The Most Fashionable Philanthropist Award (MFP) celebrates the most fashionable and philanthropic members of the Louisville community! Every year, the Younger Woman's Club of Louisville recruits an elite group of local tastemakers to compete for the award.
YWC Fashion Show 2017 MFP Leaderboard
Friends and family vote for their favorite candidate in the form of tax-deductible donations to the YWC Charity Campaign which provides grants to area charities through a rigorous, juried grant-making process. The candidate who raises the most money will be named Most Fashionable Philanthropist and 50% of the funds raised by all MFP candidates will be donated to their charity of choice. As an added incentive, for any candidate who raises over $1,000, YWC will donate 10% of the funds he or she raises to their charity of choice.
In 2017, YWC donated $7,000 to Visually Impaired Preschool Services in the name of Jay Hatcher, Louisville's 2016 Most Fashionable Philanthropist. Additionally, YWC awarded grants totaling over $54,000 to: Bluegrass Center for Autism, Cabbage Patch Settlement House, Center for Women and Families, Down Syndrome of Louisville, Eastern Area Community Ministries, Gilda's Club Louisville, Hildegard House, Jewish Family and Career Services, Kids Cancer Alliance, Lincoln Foundation, Louisville Central Community Centers, Project Warm, Schuhmann Social Service Center, Senior Care Experts, Shively Area Ministries, Society of St Vincent de Paul, The Healing Place, Uspiritus, and YMCA- Safe Place Services.
Please click the photos below to learn more about our MFP candidates and place your "vote" via tax-deductible contribution!
2017 #YWCMFP Candidates
2016 MFP Award Winner
Jay Hatcher is the Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel at The Learning House, Inc., a Louisville-based company that helps individuals improve their lives through education by launching, developing, and growing online programs. This Fall, the company is launching Learning House International, and Jay is responsible for leading that initiative, which will bring international students to U.S.-based institutions.
Jay is married to Libby Hatcher, who is a Consultant with AddMor, LLC, and they have two daughters, Maggie Byrd and Rosemary. Giving back to the community has always been a big part of Jay's life, with his recent, primary focus being Visually Impaired Preschool Services. VIPS provides early intervention and education services to children, birth to age 5, who are blind and visually impaired across Kentucky and Indiana. Jay's efforts have included a 2-year term as Board President, where he was instrumental in having VIPS placed as a line item in Kentucky’s state budget. He also founded a tennis tournament and helped found a "Tennis Ball" that has raised over $750,000 for VIPS, $150,000 this year alone. Additionally, Jay currently serves as President of the Louisville Boat Club, where he has spearheaded a seven figure renovation project.
Jay’s designated charity for the MFP competition is Visually Impaired Preschool Services. Since 1985, VIPS has been the only agency in Kentucky and Indiana to provide regular and ongoing early intervention services to children who are blind and visually impaired, prior to school age. The agency operates a nationally accredited preschool program in Louisville, in addition to direct one-on-one services with highly-certified teachers in families’ homes across both states. VIPS also teaches parents to become their child’s best teachers and advocates.
2015 MFP Award Winners
2015 MFP Award Winner Lauren Cavanaugh
Lauren Cavanaugh is a Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service, Parks and Weisberg Realtors. She shows homes with a fashionable flare around Louisville and Oldham County. As Co-Chair for the YWC's Charities Group, Lauren loves mixing philanthropy and fashion.Lauren and her husband, Chris, have two daughters, Chloe and Carys Louise.
Lauren describes her style as very classical and effortlessly chic. She appreciates timeless styles over trends and enjoys wearing simple staple pieces. She says, "I believe in mixing things up, making pieces cooperate in ways you didn’t think they would. Mixing timeless treasures from my favorite design houses like Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, YSL and Kate Spade with fashionable finds from local boutiques. Half the fun of caring about what you wear is figuring out how to make the classic items you have had for years seem brand new. As Coco Chanel said, 'Fashion Changes, But Style Endures.'"
Lauren's fashion advice? Make your tailor your best friend. A few strategic alterations to an item of clothing can transform it into a custom look.
2015 MFP Award Winner Scott Dingle
Scott Dingle is an Ameriprise financial advisor who believes that success should be measured not just by financial well-being but by confidence in one's future. A longtime Louisville resident, Scott loves living in the Bluegrass State and helping its residents meet their financial goals. Scott believes strongly in supporting area charities including the American Cancer Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is a proud alumnus of the University of Kentucky.
Scott's personal style philosophy is "From the golf course to the office to a charity event, I like to wear classic, traditional clothing that fits well."