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Philanthropy Favorites

Photographer-writer Jennifer McNelly hit the streets to find out which charities you love best. Here’s what you said. 
3“I would say my favorite charity is probably St. Jude. I had a friend who had a little boy with brain cancer. It’s just really nice to have an organization that helps families going through situations like that who don’t charge them for hospitals and all the stuff it takes to try to make their kids better.”

DJ PRESSLEY

Louisville

4“I really like Junior Achievement. I’ve been involved with them for years and even served on their board. I appreciate the focus on teaching youth ‘real world stuff’ like math and finances. It’s important because they learn a lot of useful skills they will use when they are adults.”

ED FAULSTICK

New Albany

5“My favorite charity is Catholic Charities because they donate and support numerous causes.”

CALEB CADLE

Pekin

6“The Center for Women and Families is a great organization. I just know they are very supportive and kind in what they do. I think it’s really cool how they help women from one situation and bring them into a better one.”

ARYAHNA TOLMAN-DEWITT

New Albany

2“I really love all that the Humane Society does and organizations like them. We have gone through them a lot to get our pets. Our family has always been a big advocate, and we really respect their mission.”

ROSHAN TOBA

New Albany

extolmag_26_final-1“I have volunteered a lot with Power Ministries, and I would have to say that they are my favorite charity. They are a Christian charitable group that does programs for adults with disabilities. They have events called Handy Camps to help individuals with severe disabilities and it gives them an opportunity to get our of their homes. The counselors or ‘buddies’ really try to build a one-on-one relationship with the campers. I’ve volunteered as a buddy before and I think I get more out of it than the campers.”

CLIFF REID

Greenville

Do you know a person, business or charity that is setting an EXAMPLE in our community and deserves to be highlighted? Please send an email to extol@extolmag.com.

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So Much More Than Clothes

Christian Academy of Indiana senior Julia Lostutter shares why she’s seeking the community’s assistance and how you can help.

BY JULIA LOSTUTTER | COURTESY PHOTOS

screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-4-39-58-pmLast year, I had the opportunity of going to the Dominican Republic on a school mission trip with Score International. Going into the villages and orphanages and seeing the devastation of poverty truly broke my heart.

One thing I noticed most of all was the hardships that a significant number of women and young girls face there. Many young girls are seen only as being good for having children and were growing up with no other life skills, forcing them into prostitution as a means to make money.

This terrible reality has stuck with me and filled my thoughts since June of last year. I am currently planning my return trip to the Dominican this summer, and I really wanted to think of a way to bless these young girls and women who had tugged at my heart so many months ago.

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Recently, my boss, Olivia Rice, the owner of Styleheir, a new women’s clothing boutique located in Floyds Knobs, was looking for a place to donate some of her own children’s clothes. She wanted to give them to other little ones who were in real need. As we talked, my thoughts went immediately to the girls in the Dominican Republic and, specifically, girls in an orphanage that I had visited. Many orphanages for girls go underfunded because the government turns its resources elsewhere, thus creating a need for things as simple as clothing.

The girl’s orphanage that we had visited, Pasitos de Jesus, is located in Boca Chica and was started by a woman named Dalma Florian. It houses girls with disabilities and girls taken from homes of abuse. It started with just one girl but quickly included dozens, ages one to 18. Remembering the impact that Pasitos de Jesus orphanage had on the girls’ lives made me want to bless them even more and ensure that a basic need of theirs was met.


How To Help

Drop off clothing for girls of all sizes at Styleheir, 3620 Paoli Pike, Suite 6, in Floyds Knobs, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 11-16. You can find more about the boutique by searching @styleheir on Facebook.


screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-4-40-28-pmAfter speaking with Olivia about my desire to help, my boss at Styleheir eagerly agreed to involving her boutique’s involvement. So, I began creating something that will hopefully be a blessing to these girls and women for years to come.

“Chicas de Boca Chica” is Styleheir’s first-ever clothing drive, which will help to clothe the girls of a nation stricken by poverty and misfortune. Girls’ clothing of all sizes is needed and those who bring in at least one bag of clothing will receive a scratch-off worth up to 30 percent off a store purchase at Styleheir. Clothing can be dropped off at Styleheir from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 11-16.

The clothing will be taken by the Christian Academy of Indiana mission’s team to the Dominican Republic on June 9 and given to the girls of Pasitos de Jesus.screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-4-40-43-pm

By doing this clothing drive, I hope we – and that means I need your help! – can provide the orphanage clothing for years to come, spread the message of women’s empowerment, garner attention towards the orphanage and bring about change in the lives of these girls.

