Betting on a Brighter Future

The 5th Annual MAC Matters Gala was truly a night to remember.  Community members from all across the bluegrass were out and about for the annual Meade Activity Center (MAC) Matters Gala, held in Brandenburg, Ky. on March 21. The annual gala provided a venue to celebrate another successful year filled with activities, programs, and special events at the MAC. This year’s guest of honor, Todd Wagner provided a very intriguing Q&A while attendees enjoyed the newest twist on the event, a Monte Carlo Casino Night, provided by Powers Paper Company for all to enjoy.  In addition to the night’s events, MAC Board Chairman John Beavin announced intentions to move forward with plans to construct phase 1 of the new Meade Activity Center facility.

Todd and Kari Wagner have played a key role in the success to date of the MAC.  Kari, a Meade County native who grew up in Battletown, KY has been an advocate since the MAC’s inception. The Wagners have landed numerous notable guest speakers for the annual event in the past including Kenny Perry, Dan Rather, Don Henley, and Monica Seles. Proceeds from this event are earmarked for financial scholarships applicable for programs and events designed for youth, adults, and seniors.  This year’s gala will go down as one of the most successful to date, yielding over $70,000.00

The MAC would like to thank our 2014 Gala sponsors. Todd Wagner Foundation, The Lusk Group, Brandenburg Pharmacy, LG&E and KU Energy, The Cecilian Bank, Meade County Bank, Powers Paper Company, Hardin Memorial Hospital, Farm Bureau Insurance-Greg Beavin, Rivertown Spirits, Monument Chemical, Brandenburg Telephone Co., and Mr. Dan Rather (guest of honor 2011).

A special thanks goes out to Gala volunteers including Gala Chair Stephanie Parker, Auction coordinators Mike & Diana Greenwell, and all of the individuals who played a role in making the event a night we won’t soon forget.

Images from the Gala can be viewed here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.555396504558014.1073741833.298794823551518&type=3

 

MAC Gala Sold Out!

We are looking forward to a great event tomorrow evening, March 21st, for our 5th Annual MAC Matters Gala.

The event is officially sold out and should be a very entertaining evening for all in attendance.

Friday: March 21st, 6:30 p.m. Farm Bureau Community Building, Brandenburg, KY 40108

Get Your MAC Gala Tickets!

Individual tickets and tables for the upcoming 5th Annual MAC Matters Gala on Friday, March 21st, are now on sale.  Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Todd Wagner will be our guest of honor for this year’s event.  Seating priority is based on the order of reservation and purchase, so the sooner that you act the better your seat!  We are excited to add to the festivities at the gala with our first ever Casino Night for all guests.   New this year will be a “Monte Carlo” themed event sponsored by Powers Paper Company and provided by Black Diamond Casino Events of Cincinnati.   Guests will receive a voucher for $25,000 to bet on games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em, Let It Ride and others.  No actual money will be gambled; chips won will put players in the running for three prizes to be distributed at the end of the night.  Prizes include a package from both Belterra Casino & Resort and Horseshoe Casino & Resort.   Live coverage of NCAA March Madness will also be provided during the event.  Tickets are now on sale at a cost of $100 per person.  For more information, please contact the MAC Office, 493 Lawrence Street, Brandenburg, KY 40108.

To purchase event tickets, visit our online shop here:  http://shop.meadeactivitycenter.com 

  Powers Paper

Todd Wagner to be 5th Annual MAC Matters Gala Speaker

toddWagner Individuals tickets and Tables to the 2014 MAC Matters Gala featuring Todd Wagner on Friday, March 21st, are now on sale!

