A FEW MONTHS AGO, I met with Jessica Bostock and her husband, John, who is featured on our cover. Despite the fact that he is battling a serious form of brain cancer and was originally told in July 2015 that he only had six to 12 months to live, the couple exuded hope and a fervent refusal to give up. They also expressed a willingness to share their story, and I’m so grateful that they have in this issue of Extol. The Bostocks tale — which is far from over — is a beautiful example of triumph over tragedy and proof that no matter what is occurring in our lives, we have the power to choose hope over helplessness and inspire others to do the same.
Guess the cat is out of the bag – or should I say the cardinal? – now that we can officially announce Todd Sharp, head coach of the University of Louisville’s Ladybirds, will star in his own reality show on Lifetime. We featured Todd, who also coaches the Floyd Central Dazzlers, on our August/September cover in an article we titled, “So Sharp.” According to the championship coach (who’s known for his no-holds-barred approach to life), his reality show will be called, fittingly, “So Sharp.” You can say you saw it here first. Filming for the first season of the show, which is produced by Collins Avenue, should begin no later than January.
Extol on the Move
Nearly two years ago, my husband, Jason Applegate, and I debuted Extol Magazine, a publication with a mission of celebrating Southern Indiana.
The first person who invested in our dream was John Neace, a longtime New Albany resident and successful businessman who is known for leading a life of integrity and valuing people based on their word.
Thankfully, John believed in what we wanted to accomplish and, along with Vitor Bueno, who is now with 3 Crown Capital, silently put forth the investment as minority ownership partners that, combined with everything Jason and I had in our savings, made Extol come to fruition and flourish, thanks to you, our readers, and the talented Extol Team.
Recently, we made the decision to accept the opportunity to operate under John’s private equity company, Neace Ventures, which is headed up by President Brad Estes and includes Old 502 Winery, Brownies “The Shed” Grille & Bar, Falls City Brewing Co., Louisville City FC pro soccer team, Blue River Cabinetry, AllTerrain Paving & Construction and many other locally-owned and operated businesses in the portfolio.
While Jason and I will continue to guide Extol and remain focused on our mission of celebrating — and serving — the Southern Indiana community, becoming a part of the Neace Ventures family is going to give us growth opportunities, the likes of which will benefit you. We can’t wait to share what happens next.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read Extol.
Editor in Chief