People and Places

Make a Splash for Cold Cash with Junior Achievement! 13th Annual Penguin Plunge to benefit JA programs

Bowling Green, Kentucky – Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky announces the return of the “coolest” event in Bowling Green – the 2018 13th Annual Penguin Plunge presented by Bluegrass Cellular. On Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. outside the Sloan Convention Center, dozens of brave individuals will demonstrate their adventurous side and a warm, charitable heart to help a great cause by taking the Plunge – many dressed in festive and unique costumes! Participants will take home a variety of great prizes and will even have a chance to win money in the 2nd Annual $20,000 Cold Cash Challenge presented by Stryker Logistics!  

The Penguin Plunge involves recruiting individuals and teams from the local community who are willing to raise a minimum of $50 in donations to earn the right to jump into the chilly waters of an outdoor pool assembled by Aqualand Pools and Spas in conjunction with the Builders Association Home Expo. The event is designed to raise funds and awareness for Junior Achievement’s programs on money, jobs, and business ownership for area students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

NEW THIS YEAR: Participants will be able to register online, accept online donations, set up text to give donations, and share their fundraising page on social media. Penguin Plunge registration information is available by visiting

Junior Achievement offers fundraising prizes and incentives for various fundraising goals to reward all participants for their contributions. Plungers will turn in their contributions during registration at the Sloan Convention Center, which begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3. The fun begins with a parade of the costumed plungers at 10:30 a.m. where judges will award the Plumage Award to the most creatively dressed “Penguin.” Immediately following the costume contest, teams and individuals will take the Plunge. The Emperor Penguin Award will be given to the individual who raises the most money and group awards will also be presented.
After taking the Plunge, “Penguins” will return to the warmth of the Convention Center locker rooms to dry off and warm up with hot chocolate. $20,000 Cold Cash Challenge presented by Stryker Logistics! Every person who raises at least $100 in pledges for the Penguin Plunge will be entered for a chance to WIN MONEY in the $20,000 Cold Cash Challenge. The Challenge is an added bonus for participating in the Penguin Plunge and it is all a game of luck. To be eligible to participate you must be present for the Cold Cash Challenge presentation, which will take place at the event, and you must raise at least $100 in pledges for the Penguin Plunge.  Join us on March 3rd at the Penguin Plunge to make a splash for cold cash!

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free enterprise. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA offers in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. Junior Achievement offers educational programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development.
This past school year, Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky provided 447 classes in the ten-county region impacting over 10,700 area students. For more information about JA’s programs, visit  

Pink Lily Boutique Announces Expansion Of Headquarters And Fulfillment Center

Nationally known lifestyle brand to invest over $2 million, bring 56 new jobs to South Central Kentucky On February 22, The Pink Lily Boutique announced plans to double the footprint of their state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Bowling Green’s South Central Kentucky Industrial Park to more than 50,000 SF of office and industrial space. This project is a $2.05 million investment that will create up to 56 new jobs over the next five years.

Pink Lily, a local start-up, began operations as a Facebook Group in 2013 selling a limited selection of women’s boutique clothing and accessories to the Bowling Green market. Within the company’s first six months of operations, company owner’s Tori and Chris Gerbig knew product demand was quickly outgrowing fulfillment capacity and was born in January 2014. In the e-commerce site’s first year, sales doubled each month, growing from a projected $50,000 in revenue for the year to $4.1 million. By the end of year two, would grow by 300 percent.

“We are excited to expand our growing business and bring more jobs to the Bowling Green area,” said Pink Lily President Chris Gerbig. “The additional space and employees will allow us to invest in the equipment and inventory necessary to meet the needs of our customers.”
 Since operations began in 2013, Pink Lily has grown to include a flagship brick-and-mortar location on Scottsville Road in Bowling Green, with speculation of opening a second brick-and-mortar location soon. Their offerings have expanded from women’s and children’s clothing to include a custom design department where monogrammed items, embroidery, vinyl designs and screen-printed shirts are available for order. Custom orders have been so successful, the company has invested nearly $100,000 in new equipment to expand their custom department and will launch spin-off site later this year. will specialize in graphic tees for men, women and children.

