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Contents May 2014 | Vol. iv, No. 12
King’s Garden Fête
Theater Lovers Unite
Runway for the Roses
Art Walks the Runway
I.D.E.A.S., YouthBuild and the Louisville-Versailles Connection
Humana Festival of New American Plays Cocktail Party
Creativity Reins Free at Nfocus Fashion Show
All Hail the Queen 58th Annual Fillies Derby Ball
B is for Botanica Steve Humphrey & Sue Grafton Host Botanica
Derby Divas Rodes’ Annual Event in Support of Norton Cancer Institute
Runway for the Roses
Angie Fenton Dishes
Food and Wine
Holly on the Go
Chat with the Chair
Stories of Inspiration
A Chat with Damon Coates
How to Start a Movement
Chad Dobbins, Zoofari!
The Arrow Fund
Rodes For Him & For Her
Carolina Martinez Ayson marries Kenneth Gordon Wayne MacKinlay
Calendar of May Events
The Many Races of Kentucky Derby Festival
10 ON THE COVER Angie Fenton photographed by Steve Squall. Creative Direction by Gunnar Deatherage. Makeup by Isidro Valencia. Wardrobe by Pink Door and Old Souls Vintage.
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Pam Brooks Laura Snyder editorial associate Josh Miller features editor Tonya Abeln food editor Lincoln Snyder fashion editor Gunnar Deatherage art director Derek Potter production manager Matt Bach graphic designers Katy Barrett-Alley, John Cobb Amy Gomoljak, James Osborne, Christie Passarello contributing photographers Jolea Brown, Alexandra Brumley, Clay Cook, Thomas Lang, Steve Squall contributing writers Theo Edmonds, Kristie Hicks, Holly Houston intern Cassandra Mastropaolo circulation manager Chris Sparrow sales and marketing associate Julie Trotter account executives Marsha Blacker, Kelley LaBarbera, Laurie Lennon, Taylor Springelmeyer financial accountant Shauna Tolotti group publisher David Brennan publisher editor
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have admired Angie Fenton since she and I became colleagues in the ranks of Louisville media in 2010, when I began writing for Nfocus. I have always admired the poise and style she exhibits as, during the course of one day, she goes from behind a writing desk to in front of the Tv camera to hosting a red carpet and emceeing a charity event, all the while caring for animals with severe medical needs and volunteering extensively. With our Features Editor, Tonya Abeln, out on maternity leave to care for newborn baby Luke, I had the opportunity to interview Angie. In our conversations, she delivered on her trademarked “dishing,” and her painfully honest life story left me with greater admiration for her than ever. Sharing stories is often the catalyst—for forming a nonprofit, becoming a volunteer, donating money or simply becoming our bet-
ter selves. This month’s Corporate Spotlight features rodes, known equally for their community involvement and their luxury clothing lines. At their Derby Divas event, honoree Heather Sexton shared the story of her battle with breast cancer on a night that raised $500,000 for the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health program. Our Charity Spotlight features The Arrow Fund, whose website is filled with photographic and news stories of the neglected, abused and tortured animals they rescue. Most often, these animals, many who were left for dead, fully recover, and their miraculous stories inspire our greater understanding and compassion. Nfocus is honored to share stories from our community with you each month. From the parties we cover to our in-depth features and our fashion editorials, our goal is a bit of inspiration on each page! Please pass it on.
LAURA SNYDER, EDITOR
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King’s Garden Fête I.D.E.A.S., YouthBuild and the Louisville-Versailles Connection Lindsay Habeeb, Maggie Keith
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n immersive contemporary art exhibition filled the Nucleus on Market Street for The King’s Garden Fête on March 22. Ushered in by a 9-foot ultraviolet butterfly wing, guests wove their way through a maze of totems before entering the lobby, where art enveloped, delectable hors d’oeuvres inspired by the King’s Kitchen Garden (Potager du Roi at Versailles, France) abounded and cocktails flowed. Beats by Small Time Napoleon transitioned to notes by Kyle James Hauser as guests moved from room to room, exploring a variety of sculptures, drawings, tapestries and video works by Louisville and international artists. The diverse group of attendees gathered in support of I.D.E.A.S. and YouthBuild Louisville’s (YBL) collaborative UrbanGreen project, which will send two students and faculty from YBL to apprentice this summer at the Potager du Roi founded by Louis XIV, before returning to lead an art, science and food production project in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood. “Going to Paris is like a once in a lifetime thing for people like me,” shared Sierra Preston, one of the two YBL students who will be going to France. “Where you know, you come from a community that doesn’t have gardens, and who doesn’t have the resources.” Lynn Rippy, Executive Director of YBL went on to say, “I really think the trip is a metaphor for the experience that this community is having right now. The expansion of your mind… so that whole sense of being fearful of something that you don’t know will be changed forever.” “Thanks to our sponsors including 102.3 The Max, 99.7 DJX, Easy Rock 105.1, LockUpLead, Kertis Creative, Nfocus Magazine and Leo Weekly,” said Theo Edmonds of I.D.E.A.S. “And to the participating artists Chris Radtke, Shohei Katayama, Jacob Heustis, Leticia Bajuyo, Clare Hirn, Michael Ratterman, Ben Cook, Noel Anderson, Tom Butch, Brandon Ballengee, Andrew Cozzens, Sara Pitt and Rodrigo Braga for allowing us to include their pieces in The King’s Garden Fête exhibit!” A truly international project, I.D.E.A.S. partnered with YBL, Manhattan based landscape architect Christian Duvernois, Isabelle Leroy-Jay Lemaistre, former general curator Musée du Louvre, and Antoine Jacobsohn, Director of the Potager du Roi to make UrbanGreen a reality. ideaslouisville.com.
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he Humana Festival of New American Plays cocktail party for Industry Weekend is held annually at the stunning home of Jessica and Neville Blakemore III, offering an evening of lavish hors d’oeuvres, sumptuous cocktails and enriched conversation. It’s an annual evening that even the most jaded partygoer can look forward to. As is the case every year, the local Actors Theatre community arrived in advance of the out-of-town guests on April 3, including members of Actors’ next generation of arts enthusiasts, interACT, ensuring a lively, inviting reception for the agents, critics, producers, professors, playwrights, and directors who are chauffeured on big tour buses to Mockingbird Valley for the evening. For theater buffs, the party is an exhilarating opportunity to meet and talk with the people who create the best new plays in the country – from Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights to internationally renowned actors. When asked about his experience with the Humana Festival, David Ryan Smith, one of the actors from The Grown-Up said, “Friendships formed, artistic and personal, that will last forever. We all created this insanely beautiful community, in those two months, it truly was one of the highlights of my life.” With the internationally acclaimed festival having introduced nearly 450 plays since its founding, the Humana Festival of New American Plays continues to bring exciting and groundbreaking work to the stages of Actors Theatre. “For me, the Humana Festival speaks to what is best in Louisville,” shared Actors Theatre Artistic Director Les Waters. “It is about community and friendship and curiosity and what it is to be a good citizen.” Actors’ 2014-2015 line-up will include Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, Nina Raine’s Tribes, Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, and Naomi Iizuka’s At the Vanishing Point. The 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays is scheduled for March 4-April 12, 2015, so mark your calendars, because this is one theatrical series you don’t want to miss. actorstheatre.org.
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n April 2 at Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, Nfocus partnered with Dillard’s—the official hat provider of the Kentucky Derby Festival—to present Runway for the Roses a multimedia fashion event, benefiting Horses & Hope. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by sponsors Cellar Door Chocolates and Martini Bistro, Ruth’s Chris, and bars sponsored by Korbel, Four Roses Bourbon, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Old 502 Winery, and West Sixth Brewing. Lavender Hill brought in a touch of spring with fresh bouquets spread throughout the venue. The runway show began when DJ Andrew Kim cued up “Donatella” and Lady Gaga asked, “What do you want to wear this season? ” Models answered in four sets: “Brunch,” “The Track,” “The Gala” and “The Afterparty,” each one introduced by a clip from the satirical talk show “Derby Talk” created by Nfocus Fashion Editor Gunnar Deatherage for the event. Set in the 1960s, “Derby Talk” features Gunnar as an over-the-top talk show host interviewing a spaced-out socialite, played by Courtney Blanton, about her plans for Derby. “We wanted to take a theatrical and introspective look at the phenomenon we call Derby,” said Gunnar. “There are so many Derby fashion shows, we don’t need more of the same. We made the video to bring in some off-beat humor and quirkiness.” Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear spoke to the crowd to thank them for their support of Horses & Hope, the organization she founded to provide cancer screening and treatment referral for the many backside workers at Kentucky’s four thoroughbred race tracks, many of whom in addition to a multitude of hardships do not have health insurance. Nfocus would like to thank the hair and makeup teams led by Matthew Tyldesley and Isidro Valencia and the many sponsors—including Bluegrass Motor Sports, Highland Cleaners, Lenihan Sotheby’s, Massage Envy, Norton Commons, Physician Center for Beauty, GetOutLouisville.com, Glass Label, Lite 106.9, and Oak Street Productions—for making it possible for us to put together a free publication that inspires the community each month and to stage live versions of Nfocus at events, like Runway for the Roses, where creativity reins free!
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All Hail the Queen 58th Annual Fillies Derby Ball
t was a night fit for a queen at the Galt House Archibald Cochran Ballroom, where the second-oldest event on the Kentucky Derby Festival schedule, The 58th annual Fillies Derby Ball, was held April 11. Produced by The Fillies, Inc., the extravaganza has all the trappings of a regal affair—fine dining, pomp and ceremony, and even a royal court. The selection of the Derby Festival Princesses begins months in advance of Derby Festival and consists of a rigorous application and interview process. Five college-aged women are chosen based on their knowledge of Derby traditions, poise, intelligence, personality and campus or community involvement. Dressed in matching white ball gowns as they presided over the night’s festivities was the 2014 royal court: Morgan Cooksey of Louisville, a junior at UofL majoring in political science; Eriauna Stratton of Louisville, a senior at UK majoring in elementary education; Grace Trimble of Winchester, a junior at UK majoring in political science; and Grace Wainwright of Louisville, a senior majoring in bioengineering at Uof L. The five distinguished ladies stood before the crowd in nervous anticipation as the 2014 Fillies President Suzann Thompson selected a Queen among them by the traditional spin-of-the-wheel. Fate found favor with Julia Springate of Louisville, a senior at Centre College majoring in biology. She and her court will reign over the more than 70 Derby Festival Events and each will receive two $1,000 scholarships (one from the Fillies, Inc., and one from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation). The Fillies, Inc., an organization of 250 volunteers, works tirelessly throughout the year to support the efforts of Derby Festival by organizing the traditional Derby Ball, publishing the official Derby Festival Program and coordinating the “Princess Program,” which includes raising scholarship money and securing wardrobe sponsors. All hail the queen, fair regent of the night! May your days of reign be joyful ones for our entire city!
