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Remembering Molly

Molly Johnson Foundation provides relief for families with special needs children Robin and JoJo Johnson turned the unimaginable heartache of losing a child into a charitable effort that has helped dozens of families in the Jeffersontown area and beyond. Founded in 2012, the Molly Johnson Foundation was created to make a difference in the lives of special needs children and their families. Robin and JoJo, who live in Fisherville but attend St. Michael Catholic Church in Jeffersontown, wanted to find a way to connect with special needs children while also carrying on the legacy of their daughter. “We started the ...

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Peace Out

Peace Water Winery donates 50 percent of profits to charities Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Amy Payne It’s not just another Indiana winery. But, then, the story of owners Scott and Laura Burton is no ordinary story either. Scott, a former attorney, was looking for a change. He needed a break from the demands of the high-pressure corporate law lifestyle. In the short term, after leaving the law firm, Burton made an investment. He invested in a sports facility in Fishers, a 56,000 square-foot sports facility called The Fieldhouse. The business venture was a success, so after a time, ...

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Tee Off For a Cause

Special Olympics of Hamilton County hosts 15th annual Golf Outing Writer / Joshua Lowe Fifteen years ago Chuck Lemasters had an idea. He wanted to celebrate his 40th birthday in a way that would give back to the community. Since his grade school days, he had always felt a strong connection to special needs students. So, he decided he would help the Hamilton County Special Olympics. “I’ve always thought that if I ever got to the point where I can help others, I will,” says Chuck, who is now celebrating his 15th year of running the golf outing for the ...

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Trip of a Lifetime Inspires Charity That is Saving Lives

Judy Kendall set out to travel the world and in the process found inspiration to make a difference. Writer  /  Lynda Hedberg Thies Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer In 2007 Judy Kendall had just sent her youngest child off to college and began contemplating what the next chapter of her life would look like. Working full time at IU Health, Judy was an organizer and self-described detail-oriented person, not someone to go anywhere without a plan. But now an empty nester, she remembered her lifelong dream to travel to Africa. Eventually, she and a friend, who happened to be a native ...

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Reds, Whites & Brews: Gala Supporting the Historic Christamore House

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky On October 8 at Meridian Hills Country Club, the Christamore House Guild will celebrate Reds, Whites & Brews, an event to support the Christamore House. Guild member and Event Chair Kim Troyer is leading the fundraising efforts. The Christamore House Community Center has served the near westside Haughville community for over 111 years. In 1905, Butler University students Anna Stover and Edith Surbey opened Christamore House with the motto, “Improvement is the aim, friendship the principle.” Beginning with kindergarten, youth clubs, medical care for infants and home economics classes encompassed the early curriculum. In order to ...

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Year-End Charitable Giving Tips

Writer  /  Alaina Sullivan Many people wait until the end of the year to make special donations to their favorite charitable organization of their choosing. It could be the holiday spirit inspiring a little giving or the desire to take advantage of the tax benefits that come along with writing off a charitable donation. No matter what your motivation may be, be sure you donate wisely with the following tips. Research the organization Be sure that the organization is organized under state law. “A charitable organization must be both charitable and ‘organized’ under state law,” said Joey Asbury, CPA with ...

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