 “The Pink Lily Boutique is a great example of entrepreneurial determination and success,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “South Central Kentucky is fortunate to be home to the global headquarters of such a great company that has grown from the ground up right here in our backyard. We look forward to their continued growth and success in Bowling Green and across the world.”

 Pink Lily currently employs 45 people and will soon pass $50 million in total sales revenue. Their plan is to exceed $100 million in sales by the end of 2020. They are working with clothing manufacturers to add a Pink Lily branded line, to be sold exclusively under the brand’s umbrella. Their current fulfillment center in Bowling Green ships over 1,000 products daily and has shipped over 1.5 million products since launching in 2014. sees an average of 25,000 visits per day.

 “Pink Lily’s growth and success is impressive, to say the least,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “In just a few short years, they have grown to be a nationally-recognized success. We are glad Pink Lily has been a part of Bowling Green’s unprecedented growth in recent years and will remain an important part of the community for many years to come.”

“Pink Lily has done a great job of capitalizing on opportunities to grow their state-of-the-art facility over the last four years,” said Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “Making Warren County home for not only their distribution and warehousing operations, but to their first brick-and-mortar store speaks volumes about doing business in our community and we are honored to continue to be their home as they grow across the globe.”

Pink Lily Owner’s Tori and Chris Gerbig are both graduates of Western Kentucky University.

The Pink Lily Boutique is the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce’s second economic development project announcement for 2018, totaling $5.05 million in capital investment and 72 new jobs. For available job opportunities and additional information about Pink Lily, visit

United Way Of Southern Kentucky To Help “Feed The Need” Of Local Food Banks; 10Th Annual Regional Food Drive

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is currently holding a region wide food drive aptly titled “Feed the Need” in Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties that will end on March 17th.

“Feed the Need” was created 10 years ago in response to the increased need in our communities for access to basic needs, especially food. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018, “Feed the Need” has now collected more than half a million items for local food pantries that have been distributed to individuals and families in need in Southern Kentucky.

After speaking with the local food pantries that have benefited from the drive in previous years, it is clear that assistance in providing a Safety Net of services like access to food is needed once again this year. Companies, organizations, and groups in Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson and Warren Counties can participate once again by holding internal food drives starting today and delivering those collected items to their county’s distribution location on March 16th.

Volunteers are also needed to pass out flyers and collect donations at participating grocery stores March 16th (10am – 6pm) and March 17th (9am – 1pm) at select grocery stores in each county. Volunteers are also needed at most collection sites in each county to assist with sorting and counting donations.

All donations will benefit food banks in the county in which the donations are collected.
If you are interested in helping to “Feed the Need” by volunteering to run an internal food drive within your company, group, organization, school, or church, or at an in-store drive, sign up by logging onto the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at

T.J. Regional Health welcomes Khabeer Abdul, APRN, FNP-C

Please welcome Khabeer Abdul, APRN, FNP-C, to the T.J. Regional Health team. Khabeer specializes in family medicine, and he is treating patients in the T.J. Health Edmonton Family Practice clinic.

Khabeer attended Tennessee State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay State University.
When asked about his family medicine career choice, Khabeer said, “Entering into a healthcare facility can be scary, whether it’s for an acute visit, follow-up or hospital admission. Each person is an individual and I take great pleasure, pride and consider it a privilege when I take care of patients. Thus I make it a point to involve patients in their care, so there can be shared decision making, ultimately resulting in better health of the patient. What I truly enjoy is delivering care in a compassionate manner, developing professional relationships with the patients, and gaining their trust as they traverse through life.”

Khabeer moved to the area from a larger city. He said, “Being in a bigger city provides a different lifestyle, however, when commuting time exceeds one hour, this creates a problem. Living in a smaller town offers a better lifestyle and the people are a bit friendlier.”
T.J. Regional Health is proud to welcome Khabeer Abdul to our organization. To schedule an appointment with him at the T.J. Health Edmonton Family Practice clinic, please call 270.432.4800.

Kentucky Downs celebrating Grand Reopening Mar. 23

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Thursday, February 22, 2018) — Kentucky Downs is throwing a party to celebrate completion of its extensive clubhouse renovation.

