USA Cares to Live-Stream Annual Patriotic Gala Event Thursday, Oct 1 2020 

Veteran & Military Family Support Organization Hosts Interactive Gala and Auctions Benefiting Heroes in Distress

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY (September 30, 2020) – Skip the high heels and starched suits and attend the 2020 USA Cares Gala from the comfort of home! In response to concerns about COVID-19, USA Cares will live-stream its 2020 Virtual Gala on YouTube and Facebook on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 7:00 PM EST. This special online event will celebrate USA Cares’ 17 years of service to our heroes, honor veterans and military families, and raise funds to support those struggling from the adverse effects of service.

Despite this change in format, USA Cares’ annual tradition of paying tribute to veterans, service members, and their families while raising funds to support to them in their hour of need remains the same, with a few extra perks for attendees along the way. Tickets to this year’s Gala are free, and participants can attend this special online event regardless of location. Guests who pre-register online at will receive a virtual swag bag full of freebies, coupons, and other exclusive content on the day of the Gala.

“With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, we’ve had to make a few changes to our biggest night of the year,” said Heather Moses, Development Director at USA Cares. “Doing our annual Gala in a virtual format is certainly a first for us. However, we’re excited that by broadcasting this year’s Gala on YouTube and Facebook, one of Louisville’s most unique and patriotic events of the year will now be accessible to more guests than ever before.”

Guests will have an opportunity to bid on various items and luxury experiences in live and silent auctions, enter raffles to win several prized bourbons, and more. Additionally, the program will feature a live “bidding for good” virtual paddle raise, where guests are encouraged to make a life-changing donation to support military families, all from their computers or mobile devices.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the current unmet needs of military men and women have grown substantially,” said Aubrey Gonzalez, Communications Manager for USA Cares. “Since March, we have experienced a significantly higher volume of requests for emergency aid, most of which were triggered by COVID-19. Veterans who suffer from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, and anxiety are at higher risk of veteran suicide, and we have been working relentlessly to provide relief to our heroes and their children during this challenging time.”

Sponsors for the 2020 Virtual Gala include Delta Dental, CKE Restaurants (Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr.), Atria Senior Living, Dismas Charities, Armag, Enterprise Holdings, Humana Military, Dr. Mark E. Chariker, Pride Mobility, Spectrum Financial Alliance, Mister P Express, Brown-Forman, Park Community Credit Union, Karl Truman Law Office, Kentucky Farm Bureau, UAW Local 862, AgentLink, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, MacLellan Integrated Services, Bramco, Brandeis, EXP Realty (Steve Hall), Johnson CPA & Associates, GE Appliances, The Parker Family, Phelps-Sells, Turnock & Laventis, Westport Whiskey & Wine, Beam Suntory, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and TOPS Louisville.

All proceeds from this event will support USA Cares’ mission to provide post-9/11 military veterans, service members, and their families with emergency financial assistance and post-service skills training. USA Cares’ services improve veterans and their families’ quality of life and reduce potential factors that can contribute to veteran suicide.

Additional sponsorships are available on the 2020 Virtual Gala ticketing, auction, and raffle page at For more information about this event, contact Heather Moses at or 800-773-0387, ext. 103.

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Rusty Satellite Goes for Holi Gin; and Visits the Morton Center Thursday, Sep 12 2019 

The Rusty Satellite Show, the city’s most interesting podcast, returns for week 323 with visits to a little-known warehouse on St. Louis Avenue in the West End and to the Morton Center, located in the what many residents know as the old Hasenour’s Restaurant. And it’s all put together in the Re/Max Properties East Studio on Timberwood Circle.

Kartik Kamat moved here with his family when he was eight. By the time he enrolled at U of L, he was already involved in business and an aspiring entrepreneur, which is how he ended up with thousands of Beanie Babies. After getting his MBA at U of L, Kamat ended up running the family business, Granite America, and fulfilling his dream to become a spirits maker. Thus, the story of Holi Gin and its colorful packaging ensued.

If you’re reading/listening on Thursday, Sept. 12, it’s time for Give For Good Louisville, a community-wide promotion for donations to charities. One of those doing good work is The Morton Center, where I caught up with CEO Priscilla McIntosh. She told me about her organization’s work to stop addiction and about the problems she sees every day. McIntosh shares her own experience living with an addict.

