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Contents July 2013 | Vol. iv, No. 2

parties

features

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Fixing a Fractured World

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Fashion

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Enchanting Forms

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World Sight

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Stars Over Louisville

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Summer’s Best Un-Gala

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L ouisville Urban League’s Diversity Soirée and Awards Gala

International Art Exhibition in Old Louisville

 oman’s Club Annual Fundraiser W Reaches New Heights

 enim & Diamonds Takes Aim D at Parkinson’s

Rock the Casbah! Friends of the Zoo Go On Zoofari

Dr. Ali Haider and the Quest for Global Vision

24 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves Lara MacGregor

departments 3 Editor’s Letter Summertime & The Living’s Easy 26 Chat with the Chair Natalie Officer 28

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14 ON THE COVER Dr. Ali Haider photographed by Claudia Susana at the Louisville Zoo. Creative Direction by Gunnar Deatherage.

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Summer Sparks

Food and Wine A Chat with Chef Tyler Morris

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Holly on the Go

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Charity Spotlight

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Nhome and Garden

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Corporate Spotlight

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On the Circuit

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The Scene

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ummertime and the livin’s easy . . yes, indeed Mr. Gershwin, and in Possibility City, one reason the living’s easy is all the al fresco, open-invitation parties . . . really, turn to the “Scene” and you’ll see that summertime in Louisville is hiatus from the formal black-tie galas and time to throw on some shorts (or a cute maxi) and head to parties in the park. In Central Park, Kentucky Shakespeare is bringing free Monday Movie Nights and performances of Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew. At Waterfront Park, “Mr. Forecastle,” J.K. McKnight, is putting the country’s best musicians on stage July 12 - 14 as he builds a foundation whose goal is saving the world’s endangered biodiverse regions. Our feature stories focus on Louisvillians, like J.K., who are spreading our city’s renowned compassion around the world. For July’s feature story, I had

the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Ali Haider, who explains the reason why restoring vision to the blind in the world’s most inaccessible and dangerous villages “is the reason why he breathes.” And in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves,” Tonya Abeln tells Lara MacGregor’s story of sharing hope with those battling breast cancer across the US. This issue is full of summer’s parties covered by Josh Miller and Alexa Pence and fashion by Gunnar Deatherage and Clay Cook, who work their creative magic in our fashion editorial “Summer Sparks.” We have all summer to enjoy easy al fresco parties before we get serious about the gowns, tuxes and tickets for galas like the 8/24 Pink Tie Ball, featured in “Chat with the Chair.” We hope to see you out indulging in the cultural scene that makes Louisville one of the most talked about and desirable cities in the country.

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Fixing a Fractured World Louisville Urban League’s Diversity Soirée and Awards Gala

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he Louisville Urban League recognized champions of diversity and celebrated strides made toward “Fixing a Fractured World” at their Diversity Soirée and Awards Gala, emceed by WLKY News Anchor Ann Bowdan at the Galt House Grand Ballroom May 17. For the ninth year, Fifth Third Bank stepped up as Presenting Sponsor. Horseshoe Southern Indiana served as Supporting Sponsor. Reverend Geoffrey Ellis gave the evening’s invocation, and as “amen” was pronounced, the ballroom roared with hospitality. The Jerry Tolson Quintet provided dinner music as a diverse crowd of Louisvillians shared a meal. Following dinner, the Arthur M. Walters “Champion of Diversity Award” was bestowed upon the University of Louisville and in memoriam upon Dr. J. Blain Hudson, the first African-American dean of UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences. UofL has achieved all eight state diversity goals in each of the past five years and is the only state university to have done so. “Fixing a Fractured World,” the title of the “Champion of Diversity” award, created by renowned sculptor Ed Hamilton, poetically expresses the goal of the League, and through an evening filled with song, dance, fellowship and recollection, the League and its supporters celebrated the progress that has been made in championing diversity and inclusion to “fix our fractured world.” Committed to “growing a college culture,” the League presented seven scholarships to graduating seniors: Katelyn Bowman, Lauren Deluca, Antonio Johnson and Susana Martinez received the Charles T. Steele Scholarship; Zahara Gully, the Dr. and Mrs. James Ramsey Scholarship; and Lakin Pack, the Berg Family Scholarship. Commissioned artwork by Robert L. Douglas Sr., entitled “Learning Together,” was auctioned with proceeds benefiting the League’s scholarship program. This year’s “Multicultural Entertainment Spectacular” was filled with diverse, inspiring performances by Hispanic dancers Arcoris Latino, Al Hamsa Belly Dance, singing group 2nd Chance, Latin band Cosa Seria, and Phillis Wheatley Elementary School students, who sang “We Are the World,” reminding the crowd, “It’s true we’ll make a brighter day/Just you and me.”