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other Nature strut her stuff for about 150 gardeners and garden lovers at Lincliff, Sue Grafton and Steve Humphrey’s verdant estate off River Road for a Botanica fundraiser on April 17. Emerald lawns, deeper hued forest green boxwoods and Japanese and crimson barberry dominated the grounds of the estate as guests strolled with tour guides to view buds about to burst forth into bloom. Humphrey said it’s too early to plant the cleome and celosia yet, but “when it’s up and running it will be quite dramatic.” Though Grafton is not a gardener (Humphrey and two men who live on the property maintain the gardens), Humphrey said she is a huge fan of the pair’s vegetable garden with three or four different kinds of lettuces, kale and herbs. With a hearty chortle, Humphrey called it “Sue’s Cutting Garden” and quipped “because she asked for it not because she does anything.” Humphrey said he and renowned gardener and writer, Bob Hill, are both passionate about horticulture and gardening and when approached to host a fundraiser for Botanica, Humphrey agreed on the spot. As one who “fell in love with the idea of things growing,” at an early age, Humphrey said he hopes to be a part of the design plan for Botanica, coming soon to an old landfill near you. Botanica is the launching pad for what will be 23 acres of botanical gardens at the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and River Road. Previously a landfill, the space has been covered for the last 40 years by twenty feet of dirt. Kasey Maier, Botanica’s Program Development Contractor, said an architectural foursome, two landscape architects and two structural architects at Will + Perkins are devising the master plan for the space. Guests gathered around the Lincliff patio to hear Humphrey and Botanica board president Brian Voelker share their passion for gardens and listen to Voelker describe his vision for what will be the Botanica welcome center, education space and conservatory. A capital campaign will follow the implementation of the master plan Maier said, as contractors build in phases on the vacant land.
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ach spring, Rodes For Him & For Her fills with hundreds of women (and a few pink clad gentleman), for a lively night of fashion, food and wine – all to support the Norton Cancer Institute. This year, over 350 guests gathered at Rodes on April 17 for the 8th annual Derby Divas, including cancer survivors, supporters, family members and friends. A pink carpet led attendees inside, where they were greeted by glistening divatinis and flutes of Korbel champagne, along with an enticing display of designer hats, outfits and accessories that were perfect for a day at the track. Angela Tafel, one of the founding Derby Divas and a cancer survivor, described her battle with cancer over nine years ago, and how she came to be friends with Heather Sexton, the 2014 Derby Divas’ honoree. Joined by her loving husband Matt, Heather shared the story of her battle with breast cancer – serving as a living testament to the importance of early breast cancer detection and the significance of the healthcare services offered by the Norton Cancer Institute. This year, Thorntons Inc. challenged the Derby Divas to raise $400,000. In meeting the challenge, Thorntons would donate $100,000 – making a grand total of $500,000 raised to support the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health program and mammography for underserved women in the community. “Providing care for underserved women in our community is truly an honor,” said Fran Thornton. Before departing, the winner of the Blackberry Farm getaway for two was drawn, including a 3-night stay in a luxurious hotel, and guests collected exclusive gift bags filled with beauty products and goodies. Thanks to Derby Divas supporters, Presenting Sponsor Viki & Paul Diaz and Kindred Healthcare Inc., Dace and King Stubbs and the Yum! Brands Foundation, Inc., and the Diamond, Gold, Silver and In-Kind sponsors for helping Derby Divas raise over $1 million since 2010! For more information visit rodes.com!
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As daily columnist of “The Buzz” at The Courier-Journal, managing editor at The Voice-Tribune and on-air correspondent for WHAS11 Great Day Live!, Angie Fenton became the social diva on Louisville’s media scene. Last year, she hosted her fifth consecutive Derby red carpet for Churchill Downs, a gig that entailed local and national TV spots. In addition to her full-time and part-time jobs in print and broadcast media, she emceed more than 30 charity events and adopted Zeke, the severely disabled dog pictured with her here. The year 2013 served up a series of challenges that would have brought many of us to our knees, but Angie shared with me her life story—a series of relentlessly trying episodes, each one worthy of its own feature story, but which taught her not only how to overcome adversity, but how to learn from it, get stronger, and teach others how to do the same.
ngie Fenton finds 46,497th dog via Facebook, launches ‘Find Fido’ company via Kickstarter” read the headline in the 2013 LEO Fake Issue. It’s true that Angie has become known for helping find lost dogs and place foster dogs, but she’s probably only saved a couple hundred, and on the day I interviewed her at the house she shares in New Albany, Indiana, with her fiancé Jason Applegate, she only had four dogs living with her. The little dogs, Herbie and Yoda, both adopted, greeted me eagerly, barking and peering through the blinds as soon as I pulled up Angie’s steep drive. Zeke, the 85-pound German Shepherd/Newfoundland mix adopted from The Arrow Fund ( featured in this month’s Charity Spotlight), trailed behind Angie as she opened the door to let me in, dragging his paralyzed legs behind him with watchful eyes on her, taking me in cautiously. I had to wait to meet Coco, Angie’s foster puppy, another Arrow Fund rescue, who was on “crate rest” to help heal her back, which was intentionally broken by her first owner. Within a few minutes into the interview, we were all seated in the living room, with Herbie snuggled up beside me sleeping on the chair where I sat for almost two hours as Angie shared with me her incredible life story. The year before Angie was featured in LEO’s Fake Issue, she made the top three on their 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards “Best Local Media Celebrity You Love to Hate,” notoriety she embraced and shared with her WHAS11 Great Day Live! colleague Terry Meiners, who, Angie said, was worried about her response to the dubious honor. “Are you kidding?” she told him. “They noticed me. They know who I am.” For Angie, who had worked five years at the Courier-Journal and was, at the time, managing editor at The Voice-Tribune,” being noticed by LEO was a sign that she had finally truly arrived on Louisville’s media scene, and that LEO readers loved to hate her, well, there was a kind of fitting irony to that. Angie said she “hated” Louisville when she first moved here in 2002 with then husband, Gary Friedman, who was recruited from Central Michigan University to be the University of Louisville’s associate athletic director. “I came to know and love Louisville by listening to Terry Meiners on the radio and reading LEO. I came here for love and then fell in love with the city.” Angie, who met Gary at CMU, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, says the C-J “took a gamble” when they hired her to write “The Buzz,” a daily column that defined her as a social diva, a role somewhat at odds with the position she also held as General Education Chair at Brown Mackie College. With jobs connecting them to Louisville’s inner social and philanthropic circles, Angie and Gary found themselves hobnobbing with an elite crowd. Through Gary’s fundraising for UofL athletics, Angie met Jonathan and Tracy Blue. While Angie’s marriage to Gary didn’t last, her relationship with the Blues did. Having recently purchased The Voice-Tribune, they hired Angie to write a freelance column, “The Dish,” and ultimately made her managing editor and the de facto face of The Voice. Angie said that in order to take the managing editor’s position, she had to quit her job at Brown Mackie, where she loved teaching and had bonded closely with her students, even becoming godmother to one of her students who was living at Wayside Christian Mission with two children. Through Angie’s support, the family found housing at Beecher Terrace, and while they’ve continued to struggle—one son, having spent time in juvenile hall for armed robbery—Terry, now 20, is in Job Corps and Tyrone, now 21, “is a beautiful, amazing person. He says he’s a rapper. He’s a poet,” Angie explained.
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Her students at Brown Mackie and her godsons weren’t the only young people Angie was mentoring. In 2008, then Mayor Jerry Abramson surprised Angie by asking her to give the keynote address at the Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors Banquet. Initially, Angie thought she would tell the story of where she came from and how she developed a sense of giving back. However, just hours before the banquet—while standing in the bathroom blow drying her hair—she was struck by the sense that she was “talking to God” and that she had to tell the story of being the victim of a brutal rape when she was in college.
The Story She Had to Tell Adopted when she was three-weeks old, Angie was raised by a single mom in Holly, Michigan, with four siblings, three older sisters who were also adopted— Won-Hyung, who was adopted from Korea; Steph, who was born in Detroit with extensive physical disabilities; and Jenni, who, like Angie, is multiracial—and one brother, Jeff, who is affectionately nicknamed “Homemade” because he is the only child biologically related to Angie’s adoptive parents, who divorced when Angie was only six. Angie said her mom, a nurse, “is a very intelligent woman and, if she hadn’t had children, probably would have gone on to medical school to become a doctor, but she wanted to adopt the children ‘that no one else wanted.’ At the time, multiracial and disabled children were very hard to place, but she knew she could give us a home, and she did.” Angie describes herself as an athletic, overachieving kind of kid—always on the honor roll, president of the student body, homecoming queen. She started trying to be “good” in order to take the focus off of the “bad” stuff happening in her family life, like her parents’ divorce. On Saturdays, when other kids were at the mall, a location out of her family’s budget, Angie’s mom drove her and her friends around in a beat-up station wagon so that they could clean up trash on the highway. In short, she was exactly the kind of kid who would have been seated at an Outstanding Seniors Banquet, like the ones she was about to address, and this realization summoned her courage to tell them something “they really needed to know … something that could truly make a difference.” “It was October 2, 1994,” Angie told me. “I was twenty years old. I was a very good student. I didn’t typically go to parties, but I made that dumb decision. I am not responsible for what happened to me the night I was raped, but I am responsible for what I did leading up to that night and what I did after. I was underage, and I made the dumb decision to go to a party and drink.” As they entered the door, the Central Michigan University students had the back of their hands marked with either an “X” or an “O.” Angie said she got an “X” and an “O,” which she believes was “the mark” given to the girl at the party who would be marked for rape and given a roofied drink. In the thesis Angie wrote to earn her M.A., which she shared with me, hard-bound and signed by four faculty members at the Central Michigan University English Department, she writes, “It happened in a dorm room. There were seven of them, and at least eight others in the room, watching, cheering, slapping high fives. Three of the men were on the soccer team.” Angie reported the rape to the University, and it was investigated by the local police, but the response was weak. She was pressured into believing that the shesaid, they-said case didn’t stand a chance in court. CMU asked the men who were directly involved to withdraw from the university (they did). University officials even suggested that Angie withdraw from school (she refused). “I fell into a deep depression,” Angie shared. “Getting up and taking a shower became a major accomplishment. I wanted to die. I stole a gun from a friend and went to Potter’s Park in Lansing, Michigan. I heard a voice that said, ‘I have more for you to do,’ and I thought, ‘Great, I’m going crazy now. In addition to everything else, I’m going crazy too,’” she told me with a sardonic, self-deprecating laugh. “But,” she continued, “I just said, ‘okay’ to that voice.” Eventually, Angie overcame the depression and completed her bachelor’s degree. In graduate school, also at CMU, she taught writing and won the highest graduate writing award for her thesis, a memoir in which she critically explores the issues of race, gender and social class that vexed her identity formation as a young woman. More than a decade later, as she should stood in her bathroom blow drying her hair, mind reeling, just hours before she was to give the keynote address at the Mayor’s Outstanding Seniors Banquet, Angie said what came to mind was one nameless, faceless young man who was questioned during the rape investigation. Testifying that he was present but didn’t otherwise participate, the young man was then asked if he knew what was going on was wrong, and when he said, “yes,” he was asked why he didn’t say anything. “Because I was scared,” he said. Angie revised her speech with this young man in mind, “this one person who might not provoke or participate directly in such a horrendous act but who would
have the power to stop it. If that one person had said something, my life would have been entirely different,” she told me. “But looking back, I realize that it was going to happen to someone at the party that night. Now, I think, thank God it was me, someone who had support to get through something like that, because my whole family went through the incident with me.” So Angie went to the Mayor’s Outstanding Seniors Banquet and told the story she had vowed to leave behind her when she left Michigan to come to Louisville and start a new life. “The talk,” she said, “was probably one of the defining moments of my life.” There was a long line of people, some in tears, who waited to talk to her after the banquet. Ten years later, Angie said, people who were there still come up to her and thank her for sharing her experience. Angie’s courageous keynote speech at The Mayor’s Outstanding Seniors Banquet led to more talks on the same subject at Male and Trinity High Schools, where Angie hoped to reach that one person “who might stand up for what he knows is right,” “who will have to decide whether or not to accept a drink from people she doesn’t know,” or “who will reconsider leaving a friend alone at a party.” She has since developed her talks, focusing on body image and sharing her ten-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia with students at Presentation and Assumption High Schools. “It started when I was in eighth grade,” she told me. Like many overachieving young women, Angie developed a secret eating disorder. In the aftermath of being raped, the anorexia and bulimia escalated. “I was 80 pounds. I would stand up and pass out,” she said. But, as Angie has always done, she got back up, took something useful from tragedy and shared what she had learned with others. When I contacted Madeline Abramson, wife of now Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, to comment, she shared, “Angie has a strong rapport with young people. She brings an empathy and camaraderie to all her interactions, particularly with teenagers. We’re fortunate to have her here in our city.”
The Dog You Need In 2013, Angie was working as managing editor at The Voice-Tribune and as a correspondent for WHAS11’s morning show Great Day Live! She was also hosting red carpets and emceeing black tie charity events almost every weekend. In addition to her two day jobs and weekend volunteer gigs on the charity circuit, she was caring for her newly adopted dog, Zeke, whose paralysis demands extensive care from Angie, including having his bladder manually expressed. On Christmas Day 2012, Angie had lost her beloved dog, Big Bud, so when Rebecca Eaves, founder and president of The Arrow Fund called her on February 2, 2013, to ask if she could foster Zeke, a German Shepherd/Newfoundland mix found on the side of the road, who was so badly injured he had lost the use of his back legs, Angie initially said, “no.” Rebecca was persistent and called again, reminding Angie that all black dogs are especially hard to place, and that, combined with his size, advanced age and paralysis, Zeke was not likely to find a home. “Would Angie just come see him?” she pleaded. So Angie went to visit the dog that no one else wanted, and she kept going back until one day she took Zeke home with her. Angie had met Rebecca while doing a Great Day Live! segment on The Arrow Fund. I called Rebecca to ask her why she reached out to Angie repeatedly when looking for a caregiver for Zeke, and she said, “When we got Zeke in, he wouldn’t even look at you. He had totally given up. Angie gets what we do at The Arrow Fund on a fundamental level. In our fast paced world, it’s rare to meet someone who can see past imperfections and loves everyone, the dogs and the people, despite of imperfections. She’s one of the kindest, most beautiful on the inside, beautiful on the outside, people I’ve ever met.” One month after adopting Zeke, Angie had what appeared to be a ministroke while emceeing a gala for the Alzheimer’s Association on March 2, 2013, and subsequently spent three days in the hospital undergoing numerous tests and examinations. Four months later, on July 22, her work at The Voice-Tribune came to a sudden end. “I walked in on a Monday morning after doing my remote for WHAS11’s Great Day Live! and by lunchtime, I was told by Tracy Blue [publisher at The VoiceTribune] that my position had been eliminated. I asked if it was for budgetary purposes, and Tracy said, ‘yes.’ Positions are eliminated without warning in every industry, certainly in the media, and I definitely respect business decisions have to be made,” Angie told me matter-of-factly. “But it was an incredibly tough few months getting over the rejection I imagine anyone who has ever been fired feels. I loved my job and used to get teased by friends because they would say I didn’t love my job, I lived it—and I did. Then, suddenly, it was over.” Angie shared that the period following her hospitalization and firing was another “dark” time in her life. Zeke helped see her through. “Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan says you don’t get the dog you want,” Angie told me. “You get the dog
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you need, and I needed Zeke so much.” She also still had her job on Great Day Live! and the support of coworkers who had become friends. Great Day Live! host Terry Meiners, responded to my question about what it’s like working with Angie, by saying, “She is a special kind of wonderful. Angie is so giving and so good and so conscientious about every interaction in life. She seems to appreciate every single minute of every single day for its value and I just really admire that in her because so many of us rush through without stopping to reflect and she is constantly in touch with the moment. That’s a real asset she has. It’s a real gift. There’s a serenity about her that I’ve never seen in another person. I think every person who crosses her path has been blessed. She’s just as good a human being as I’ve ever known.” As 2013 progressed, the dark days continued to lighten. One Monday morning, October 14, Angie was scheduled to do a live spot for Great Day Live! at a paint store. “I remember thinking, ‘Fabulous, we’re going to watch paint dry on a Monday morning,’” Angie laughed. But the outcome of the day was anything but boring; she met the love of her life, Jason Applegate, managing partner at Southern Indiana Paint Supply. On one of their first dates, they took all four of Angie’s dogs to the park. While Angie was helping Zeke do his business, she told me that Jason looked at her and “instead of being disgusted, he said, ‘You’ll have to show me how to do that so I can help you.’ I had almost given up on having that one person,” she said, but that day, she got her hope back.
Derby 2014 and Beyond “What are your Derby plans this year? ” I asked Angie, thinking of the many times I had admired her style and poise as she interviewed Derby-going celebs at Churchill Downs. “Probably watching from home,” Angie replied with relief and some regret mixed in her voice. “You know, I worked for Churchill Downs, which included national TV spots, as the red carpet host on Oaks Day and Derby from 2009 until last year, but, as for being replaced this year by Carson Kressley, I’m okay with that,” she shared with good humor and no small amount of pride. “I had a great run and an enjoyable time getting to experience Derby that way, but I was socializing for a living. Now my priority isn’t ‘me,’ it’s ‘we,’ with the love of my life and my dogs. I don’t know what I’ll do on Derby, but it’s a luxury because I get to decide. Derby 2014 is my kickoff to my . . . I don’t know, whatever is next.” “Something has shifted in me over the past year because of what I’ve been through—adopting Zeke, being hospitalized, losing the job that I identified myself with. I hung my hat there, but I got up to a blank slate and asked myself, ‘What do you want to do with the rest of your life?’” While there’s a lot that Angie feels is yet to be decided. The stunning engagement ring on her left hand suggests one big event that is next…her and Jason’s wedding, which they are planning tentatively for late 2014. Zeke, who drags himself determinedly wherever Angie goes, suggests another possibility. Through his relationship with Angie, Rebecca says, the dog that was left abandoned to die on the side of a road “has thrived and become a ‘healer.’” I agree with Rebecca. In the short time I spent with him, I felt his special, soulful spirit. “Writing has always been my heart,” Angie told me as she finally introduced me to Coco, who had to be isolated and contained in a child’s playpen to let her broken back heal as she undergoes stem cell therapy. “I’m working on a children’s book about Zeke with a nine-year-old artist that will benefit The Arrow Fund,” she said as we doted on sweet Coco. “I am so blessed to have been involved in everything I’ve done in this community. I stay because I just fell in love with this place. I now have the opportunity to pick and choose what I will do.” LAURA SNYDER
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FOOD AND WINE
A Chat with Damon Coates
pho t oS BY JO LEA BRO WN
Mellow Mushroom, St. Matthews
riends for over a decade, Mellow Mushroom franchise co-owners Damon Coates and Jason Nase first met when Coates opened up his Lexington campus location. Nase was with Mellow Mushroom corporate and came up to assist in the opening. The two became good friends, and when Coates decided the time was right to move into the Louisville market, Nase moved up from Atlanta to become his business partner. The two pride themselves on creating a mellow environment and excellent product that everyone can enjoy.
Tell us a little about the history of Mellow Mushroom. The company is based out of Atlanta and is a product of the free-wheeling vibe of the 70s. For the longest time, we grew very slowly and in the mid-90s we started moving out of Atlanta into other college towns like Auburn, AL. and Columbia, GA. It wasn’t long after that we recognized the concept was strong enough to move outside of college areas and move onto Main Street. The idea is to take a funky space and make it work. All of our stores are individual with their own unique artwork but the same great crust, cold beer and premium toppings.
Does Mellow Mushroom utilize a central commissary? Absolutely, all the dough is made in our central commissary in Atlanta. The recipe
6-inch diameter Portobello mushrooms ½ cup Sun-dried tomatoes is kept so close that even I don’t even know what it is. We get the dough in two times a week and thaw and proof it over two days. All of the produce is local, as well of all of the brunch supplies.
So obviously Louisville is a big pizza town. What is your niche? We really feel that the high quality full service pizza market is under served and that’s where we come in. We know we are not cheap, our average large pizza goes for $25.00, that’s $8.00 a person, but we believe in the quality of our product. We also pride ourselves on our unpretentious come one, come all vibe. We are the family pizza parlor with enough room for all parties and then after 9:00pm or so the crowd changes more towards those who appreciate our huge craft beer and fine spirit selections.
So I understand that you all are getting ready to open a new location in “pizza central,” aka, Bardstown Road. Yes, we are very excited about that. We’ve always felt that Bardstown Road would be a great location. We can get as bohemian as we want to there. We are planning on 2 stories, with a bi-level patio and 50 craft beers on the menu. At Mellow’s we get to design the stores how we want too, and the design ideas are unique and fun. We can use our own pie, and are not locked down. We refer to ourselves as a collection of stores.
1 cup Spinach 1 cup Artichoke hearts ½ cup Feta cheese ½ cup Mozzarella Cheese Herb Vinaigrette Balsamic glaze Remove stems and gills from Portobello mushrooms. Brush garlic butter all over caps. Place caps on baking pan. Par bake caps until softened, approximately 4-5 minutes. Finely chop sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and artichoke hearts. Combine with feta and mozzarella cheeses. Stuff the par baked mushroom caps the mixture. Bake for approximately 5-7 minutes. Plate on a bed of spring mix tossed with herb vinaigrette. Place the Portobello in the center of the spring mix. Drizzle with balsamic glaze over the entire plate.
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Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale 6.5% abv, 65 IBU’s The Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale has a nice malty backbone for a pale ale/apa that complements the earthiness of the Portobello, and a citrusy hop profile that works well with the sweetness of the balsamic glaze.
