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Dubois County Community Foundation awards Hosparus Health $10,000

June 14, 2019



Gwen Cooper
SVP/Chief External Affairs Officer

Amy Higgs
Public Relations Manager

Dubois County Community Foundation awards Hosparus Health $10,000 for startup grief counseling services; office to open this summer

New Jasper location will allow the not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider to better serve patients and families in its expanded Southern Indiana footprint

(JASPER, IN) — TheDubois County Community Foundationtoday presented Hosparus Healthwith a $10,000 grant to fund grief services at its new Southern Indiana office, which is slated to open in mid-August. The new office, located 225 W. 41st Street, Suite C, in Jasper, will offer comprehensive hospice care and palliative services to patients and families in Dubois, Perry, Orange, Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Pike and Spencer counties. In addition to medical care, hospice includes social and emotional support such as grief counseling during a serious illness and after a patient’s death.

The grant will help fund bereavement programs, including grief support groups for adults and children, a community memorial service and School Grief Relief, a specialized program offered on-site in local elementary, middle and high schools.Led by licensed professionals,Hosparus Health’s grief services are available at no cost to families of hospice patients for up to 13 months after a patient’s death. Many groups and programs are also available at no charge to anyone in the community who is coping with the loss of a family member or friend, including deaths due to homicide, suicide, accident or overdose. The cost for others is based on a sliding scale, and no one is turned down for services due to inability to pay.

“Jasper holds a special place in my heart ever since my dad, Leonard Marshall was involved with the Kimball International Board many years ago.  We know there are many families who could benefit from our supportive care in Dubois and surrounding counties. With our new, centrally located Jasper office, we are fully integrated to better serve the community,” says Phil Marshall, President and CEO of Hosparus Health. “This generous grant from the Dubois County Community Foundation is instrumental in making grief services accessible to residents in the Jasper community and beyond. We’re grateful to have such a strong partner in the Foundation as we further our mission of bringing compassionate, high-quality hospice and palliative care to all families who need it.”

“The Community Foundation is proud to grant in support of mental health services for Dubois County. We’re pleased to see additional providers to help meet the needs of our community and feel this support will foster quality of life for many children and adults, especially during times of crisis,” said Clayton Boyles, Dubois County Community Foundation Executive Director.

For more about Hosparus Health, visit www.hosparushealth.org.

About Hosparus Health

Since 1978, Hosparus Health, a fully accredited not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization, has provided medical care, grief counseling, pain management and much more for people facing serious and life-limiting illnesses in Kentucky and Indiana. Hosparus Health has approximately 700 employees and 700 volunteers who care for almost 8,500 patients and families every year. To learn more, visit www.hosparushealth.org.

News Release – Purdue Announces Local BoilerMAKER Showcase – Thursday, April 19, 2018

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For further information, contact:
Andrew Takami • atakami@purdue.edu • 812.590.9185 (office) • 812.207.6666 (cell)
Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University

Purdue Announces Local BoilerMAKER Showcase

Purdue Polytechnic New Albany is hosting the community for Purdue’s annual BoilerMAKER Showcase, an event – targeted to the community – that showcases student innovative projects. The event will be from 1:00-3:00 PM, in New Albany, at the Purdue Technology Center’s Shine Family Conference Room.

“The BoilerMAKER Showcase is an opportunity for Polytechnic students to show off their hard work on projects from the last year,” said Joseph Dues, Jr., associate professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue in New Albany. “Our classes include real projects from local industry and this is a chance to see the results of those partnerships in the form of prototypes, media and other solutions.”

Through conference style posters and demonstrations of individual and team-based projects, Purdue students will share their projects with the community.

“People ask all of the time what ‘Polytechnic’ means,” said Andrew Takami, director of Purdue in New Albany. “It’s our broad-based approach, using many technologies, to solve real-world problems through innovative solutions,” he said. “The Showcase is very much a mini maker faire.”

In conjunction with Purdue, the event is sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.

Purdue Polytechnic New Albany is one of nine locations in Indiana that offer the College’s degree programs across the state, through West Lafayette. More than 250 students are enrolled in the Greater Louisville Region – on the New Albany campus – in one of eight bachelor degree programs.

Visit www.polytechnic.purdue.edu/new-albany to learn more about Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University.


Press Release | New Albany Underground Railroad Site Wins Restoration Prize

New Albany Underground Railroad Site Wins Restoration Prize

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Landmarks announced Second Baptist Church in New Albany as the winner of the 2018 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit organization that saves historic places, will present the award at its annual Rescue Party on April 28 in Indianapolis.

“Second Baptist Church matters to people far beyond its small congregation because of the building’s role in the Underground Railroad and the example it represents for us in the present,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. The restoration was a community-wide initiative spearheaded by the Friends of Town Clock Church, the name most people in New Albany use for the building at 300 East Main Street.

Indiana Landmarks has presented the Cook Cup since 2007, when it created the award to honor Bloomington’s Cook family for their restoration of the West Baden Springs Hotel. The Cook Cup recognizes the owner of a significant historic structure that has been transformed through a restoration that meets the highest standards in method, materials and design. The judges also take into consideration the importance of the structure, its condition at the outset, and the project’s community impact.

Five years ago, as Second Baptist prepared to celebrate a milestone anniversary, its 1852 building faced costly challenges—a leaking roof, broken clock, peeling paint, and disintegrating stained-glass windows. The landmark was nearing condemnation, a burden that consumed the small congregation.

“Right about when the situation looked darkest, Jerry Finn and Irv Stumler showed up in my office and offered to help us restore the church,” says Rev. LeRoy Marshall, the pastor. Finn, the executive director of the Horseshoe Foundation, and Stumler, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, joined others in creating the nonprofit Friends of Town Clock Church. Finn was the primary fundraiser and Stumler acted as the volunteer construction manager.

The group initially intended to fix the roof and clock tower and repaint the trim, according to Alice Miles, who chairs the friends group. “There was so much support for this project, in both money and in-kind donations, that we expanded the scope. We repaired the stained-glass windows, re-created the original main doors and exterior lanterns, ” she said.

Success and commitment inspired the Friends’ board to dream even bigger. They raised $175,000 to re-create the steeple, lost to a lightning strike in 1915. “No one thought we could do it,” says Finn. A grant from the city helped make the steeple re-creation possible.

“No one alive had seen that steeple. I never in a thousand years thought I’d see the steeple back, and I’m an optimist,” notes Floyd County Historian and City Council Member David Barksdale. Padgett Construction donated the cranes and the labor to reinforce the tower and roof with steel to meet the building and seismic codes the steeple required.

Contributions ranged from $5 to $96,000, along with in-kind donations of labor and materials. The clock tells the time and the bell chimes the hour for the first time in four decades.

Second Presbyterian Church, an integrated but predominantly white congregation, built the church from 1849 to 1852. The evangelical congregation was moved by Christian benevolence to minister to African Americans who lived in the city as well as those escaping slavery in the south. Helping slaves escape to freedom was a dangerous business. While Indiana was a free state, in New Albany the city’s major industries depended on trade with the south and pro-slavery forces dominated, according to Underground Railroad historian Pam Peters.

“The church’s 150-foot steeple, visible across the Ohio River in Louisville, acted as a beacon to African Americans fleeing bondage, steering them to a place where they could get medical care and assistance in traveling farther north to safety,” notes Peters, a New Albany resident. In 2017, the church’s designation as a national Network to Freedom site confirmed its role in the Underground Railroad.

The Presbyterians sold the building in 1889 to Second Baptist Church, an African American congregation well aware of the building’s history as a haven. Although the lightning strike destroyed the steeple, it left the clock, which led people to call it the Town Clock Church. The name suggests the sense of community ownership and attachment to the site.

People spent all day camped out to watch when the steeple was hoisted in place in 2016, with many teary-eyed at the meaning and scale of the accomplishment. From many vantage points, including coming across the Sherman Minton Bridge from Kentucky—the steeple stands out. “The brass ball at the top glows like the halo on an angel. It shows there is a God,” says Church Treasurer Monica Sutton.

Although exterior restoration was the initial goal, the Friends of Town Clock Church expanded the scope again when they moved inside, repairing plaster, recapturing the original interior paint scheme and stenciling, restoring the original gasoliers, and refurbishing the lower-level fellowship hall where the congregation worships on most Sundays to conserve energy.

The congregation opens the sanctuary for community events, tours, and special seasonal services. Every third grader in Floyd County schools comes to tour the church and hear about the Underground Railroad. “Churches can get insular, and the restoration has opened Second Baptist up and made us more inclusive and community-minded,” says Rev. Marshall. “Our own congregation has given more, and taken more ownership. The restoration infused us—the church and the community—with enthusiasm. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”

“You can do more ministry when you’re not worried sick about how to patch the roof. Through Indiana Landmarks’ Sacred Places program, Second Baptist is in touch with other churches who share similar ambitions, and we’re getting invaluable training in fundraising and community engagement. We’re formulating a five-year plan—spiritual, financial, programmatic—and it includes construction of a terraced Underground Railroad Garden in our back yard with a gazebo fashioned from the roof of the old clock tower. It’s another place we can engage the community,” Rev. Marshall adds.

