To learn more about their services visit northwesternmutual.com JOSH MILLER

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Cultivating a City’s Creativity Through the Arts

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t can be argued that creativity is a city’s most valuable asset. Creativity, after all, is the process whereby something new and valuable is produced. It impacts everything from a city’s economy to its livability, and is responsible for both its unique character and ability to adapt. Creativity is the lifeblood of every city. While most would agree that creativity is generally a good thing, it is also notoriously difficult to measure. And if you can’t measure it, how do you effectively cultivate it? In order to do so, we must discover and nurture the root of creativity. When one thinks about creativity, art is often the first thing to come to mind. This is not because creativity is exclusive to the arts by any means. Scientific discovery, business innovation, and community problem solving are all examples of creativity and its importance to a city’s vitality. Art, however, unlike science and business, is almost exclusively a creative act. Music, theater, dance, and other artistic expressions communicate our basic human desire to discover new ways of perceiving and interpreting the world. Because of the innate connection between the two, I believe that art, our most purely creative endeavor as humans, is the closest we can come to identifying our creative source. Support for the arts is crucial to fostering creativity in every aspect of civic life. Major international centers like New York and Paris never suffer from a lack of creative energy because their positions as international hubs inherently attract creative individuals from around the world. Small and medium sized cities like Louisville, however,

must actively foster and support creative environments in order to compete in an ever-increasingly connected world. Just as cities allocate substantial resources to economic development initiatives, public transportation, sanitation and the like, city governments and philanthropists must also actively devote attention to fostering creative atmospheres through support for the arts. This cultivation of creative production is crucial to the livelihood and future growth of any city. For immediate evidence of this importance one must look no further than America’s many crumbling manufacturing centers. Cities too fixated on reproduction, rather than creation, are now struggling to redefine themselves in these trying economic times. The strength and recognition of institutions like Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, is a testament to Louisville’s long history of support for the arts. While institutions like these are crucial pillars in Louisville’s artistic community, it is important to remember that they can also be seen as intimidating and unapproachable ivory towers. These institutions must strive to be as open and accessible as possible. Support for the arts must also include funding for community-based arts organizations, and strong advocacy for arts education in schools, in order to truly impact the city as a whole. Support for the arts should not be seen as a frivolous pastime of former hippies and the elite. It is our collective duty as citizens. Our ability to create not only strengthens cities, in a way, it is a measure of our humanity. JAMES BARTLETT

A diamond anniversary calls for a signature event. Join March of Dimes and Louisville’s finest chefs for a delicious evening celebrating 75 years of stronger, healthier babies.

Thursday, Nov. 14 Louisville Marriott Downtown • 6:00 p.m. Honoring David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Louisville

Reserve your tickets today. Call 502-473-6683 or email kulrich@marchofdimes.com.

James Bartlett is the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), located in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Bartlett was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a graduate of duPont Manual High School (class of 2000). James@MoCADA.org

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What: Signature Chefs Auction For: March of Dimes When: Thurs., Nov. 14, 6 p.m. Where: Marriott Louisville Downtown Tariff: $250 Individual ticket Info: Call 502.473.6683 or email kulrich@marchofdimes.com

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What: Yum! Brands’ From Hunger to Hope Gala For: United Nations World Food Programme When: Sat., Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 dinner, 9:00 entertainment Where: YUM! Brands Campus,1441 Gardiner Lane Tariff: $250 Individual ticket Info: (502) 874-2040 What: Temptations… Annual Holiday Gift Show For: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Kentucky When: Nov. 19, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Nov. 20 - 21, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Where: The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Avenue Info: temptationsholiday boutique.com

What: Embracing a Hero’s Heart For: USA Cares, Assisting Military Families in Crisis When: Sat., Nov. 2, 6 p.m. – midnight 22 Where: Marriott East Louisville What: Feast on Equality Tariff: $350 Individual ticket For: LGBT Center at University Info: usacares.org/gala of Louisville When: Fri., Nov. 22, 7p.m. 07 What: Canine Jewelry Where: Kentucky Center for Trunk Show African American Heritage For: Shamrock Foundation Tariff: $100 Individual ticket, When: Thurs., Nov. 7, $1,000 table of 10 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Info: feastonequality.com Where: Merkley Kendrick 23 Jewelers, 138 Chenoweth Lane What: Snow Ball Gala Tariff: Free! For: Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Info: mkjewelers.com Center Kosair Children’s Hospital When: Sat., Nov. 23, 07 What: 6th Annual I Thirst Dinner 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For: WaterStep Where: Louisville When: Thurs., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. Marriott Downtown Where: Hyatt Regency Tariff: $300 Individual ticket Tariff: $125 Individual ticket Info: kosairchildrenshospital.com Info: waterstep.org 04 What: Nfocus December Issue 15 What: 24th annual Festival of Launch Party Trees & Lights When: Wed., Dec. 4, For: Kosair Children’s Hospital 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. When: Nov. 15-17 Where: Lilly’s, Where: Louisville Slugger Field 1147 Bardstown Road Tariff: $5, adults, $3 children Tariff: Free! Info: kosairchildrenshospital.com Info: nfocuslouisville.com

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