The Meade Activity Center has announced that entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Wagner will be the guest of honor at the 5th Annual MAC Matters Gala on Friday, March 21, 2014.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm at the Farm Bureau Community Building in Brandenburg, KY.  In addition to Q & A with Todd Wagner, the Gala will feature a gourmet dinner and complimentary cocktail service.  New this year will be a “Monte Carlo” themed event sponsored by Powers Paper Company and provided by Black Diamond Casino Events of Cincinnati.   Guests will receive a voucher for $25,000 to bet on games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em, Let It Ride and others.  No actual money will be gambled; chips won will put players in the running for three prizes to be distributed at the end of the night.  Prizes include a Belterra Casino Resort package that includes a night stay for two along with culinary and golf accommodations.  Live coverage of NCAA March Madness will also be provided during the event.  Tickets are now on sale at a cost of $100 per person.  For more information, please contact the MAC Office, 493 Lawrence Street, Brandenburg, KY 40108.   Powers Paper

 To purchase event tickets, visit our online shop here:  http://shop.meadeactivitycenter.com 

You can download the official invite by clicking on the link provided here: Gala Invitation

 

MAC 5th Annual Gala

The Meade Activity Center has announced that entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Wagner will be the guest of honor at the 5th Annual MAC Matters Gala on Friday, March 21, 2014.  The MAC is proud to count Mr. Wagner as the fifth keynote speaker at this prestigious event.  Previous guests of honor include tennis great Monica Seles, solo artist and member of The Eagles Don Henley, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, and PGA golfer Kenny Perry.

Todd Wagner is a successful businessman and internet pioneer who has achieved considerable success in the fields of technology, media and entertainment.   After becoming a partner in a major law firm in Dallas, he decided to follow his dreams and become a full-time entrepreneur in the emerging Internet sector.  In 1995, Wagner joined with fellow Indiana University alumnus Mark Cuban to launch AudioNet, which broadcast live sporting events and radio stations over the Internet.  In 1999, Broadcast.com was sold to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion. Wagner continued to lead the business as a division of Yahoo! until May 2000, when he declined an offer to become Yahoo!’s Chief Operating Officer to focus on other interests.  Wagner later fused his passion for entertainment with his business portfolio to build the Wagner/Cuban Companies. This vertically integrated portfolio of companies spans content creation, distribution and exhibition of film and entertainment.  As CEO of 2929 Entertainment, Wagner has provided artistic vision and business acumen critical to such important films as the Oscar®-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.  Wagner’s business interests also include a stake in the World Champion Dallas Mavericks, as well as in The Weinstein Company.  Wagner continues to invest in and nurture a variety of technology and media start-ups.  In addition to his business endeavors, Wagner has made a very substantial commitment of his time, energy and resources to giving back through the Todd Wagner Foundation. For more than a decade, the Foundation has implemented Wagner’s vision of venture philanthropy and invested tens of millions of dollars in cutting-edge programs that empower underserved communities and at-risk youth.  Wagner’s Foundation investments include a multi-year commitment to The First Tee’s “Campaign for 10 Million Young People,” of which Wagner himself is a Trustee.

The annual goal of the Gala is to raise funds to move the MAC closer to the construction of a new facility that will provide fitness and recreational opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes.   The emcee for this event will be Todd’s wife Kari Wagner, a Meade County native, whose passion for giving back and love for her community have made her a MAC advocate since its inception.

In addition to Q & A with Todd Wagner, the Gala will feature a gourmet dinner and complimentary cocktail service.  New this year will be a “Monte Carlo” themed event provided by Black Diamond Casino Events of Cincinnati.   Guests will receive a voucher for $25,000 to bet on games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em, Let It Ride and others.  No actual money will be gambled; chips won will put players in the running for three prizes to be distributed at the end of the night.  Prizes include a Belterra Casino Resort package that includes a night stay for two along with culinary and golf accommodations.  Live coverage of NCAA March Madness will also be provided during the event.  Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 3 at a cost of $100 per person.  Individual tickets or tables of 8 may be purchased on the MAC’s website at www.meadeactivitycenter.org or at the MAC Office, 493 Lawrence Street, Brandenburg, KY 40108.

MAC Gala: Raising a Racket

Article provided by The Meade County Messenger:

Brandenburg welcomed legendary tennis player and author, Monica Seles, to the 2013 Meade Activity Center Matters Gala held on April 13, at the FarmBureauBuilding.  The community was audience to an intimate question-and-answer session with the nine-time Grand Slam winner and MeadeCounty’s own Kari Wagner.