Five years ago, there was so much work to do, and complete restoration seemed out of the question. But the Friends of Town Clock Church raised $725,000 to date for the restoration, as well as the  creation of a maintenance endowment housed at the community foundation.

People contributed because the place provides a daily visual reminder of the right way to behave when confronted by injustice and pain, even when helping might be dangerous. “Looking to the future when we may need to take a stand, the Town Clock Church is a living lesson for our community,” says Finn.


Media contacts:
Tina Connor, Indiana Landmarks Executive Vice President, 317-822-7903, cell 317-946-3127 tconnor@indianalandmarks.org
Jen Thomas, jen@jtprinc.com, 317-441-2487
Rev. LeRoy Marshall, Pastor, Second Baptist Church, 502-428-7517, marshalll9@twc.com
Jerry Finn, Executive Director, Horseshoe Foundation, 812-948-6014, jfinn@horseshoefoundation.org


Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit www.indianalandmarks.org.





Press Release | Celebrate Mom All Month Long at French Lick Resort

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2018


A “Mom”entous Month of May at French Lick Resort

FRENCH LICK, IN (March 7, 2018) – As influential and invaluable as moms are, they deserve more than just their 24 hours in the sun on Mother’s Day. That’s why French Lick Resort is extending the celebration to 31 days of love that will span the entire month.

“Celebrate Mom All Month Long” will treat mothers and their families to special programming throughout the month of May and all across the resort. Whether mom’s idea of fun is a day on the links, a night at the casino, putting paintbrush to canvas or unwinding with a good glass of wine, there is something to make every mom’s month special.

The centerpiece of the month for moms is Mother’s Day weekend, with a Sunday brunch on May 13 as well as a Mother’s Day package including overnight accommodations at West Baden Springs Hotel, brunch for two and flowers delivered to her room. Mothers can also take advantage of a complimentary round of golf from Friday, May 11, through Monday, May 14, at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick where moms can play free with a paying guest.

Moms enjoying crafty ventures will also want to partake in a brand-new event being offered at French Lick Resort for the first time. Cheers to Pallet Painting, set for Monday, May 7 (6pm), allow the chance to relax, sip and paint in an instructed class yielding a decorative creation to take home as well.

With spring in full gear, French Lick Resort will be buzzing in May with a wide range of events and activities that moms could indulge in. Here is the rundown on some of them:

Afternoon Tea • Every Saturday, 2-4pm; May 12 Afternoon Tea in Sinclair’s Restaurant

The West Baden Springs Hotel atrium is the ideal setting for a proper afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and petit fours served alongside a selection of gourmet teas.

Wine Pairings • Friday, May 4 • 8 pm

Experience wine tasting with American and European wine presentations by the house wine expert at West Baden Springs Hotel. Wines are paired with a variety of hors d’oeuvres.

Mother’s Day Brunch • Sunday, May 13 • 10am-3pm

Treat mom to a meal with everything. The Mother’s Day Brunch in the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium features everything from comfort food to seafood plus omelet and waffle stations, carved meats, a variety of entrees, a children’s menu and a wonderland of desserts.

Mixology Class • Sundays, May 6 & 20 • 5pm

Get a spirited education behind the evolution of the cocktail. Our West Baden mixologist will provide demos and samples of drinks served alongside hors d’oeuvres.

Wine and Canvas • Saturday, May 12 • 5:30pm

Raise a glass and raise a paintbrush as two relaxing pastimes come together in a memorable afternoon at West Baden Springs Hotel. Participants will have a one-of-a-kind creation to take home from this instructed class.

Pour a Glass, Paint a Glass • Tuesday, May 22 • 6pm

Pop the cork on your artistic side and learn basic tricks and tips for painting wine glasses. Have a glass with us, then have your own customized glass to take with you.

Wine and Dessert Soirée • Friday, May 25 • 8pm

Indulge in house-made desserts paired with wine varietals from around the world.

French Lick Family Classic 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1 Mile Mini • Saturday, May 19; kids’ race at 8:15 am and 5K race at 9:30am

Race in for our annual 5K and kids’ race, which will feature other family-friendly activities like a bounce house, Pop-a-Shot, art station and crazy hair station.

