Biz Briefs of the Week: November 1, 2012

| November 1, 2012

Fighting Pediatric Cancer

Dan Rivers, Northwestern Mutual managing partner in Kentucky, presents Dr. Lars Wagner of Kentucky Children’s Hospital (right) and Missy Scanlon, Chair of the Board for Kentucky Children’s Hospital (center) with the hospital’s portion of the $201,803 raised from the auction of commemorative pieces of the UK championship floor.

Dan Rivers, Northwestern Mutual managing partner in Kentucky, presents Dr. Lars Wagner of Kentucky Children’s Hospital (right) and Missy Scanlon, Chair of the Board for Kentucky Children’s Hospital (center) with the hospital’s portion of the $201,803 raised from the auction of commemorative pieces of the UK championship floor.

Northwestern Mutual has announced that more than $200,000 was donated toward the fight against pediatric cancer in Kentucky. This follows a week-long online auction of commemorative pieces of the floor on which the University of Kentucky basketball team won its eighth national championship last spring. The top 300 bidders pledged a total of $201,803 on 300 pieces of the floor, each autographed by UK coach John Calipari, which went on the auction block Oct. 11. The proceeds will be divided equally between Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and Kentucky Children’s Hospital  in Lexington.

Northwestern Mutual, a corporate partner of the NCAA, purchased the floor following the men’s basketball tournament at the Superdome in New Orleans. The floor was obtained with the intent to create philanthropic opportunities in local communities that Northwestern Mutual serves. For more information visit www.northwesternmutual.com.

21c Penguins headed to cincinnati

21c Museum Hotel’s flock of limited edition Yellow Penguin sculptures by Italian artists Cracking Art Group will make its way to Cincinnati after a brief exhibition at 21c Louisville. 21c Museum Hotels founders, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, chose the color yellow for Cincinnati as a symbol of the optimism and growth that energizes not only the art scene in Cincinnati, but the city as a whole. Yellow is also the color of gold, which references Cincinnati’s nickname, The Queen City. The hotel, scheduled to open later this year, will combine a 156-room boutique hotel, a contemporary art museum and Metropole restaurant led by chef Michael Paley. In conjunction with the announcement, 21c is launching a contest online that invites fans to spot the penguin for a chance to win prizes.

The contest launches on Friday, Oct. 26. One photo of the Yellow Penguin at a unique Cincinnati landmark will be posted each day for 30 days on 21c Museum Hotels’ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/21cMuseumHotels. Fans can guess the location and submit their answers by emailing spotted@21chotels.com. Those correctly guessing the penguin’s location will be eligible to win prizes. One fan per day will win a 21c t-shirt and everyone will be entered into the grand prize drawing to win a $500 gift certificate to 21c.

Cracking Art Group’s Red Penguin sculptures were first exhibited at 21c Louisville in 2006. Brown and Wilson purchased the sculptures after seeing them perched around the city at the 2005 Venice Biennale as part of a public art project. The penguins were so popular with visitors to 21c that they have remained on permanent exhibition. For more information visit www.21cMuseumHotels.com.

The Lily Pad at Easter Seals

Easter Seals West Kentucky has announced plans to open a new ground-breaking regional program designed to provide medically specialized child care and development services for children with special health care needs. The new program, formally known as Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care, will be named, The Lily Pad at Easter Seals West Kentucky. This name was chosen because the lily is the symbol of Easter Seals and associated with spring and new life.  It is Easter Seals West Kentucky’s hope to bring a new and better life to medically fragile children and families in our region, whose lives are often restricted as a result of the child’s medical condition.  The Lily Pad at Easter Seals West Kentucky will be the first Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care facility in western Kentucky.

Twice as Nice

A new class for parents expecting twins – Twice as Nice – will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the second-floor Education Center at Baptist Hospital East, 4000 Kresge Way. The class will concentrate on caring for mom, especially diet and the importance of rest, breastfeeding and what to expect during the first weeks at home. A tour of the newly renovated and expanded neonatal intensive care unit will be included. The NICU features all private rooms so parents can better bond with – and help care for – their babies. The class will be offered regularly in 2013. To sign up for the free class, go online at www.baptisteast.com/babysteps or call the Baptist Health Information Center at 502.897.8131.