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Enchanting Forms International Art Exhibition in Old Louisville

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nchanting Forms, an international exhibit uniting the works of Kentuckybased artist Letitia Quesenberry, fashion illustrator Richard Haines of New York City, and Polish artist Karol Radziszewski, opened May 24 in the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce building on South Fourth Street. Presented by Residency Unlimited’s Louisville-based I.D.E.A.S. 40203 (International Dialogue and Engagement Art Space), “the Enchanting Forms exhibition is the third in a series of international exhibitions designed to build sustainable connections between contemporary artists in Kentucky and New York for the purpose of economic development,” shared I.D.E.A.S. 40203 Creative Development Director Theo Edmonds. For each international exhibition, I.D.E.A.S. 40203 brings in a New York City artist for a two-week artist residency in Louisville. “My residency in Louisville was, in a word, heavenly,” shared Richard Haines, who used members of the Louisville community as models for his installation “Lost and Found,” a collection of drawings on paper and cardboard. “I had access to a pristine studio where I could work and then balance that with a vibrant, creative community … having a gallery space to show the work at the end of the stay was a wonderful culmination to a productive trip.” Haines’ residency was underwritten by the Third Street Association. Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s book Tender Button, Quesenberry’s interactive piece plays on Stein’s experimentation with verse, creating an experience through touch, as viewers must find which button lights up the 2-panel piece constructed of wood, polished plaster, pushbuttons and Christmas lights. Across the gallery, Radziszewski’s video Backstage offers insight into human rationalization through a series of interviews exploring themes including shame, exhibitionism and voyeurism. Curated by Residency Unlimited’s Program Director and University of Louisville alumnus Boshko Boskovic, Enchanting Forms will be on exhibit at 1217 S. 4th St. until July 26. www.facebook.com/Ideas40203

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Stars Over Louisville Woman’s Club Annual Fundraiser Reaches New Heights

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hat does Mayor Fischer do when his parents go out of town? Throws a party at their spectacular Waterfront Park Place penthouse, of course! However, since the party was a Woman’s Club of Louisville (WCL) fundraiser for Heuser Hearing and Language Academy, Mary Lee and George probably cut the Mayor a little slack. Enjoying stunning views of downtown, guests perused the Fischer’s contemporary art collection while sipping cocktails and tasting passed hors d’oeuvres. Mayor Fischer was honored with the WCL’s Compassionate Community Award, a unique glass sculpture created by Flame Run Gallery, and Mona McCubbin was honored with the 2013 Champion for Children Award. Dawne Gee, then, rallied guests for a live auction, which included a tour of gardens designed by special guest Jon Carloftis, award-winning designer of the Fischer’s rooftop gardens. The evening was generously sponsored by the Porcini/Farmer Children’s Foundation, Oxmoor Auto Group and Dan Schusterman, in memory of Sug Schusterman. Sug, who loved the children at Heuser and contributed to their school for more than 20 years, would have delighted in seeing students Riley and Brody dressed in their party clothes laughing together and enjoying the spectacular views of Slugger Field. “Thank you for being here and being a part of a wonderful program,” said Event Chair Janice Mueller. “My granddaughter Riley hears because of events like this, because of people sharing the common goal to make the world a better place for children.” Heuser Hearing & Language Academy (HHLA), formerly Louisville Deaf Oral School, is now a 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art educational facility, but its humble beginnings were in the basement room at the Woman’s Club, and the WCL Committee on Health has facilitated HHLA’s amazing growth for 30 years through proceeds from their annual summer house tour. With the help of many individual and corporate sponsors, special guests like Darrell Griffith and especially the Fischers, for graciously opening their home, this year’s WCL summer house tour reached new heights for the children at Heuser Hearing and Language Academy!

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Summer’s Best Un-Gala Denim & Diamonds Takes Aim at Parkinson’s

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nce again, the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY) claimed the first Friday evening in June to raise money for a good cause – while donning cowboy boots, western hats, bright colors, enormous belt buckles and all things denim. Forget the formal dresses and tuxedos here. Derby may own the first Saturday in May, yet when the Derby galas end, revelers like to kick back and enjoy the unofficial “un-gala” of our city’s diverse social scene. In the event’s sixth year, Abby Simms, of The Curtain Exchange, was at the helm as event chair. Sports broadcaster Bob Valvano was the evening’s enthusiastic emcee, while Jim Boeheim, head coach of Syracuse University’s men’s basketball program, graciously served as auctioneer. Coach Boeheim also happens to be brother-in-law to Janet Greene, who is PSCKY’s outreach and training specialist and a person with PD herself. Décor and lounge spaces designed by Bittners’ Libby Rush set a western chic tone complete with a five-foot-tall cowboy boot resembling a disco ball. Surrounded by antlers and red bandana linens, 400 guests kicked-up their heels, enjoyed a delicious family style dinner by Bristol Catering and bid generously. An amazing live auction offered nine packages, including trips to Italy, France, Mexico and Antigua. Partiers wrapped-up the evening in true western style as they line-danced to music by country band 31W. Guests and donors raised more than $150,000 in revenue for the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana’s critical support programs and services for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. Founded in 1999, PSCKY is the area’s only organization solely dedicated to supporting people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers in 45 counties throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Each dollar raised directly supports PSCKY’s programs in local communities the organization serves. It is estimated that approximately 8,000 people in Louisville Metro and 14,000 in Kentucky live with this chronic movement disorder for which there is currently no cure. To learn more about the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana, please visit www.pscky.org – and be sure to mark your calendars for the first Friday in June 2014!

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you drive by the medical complex off I-65 in downtown Louisville, you will see Dr. Ali Haider’s smiling face on a 30-foot banner on the building next to the Lion’s Club. He is one of the city’s leading ophthalmologists, one of the only doctors in the state trained to do corneal transplants. He’s also a husband to Hena and father to 8-year-old Qasim and 5-year-old Zainab, with another child on the way. When he’s not seeing patients in Louisville, he’s traveling to some of the world’s most dangerous regions performing a surgical technique he developed. His passion, skill, dedication and character caught the attention of two well-known members of Louisville’s business community, Graham Cooke and Dick Wison, who helped Ali form the nonprofit organization World Sight. Theirs is nothing short of a global vision: restoring sight to the blind in inaccessible areas of developing nations. Ali says that this work “is the reason he breathes.” On a trip to Ghana, he caught Malaria and operated for three straight days with a fever of 103 degrees while using a hodge-podge of equipment, including a keychain flashlight from Brookstone as his primary light source. Add to those obstacles, a nonstandard operating environment, literally in the bush, where he had to operate all day from a squatting position. When I ask him what motivates him, he tells me a story. “In most of the villages where I work, there’s no hospital, no doctor for hundreds of miles. No one has the knowledge, training or equipment to perform the most simple of cataract surgeries. When I plan a trip, I let my contact in the region know. They spread the word through the villages. People walk unbelievable distances so that I can operate on them. When I was in Tamale, a little

10-year-old girl accompanied her blind grandfather by foot on a trip that took them two days and two nights. They slept outside on the ground. They had little to eat. They waited in a long line for me to perform the cataract surgery. Twenty minutes after meeting me, I had removed his cataracts, and the grandfather saw his granddaughter for the first time in his life. Do you understand?” Yes. In just a few minutes after meeting Dr. Haider, I understand the significance of his work. He tells me another story. This time he pulls up a photo on his laptop and shows me a little girl about 4 years old (the same age of his daughter at that time) with severely crossed-eyes. “I operated on this little girl in Pakistan. Usually I don’t do surgeries that require anesthesia because it’s too dangerous, but do you know what happens to little girls like this in Pakistan, where no one will marry a crossed-eyed girl? I had to help her. I hired an anesthesiologist with my own money and paid him in advance. Paint chips were falling on us while I performed the surgery. When I finished, I asked him to wake her up, and he said he would only do it if I gave him 2,000 more rupees (about $20). I gave him the money. Otherwise, she would have died. That’s how life is in these villages.”

The Son of Pir Ali was born in Pakistan. His mother died in childbirth. His father, Qar Haider, was a doctor, but Ali tells me the people called him “Pir,” a Persian word that is translated into English as “saint.” “He was not only a physician. The people, they loved him,” Ali says. “When you work in those countries in a province where there is only one doctor for hundreds and hundreds of people, it’s not a business at continued on page 22

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all. It’s medicine at a totally spiritual level.” As Ali tells me about his childhood, I understand that his philosophy of medicine was forged through his relationship with his father, Pir. “My first mission was the day I have any memory with my dad’s clinic and hospital. My family would take people off the streets who were mentally disabled and people were throwing stones at them. My dad would ask us to clean them, feed them. That was my life from day one. I have seen my dad deal with everything from women who are driven insane by a repressive society to gunshot wounds.” Ali tells me that Qar and his 4 brothers and sisters were orphaned and grew up in abject poverty, but with a grandmother who valued education. “Even a pencil was expensive,” he explains. “When it got too short to hold, they tied it to a stick so that they could make it last through more studies.” His father and siblings excelled in their studies. All four of his father’s siblings left Pakistan to study internationally. Ali’s two uncles came to the US as Fulbright scholars to study medicine. His father was the last member of the family to leave Pakistan because he didn’t want to leave his patients. Without family to help raise Ali, he sent his son to Swaziland, Africa, to live with an aunt and uncle. The Haider family are

180 million people world wide are vision impaired. 90% of the world’s blind live in developing countries. 80% of visual impairments can be avoided or cured. members of a religious minority that was slaughtered by the Taliban. During the revolution, educated, powerful figures like his father were targeted. His father stayed until his life was directly threatened and he fled Pakistan in the middle of the night. Given this information, I am surprised that Ali regularly returns to Pakistan, where he too would still be targeted by the Taliban. He tells me that he does so at great risk, but that he “has learned how to blend in” so that he isn’t recognized. Ali’s siblings all came to the US and became citizens long before he did. Losing his mother as a newborn and living with relatives in Swaziland put him on a different path. He came to the US on a student visa and struggled financially as he made his way through his undergraduate studies at the University of Toledo. “I had no money. I had no car. I ate one meal a day at Taco Bell. I was premed. All I wanted was to be a doctor and help people like my dad, but because I wasn’t a citizen and was here on a visa, my adviser told me I would never get into medical school. It broke my heart,” Ali shares.

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Since his student visa status made state-funded medical schools unattainable, Ali applied to private colleges, where the cost is typically two to three times higher than government-subsidized state school tuition. His initial applications were declined. He fell into a depression. Then, “out of the blue,” he says, “the secretary at Lake Erie College called me on my cellphone, and said ‘Why don’t you send in a reapplication?’ I am not really a very religious person, but I’ll never understand why this person looked at my primary application, called me—they never do that, they have thousands of applicants—and this person called me and encouraged me to reapply. I did. I got an interview with the Dean of the medical school.” Upon completing this interview, Ali was accepted on the spot. Having witnessed Ali’s joy and his passionate commitment to helping others in my interviews with him, I understand that it would have been impossible for Dean Krueger to say “no.” It is evident that being a physician, in the tradition of his father, is Ali’s fate.

Doc in a Box While Ali was a resident at UofL, he developed a technique for removing cataracts without advanced technology. In 2007, he went to the chair of his department and asked if he could start an international rotation. “I’ll be the first one,” he said. “All you have to do is approve it.” His department chair agreed, but Ali had to fund the trip himself. He asked the Lion’s Club to support him, and with nothing else but a plane ticket that they purchased for him, some simple medical equipment that fit in his suitcase, and the desire to help people as his father had taught him, he traveled on his own to Pakistan and performed cataract surgery for days, restoring the sight of some 120 people. He has returned every year since. Until he met Graham Cooke, he funded his trips independently, from his own pocket and with small grants from the Lion’s Club. Graham Cooke, founder of Louisville’s legendary Hawley-Cooke bookstore, met Ali when he came into his office as a patient. Having just sold his life’s work to Borders, Graham was looking for a new calling. During his eye exam, Ali talked casually about an upcoming medical trip as he typically did with patients, and thought nothing of it until he received an email from Graham a few weeks later while working in Dubai. The email asked simply, “Can I help you with your work?” Ali’s joy and his love for others are palpable. Like everyone who meets Ali, Graham must have been taken by this young doctor’s idealism and unstoppable commitment to helping those no one else will help. But, as Graham is also an attorney and a very successful businessman, it was most likely the undeniable logic of Ali’s work that ultimately led him to decide that this was where he wanted to devote the rewards of his retirement. When the two sat down to talk, Ali explained that the majority of blindness in Third World countries can be corrected with a simple surgical procedure and that he had created a $40 medical kit and a technique that allows a physician working in a primitive environment to restore the vision to patients blinded by cataracts. They talked about the debilitating social and economic impact blind-


ness has on families and communities in developing countries, where those who are visually impaired become a drain on resources because they are unable to contribute to the workload. Graham was impressed by far-reaching impact $40 could have on an entire community. Commenting on the significance of World Sight’s work, he says, “While it may seem routine in the United States (and certainly more costly), it is life-changing in developing countries. Such surgeries improve the family unit economically and socially and by so doing, the procedure alone also improves the life of the community in which the person lives, be it a village or a sparsely settled town. And, fundamentally, we are able to do all of this for around $20 to $25 per eye. That is why we do it: to change the life of a community for as little as $20 per eye seems like a pretty wonderful trade-off.” Graham was convinced. He began organizing Ali’s work. He came up with the name World Sight, formed it as a organization and began recruiting some funding. He reached out to UBS Financial Advisor and philanthropist Dick Wilson. Dick says he was “inspired by how much is being done with so little by Dr. Haider. Imagine correcting a person’s blindness for a cost of about $40.00. Blows my mind. In previous trips the good doctor has at times had to do only one eye because of costs or time.” Dick was eager to get involved with an initiative that would help eliminate such situations. “I think I can speak for Graham when I say how fortunate we are to be able to help in this mission,” he shared. Graham and Dick formed a board of directors and some very ambitious plans. World Sight’s product is simple. They call it “Doc in Box,” and Dick, the finance man says, “We are looking to broaden our audience of support.” Their dream is to recruit physicians in the Third World to perform the cataract surgical procedure developed by Ali in their own countries at a cost that is dramatically cheaper than bringing in personnel and equipment from more developed countries. They helped develop Ali’s clinic in Pakistan, they founded a clinic in Ghana, and they have just entered into a partnership with a new hospital in Karbala, Iraq, where the World Sight Eye Institute will be located. Their goal is seven clinics by the end of 2013. The plan is to train these local eye surgeons at the World Sight Eye Institute in Karbala and prepare them to work in their own countries, examining patients and performing cataract surgeries. If they are successful, they can restore vision to as many as 1,000 patients a month. 

The Haider Family Tradition Ali’s family puts all of their spare change in a piggy bank they keep in their kitchen. When Ali travels, he takes the change to give to his patients. After restoring their vision, he gives them $5 because he knows that they probably haven’t eaten since embarking on the journey to see him and that they have no money to buy the post-op medicine they need. In 2011, he took his nephew, Raza Haider, whom he describes teasingly as “a spoiled Transylvania college student” on a trip to Pakistan. He shows me a photo of the two of them crossing the Chenab River in Pakistan Indiana-Jones style on a very small 3x2 foot makeshift platform con-

