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Why I Give

In 2003 a friend gave me a book that changed my life — although not in a way that anyone noticed or maybe that even I noticed at the time. The book was Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” an account of how one person was trying to alter the way… Read More

Huntertown: Keeping the memories alive

On August 29, 1871, Jerry Gatewood, formerly enslaved and a U.S. Colored Troop veteran, purchased the first 5-acre parcel of what would become Huntertown Hamlet in Woodford County. Huntertown was one of hundreds of all-Black towns established after the Civil War by formerly enslaved people. Its 50 acres were home… Read More

Making a SPLASH! in Lexington’s East End

Lexington got even cooler on May 2 with the groundbreaking of Splash!, an interactive water-play project in Charles Young Park in Lexington’s East End neighborhood. The free attraction is for kids of all ages and abilities and will be completed in 2023, just in time for next summer. Splash! has… Read More

It All Started With Three Sheets of Paper

By Scotty Patrick, Magoffin County Community Foundation chair   I grew up in Magoffin County and learned a lot in my early years there. My teachers taught us the three Rs and the importance of respecting each other. My education extended beyond the classroom as I realized how those around… Read More

Giving is an Outlaw State of Mind for the Stapleton Family

Kentucky native and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians, Chris Stapleton has received numerous awards for his work: eight Grammys, seven Academy of Country Music awards, 14 Country Music Association awards and five Billboard music awards, just to name a few. His songs appeal to music fans… Read More

Evangelos Levas: Helping When He Can

Over 50 years ago, when C.W. Sulier invited several Lexington philanthropists to come together to discuss establishing Blue Grass Community Foundation, Evangelos (Angel) Levas was at the table. In fact, he provided the table.   Angel, a personal friend of the Suliers, was also… Read More

Santa Claus opens Santa CAUSE Donner-Advised Fund

It isn’t often that Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF) makes a public announcement about a new charitable fund. But when the fund is established by the most generous person on the planet, it is a newsworthy event. Kris Kringle (aka Pere Noel, St. Nicholas, Pelznickel, Sinterklaas and, most famously, Santa… Read More