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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.

Learn more about the foundation at horseshoefoundation.org.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-1-57-16-am


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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.


Serving With ‘Charity and Kindness’

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


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.



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.


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-05-48-pmThe Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI) has made a meaningful difference in the community since 1991 and 2017 was no different.

The vision of CFSI is to be the partner and trusted resource for philanthropy in the community, providing stewardship of charitable intent so the impact of generosity will last for generations. By focusing on three core areas – community leadership, grants and scholarships and personal philanthropy – the organization is able to address needs and make lasting impacts.

Among the highlights over the past year: CFSI fundholders granted more than $4.4 million last year; that funding to area nonprofits helped those organizations serve 72,000 people in Clark and Floyd Counties. In 2017, CFSI distributed 133 scholarship awards with a combined value of over $600,000.

To learn more about Community Foundation of Southern Indiana – including how you can help – please visit cfsouthernindiana.com.

Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana assure the Foundation’s resources are used efficiently and effectively to accomplish their vision and mission.

Chair: Phillip Beaman

Vice Chair: Bill White

Treasurer: Adam Naville

Secretary: David Hussung

Immediate Past Chair: Gary Banet

4108 Charlestown Road, New Albany | 812.948.4662 | CfSouthernIndiana.com


Bette Bennett Hammond Memorial Scholarship Recipient and Fulbright Research Grant recipient studying in Geneva, Switzerland.lab-photo

Are You A Woman Who Wants To Transform Our Community?

Impact 100 invites you to help transform our community.

Based off of a proven national model, last year alone, the Impact 100 local Southern Indiana chapter awarded a $50,000 grant to St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities.

To learn more about Impact 100, the members and how you can help transform our community, RSVP now and join them at one or both of their upcoming meet ‘n’ greets.

Meet and Greet #1
5-7 p.m. April 12
The Pepin Mansion
1003 E Main St.
New Albany

There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP.

Meet and Greet #2
5-7 p.m. April 24
131 W. Chestnut St.
There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP.

Impact 100 Southern Indiana | Empowering women to transform our community

Impact 100 Southern Indiana is the initiative of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana, which is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. We operate with an independent Board of Advisors.

Founded in 2005, the governing principles of WFSI are as follows:

Vision: We are Southern Indiana’s philanthropic leader for creating a community where women thrive.

Mission: The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana engages women to raise awareness and resources to advance the quality of life for women.

Local Celebs Hit Dance Floor for Charity

Seven local notables will compete in BreakAway Dancing 2018 May 15 at Kye’s. The event benefits The BreakAway, a nonprofit residential facility for women in recovery from addiction.

BreakAway Dancing 2018 pairs each community member with a professional dancing partner. Judges include Angie and Mark Maxwell, Valerie Canon and Kye Hoehn. Dinner will be prepared by Stumlers Catering. Sounds Unlimited Productions will provide the music.

The public is invited to “vote” for the dancers via donations that can be made at www.breakawaydancing.com.

Located at 1514 E. Spring Street in New Albany, The BreakAway currently houses 14 women from Southern Indiana counties. The facility opened its doors to women who need support in their recovery because of the vision of Lisa Long-Livingston, who has struggled with addiction herself. Inspired by her own foundation in recovery, and in memory of her friend Nicole, Lisa moved forward with assistance from many community hands, developed a plan, located a suitable building, and created a program to serve women in Floyd and surrounding counties.


Melissa Scully is the finance/insurance manager and sales administrator for Kentucky Truck Sales, Inc. in Jeffersonville. She also assists in overseeing operations of her brother Michael Gibson’s nonprofit Warrior’s Path, Inc., which organizes events for veterans who struggle with transitioning from military life to civilian life using three fundamentals: nature, art and community service. Her love for children is displayed in her volunteer work at the local Greater Clark County Schools, serving as PTO President, as well as creating and volunteering for events to help raise funds for the educators, students and schools. When asked, she believes her greatest accomplishments are her children and grandchildren, Sid (27) and Presley (21), Logan (6), Tegan (2) and Remington (newborn). Her love for them and their significant others, Emily and Brandon, as well as Patrick, Grayson and Khaki’s, is what inspires her to keep looking up. As a lifelong member of the Southern Indiana community, Melissa has seen firsthand the struggle of addiction not only through the eyes of acquaintances and friends but also her family. Her belief in that “it takes a village” is what makes her participation in this event so important to her.


