November 3, 2012 - News, Weather & Sports

November 3, 2012

Feast on Equality

Four years ago the University of Louisville's Office for LGBT Services, and a few concerned community members, noticed there was a significant number of students who did not have a place to spend their Thanksgiving holiday. For these students, the cost of being LGBT included the loss of their support system. Their stories led to the first Alternative Thanksgiving event at U of L. The event brought students and community members together for a shared dinner, in a safe and welcoming location. This simple idea of a home-cooked meal and a network of support has become one of the most treasured student events of the entire year.

The Alternative Thanksgiving is entering its fourth consecutive year in 2012 and this year their reaching deeper into our community to grow and expand the care needed for these students. Therefore, they established the Feast On Equality.

The goal of the event is to provide needed financial resources to support University of Louisville students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). The event is being held on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7pm at the Mellwood Arts Center. It represents the collective commitment of community partners, students, and the Office for LGBT Services at U of L to make sure that every student has the resources they need to succeed in school and have the support they need during the holidays. Some LGBT students approach Thanksgiving with nowhere to spend the holiday because their families reject them. The loss of family support also means a struggle to pay for college and a higher risk for dropping out. The Feast on Equality aims to raise funds to ensure that the university's Office for LGBT Services can meet the needs of these students and create systems of support around them.

The Feast on Equality will feature fine dining and an evening of entertainment. Charla Young, of TV's Power to Change, will serve as master of ceremonies and Wiltshire Pantry will cater the dinner. For tickets or more information, visit

Funds raised will go in support of the C.A.R.E (Community Assistance Resource Engagement) Fund to provide ongoing support for LGBT students at the University of Louisville.


YouthBuild Louisville

YouthBuild Louisville is an education, job and leadership training program designed to help young adults realize their potential. Founded 11 years ago, YouthBuild Louisville has developed a two pronged approach using both classroom and hands on job skills training. The program has graduated 350 participants, helping young adults obtain GEDs and go on to employment and/or post-secondary education. The organization has made a $2.8 million commitment to the Smoketown neighborhood with plans for an expanded campus underway. Within the community, YouthBuild Louisville students have built 10 new homes, rehabbed 15 homes, created 200 community gardens and developed three miles of trails in local parks.

They celebrate Their Vote to Build Strong Young Community Leaders at their 2nd Annual Luncheon and Raffle Extraordinaire, sponsored by PNC Bank on November 6th. The event will to be held at Hotel Louisville, 120 West Broadway from 11:30am to 1pm. WAVE TV's Dawne Gee will Emcee along with Rabbi Joe Rapport from The Temple who will deliver the key note speech.

Tickets are $65 each and tables of 8 are $500. Raffle tickets will also be sold for prizes. Please, visit or call 502-290-6121 for more information.


Annual Holiday Gift Show


November 13th

4pm - 8pm

November 14th & 15th

10am – 7pm

Wine served daily (not complimentary)

Wednesday and Thursday, Lunch catered by Mastersons (not complimentary)

11am – 2pm

 Over 21-years ago, a small group of women with small businesses organized an annual holiday boutique, which has grown into a highly anticipated, well-attended show. Today, over 30 juried vendors participate, consisting of local artists, business owners and KY Crafters. Temptations Holiday Gift Show will be guilt-free shopping for yourself or others showcasing antiques, clothing, gifts, photography, pillows, pottery, paper, stationary handbags, jewelry, foods and more!

Tuesday, November 13 starts off the Holiday Celebration of Shopping and Giving!  Bring friends, family or simply yourself to find unique gems and gifts while giving back to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  The silent auction, which takes place Tuesday Evening, will benefit this cause. 

MS stops people from moving. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) exists to make sure it doesn't.   The NMSS addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS and other health organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.  In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, in 2010 the NMSS also donated an additional $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world and hopes to fund a total of $250 million in MS research from 2011-2015. The NMSS is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at


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