Since 2015, The Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville has awarded the title of Most Fashionable Philanthropist to an elite group of tastemakers who have graciously raised funds for the Younger Woman’s Club Charity Fund and for their own preferred charities.
2018 MFP Winner Carrie King
The Healing Place
Formerly featured on TLC’s “My First Home,” Carrie King is now the star of her own show as a multi-million dollar producer and co-owner of Homepage Realty. Also named as one of Louisville’s top 100 agents, Carrie’s 12 year real estate experience and expert knowledge has allowed her to act as a leader within her industry. As an “interior designer wanna’ be” and former stylist, Carrie always leads with creativity, bringing “a pinch of fun” to each transaction she works. Carrie is a Louisville native and a graduate of University of Louisville, and thoroughly enjoys her charitable work with The Healing Place and as a volunteer for the St. John’s Center.
Carrie is also a mother of two fur babies and has no problem admitting that they take precedence over everything else in life. After all, they make the best roommates.
And, though her styling days are behind her, Carrie still holds a strong passion (and a lot of knowledge) for the beauty industry. She is always up-to-date on what's new, and can tie together any look or outfit. Whether you need advice on buying a home or what kind of hairspray will hold the longest, Carrie King is your girl.
2017 YWC MFP Russell Smith
St. John’s Center for Homeless Men
Russell Smith is a REALTOR® at Kentucky Select Properties, the largest locally-owned residential real estate brokerage in Louisville. Russell supports his clients through their key life transitions: marriage, birth of children, downsizing, promotion or liquidity event, acquiring investment property, divorce and remarriage, and estates and trust needs. A native of Louisville, he also serves as a Vice President of Midtown Enterprises, L.L.C., a third-generation family real estate investment firm.
Russell is married to YWC Board Member Kathleen Smith, who works as a Director of Government Affairs at Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a Fortune 500 provider of post-accute care services. They have two daughters, Beatrice and Cordelia. Russell and Kathleen met and married while they lived in Washington, DC. After moving back five years ago, Russell sought a non-profit he felt called to and with which he could work. After touring St. John Center for Homeless Men, he found his match. St. John Center serves more than 1,700 homeless men per year, and an average of 180 men visit every day. Every single day of the year, it provides a day shelter, permanent supportive housing, legal aid, coffee, showers, telephone and mail services, and job search support. In FY 2016, 216 men found permanent supported housing, through their own diligence and the work of St. John. Russell has volunteered at St. John, and served on the Strategic Planning Committee since 2015 and the Board of Directors since 2016. He and Kathleen co-chaired the 2018 St. John Center’s signature fundraiser, Raisin’ the Rent.
2016 YWC MFP Jay Hatcher
VIPS (VISUALLY IMPAired Preschool Services)
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 YWC MFP Winners Lauren Cavanaugh and Scott Dingle
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.
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."