The track’s Grand Reopening will be Friday, March 23 to show off Kentucky Downs’ remodeling of the year-round entertainment center that also is America’s most unique horse-racing venue. The event is for those at least 21 years old. As always, admission and parking are free at Kentucky Downs.

“We will be ready to both exhale and celebrate that our extreme makeover has finally reached the finish line after more than a year, and we’re inviting everybody to join the party,” said Kentucky Downs director of marketing Amber Norris. “Our guests have experienced inconveniences with the construction, and this is one way to pay them back and rejoice in the new look of Kentucky Downs. The Grand Reopening will offer fun and something for everyone. You know it’s going to be a blast with Nashville on-air personalities Moose (of JackFM) and Lunchbox (of the Bobby Bones Show) mixing it up with the crowd. And if the weather is pleasant, people will be able to enjoy our outside terrace.”

Kentucky Downs’ makeover begins at the entrance, with a dramatic porte cochère that will be the drop-off area for a new valet-parking service. The track’s contemporary bar and lounge area will take center stage, literally, with live music from 3-7 pm CT and 8:30 pm-1 am. Guests also can enjoy the new non-smoking section and high-limit gaming area, along with 750 historical horse racing machines featuring 47 unique game titles.

On full display will be the track’s high-tech 10 X 6 foot GoVision screen that provides outstanding lounge and outside terrace viewing of horse racing and sports, including the day’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament regional action. Lucky 7s Diner, located just off the gaming floor, brings the fun vibe of a classic 1950s diner with a menu featuring everything from burgers and milkshakes to prime rib, pasta, and to all-day breakfast.

Among the Grand Reopening festivities:

• Free Kentucky Downs t-shirts to the first 100 guests through the door, plus numerous merchandise giveaways throughout the day and evening. Doors open at 10 am.

• Live music from the Janine Le Clair Band from 3-7 pm and the Chris Hudson Band from 8:30 pm-1 am.

• Live radio remotes, with WCJK 93.6-FM on site 11 am-1 pm, including its popular personality Moose. Guests can spin the JackFM Jackpot Machine for a chance to win Kentucky Downs swag. WSIX 97.9-FM takes over from 1-3 pm, featuring Lunchbox, co-host of the Bobby Bones Show.

• The popular Cash Cube Machine will be in action. Players Club members playing with their cards will be randomly selected to participate in timed cash grabs, keeping any money deposited into the designated receptacle. Guests can participate by signing up for a Players Club membership, which is free and offers rewards such as free play, discounts and eligibility for drawings and promotions.

The renovation allows Kentucky Downs to offer valet parking starting in early March. The cost will be $5, with Platinum and Diamond Club members receiving complimentary valet as part of their member benefits.

Dueling Grounds Distillery Announces R.G. Absher on March 18

Franklin, KY - Dueling Grounds Distillery, the first legal distillery in Franklin, KY is proud to announce a musical event on March 18th, as part of it’s regular Sunday Cocktail event.

Show is $10.00 per person and include a tapas bar. Limited Seating. Craft cocktails, beer and wine are also available. Doors open at 3PM with 2 sets of music at 4 and 6PM. Tickets can be purchased at Dueling Grounds Distillery or by phone at 270-776-9046. More information can be found on the Dueling Grounds Distillery Facebook Page.

March 18th will feature a return to Dueling Grounds Distillery of R.G. Absher from Taylorsville, NC. Absher was born in West Jefferson, in Ashe County, and has lived in western North Carolina most of his life. R.G. spent time with Al Wood, a banjo player from Alexander County, Fred Weaver, an old-time two-finger banjo player from Alleghany County, and Bill Young, a finger-style guitar picker who also played rockabilly. When R.G. started making trips to the British Isles in the early 1990s, he became fascinated with the traditional music he found there and studied it intensely. “I wanted to give my music the hook of Irish influence,” he says. R.G. is a versatile musician, adept at hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, and fiddle. He has produced seven albums and performed extensively in a variety of venues from festivals and stage performances to schools. He has toured Ireland extensively, learning Irish fiddle and ancient Celtic tunes that he then adapted to the hammered dulcimer.