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Voice & Vino at the Casino Returns

Event benefiting LifeSpan Resources features local singers who take to the stage EXTOL MAGAZINE REPORTS | COURTESY PHOTOS The Oct. 29 event, which benefits LifeSpan Resources – a non profit agency serving the elderly and those with disabilities in the southern Indiana area – will be held at Horseshoe Southern Indiana and features local singers…Read More


Kindness Matters: Canine Compassion

Furry volunteer offers comfort to humans in need  BY ANGIE FENTON | PHOTOS COURTESY LORI JONES  In the last issue, I share this verbatim in my editor’s letter:  For more than two years, I’ve repeated these same words to my now-3-year-old daughter every morning on the way to preschool: “Olive: You are smart. You are…Read More


Philanthropy Favorites

Photographer-writer Jennifer McNelly hit the streets to find out which charities you love best. Here’s what you said.  “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…Read More


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 Last 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…Read More



Photo by Jason Applegate Nearly 1 out of every 4 Americans 16 years and older volunteer their time in some way to charitable causes. Utah has the highest percentage of volunteers (43 percent); Louisiana ranks last (18.43 percent). Indiana (26.9 percent) falls somewhere in the middle. Aside from the obvious benefit of volunteering – helping…Read More


Community Foundation Announces Scholarships

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA has awarded more than 100 scholarships totaling more than $450,000 in support for Southern Indiana students this academic year. The scholarships include $302,000 from funds held at the Community Foundation and awards for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Linda Speed, president and CEO of the Community Foundation said, “We’re…Read More

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…Read More



Photo by Angie Fenton       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 –…Read More


Serving With ‘Charity and Kindness’

Tri 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…Read More


Strength in Numbers

Dozens of women banded together May 9 for Women Build 2018 benefitting Habit for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana. Each Women Build home was funded and built by women leaders and volunteers in our community. The volunteers work together to raise funds and the walls for the entire Women Build project. For each build, Habitat…Read More