I had to squeeze the show in between unproductive trips to the courthouse for jury duty, and let’s just say I don’t like it. Whitney Austin offered an inspiring talk at the Breakfast of Champions about her work to stop gun violence with the Whitney Strong non-profit. And it’s a big weekend — the first of three consecutive music festivals kicks off with Hometown Rising at the Fairgrounds, and it’s time for the annual Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown.

All that and more on the longest-running podcast in the ‘Ville, brought to you by Passport Health Plan, the Eye Care Institute, Heuser Health and the Sokoler Team at Re/Max Properties East. Call me at 502-439-6391 to talk about local real estate.

Priscilla McIntosh at the Morton Center

Kartik Kamat at Holi Gin

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NPOTM: Louisville Public Media Wednesday, Oct 3 2012 

One of the many things I love about Louisvillagers is their willingness to come together and share ideas. The idea for Non-Profit of the Month sprang from a conversation I had during a lunch with the lovely and talented Robyn Sekula in late May. So next time you see her, thank her.

Each month for the foreseeable future, My Loueyville will feature an ad and promoted content from a non-profit that I believe in and want to celebrate. On the website, you'll see a prominent ad and throughout the month, the blog will feature guest posts, contests, and/or special posts related to that non-profit.

When I was weighing my move to Louisville, I made a pro/con list. The "con" side of the list consisted of mostly ill-informed stereotypes like "1) It's in Kentucky" (hence the name of the podcast I co-host).

The pro list looked like this:

1) Bourbon
2) Bluegrass music
3) Great Public Radio

Again, still ill-informed... I got a healthy dose of Bluegrass music when I lived in Knoxville, TN for a summer with WDVX. I just assumed I would get even more in, you know, the Bluegrass State.

But I came to Louisville Public Media before I even moved here. Before I visited for the first time, I googled Louisville Public Radio to make a mental note of the channel just in case I decided to rent a car. I was floored to discover that there was not just one station but three.

New Orleans has some damned good public radio, but what always bummed me out was that there were so few options when it came to talk programming. We had "Car Talk" and "Wait Wait" and "A Prairie Home." The standard news programs of course. But-- if I remember correctly-- only classical music from 9am til 4pm and from 7pm on. And all day on Sunday.

I did a happy dance at my computer when I brought up WFPL's programming. And that was before the programming got as awesome as it is now. So. Much. Talk.

And you may think that my "pro" list is silly or tongue-in-cheek, but as Kai Ryssdal is my witness, the quality public radio in Louisville was a very big reason why I decided to take the plunge and move here.

I'm super-excited to be going to see Stephen Tobolowsky this Friday at the Kentucky Center. If you aren't listening to the "Tobolowsky Files" on WFPL at 9pm on Thursdays or on his podcast, you're missing something special.  But it was the final lines of his bio that made me swell with love for our Louisville Public Radio.

His bio concludes: "He currently performs his stories on “The Tobolowsky Files” at and on iTunes. They are also broadcast weekly on radio in Seattle, Louisville, and Austin. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons."

Right? His brilliant show is only on three stations... and Louisville's WFPL is one of them.

It's pledge drive month. So October is the perfect month to make Louisville Public Media my Non-Profit of the Month.

Here's my standard pledge drive spiel:

It's that time again, Louisvillagers.

Louisville Public Media is gearing up for their fund drive in a couple of weeks. During the past few fund drives, online personalities have repeatedly said, "Give what you can. Give what Louisville Public Media is worth to you." 

I've realized I really can't afford to give what WFPL and WFPK are worth to me. They are the only radio stations I listen to. WFPL is the source of all my non-online news (and the source of much of my online news as well through their blog). I live in a very NPR world. I probably should pledge 10 times what I actually do in order to really "pay back" what WFPL and WFPK give to my life.

But I can't.

So I volunteer to answer phones. Give a little human capital to the pledge drive. And it is a ton of fun. 

So this fund drive I'm putting a little group of Readers of Loueyville together to volunteer to answer phones at the fund drive. If you're interested in joining us, please drop me an email at Lou (at) Our block of time is from 6pm until 9pm on October 16

If you're reading this blog, you probably listen to one of our public radio stations. So I hope you consider giving back. 

 If you can't join us, volunteer to answer phones on your own. Email: for details. 

You can also pledge in advance . Just click the link or call 502-814-6565.