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y silver bell trees in my sight line while I write are in full bloom. Magnificent in a way that only tiny clusters of white flowers on what were bleak branches for too long can be, the flowers are also what must be bee crack cocaine as the bumble bees swarm to get their fix. The bees, by golly, are on a mission. As are those responsible for the #girlpower and its corresponding #stem movement, the coalition to make Louisville one of one hundred CEDAW (Convention to End Discrimination Against Women) Cities and a lending plan called “Slow Money” to fund the local food economy. Their commonality is at least one, if not a group of passionate girls and women, confidence in their goal and sheer synchronicity. Women’s rights pioneer Marsha Weinstein found me again many years after law school to work with her on Louisville Girls Leadership or “LGL” (a leadership and advocacy skills building group for private and public high school girls). In its first year, we designed Girl Power Day with a formula to grow girls’ self esteem called “SE=PIC3”: Self esteem equals personality, independence, character, confidence and compassion. We also created a petition to persuade Congressman McConnell to ratify CEDAW, above, the UN Treaty to eliminate discrimination around the globe. LGL members decided Girl Power Day didn’t represent fully their message and hosted instead their first Girls Idea Festival in 2013. Panel discussions on Women in Business, Human Trafficking, Media and Self Esteem and Women in Business ensued. This year, the girls will host the second annual Girls Idea Festival, with a formal Idea Festival endorsement and the same four programming areas – but with a twist to incorporate STEM. The girls decided to address girls’ under representation in Science Technology Engineering and Math. Happily they found STEM women are thriving in pockets across the
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Zoofari! An Adventure Down Under & Wallaby Watering Hole When: Saturday, June 7, 6:00 p.m. Where: Louisville Zoo Note: Benefits the Zoo’s mission to “better the bond between people and the planet” Info: louisvillezoo.org
oofari! is one of Louisville’s most popular summer events, so popular that in its 34th year, the dinner and live auction portion is already sold out! For those who still want to take part in the fun, tickets to the Wallaby Watering Hole, a new mix & mingle, are still available, but going fast.
Tell us a little bit about the committee responsible for this fun evening benefiting the Louisville Zoo. Zoofari! is put on annually by the Friends of the Zoo Board (the FOZ) - a completely volunteer board with a passion for supporting the Zoo’s mission of bettering the bond between people and the planet. In addition to their efforts and the entire Zoo staff, we are very lucky to have the amazing leadership team working on this 34th Zoofari! an Adventure Down Under— Annette Schnatter, Peter Kremer and Sam Stewart, who have tirelessly led the charge.
How did you get involved with Zoofari? Why is it important to the Zoo and our community? Growing up, one of my childhood highlights was my family’s annual Mother’s Day trip to the Zoo (my mother’s a biology professor at Bellarmine and this trip was not only highly anticipated, but it was NOT negotiable). So, I like to think that my involvement with Zoofari! stemmed from a natural desire to give back to the zoo I’ve had the luxury of visiting for so many years. The entirety of all the proceeds raised go directly towards benefiting the capital, educational, conservation, and works projects of the Zoo. Without the proceeds raised through Zoofari! and our generous sponsors, the Zoo would be a fraction of what it is today.
I understand that the dinner portion of the evening is already sold out! What do you think makes this such a popular event? Everyone loves Zoofari! because it’s different than every other similar type of charitable event. It’s the only event of its type where you can be up close and personal with the animals, and the eclectic black tie makes for some pretty fun fashion.
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Tell us about the Wallaby Watering Hole mix & mingle ticket? What can guests expect? The Wallaby Watering Hole mix & mingle ticket will be a fun, exotic and unique experience like none other. We aim for it to be an event that crosses the upbeat, dress-to-impress style of the “Downs after Dark” (bold animal prints are highly encouraged) with a party that you could only find at the Zoo. Guests should expect an action packed evening filled with special animal encounters, a full bar of premium Brown-Forman products, heavy hors d’oeuvres, great music by DJ K DOGG and the band This, That, and the Other, and a silent auction with a ton of fantastic items.
What’s your favorite part about the event? Do you have a favorite memory from past Zoofaris?
My favorite part of Zoofari! has to be the hands on animal encounters! Where else can you have a Woodford Reserve and great hors d’oeuvres while you pet a wallaby or a giant turtle? As for a favorite memory, there are too many to pick just one...every year I leave Zoofari! with a new one, feeding the giraffes from my hands, or being able to pet Mikki the elephant, “riding” a Harley in the Zoo, or being up close and personal as the trainers work with the polar and grizzly bears.
Anything else Nfocus readers need to know? We are adding some extra special animal encounters that are rare, even for Zoofari! And, fortunately, there are still a few Wallaby Watering Hole tickets available through the Zoo and its website! In addition, we would like to reiterate how this event is only as strong as our generous sponsors: Brown-Forman, Papa Johns International, Inc., White Clay Consulting, LG&E and KU Energy LLC, Sun Tan City/Planet Fitness, Humana Inc., Kindred Healthcare, King Southern Bank, Logan Lavelle Insurance, Sam Swope Auto Group, LLC, Sandra Frazier/Tandem Public Relations, TEG Architects, U.S. Bank, and Whittenberg Construction Company. We are very thankful to all that they do to support the Zoo and our community!