Of the approximately 300,000 blind children in the region, 60-80% die within 1-2 years. Africa has one ophthalmologist per one million people. World Sight can restore vision to those blinded by cataracts for $40 per patient. nected by ropes and pulleys to an extremely high and long length of what I hope is steel cable, but probably is not. His nephew is wearing a sporty hoodie and an expression of shock. “Unbelievable,” I say, looking at the photo. “You had to hold on to a roller that could have mangled your hands?” I ask. He shrugs and laughs, “It was the only way to get to the village where I needed to operate.” On another trip, this time to Karbala, Ali was kidnapped by a tribal chief, who pulled up to the clinic where Ali was working accompanied by armed guards and forced Ali to get in their vehicle. He then proceeded to drive Ali around all day to his friend’s and families’ homes showing off the Western doctor like a novel trophy. Mercifully, maybe arbitrarily, the chief agreed eventually to return Ali to the clinic and allowed him to resume his medical work. “What was his intention?” I ask astounded. Ali laughs again, “I guess he was just a big shot showing off.” Ali simply accepts, with good humor, the personal risk involved in his commitment to restoring sight to the blind in regions deemed too dangerous by other non-government organizations, even though it means that he cannot provide his family with life insurance. There is no company that will write a policy for him. When Ali returns from his trips, he brings photos and shares them with anyone who is interested, including his 9-year-old son. “My son,” he says, “he’s growing up in a world where he goes to McDonald’s and orders a hamburger without onions. If someone makes a mistake and the hamburger has onions on it, he sends it back, and it goes in the trash! So I show him photos like this one,” Ali says, scrolling to a photo he took in Pakistan of three adult men picking through a massive trash yard for something to eat or sell. “You understand?” he asks. “I show him this because he needs to know what the rest of the world is like. When he is 12-years-old, I am going to start taking him with me.” “When I go to Africa, and there’s this mother tugging on my shirt, begging me to see her son, and I can help them. That is satisfaction for me, and I bring that home and offer that to my patients here. It’s not all about this stupid advertisement and your white coat. If the patient knows that you care, that’s all that matters. You have to care.” Laura Snyder

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his journey of hope begins in Louisville, Ky., with Lara MacGregor during what should have been a joyous time. Pregnant with her second child, Lara was diagnosed with breast cancer and told she would begin chemotherapy treatments 10 days after delivering her son. In the midst of fear and uncertainty, she received a package from Kelley Brewer in Charlotte, N.C. The two had never met but shared a mutual friend. The box contained a collection of scarves Kelley had worn during her own battle with cancer, accompanied by a note that simply said, “You can do this.” Lara explains, “The scarves were both practical and inspiring. And knowing someone else had worn the scarves and beat cancer helped me believe I could do it too.” After successfully finishing her treatment, Lara attended a Young Survival Coalition conference in Dallas, where she met newly diagnosed Roberta Szpara of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “I had packed several scarves in hopes that I could pass them along as had so graciously been done for me,” Lara recalls. The two women shared a moment of laughter as Lara demonstrated the many different ways to wear a scarf. Roberta mailed the scarves back to Lara upon completion of her treatment just as a new friend, Brooke, was beginning to start hers. Lara once again shared the scarves along with a few tears as the women discussed what it is like to lose your hair. Lara remembers, “I couldn’t stop thinking about the amazing journey these scarves were on.” The journey was far from over. Out of her home, Lara founded Hope Scarves. Friends and loved ones requested scarf donations and Lara took great care in selecting and packaging them along with an accompanying story of survival. “I kept calling it my ‘little project,’” Lara says, “but soon realized that the donations and requests were exceeding my ability to organize on my own.”

Six months into the Hope Scarves project, she invited the Ignite Louisville program to consult and create a plan for scalable growth. Abby Shue, Vice President of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, remained with Hope Scarves after her Ignite Louisville assignment ended. “Lara is passionate, dynamic and mission-minded. Hope Scarves not only helps women with cancer; it help survivors needing an outlet to transform a scary time in their lives into a source of strength for another woman, and it helps anyone who knows someone with cancer and wants to give them a meaningful and priceless gift of encouragement.” Lara’s “little project” has now outgrown her home and Hope Scarves will move into a new office space in St. Matthews this summer. “We just partnered with Norton Cancer Institute, where nurses can give scarves to patients receiving treatment. A Norton Foundation grant allowed us to send 160 scarves and survival stories, and their resource center will have a scarf donation box and story forms.” The grant also allows them to work with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts “Arts and Healing Program.” Through the program, an author will help survivors work through their stories while a textile artist will assist them in making a scarf that they can either wear or donate. “The whole point is to have that story be a healing experience for the survivor so the story can live beyond their cancer.” Today Lara MacGregor is cancer-free and in addition to leading her budding nonprofit organization enjoys raising her energetic sons Will and Bennett with her husband Jason. Her personal battle is in the past, but her powerful story lives on in the form of a scarf, and soon, perhaps, her strength may be felt and shared by women all over the world. TONYA ABELN

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aving lost both of her grandmothers to breast cancer, Natalie Officer is always on the ball for the cure. The 2013 “Knock It Out” Pink Tie Ball isn’t her first time to bat for Susan G. Komen. In 2011 and 2012, the décor committee benefited from the expertise and resources she brings to the table as founder and owner of Natalie O. Design Co. This year, the design maven is partnering with event, marketing and promotion guru Joey Wagner. They’re digging in their cleats and bringing new game to the annual pigment party.