French Lick Resort also features hotel packages that are ideal for treating mom to a full experience:

Mother’s Day Package: This makes Mother’s Day a breeze for everybody. Treat her to an overnight stay in the Old World elegance of West Baden Springs Hotel, and a special Mother’s Day brunch for two in the atrium. Flowers for mom delivered to your room are the cherry on top of this weekend.

SpaCation Package: Experience the ultimate in relaxation with a SpaCation at either of our two world-class spas. Reserve overnight accommodations and receive $200 in spa credit for any special treatment of your choice.

Girlfriends’ Getaway Package: The ultimate rest-and-reboot sabbatical. Includes an overnight stay, bottle of Champagne and chocolates for your group to share. Start the day off right with a $100 breakfast credit, and plan a girls’ day out at one of our world-class spas with a $400 spa credit.

The gift of choice is always a perfect option for mom, and French Lick Resort gift cards can be redeemed at a range of resort venues such as restaurants, retail shops, spas and golf courses. Gift cards never expire and can be customized in amount.

To learn more about gift cards, hotel packages and the other mom-centered activity across French Lick Resort coming up in May, check out our website.


About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and French Lick Casino. This Midwest premiere resort destination features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 165,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

Dyan Duncan
Public Relations Manager
French Lick Resort

Tessa Higgs
Public Relations Coordinator
French Lick Resort

Thank you,

French Lick Resort
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
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Press Release | Derby Dinner Playhouse will present the smash hit Broadway musical MAMMA MIA!

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Clarksville, Indiana                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Derby Dinner Playhouse will present the smash hit Broadway musical MAMMA MIA!, opening February 21 and running through April 8, 2018. For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit derbydinner.com.

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — a dream that includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, MAMMA MIA! is a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

MAMMA MIA!, with a book by Catherine Johnson and music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, is a musical based around the music from the band, ABBA, of which Andersson and Ulvaeus were both members. Active between 1972 and 1982, the Swedish pop/dance group is one of the most popular international groups of all time. Memorable songs included in MAMMA MIA! are “Dancing Queen”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “The Winner Takes It All”, and many more.

MAMMA MIA! is under the direction of Lee Buckholz with choreography by Heather Paige Folsom and Musical Direction by Scott Bradley. The cast will include Jillian Prefach, Kayla Eilers, Mandi Elkins Hutchins, Elizabeth Loos, Matthew Brennan, Bobby Conte, and more.

This enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship features explosive dance numbers and a trip down the aisle you won’t soon forget!

PRESS RELEASE | Louisville Bespoke to host internationally recognized fashion designers

Contact Information:

Name: Yamilca Rodriguez

Mobile: 513.884.6508

Email: Louisvillebespoke@gmail.com



Press Release:

LOUISVILLE, February 15, 2017. In recent years, Louisville has transformed into an intersection of the creative and entrepreneurial. The forefront of our city’s popular destinations and businesses involve art, music, food, and very soon: fashion.

On March 24th, the inaugural Louisville Bespoke Fashion Show will bring together both local, national, and internationally recognized designers in a celebration of designer talent from around the city. This presents a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with designers on the forefront of fashion at local and global levels. The lineup will feature internationally renowned designers including Gunnar Deatherage of Lifetime’s Project Runway seasons 9 & 10, and Lifetime’s Project Runway All-Stars season 4. Other attendees will include Louisville stars such as singer Shania Robinson.

The idea is the brainchild of former Proctor and Gamble executive, Yamilca Rodriguez. In her words, “A community creates a fashion mecca with collaboration between members of the community, artists, designers and dreamers and even local government. Louisville is a modern city that welcomes diversity, creative talent, and fashion.” She then quotes Coco Chanel, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Founder Yamilca created Louisville Bespoke to raise awareness and activity in the fashion community in Louisville. “The vision of Louisville Bespoke,” she says, “is to provide a studio space and classroom space with sewing machines and worktables for designers, artists, and entrepreneurs to collaborates and share ideas.”

Join us for the Inaugural Louisville Bespoke Spring Fashion Show, celebrating the local fashion community and its designers. The money raised will go towards sewing machines and sewing equipment.

The current list of designers and artists is as follows:

The event will be held at 7pm on March 24th at the Louisville Speed Art Museum. Tickets are still available at www.louisvillebespoke.com, but selling fast. General Admission is $35, and Reserved Seating is $55. VIP tickets are available for those interested in attending the pre-show cocktail party.