W. ERIC HEDRICK graduate d from Jeffersonville High School in 1987. Eric enlisted in the U.S. Army as a military counter intelligence agent.  As a MI agent and Army paratrooper, he participated in two combat situations: Operation “Just Cause,” Panama 1989 and Operation “Desert Storm,” Persian Gulf, 1990. While in the military and stationed at Fort Bragg, North Caarolina, Eric married his high school friend, Toni. Eric and Toni will celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary this year. They have one child, Haylee, who will start her senior year of high school this year. After completing his military service in 1992, Eric enrolled at IUS.  In 1994, he took a position as a Jeffersonville Police Officer. Eric acted as a patrol officer, K-9 officer and a member of the Emergency Response SWAT Team. In 2001, he transferred to the city fire department and was appointed the Jeffersonville Fire Chief in 2012. In 2012, Eric became a member of the Indiana Deptartment of Homeland Security District 9 Task Force and was appointed by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to lead the team as the task force commander. Eric is the Principal Owner of HamHed, LLC, where he supervises the management of government and commercial operations. HamHed currently has contracts in 42 States and is the proud home to over 85 employees.


PAUL KIGER, the team leader of Paul Kiger Group at RE/MAX Advantage, has served his community on both sides of the river ever since he joined the real estate industry in 2007. Paul is from New Middletown and moved to New Albany in 2007. Paul’s previous accolades include REALTOR Magazine “30 under 30” in 2010, REALTOR of The Year 2011 for the Southern Indiana Realtors Association, and, most recently, he was featured in Louisville Business First’s “20 People To Know in Real Estate.” Paul served on the Develop New Albany board of directors for five years and is currently the vice president of Southern Indiana Tourism Bureau (also known as SoIN). He is a member of the Vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Albany and is now stepping into politics for the first time as the treasurer for Jason Applegate’s run for Floyd County commissioner. Paul has found many ways to serve his community while building his network. “One day at a time and love wins,” his personal philosophy, is rooted in his own success story. He is committed to continuing his journey by supporting others on their road to well-being in sobriety.


ASHLYN WEBER is a 16-year old junior at Jeffersonville High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, was named Student of the Month in January 2017 and is a captain on both the Jeffersonville color guard and winter guard teams. Ashlyn also sings in the school chamber choir. She wants to help raise money for The BreakAway because she is all too familiar with the heartbreak of losing a loved one to drug addiction. Ashlyn’s mother, Nicole, lost her battle with addiction in February of 2016. Nicole’s passing helped inspire Lisa Livingston to create The BreakAway so other women battling addiction might find a way out and other daughter’s wouldn’t have to experience the senseless loss that Ashlyn, her younger sister Kailyn and so many in our community have.


MAJOR JOE HUBBARD was born and raised in Clark County. After graduating from Jeffersonville High School, he served in the United States Marine Corps until 1994. He attended Indiana University Southeast studying business management, and in 1996 was hired as a full-time officer of the Jeffersonville Police Department. Joe has held several leadership capacities within the department, including patrol officer, K-9 officer, certified firearms instructor, SWAT team operator, sniper team leader, entry team leader, SWAT team commander, river patrol operator, and currently serves as the uniform patrol commander where he oversees the officers who encompass the uniform patrol division and special units. Joe served was the president of the FOP Jeffersonville Lodge #100 for seven years. He served as a county councilman and currently serves on the 911 Central Alarm Fiscal Board and the Clark County Emergency Management Board.  He is married to Amanda and they have two children, Joey (6) and James (3).  Joe has spent his career serving our country and protecting our community.


JULIE GRANNAN is a family nurse practitioner with a practice in New Albany, focusing on family medicine. Julie graduated from Providence High School in Clarksville in 1994 and earned her bachelor of science in nursing, with honors, from Indiana University Southeast in 1999. She worked as a nurse in emergency medicine while pursuing a master of science in nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, graduating in 2004.  She is a certified nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She serves as a clinical instructor for students pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner and is also active in the Jeffersonville chapter of Tri Kappa, a philanthropic sorority in Indiana dedicated to service in the community, where she has held the office of vice president.  Julie resides in Jeffersonville with her devoted husband John, a local attorney, and their son, Leo.


ANNA MURRAY is a local attorney with a general law practice in Jeffersonville.  She is currently running for state senate on the Democratic ticket, with one of her platform issues being Practical Solutions to the Opioid Crisis with a focus on long-term rehabilitation, mental health treatment, counseling and medically-assisted treatment instead of trying to simply arrest the problem away. She has served the community by providing pro bono legal work for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and with Indiana Legal Services. She is serving her third term as president of the Clark County Bar Association and previously served as chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Louisville Bar Association. She is a past member of the board of directors of Best Buddies of Kentucky and has also done volunteer work with the Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services. Anna earned her undergraduate degree in international studies on the environment in Seattle, Washington, and her law degree from Willamette College of Law in Salem, Oregon. She is married to Phil Murray, and they have two children, Coral and Iris.

BreakAway Dancing 2018

5:30 p.m. May 15

Kye’s, 500 Missouri Ave. in Jeffersonville