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Tornado/Disaster Relief Efforts

March 17 Fundraiser to benefit rebuilding in West Liberty, Kentucky

The Bluegrass Community Foundation and the Headley-Whitney Museum are co-sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit rebuilding efforts in West Liberty, Kentucky.

The event, being called the Raise of Hope Fundraiser, will take place Saturday evening at 7:00 at the Headley-Whitney Museum, Old Frankfort Pike in Lexington.


When devastating tornadoes ripped through Eastern Kentucky last week, Shannon Ferguson and his wife Carrie knew they had to do something to help.  Shannon grew up in West Liberty and both he and Carrie have friends and family who were directly impacted by the storms.  So they decided to do what they do best: organize a party to benefit rebuilding efforts in the area.  Their colleague Michele Landers was happy to lend her expertise to the effort.

All proceeds will benefit long-term rebuilding efforts in West Liberty.

The fundraiser will have no overhead costs.  Shannon, Carrie and Michele have secured support from their colleagues in the special events business and from other central Kentucky organizations, businesses and individuals.

The Headley-Whitney Museum has donated the use of its beautiful venue.  A live band will perform for free. Local vendors will provide food.  Area businesses have pledged valuable packages for the silent auction.

They have also established the Raise of Hope Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation so that everyone who attends will be able to take a charitable deduction for a portion of the price of admission to the event.

The Raise of Hope Fundraiser will be held at the Headley-Whitney Museum on Old Frankfort Pike at 7:00 pm, Saturday March 17. 

In addition to live music food, a cash bar, and a silent auction, there will be a big-screen TV in the lounge for viewing the NCAA Tournament

The charge for tickets is $40.   They can be purchased online at https://bgcf.quidestargivinq.org/raise.

Or call 859-225-3343 to purchase tickets by phone.

For more information about the Raise of Hope Fundraiser, contact Carrie Ferguson at 859-619-1944 or by email at: eventswithdesign@gmail.com.

For more information about the Raise of Hope Fund or the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation, contact Allison Lankford by email at:  alankford@bgcf.org  or 859-225-3343.

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Below is information about other ways listeners can help with tornado/disaster relief. 

To let us know of other listings we should consider, please e-mail them via THIS LINK.

Kentucky Emergency Management:
www.kyem.ky.gov  (click donations & volunteers tab)

Salvation Armylocal (Madison County) contact: Mark & Sally Love

or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY  (1-800-725-2769)

Red Cross - local (Madison County) contact: Coy Pritchard 

To safely donate to help our neighbors, text "Red Cross" to 90999 to donate $10 for Kentucky Cares You may also help by texting "Storm" 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation will appear on your next phone bill. To give in person: all Central Bank & Kroger locations. via phone: 1.800.red.cross

Kentucky Baptist Convention – local (Madison Co) Contact: Keith Stinson,  Albert & Bonnie Spencer 

United Methodist (UMCOR) -

Local contact(s) (Madison Co.) Berea United Methodist, Skip Little; Richmond First UMC, Charlene Stone

The Bluegrass Community Foundation has started a special fund to provide storm affected Eastern Kentuckians with money to rebuild their homes.   Donations are currently being accepted at:

The Christian Appalachian Project,  an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington,  a private agency supported by Diocesan funds, United Way grants, Federal grants, fees for services, and contributions from clients and friends. All contributions are tax deductible.

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