I’ve already heard tons of buzz about changes to Pink Tie Ball this year. What are some that you are most excited about? The Pink Tie Ball has a history of being tremendous. We are elevating the focus on survivors in a way we have not done before, as they are the true celebrities of this fight. They will have a private dinner in the weeks ahead of the event and be able to share their story with the community through a documentary film project. Drawings for makeovers, swag bags filled with gifts, amazing food and most of all the friendship and connection with people who have traveled the same path will be the bounty of this intimate time together. We have also moved the event to the locally owned Marriott East; they have completed a renovation and the venue will floor you.

You are an expert at decor. Tell us how this year’s theme will be represented in the event decor? Our throw back to old school baseball has mass appeal. We are partnering with Louisville Slugger and taking our theme to new heights. Our decor will have the beauty of a regal gala in the ballroom and inviting

comfort of a hometown baseball game in the entry and lobby. We hope to create an experience not just an event. I think it will be a “homerun.” Forgive me, if you will!

The Pink Lounge has a reputation for being one of the most fun parties of the year. What are the plans to carry on that tradition? Our famed Pink Lounge, better known as an amazing after-party, will have its own second floor location where attendees can dance it up. The lounge will transport you to a futuristic cocktail lounge and feel like its very own event.

For those of us who get auction fever, what great items will be up for bid this year? We have pulled out all of the stops for our supporters and co-survivors this year. If you love baseball and those experiences that you can’t find anywhere else, this is the event for you. Not only do we have local baseball options, but we are doing our best to pull from all of the best Major League Baseball cities. Our silent auction will have its very own Diamond Dugout to round out the offerings for our female guests too. A little sparkle goes a long way.

Last year Marilyn Monroe was such a hit at this event. Can we get a sneak peak at some entertainment to expect this year? We all love a man in uniform, but if a few had to lose their shirts for a great cause, it would be OK too. The Pink Tie Ball will be a black tie affair again this year but pink ties are always encouraged. Natalie suggests that gentlemen get creative with hand-painted ties in memory of family members. This tulip dress by Tadashi works for both the dinner and the lounge. TONYA ABELN

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hef Tyler Morris of RYE is fanatical about quality ingredients. Although he prefers locally-sourced ingredients, if the quality is not 100 percent, he will not use it. He describes working with local farmers and suppliers as a process, an ongoing dialogue about availability and quality, both of which can vary greatly, not just season to season, but week to week. Chef Morris moved to Louisville from New York City with RYE proprietor Michael Trager-Kusman because they feel that between culture and agriculture Louisville occupies a unique space where their concept of “pushing the senses and comforting the soul” can thrive.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? I grew up in Sonoma, where I started cooking, and that has had the biggest impact on my interest and trajectory. Sonoma is a place where people from all over agree upon the importance of quality and gather in an appreciation of direct relationships with suppliers and consumers.

Chef, when did you decide to become a professional? After working for Tom Colicchio, certainly after working for April Bloomfield.

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Colicchio is best known as co-founder and former owner and Executive Chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York City. British Chef Bloomfield best known for holding a Michelin star at two restaurants, The Spotted Pig and The Breslin. What is it about those two that influenced you so greatly? Maybe it was because they were the and inspired chefs that I have ever met. It’s about letting the food speak

for itself in a simple high quality way. Honestly, I never consciously made the decision “I want to be a chef.” Doors just kept opening. Now that I think of it, I don’t know if I even want to be a chef, I just am. I have many other interests like farming and butchery that I would love to pursue.

What is currently piquing your culinary interests? I’ve been really getting into Korean food for the past few months, as a result the trajectory of RYE has recently taken on some Asian undertones. I like how you can do things with the pickle and barbecue flavors that can be comfortable and yet challenging to the diner.

What is your favorite philanthropy or charity? A: Here at RYE we love to support the West End School and have fun going out and preparing food with and for them. I know you are aware of the food desert and lack of resources in the West End. So by teaching a little food literacy to the young men at West End School we contribute to a healthier community.

What is your favorite food to work with? Always fresh food is the best to work with. I really love getting to work with the veggies we grow here in the back.

Chef, can you give the home enthusiasts a tip? Sure, you need the right tools, so if you do not have a couple of good knives, get a nice set and keep them sharp! Also don’t feel like you need to follow a recipe. Finally, remember the things that grow together go together. LINCOLN SNYDER

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THE RECIPE

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>> Method In a heavy bottomed pot sweat the onions in the olive oil on a medium heat stirring often. Meanwhile roast the chilies until blackened and blistering. Carefully remove the stems, seeds and skins. Roughly chop and add to onions. Add the brown sugar, balsamic, cinnamon, bay leaf, rosemary and mustard seeds. Let this all simmer slowly and low until the vinegar is reduced and it’s jammy. The onions should not have any bite to them. By this time the flavors will have all had a chance to come to the surface.

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h, Louisville, summer is finally upon us with its precious and over-too-fast weeks filled with treats like gelato carts peppered through the city, fireworks from the Old Fashioned Crescent Hill celebration, the crazy-good sounds of Forecastle Festival, farmers market tomatoes that curl our toes, local food-filled gatherings with friends in gardens and on farms, days in the water, rapturous evenings of Shakespeare in the Park and Oh! those summer nights where the sun sets over the Ohio valley in ribbons of midnight blue and sometimes coral and pink and purple skies. How delightfully easy it is to welcome everything summer has offers to us. Including the ability grow ideas we may have mulling during the dormant months. According to a Scientific American Mind story, when our rules and constraints relax, so do we, which very likely triggers creative thinking. In “Your Creative Brain at Work,” Evangelia G. Chrysikou writes that “cognitive flexibility” may not only spark innovation but may also help you effectuate your ideas. There isn’t a much more beautiful experience to behold than people figuring out how to implement their vision. Enthusiasm is contagious. Who doesn’t want to share the level of passion inherent in local artist Ezra Kellerman’s first thought when he wakes up: “How do I get down to my studio?” Kellerman believes we are all “evolutionary creative problem solvers.” Art for him happens, he said “when it actually causes you to change something.” A belief echoed by Patrick Piuma, a planner at Urban Design Studio and part of the team bring-

ing “Tactical Urbanism” to the city. Piuma said the greening of E. Market Street in June is an example of how short term interventions can lead to long term change. Piuma took cues for the E. Market Street project from Mike Lydon’s Tactical Urbanism guidebook and its 24 different tools to transform urban neighborhoods. “I spend my time thinking about how to we create catalysts for change in the city that empowers citizens,” he said. Piuma hopes to make E. Market more pedestrian friendly and enable people in surrounding urban areas to “take the ideas and really implement change.” Ben Reno-Weber, CEO of Kentucky YMCA Youth Association, focuses every day on inspiring young people to engage with their community. No foreigner to what a chance meeting and an open mind can do, RenoWeber said he “ran into my predecessor on a train from DC who said, ‘I’m retiring.’” Reno-Weber replied, ‘I want your job.’” What followed was Reno-Weber, then a “totally untested 30-yearold, taking over their 120-year-old organization,” he said, and with that opportunity the responsibility he feels to give the children he trains in the Kentucky Youth Assembly and United Nations Assembly the skills to “be effective real life advocates.” Reno-Weber is also working with a team to host “Lemonade Day” in Louisville next year, an effort to teach children across the city entrepreneurial skills. Whether change comes through art or green, user-friendly neighborhoods or children who grow up with a sense of pride in themselves and their community, Louisville is a city of innovators. Let the creative disruption begin. HOLLY HOUSTON

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ome things one never forgets, like the smell of working in a restaurant and taking off your apron after a closing shift to pull out the likes of stale French fries, crayons, a random spoon and, if you’re lucky, a hidden $10 bill. The recurring “I’m-in-the-weeds” dream may plague you long after your serving career is over. Such are the dreams of stress, very likely induced by financial strain or illness, which can make getting out life’s weeds seem impossible, especially when you don’t have health insurance or earn enough to make ends meet and the coffee can with rainyday money is empty. That’s where APRON, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Kentuckiana, steps in to assist restaurant industry workers with grants up to $1,000.00 per year. Twenty-five restaurants joined forces Sunday June 2 to raise money for Apron, Inc., at the first Disco Ball at the Ice House on E. Main Street. Dean Corbett won the “Corby,” the distinguished service award Apron, Inc. gives annually to the most generous restaurant. Luca Bianconcini, APRON Inc.’s VP and a Co-Founder, said the organization met its fundraising goal this year and that “any amount we raise is great and helpful” when the weeds workers find themselves in are more financial kudzu than dandelion greens. Bianconcini, formerly a Republic National Distributing Company sales manager, is also a drummer who used to participate in MERF, the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund, after which APRON, Inc. is modeled.

“When I was in the liquor business, people would always ask for donations for servers” when they fell on hard times, Bianconcini said. Thus, seven years ago he formulated the idea for what is now APRON, Inc., posted it on the site louisvillehotbites.com “and a few years later a woman resurrected my original thread and said, ‘I’m in’ who else is on board?” As the restaurant workers fates would have it, the woman was one of Louisville’s greatest foodies, Melissa Richards Person, Vice President, National Partnerships & Field Marketing at Papa John’s, Int’l. “The way APRON, Inc. started was that a group of us were privately providing support to a chef that had a personal tragedy. Luca said, ‘Why don’t we do this formally?’” Persons said, “You bet,” and in 2011 Apron, Inc. was born. Bianconcini said since its inception, APRON, Inc. has paid everything from electric bills to mortgages for grantees with illnesses than range from leukemia to septic shock to a woman who had enormous medical bills due to an ectopic pregnancy. Criteria for relief include local ownership, six months or more in the business, and a requirement that the facility serve food and beverages (to include bars and coffee shops). Applicants “can have private insurance and be swimming in bills and still apply for relief,” he said, reinforcing APRON, Inc.’s mission to function as a supplement or safety net. Applications and more information about the organization available at aproninc.org.