Writer Julia Lostutter is a senior at Christian Academy of Indiana.

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arc Storage Opens in New Albany

screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-12-06-21-pmJeffersonville-based development company arc hosted a grand-opening celebration of their new storage facility on June 29 at 3525 Grant Line Road in New Albany.

The 93,000-square foot, climate-controlled facility was opened in the building that used to house Kmart and is located just off I-265. At the grand opening, Alan Muncy, owner of arc, also revealed plans to build a Skyline Chili in front of arc Storage.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-12-06-12-pm

Additionally, New Albany Skyline Chili donated $1,000 to Mt. Tabor Elementary School and Dare to Care at the event.

For more information, visit myarcstorage.com.

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Feeders Supply Company Opens Corydon Store

screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-11-53-04-amFeeders Supply Company – aka Feeders Supply – announces has opened a location in Corydon at 2363 Hwy 135 – NW, Suite 111. This is the 22nd store for the locally-owned pet supplies company.

Feeders Supply opened its first store in 1959 in Louisville, and is celebrating 59 years in business. Over the past 20 years, the company has opened a new store nearly every year throughout Kentuckiana.

“We are so excited to serve our pet lovers in Corydon and to play a bigger role in the community by supporting the local adoption groups and other community initiatives, “ said Pam Longwell, CEO and president of Feeders Supply Company. “We are looking forward to many, many years here and truly hope that the pet lovers of Harrison County are as excited about us being here as we are. We are thrilled!”

Feeders Supply will offer an extensive lineup of premium pet food brands and pet supplies along with offering space in the Corydon store for adoptable animals from a local rescue organization and a self-serve pet wash.

“As new Corydon residents, we will continue to serve the needs of our customers and their pets. We recognize our responsibility to give back, to share our good fortune in ways that help make our communities great places to live,” Longwell said.

For years, the company has partnered with humane societies in respective cities offering adoption centers in the stores, plus working with other rescues to offer adoption events in stores. Thus far, more than 50,000 animals and counting have been adopted. Feeders Supply donates and helps raise money for animal charities, and donates pet food and cat litter to animal rescues and shelters.

Much Love
On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate my brother-in-law Billy
Applegate and soon-to-be sister-in-law Jyl Hildreth on their upcoming
nuptials. These two deserve all the happiness.

Horseshoe Foundation Awards Grants

THE HORSESHOE FOUNDATION of Floyd County awarded $397,566 in grants to 27 community organizations on June 28. The celebration was held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 East Spring St. in New Albany

Grant recipients include: $17,192 to Actors Theatre of Louisville; $10,000 to American Red Cross – Western Kentucky Chapter; $10,000 to Camp Quality Kentuckianal $4,088 to Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation; $24,216 to Center for Lay Ministries; $8,000 to Commonwealth Theatre Center; $10,000 to Family Ark, Inc.; $19,675 to Floyd County Token Club; $10,000 to Floyds Knobs Community Club; $15,000 to Friends of the Town Clock Church; $25,000 to Fund for the Arts; $5,000 to Georgetown Elementary School;

$8,720 to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana; $5,000 to Hazelwood Middle School; $8,100 to IUS School of Business; $10,000 to Ivy Tech Foundation; $24,711 to LifeSpan Resources, Inc.; $20,000 to Louisville Urban League; $25,000 to Maker Mobile Inc.; $25,000 to New Albany- Floyd County Education Foundation; $17,000 to New Roots, Inc.; $15,000 to Scribner Middle School; $11,114 to St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic School; $25,000 to St. Vincent de Paul of OLPH; $12,500 to StageOne Family Theatres; and $17,250 to Volunteers of America Mid-States.

Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County was established in 1999 to provide resources to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies for the benefit of residents in Floyd County. Since 1999, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County has awarded $44 million to benefit the citizens of Floyd County.

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HELPING HANDS

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      Just before Derby, a great group of volunteers of all ages joined the Extol Team to provide dinner to those who are served by Exit 0, a homeless outreach based in Southern Indiana that was founded by Paul and Michele Stensrud. If you’re interested in joining us – we’ll serve again soon and on Thanksgiving and Christmas – send an email to angie@extolmag.com. Learn more about Exit 0 atjesuscaresatexit0.org or follow @jesuscaresatexit0 on Facebook.


TIP: EVEN THOUGH IT’S BASED IN LOUISVILLE, METRO UNITED WAY ALSO BENEFITS SOUTHERN INDIANA – AND THEY NEED YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK. THERE ARE NUMEROUS WAYS TO GIVE, ADVOCATE OR VOLUNTEER. GO TO METROUNITEDWAY.ORG TO LEARN HOW.