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mix, was just five weeks old, her back was broken by a teenager who purposefully sat on her. Coco lost the use of her back legs, and, sadly, surgery wasn’t an option for her. After rescued animals are medically stabilized, The Arrow Fund starts searching for a foster or “forever home,” where they can fully recover. Angie Fenton ( featured in this issue) has assumed care of Coco while she undergoes stem cell therapy, which may restore some use of her legs. Once animals like Lad and Coco are placed in loving homes, they begin to heal emotionally and regain trust in humans. Often, their recovered lives have a profound effect on those
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sity of California Davis Veterinary Hospital, where he is still receiving treatment and will undergo reconstructive surgery. On April 2, Lad’s owner was indicted on felony charges for torturing an animal. Lad’s story may sound like an extreme example, but it’s all too typical. Since 2009, when Rebecca Eaves founded The Arrow Fund, the organization has rescued 250 animals like Lad, who have been neglected, abused or tortured. Their website is filled with detailed accounts of each rescue, with photos, daily updates and links to local and national new stories. The stories are horrendous—when Coco, a little black and brown Husky
around them. They become teachers and healers, deepening our compassionate understanding of animals. The Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks Kentucky as the worst state for animal abuse. The Arrow Fund seeks to change that by educating the public about animal cruelty and strengthening animal welfare laws. As with Lad’s case, they work to identify the perpetrator and pursue criminal charges. “If these people are doing this to animals, they’ll do this to our kids, to our elderly,” said founder Rebecca Eaves. “This is why none of us should turn a blind eye. Anyone who is aware of the neglect, abuse or torture of an animal should report it. It is a predictor of violence against people.” An all-volunteer organization, The Arrow Fund needs donations and volunteers in order to rescue more animals like Lad and Coco. You can help. Visit thearrowfund.org LAURA SNYDER
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Susan described the founding of Derby Divas, Rodes’ annual Derby season event, which “began with a small group of us pooling our Christmas card list together to raise money by honoring a great cancer survivor and playing a game. My mom was a survivor,” she explained. Now in it’s 8th year, Derby Divas raised $200,000 in 2013 for the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health Program and mammography for underserved women in the community A partnership between Rodes and Bittners, Gilda’s Night is held annually
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While their philanthropic work in the community touches a variety of organizations through financial contributions and merchandise donations, Rodes hosts three annual events that raise millions of dollars for children and cancer-related organizations. Owners Howard and Susan Vogt said that they “are very lucky people to be a part of the Louisville community. We choose organizations with fundraising efforts that will stay in this community and have a direct impact for local families.” One such example, the Rodes City Run 10K, established in 1989 as part of the Triple Crown of Running, has raised $1 million for the WHAS Crusade for Children.
in November, and raised $627,000 for Gilda’s Club in 2013. “Gilda’s Club provided counseling and support while my dad battled with his cancer, I could not have gone through it alone,” said Susan. “While teaching and working with children was my original profession, there is no better investment than impacting a child’s health and future.” Since its inception nine years ago, Gilda’s Night has raised almost $2 million. This year’s event will take place at Bittners November 14. “These three organizations provide free services to provide prevention, treatments and emotional support for those who just need a little help on their life journey,” said Howard and Susan, who continue to run the family owned business to offer the best quality and service, and to have a positive impact on children and families in Louisville through philanthropic endeavors. rodes.com JoSH MILLer
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The couple exchanged vows on April 05, 2014. The bride’s uncle, world-renowned jockey Willie Martinez, escorted her down the aisle where her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ayson gave her away. The groom’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Robert MacKinlay Sr., watched lovingly as the two were joined hand in hand. Dr. John C. Gross officiated the ceremony held at The Louisville Marriott Downtown. The reception immediately followed in a setting that was both intimate and elegant, exactly what the couple wanted—for their life together to begin among those they love the most. The bride’s maid of honor was best friend and co-worker, Janna Flowers. The best man was the groom’s brother, Robert MacKinlay. The rest of the party included friends and family from England, Canada, Puerto Rico, Cuba, New continued on page 44
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York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Ohio. A cocktail hour provided guests with champagne and hors d’oeuvres of crab cakes, chicken fontina, and Derby spring rolls. Famed Churchill Downs Bugler Steve Buttleman played “My Old Kentucky Home” to a sentimental crowd and then “Revelry” to signal the start of a wonderful meal that included harvest salad, Asian BBQ shrimp, and pesto-crusted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. Guests tore up the dance floor with high-energy selections by Sovereign Music and left with a silver horseshoe keepsake to hang over their doors wishing them “luck and love” by the newly joined couple, who themselves had received lucky news one week prior to their vows. A looming question had been answered: Ken would complete his next professional phase at the University of Louisville’s Orthopedic Residency Program and they could continue to call Louisville “home.” Lucky for us that we get to keep them. Kristie Hicks
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he Kentucky Derby Festival is famous for hosting a busy calendar of events that keeps us entertained and amazed from the first firework at Thunder Over Louisville right up to the first Saturday in May when the garland of roses is awarded to the winning Thoroughbred. The two-week Festival of over 90 events has an economic impact on our city of $127.9 million. “For every dollar spent by the festival, $22 is generated for the community,” KDF President Mike Berry said. Not only does KDF set the Derby mood and improve the economic health of the city, but it encourages Louisvillians to get active, improving their health too! The 1972 “Pegasus Pedalathon,” pictured above was one of the many KDF festivities designed to get people outside and moving. According to old KDF Programs, it was staged by University of Louisville students on campus as part of their spring vacation. Boys raced on bicycles and girls on tricycles. New to the calendar this year is a fresh take on this classic, the Tour de Lou, a race designed by the Louisville Bicycle Club for both beginner and experienced bikers. Though the Pegasus Pedalathon is a tradition that lives on only in memory, it has been succeeded by other active events such as the Derby Festival Marathon, miniMarathon and the miniFun Run. A big congratulations to all of the winners from this year’s KDF races— Caroline Kiptoo, Wesley Korir, Lindsey McGlinch, Aaron Pike, Birhanu Tadesse, and Tezata Dengersa—and a big thank you to KDF President Mike Berry and the 4,000 volunteers who make the Kentucky Derby Festival possible!
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