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Highlands’ “Grande Dame” constructed back in the day to overlook Mr. Olmsted’s Cherokee Park! This exquisite Italianate mansion was built in 1922 by James R. Duffin (law partner of Augustus E. Wilson, who later became Governor of Kentucky) and was the site of the 1997 Bellarmine University Show House. The grandeur and skilled craftsmanship of the era are still very much evident in the large scale high-ceiling rooms, deep millwork, walnut parquet floors and magnificent hardware throughout. The Grand Salon boasts an Italian carved limestone maidenhead mantle, and there are lovely arched French doors opening to the front piazza for al fresco entertaining. Numerous updates bring modern convenience to the Old World charm. Enjoy gathering in the completely renovated kitchen with top-of-the-line GE appliances. Your own private spa awaits in the new luxury master bath, featuring a steam shower with multiple shower heads, double vanity and an oversized soaking tub. The home is surrounded by an area of small park lawn, lush gardens and a walled courtyard featuring a koi pond and babbling stream. The Highlands encompass two distinct aspects of Louisville’s diverse and vibrant culture, both

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the indie culture represented by Bardstown Road and the established traditions of the architectural showpieces in Olmsted’s Cherokee Park. Within walkingdistance of the region’s best coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, movie theatres, boutiques and antique shops, the shaded Cherokee Park neighborhood offers an urban oasis. It truly encompasses the best of both worlds. Whether you want to go biking, riding or sledding with the family; dine at one of the country’s best restaurants; attend a poetry reading or catch up on one of the local bands that makes up our thriving music scene, it’s all within walking distance of this majestic home.

Demesne: 1508 Cherokee Road Pedigree: Built in 1922 by James R. Duffin Raison d’Etre: Premier Cherokee Park vantage point By the numbers: 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, 3-car garage, 7,938 square feet, asking price $1,485,000 Contact: Listing Agent Nanette Tafel (502) 376-1083, Kentucky Select Properties


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randon Denton and Tommy Floyd started Denton-Floyd Real Estate Group six years ago with the vision that home is a part of the family and families create communities. They have since grown the group into one of the region’s fastest growing property management and development firms. Their most recent and most successful project is the Springs of Glenmary Village with almost $2,000,000 in sales in the last 90 days. Denton-Floyd offers a range of services including Property Management & Rental Properties, Development & Construction, Real Estate Investments and Real Estate Sales & Brokerage. Everything that Denton-Floyd does revolves around building better communities and that commitment is demonstrated by their support of the Trent DiGiuro Foundation by volunteering to be the title sponsor for the Foundation’s second annual Hardscuffle Polo Event. “We have always had a strong philanthropic component to DentonFloyd Real Estate Group. This event is of particular importance to our Executive Team; a few us that knew Trent personally. By sponsoring of this event, we are gathering together in his memory, while raising money for scholarships. Last year’s event was a huge success, and expectations are high for this year’s event to be even bigger and better,” said Brandon Denton. The Hardscuffle Polo Event was held on June 1 at Hardscuffle Farm with Proceeds from the event benefiting the Trent DiGiuro Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), which funds scholarships for Oldham County student athletes and is dedicated to keeping Trent’s

memory alive. The Trent DiGiuro Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a University of Kentucky walk on football player who exemplifies Trent’s determination and tenacity. Requirements include two years in the program, a 2.5 GPA, and that the player not be on scholarship. The Trent DiGiuro Student-Athlete Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors demonstrating at least a 3.0 GPA, participation in a varsity sport or cheerleading, and activities that exemplify Trent’s dedication to school and team. The scholarship winners are selected by a committee designated respectively by the football coach at the University of Kentucky, and the principals of the three high schools. This year marked only the events second year, yet it doubled in attendance from last year, with roughly 500 tickets sold, grossing $20,000. The event not only featured an exciting Polo match, there was also plenty of amazing food, including KY bison/ chorizo tacos, rock shrimp seviche and a tropical fruit salad catered by Chef Anthony Lamas’s restaurant Seviche. Children’s activities were available including inflatable bounce houses and live bluegrass music was provided by Hickory and Friends. A live auction featured an array of unique items and sports memorabilia and a prize was given for the most creative tailgate theme. If you missed out on all the good food and fun, make it a point to sponsor or at least attend next year’s event which is already being planned out and promises to be the best one yet. More information on the event and the Trent DiGiuro foundation can be found at www. trentdigiurofoundation.com. LINCOLN SNYDER nfocuslouisville.com

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istinguished actor Conrad Bachmann has been involved in the performing arts his entire life. After graduating from Valley High School in Louisville, Kentucky in 1951, he served four years in the Air Force Special Services where he toured Korea and Japan as a featured tap dancer and singer with “Tops in Blue.” He continued to wear blue as a cheerleader for the University of Kentucky from 1955-57 before going to Hollywood to pursue his dream of acting. Now his 40-year career boasts 400 commercials, 20 feature films and hundreds of television and stage productions. He lists his career highlight as co-starring in Portrait of a Killer with Jack Palance and Rod Steiger and is often recognized for his performances in Tremors, Rules of Engagement, The West Wing and General Hospital. Conrad served as the prestigious Governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for eight years. Conrad is the Founder of the Louisville Film Arts Institute, Inc. which he describes as “a charity celebrating and promoting the film arts in Louisville.” By creating the Louisville International Festival of Film, held each October, he is helping to shape the careers of future filmmakers in Louisville and around the world. For his commitment to the arts in Louisville, Valley High School recently dedicated a visual arts auditorium in his honor.

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