‘Cinderella’ shoe donation

Everyone knows the significance of the glass slipper in the story of Cinderella, but not everyone knows that a pair of used shoes can save human lives with clean water. In the spirit of saving lives, the Kentucky Opera will be collecting used shoes during both performances of Massenet’s “Cinderella” – Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. – at the Brown Theatre. The collected shoes will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization that works to save lives at risk from waterborne illness around the world. The shoe program is WaterStep’s primary financial support source, which is a shoe-recycling program that generates operating funds, while promoting micro-business opportunities and reducing landfill volume. Single tickets to “Cinderella” start at $27 and are available by calling 502.584.7777 or 800.775.7777, and online at www.KYOpera.org.

Once the shoes are donated to WaterStep, they are sold to an exporter and are repurposed so that people in developing countries can have affordable shoes that protect their feet from foot abrasions, parasites and mites. WaterStep uses the funds generated from the sale of the shoes to provide safe drinking water purification systems to third world communities and disaster areas worldwide. In addition to donating the purification systems, WaterStep works to train the local people on how to diagnose their water problems, how to operate the purification systems and repair broken hand pumps, and how to implement effective health and hygiene practices. To learn more, call 502.568.6342 or visit www.waterstep.org.

Huddleston Bolen Super Lawyers

Huddleston Bolen LLP lawyers James Cleveland and Kathiejane Oehler have been named as Kentucky Super Lawyers. Mr. Cleveland was recognized in the areas of transportation law, personal injury defense and employment and labor law. Ms. Oehler was recognized in the areas of transportation law, employment litigation defense and personal injury defense.

In total, thirteen of the firm’s lawyers were recognized in the 2012 Edition of Kentucky and West Virginia Super Lawyers. Huddleston Bolen LLP is a full service law firm representing global corporations, national companies, regional businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals. The has more than 50 attorneys practicing in offices located in Huntington and Charleston, W.V. and Ashland and Louisville, Ky. Huddleston Bolen represents clients in areas, including banking and finance, health care, insurance, litigation, labor and employment, natural resources, real estate and transportation. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.huddlestonbolen.com.

Donation to Zoo Kids

The Louisville Zoo recently received a $10,000 donation from the Greater Louisville United Labor Picnic, Inc. for the Zoo Kids, Inc. program. Zoo Kids, Inc. offers underserved young people affiliated with non-profits or Title I schools in the community the chance to come to the Zoo at no cost to them or their families. The program was designed to help send at-risk and disadvantaged children on exciting educational adventures uniquely provided by the Louisville Zoo. Youth find inspiration in the mysteries of the Zoo with its exotic animals and lush botanical setting. A Zoo experience frequently sparks students’ imaginations and gives new meaning to the subject of their studies. After visiting the Zoo, the children write thank-you notes and/or draw pictures about their visit, thanking their sponsors.

The Greater Louisville United Labor Picnic, Inc. is the longest and largest contributor to the Zoo Kids, Inc. program, having contributed more than $51,000 (including this gift) since the program launched in 2005.  This dedicated support has provided the opportunity for approximately 4,500 underserved children to experience the Zoo at no cost to them. If you would like to support the Zoo Kids, Inc. program, call 502.238.5300. For more information on how to become a Zoo Kids, Inc. recipient agency or organization, visit www.louisvillezoo.org.

Center for investigative reporting

Louisville Public Media, which operates the city’s three public radio stations (89.3 WFPL, 91.9 WFPK, 90.5 WUOL),  has received a $250,000 challenge grant from Ed Hart and Gaylee Gillim to set up an investigative reporting center, it was announced Monday.  The mission of the new unit will be to pursue non-partisan, high-quality investigative journalism whose sole mission is to serve the public interest. The project, which will be known as the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, has a projected three-year budget of $1.5 million dollars.  The challenge grant will cover 50 percent of the first year’s budget. Louisville Public Media must raise another $250,000 to launch the project. The Center will be staffed by a managing editor and four reporters, all chosen for their knowledge of issues of central importance to the state and region.  The reporting will be widely distributed through multiple platforms and will be amplified through partnerships with other news organizations.

To make a tax-deductible donation in support of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, call 502.814.6565 or go online to louisvillepublicmedia.org and click on “Become a Member.” For more information visit www.louisvillepublicmedia.org and click on Key Initiatives or contact Donovan Reynolds, president, at 502.814.6500 or dreynolds@louisvilleublicmedia.org.

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