This year marks the fourth MAC Matters Gala, with hundreds of MeadeCounty citizens in attendance.  The gala is held as a fundraiser to benefit the MeadeActivityCenter project.

The gala was held at the FarmBureauCommunity   Center on the Meade County Fairgrounds.  It included a live and silent auction, dinner catered by Julep’s Catering, and a music performance by “Floor’d.”  Attendees were greeted in a small tent with wine and hors d’oeuvres, and music.  Later into the evening, dinner was served, and included salad, slow-roasted chicken breasts, potatoes, green beans, and a decadent cake.  The highlight of the evening, however, was the kind and infectiously sweet Seles.

She was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia – now Serbia – into an ethnic Hungarian family. Her parents’ names are Eszter and Károly and she has an older brother, Zoltán. She began playing tennis at age 5, coached by her father. Károly Szeles, a professional cartoonist, drew pictures for her, to make her tennis more fun. He is responsible for developing her two-handed style for both the forehand and backhand.

Seles is a former Yugoslav World No. 1 professional tennis player and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1994 and also received Hungarian citizenship in June 2007. She won nine Grand Slam singles titles – winning eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the United States.

In 1990, at the age of 16, Seles became the youngest-ever French Open champion. She went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday and was the year-end World No. 1 in 1991 and 1992. However, on April 30, 1993, she was the victim of an on-court attack, when a man stabbed her in the back with a 9-inch-long knife.  Seles did not return to tennis for over two years, but then picked the racket back up and continued to pursue her dream.  She played her last professional match at the 2003 French Open, but did not officially retire until February 2008.

In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time.

Seles is the Goodwill Ambassador of IIMSAM, the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition IIMSAM to make Spirulina, a key driver to eradicate malnutrition, achieve food security and bridge the health divide in order to secure the UN Millennium Development Goals with a special priority for the developing and the least developed countries.  She was appointed by Remigio Martin Maradona of IIMSAM.

On April 21, 2009, Seles released her memoir, “Getting A Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self,” which chronicles her bout with depression and food addiction after her stabbing, her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, her journey back to the game and a life beyond tennis.

Seles’ story is one of inspiration and so is that of the MeadeActivityCenter.  In the last year, it has offered over 50 programs, including adult fitness, swim lessons, summer camps, and the “1st Tee” program.  Since last year’s gala, there have been 1,476 participants to take advantage of all that the MAC offers.  Their mission?  To promote active lifestyles and healthy community through education, wellness, and recreation opportunities for all.

Chairman of the Board and President John Beavin made two exciting announcements that will only ensure more opportunities for the citizens of MeadeCounty.

“For the longest time, a tennis program was not offered as safety was a primary concern.  The courts have remained in a state of disrepair, but I am happy to announce that this time, next year, we will replace and restore the tennis courts.”  Beavin continued, “I am happy to announce that the MAC Board of Directors have decided to hire Gary Bernstein as the Capital Campaign consultant.”

The Capital Campaign is described as a 12 to 18-month challenging endeavor in which the MAC will begin to raise required capital and begin the planning of construction of the MAC facility.  The board –  with 100 percent backing –  has pledged over $125,000 to the cause.

Putting aside the fancy attire and the beautiful celebration that is the MAC Gala, its participants are found as simply MeadeCounty natives who are striding towards one goal: a community center that will benefit not only our citizens, but surrounding communities.  Speaker, Monica Seles is a testament to such drive and passion, having faced diversity and overwhelming odds only to have overcome them both.

The next year may prove to be quite demanding for the MAC, but as Executive Director Aaron Greenwell stated, “The most powerful asset of this community is its people.”

It goes without saying that MeadeCounty citizens are always up for a challenge, having a proven track-record of overcoming even the toughest of trials.  This is just another race to be won by the MeadeActivityCenter and the community that supports it.

Katie Hager      

Messenger Staff

 

MAC 4th Annual Gala

Monica SelesGala Pictures taken by Brian Chism Photography can be viewed here: www.brianchism.smugmug.com/Gala

Gala Pictures taken by Erin King Photography can be viewed here: http://erinkingphotos.smugmug.com/

If you would like to order photos, please call 270-668-3247 or email brianchismphotography@gmail.com

 

(Brandenburg, KY) The Meade Activity Center (MAC) Board of Directors is excited to announce that International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee and former #1 tennis player in the world, Monica Seles will be the guest of honor at the 2013 MAC Raising A Racket Gala on April 13th.  The Gala will be held at the Farm Bureau Community Building in Brandenburg, Kentucky on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 pm.

Seles who grew up in the former Yugoslavia, began playing tennis at the age of five. She spent 19 years on the WTA Tour where she won 9 Grand Slam titles as well as 53 WTA tour singles titles. In 2009, Ms. Seles was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Seles was ranked as the 15th greatest player ever to play the game by Tennis Magazine.

Upon her retirement in 2008, Seles has donated much of her time to philanthropic interests that she holds close to her.  Her willingness to attend the MAC Gala comes as no surprise.  Her charitable endeavors include a Goodwill Ambassadorship for IIMASAM, a international organization that is devoted to eradicating malnutrition around the world, and she has advocated on behalf of many other charitable organizations throughout the country.

Ms. Seles follows a distinguished list of MAC Gala guests of honor including: Don Henley, solo artist and member of the Eagles; Dan Rather, former CBS Evening News anchor and HDNet Program host; and Kenny Perry,  PGA Tour Golfer and Ryder Cup Champion.

The Meade Activity Center was initiated by a group of civic-minded individuals with the goal of expanding physical activity and wellness opportunities in our local community.  Over its brief history, the MAC has been able to touch lives of many, and continues to strive towards its mission of  promoting active lifestyles and a healthy community through education, wellness, and recreation opportunities for all.

“It is a testament to the mission and direction of the MAC when an international celebrity like Monica Seles agrees to participate in our efforts to improve the lives and health of those in our local community,” said John Beavin, MAC Board Chairman.

The Gala’s Master of Ceremonies will be Meade County native Kari Wagner, board member for the Todd Wagner Foundation, an organization devoted to building strong communities through education, technology, health care and enrichment opportunities. Mrs. Wagner has been an avid ambassador and supporter of the MAC since its inception.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 4th.  For more information regarding this year’s MAC Gala or the Meade Activity Center, please contact our office at 270-422-2227, or email us info@meadeactivitycenter.org.

MAC Matters Gala…A Smash Success

We were excited to host yet another successful MAC Matters Gala this past April. We would like to send our gratitude to our headliner Don Henley, as well as Todd and Kari Wagner for their continued advocacy on behalf of the MAC. Our fundraising committee was able to give attendees a unique experience and create an environment of community and purpose.  Because of your continued support we were able to raise $80,000 to help with funding financial assistance opportunities as well as ongoing improvements and upgrades to the MAC.

We want to thank everyone who helped make the Gala a success, specifically Platinum Sponsors Island Estates, Todd Wagner Foundation, Powers Paper Company, Louisville Gas & Electric, The Lusk Group and First Federal Savings Bank–as well as all our sponsors that made such generous donations.

Further, we appreciate the individuals and companies that participated in the silent and live auction portion of the event that help fund programs that provide new opportunities for the residents in our area.

We would like to offer a special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors for the MAC Gala featuring Don Henley:

Island Estates,

Todd Wagner Foundation,

Powers Paper Company,

Louisville Gas & Electric,

The Lusk Group,

First Federal Savings Bank.

Rivertown Spirits

Don Henley to be 2012 MAC Gala Guest Speaker

Individuals tickets to the 2012 MAC Matters Gala featuring Don Henley can now be purchased at http://shop.meadeactivitycenter.com 

Don Henley Performs at 2012 MAC Matters Gala

Tickets can be ordered online through April 23rd, while supplies last.    Due to the overwhelming response due to Mr. Henley being this year’s Guest of Honor, we encourage you to make plans to purchase your tickets earlier this year.    This will be the MAC most successful Gala event ever.

For further details or information regarding the MAC or Gala festivities, please feel free to give us a call at 270-422-2227.  We appreciate your commitment and support.