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Serving With ‘Charity and Kindness’

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-29-05-amTri Kappa Inc. Has Benefited Indiana Community Since 1901

BY LISA HORNUNG | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

TAMMY PERSINGER, now a retired teacher and real estate agent, kept hearing women at work talking about Tri Kappa. “What is that?” she asked. “How can people get involved?”

One day, Persinger received an invitation in the mail to go to a meeting where she could learn more about this mysterious organization. She’s been a member for eight years now and loves it.

Tri Kappa is a philanthropic sorority for women in Indiana, with 247 chapters all over the state. It’s not like a traditional sorority in which you join as a college student, but you do have to pledge and be initiated, similar to other women’s groups. “You approach someone who is already a member and get information about it,” Persinger said. “We really look for people that have that giving spirit.”

Persinger is a member of the Floyd County chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa Inc., along with Kerry Nicolas, a real estate agent who has been a member for 25 years.

“I like it because we’re giving back to the community, and it’s strictly philanthropic,” Nicolas said. “So, all we do is have fundraisers to give back.”

Tri Kappa was founded by some young college women in Indianapolis in 1901. They decided their organization’s purpose would be “charity and kindness,” which the organization still follows today. When the ladies dispersed to their homes after college, they formed chapters, which helped the organization spread throughout the state.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-29-13-am

Today, the organization works to raise money for charity, culture and education. At the end of each fiscal year, they dole out funds for scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations. The Floyd County chapter gives out about $5,000 a year in scholarships and about $5,000 to $6,000 a year in grants to charities and arts organizations. Last year, they were able to give grants to every group that requested funds, Persinger said. The group also helps support Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis, and they have made blankets and “puppy pillows” for kids as they come out of surgery.

Tri Kappa raise money through various events throughout the year, including their annual gala in February, as well as selling macaroni and cheese at Harvest Homecoming. They also do service projects that don’t involve raising money, such as painting swingsets at a park and giving the residents of a retirement community a “spa day” complete with shoulder massages and nail painting.


LAST YEAR, WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE GRANTS TO EVERY GROUP THAT REQUESTED FUNDS.

–TRI KAPPA MEMBER TAMMY PERSINGER


The women also enjoy the sisterhood that comes alongside the philanthropy. “We have people from all different backgrounds, all different races, all different cultures, all different religions and occupations,” Persinger said. We’re a very diverse group of women. It’s just been interesting to get to meet everybody and get to network with them. We just get together and have fun, and in having fun, we make money to give back to the community.”

For more information, visit trikappa.org.

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A Day of Fun & Philanthropy

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-39-50-amA team from German American recently spent time at Rauch, Inc., a community that supports people with disabilities and their families. During their visit, the team provided a refreshing spruce up to their landscaping and enjoyed a day full of fun and smiles at the Rauch community.

To learn more about Rauch, go to http://rauchinc.org.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-39-59-am

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Example | Exit 0 Needs You

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-11-25-05-amWHEN EXTOL DEBUTED IN FEBRUARY 2015, WE COMMITTED TO BEING A MAGAZINE ON A MISSION. THAT HAS INCLUDED PARTNERING WITH ORGANIZATIONS IN NEED, WHICH INCLUDES EXIT 0, THE HOMELESS OUTREACH BASED IN JEFFERSONVILLE THAT WAS STARTED BY PAUL AND MICHELE STENSRUD.

But we knew we couldn’t do it alone.

Thanks to dozens of volunteers and local companies who continue to step up, we’ve been able to help feed hundreds of adults and children.

We’ll provide dinner once again for up to 100 diners on Thanksgiving and Christmas and are seeking groups and individuals willing to donate food and help serve, like PD’s Produce, Wick’s Pizza, Bearnos and Topp’t Handcrafted Pizza did this year.

If you are interested in joining us, please email angie@extolmag.com.

And, if you know of a person, business or organization that is setting an example in our community by giving back, we’d like to hear from you. Send an email to extol@extolmag.com or message us on Facebook.

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Bass Group Business Spotlight | 2017 Fillies Luncheon For A Cure

The 2017 Fillies Networking Luncheon & Fashion Show for a Cure is the focus of this episode of Bass Group Real Estate’s Local Business Spotlight. Yes, the luncheon is over – for this year – but the opportunity to help survivors persists. Watch the video to find out why this is one of the most inspiring events around. To donate to the cause, go to http://bit.ly/2p5OlF8.

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