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Kentucky Life profiles do-gooders across the state


Kentucky Life profiles do-gooders across the state

For Release: 10/19/16 11:12 AM

KET’s Kentucky Life shares stories of Kentuckians doing good deeds – from helping those in need to preserving Kentucky’s natural beauty. The program airs Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, Nov. 14 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, Kentucky Life travels to Jenkins, where the Missionaries of Charity, started by Mother Teresa, have been working to support the spiritual and physical needs of residents in the area since 1982. One of the mission’s members, Sister Dominga, shares her thoughts about Mother Teresa, who was recently canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church, and details the motivation and goals of the group’s work in Jenkins.

The program also sheds light on the work of the Misfit Island Wildlife Rescue Center in Henderson, which provides care to injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife. Opened in 2011, the 500-acre center is overseen by Max Soaper and Linda Williams, whose efforts helped to care for nearly 600 animals in 2015 alone. Every animal that comes to the facility is provided with food and released onto the predator-free property, which serves as a lifetime safe haven for blind or injured creatures.

Then, Kentucky Life highlights the efforts of volunteers with the Kentucky State Nature Preserve Commission (KSNPC), whose efforts help maintain and protect some 28,000 acres statewide. The program travels to Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve along the Licking River in Harrison County, where longtime volunteer Jim Allen combines his conservation efforts with his wildlife photography hobby. In Powell County, volunteer Kyle Elliott works to maintain the steep trails at Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve, which houses the promontory where it’s believed Daniel Boone first stood and looked out over the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Acting KSNPC director Joyce Bender discusses the role of the commission and the vital service its volunteers perform in preserving some of Kentucky’s most cherished natural areas.

The program also stops in at Danville’s Grace Café, a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to providing locally-sourced, nutritious food to residents, regardless of their ability to pay.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are John Schroering, Gary Pahler and Matt Grimm.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications