So just like that—SNAP!—summer is over and we are smack-dab into fall. Schools are in full session, pools are closed, sunshine turned liquid. Noses to the grindstone, we’ve stepped up the pace. Where does the time go?

Can’t say I was finished with summer, but I can say everyone seems to be going at warp speed.

Just consider what’s been going on in Northern Kentucky. Here are just a few examples:

Samaritan’s Feet, an international nonprofit, helped some River City schools get off to a running start by providing free shoes to all kids in public schools in Newport, Bellevue and Dayton. Thanks to underwriting by WalMart, the Calipari Foundation and local funding from Southbank, the Butler Foundation, Dennis Keene, AT&T and the NKy Tribune, nearly 2,000 kids got new shoes.

The events at the schools involved hundreds of volunteers—washing feet (which is what Samaritan’s Feet does), personally fitting each child with a new pair of socks and new shoes and engaging in a special connection with new friends.

The involvement and generosity of Northern Kentuckians is always an amazing sight to see.

Great news for the new Horizon Community Funds—an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million challenge gift in support of its new Community Impact Fund. The match challenge will offer $1 for every $2 donated to the unrestricted fund of the foundation through the end of the year.

The Horizon foundation, under the leadership of Nancy Grayson, also announced an amazing Funders’ Grants collaboration with four others—the Butler Foundation, Charles H. Dater Foundation, R.C. Durr Foundation and the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation—to hold a mini-grant competition in November. Nonprofits will be able to pitch their best ideas to compete for grants.

Showing a lot of heart and class, Notre Dame Academy presented a diploma to Margaret Ann Koeninger who now lives at the Rosedale Green Senior Care facility. She was offered a full four-year scholarship to the schools in 1943 but her family couldn’t afford transportation from her home in Newport. 

Margaret went to work to help support her family and later married and became the mother of 12. She is now Margaret Zink-Fritsch. She never got to finish high school or go to Notre Dame Academy—but President Laura Koehl and Principal Jack VonHandorf presented her with an honorary degree and congratulated her for a life as a “servant leader” who made an impact.

Here’s another heartwarming story about our senior citizens who just want to have a little fun.

Colonial Gardens teamed up with international foundation Second Wind Dreams to make dreams come true for their residents.

The dream? A happy hour with Elvis, of course. The Elvis was Tyler Christopher, an Elvis impersonator—and a rockin’ good time was had by all.

Generosity doesn’t stop. The Point/Arc broke ground on its new Dr. Anthony and Geraldine Zembrodt Education Center in downtown Covington, making way for a facility to hold educational activities, social communication, advocacy and employment services under one roof and increase the number of special needs people to be served.

Under the leadership of Judi Gerding, the Point/Arc has undertaken a major capital campaign, “Every Gift Counts,” to continue to grow its services, particularly residential homes for its clients.

Enjoy your fall. It can’t rain forever. Can it?

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