Sunflower Kids supports, empowers, and strengthens adult and child survivors of domestic violence by collaborating with central Kentucky agencies to provide safe, supervised visitation services. The organization works toward a vision of diverse communities free of violence, where all individuals are safe and treated with the respect they deserve. True to this inclusive mission, Sunflower Kids recognizes that the abused partner is not always female and that families experiencing domestic violence are not always heterosexual. For the safety of adults and children, visits take place at Sunflower Kids' secure facility, which has a number of security measures in place, such as staggered arrival and departure times and separate entrances and exits. A visitation monitor stays in the room during each session to observe interactions between the child and the parent who poses the safety concern, making sure the child is both physically and emotionally safe.
Fostering Goodwill supports children who age out of the foster-care system through one-on-one mentoring and social-services assistance. Its programs include distributing household items to youth—whether for a college dorm room or their own apartments, donating baby-care items for new mothers, and providing second-chance scholarships for young adults with delinquent postsecondary accounts.
The Blue Grass Sportsmen's League is not just concerned with entertaining its members with various outdoor sporting activities; the nonprofit organization also dedicates itself to conservation, hunter education, and habitat restoration. At the expansive facility—which is tucked into the Jessamine County woods and bordered on three sides by the river—three separate ranges help hunters improve their accuracy before they participate in carefully managed hunting for deer, pheasant, and wild bull's-eyes. A spring-fed fishing lake with species limits is stocked with bluegill, catfish, and bass, and a dog-training field safely prepares canines for upcoming trips. Blue Grass Sportsmen's League also invites guests to practice tactical maneuvers and re-create Jackson Pollock's Autumn Rhythm on its two paintball fields.
The Kentucky Arts Council, in conjunction with state of Kentucky, packs 30 years’ worth of experience and excitement into Kentucky Crafted: The Market, and it shows. The weekend festival collects more than 200 exhibitors from all walks of self-expression, be they artists, musicians, artisanal food products, or writers. They populate the expansive halls of the Lexington Convention Center with their handmade artwork, giving the public a chance to interact with them, order custom artworks, or just see and sample some goods. After navigating aisles full of artful sights, sounds, and smells, guests can relax and catch a concert at the Kentucky Stage music festival, a simultaneous event that collects beloved musicians from across the state. With all of this activity, its no wonder that the Southeast Tourism Society has named the festival one of the top 20 events in the region for each of the past 15 years.
Established in 1967, Henry County Country Club takes pride in remaining a hidden gem. But to its members and anyone who's ever golfed there, the property's beauty is no secret. During rounds, Kentucky's natural rolling hills surround golfers as they conquer the challenges and traverse the pristine fairways of the 18-hole course. A practice range invites them to warm up by swinging a club instead of starting a bonfire around the first pin and the bar and grill area invites players to grab a bite or a brew. For members, Henry County Country Club also offers an array of extras, including pool activities and social events.
The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation—started by the Bengals quarterback and his wife—provides a combination of daily services and life-changing experiences for seriously ill and physically challenged children. Its four primary programs support children and their families throughout their medical experiences. Date Night gives parents a free private dinner as an opportunity to spend time on their own while their children play together at the Hilton Downtown. King for a Day sends children to Kings Island theme park with fast lane passes, snack vouchers, and free T-shirts. As part of the organization's focus on daily needs, the Pass it On program distributes medical equipment to families who cannot endure the financial expense, and The Hub stocks hospitals with entertainment and educational resources.