Major Projects Funded by the Horseshoe Foundation
New Albany-Floyd County Education Foundation
The New Albany-Floyd County Education Foundation received $300,000 to match fund-raising efforts to help provide full-day Kindergarten for approximately 850 eligible children per year. The Education Foundation raised funds to cover the cost of the program for two years until it was fully funded by the state beginning in 2009. Full Day Kindergarten is essential to the successful future of children in Floyd County and the Foundation felt too many children would be left behind if they waited for full state funding.
Rauch Autism Resource Center
Rauch, Inc. received $150,000.00 to fund an Autism resource center for families, professionals, school staff, community and ancillary staff. This was a joint partnership with Goodwill Southern Indiana, where the medical clinic is located. Rauch, Inc. in New Albany, houses other services with the Autism resource center. This project addresses the critical needs of persons in Southern Indiana diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Guerin Woods Senior Residences
Guerin, Inc. received a major grant of $200,000 to leverage matching funds for the construction of two self-contained residences designed to provide “aging in place” opportunities for elders of southern Indiana. The residences are a home-based model rather than an institutional facility. It is located at Guerin Woods, a 15 acre development for senior citizens that adjoins the Providence House for Children campus at Georgetown.
BridgePointe Services and Goodwill Industries of Southern Indiana Community Center
BridgePointe Services and Goodwill Industries of Southern Indiana received $400,000 in December 2007 to help fund the construction of a community center that will houses a “social service campus” as well as several non-profit organizations. The building provides a home for the Pediatric Services, Children’s Academy, Youth Programs, Career Services, and administrative offices.
Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center
The Falls of the Ohio Foundation received $150,000 in December 2007 to use for the redesign and planning to replace the 13-year-old exhibits at the Interpretive Center. The project updated exhibits with state-of-the-art displays in line with contemporary museum practices for the 21st century student, family, and visitor. It emphasizes the immersive experience and is interactive to engage the thousands of visitors who attend the exhibits annually.
Cardinal Ritter Birthplace
Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation received $200,000 in December 2007, to complete the internal renovation of space to preserve the birthplace of Cardinal Joseph Ritter and to house charitable service providers. Cardinal Joseph Ritter, a New Albany native, was a national leader in school integration long before it became law. It also provides a community center for non-profit services to serve the families that live in the east side of New Albany.
St. Mary’s Church, New Albany
St. Mary’s Church in New Albany received $200,000.00 in December 2007 to match funding for the restoration of the historic steeple. Added to the church in 1865, the steeple has long been a landmark of the city’s skyline. Due to damage from the elements and time, the steeple needed major repairs or it would have to have been removed. The 1858 church building is the only example of basilica style church architecture in New Albany.
Indiana University Southeast Library
The Indiana University Southeast Library in New Albany received a grant award in October 2006 in support of the Indiana University Southeast Library Campaign. The funds were used to support the purchase of library materials, (printed and electronic books and periodicals, electronic information resources, maps, audio visual materials and appropriate materials in other forms which may emerge in the future), library equipment, and to sponsor cultural and educational programs related to the Library’s mission.
With the completion of the new $14.5 million Library facility with $2 million in furnishings and equipment, the Southern Indiana community and especially the students at IU Southeast realized what a treasure this recourse is to the entire community. The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County grant helped ensure this gem will remain state-of-the-art. The lobby entrance and Board Room will are named in honor of the Foundation for the gift.
Children's Hospital Foundation
Children’s Hospital Foundation of Louisville, received a $500,000.00 grant award in support on the of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign in March, 2006. Kosair Children’s Hospital serves thousands of Floyd County Children and families through various services each year. There is a strong physician and employee base from Floyd County.
Being the place for primary children’s health services for our community, it made sense for Horseshoe Foundation to join the Children’s Hospital Foundation as they embarked on a $60 million goal to upgrade facilities, develop research, and provide clinical support. The Special Procedures room in the Neo-natal intensive care is named in honor of the Foundation for to gift.
Community Montessori Charter School
The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County recognized the educational impact the Community Montessori Charter School has on the Floyd County community by presenting a major grant for $135,000 to help furnish classroom equipment for the students and faculty in their new school. The Foundation provided support to Community Montessori by helping purchase the necessary learning materials and equipment needed for the new classrooms and equipping student, family and staff areas.
Providence Retirement Home Activities Center
Providence Retirement Home of New Albany received a major grant in February 2006 to complete the construction project for the Fellowship Hall and Activities Center. The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County recognized the quality care Providence Retirement Home provides its residents by presenting a grant for $900,000 to help finish construction on their $1.7 million dollar community and activity center.
The community and activities center is a 12,000 square foot addition designed to accommodate functions for residents, staff and the community at large. The hall also includes a kitchen, serving area, storage, and much needed office space to free up additional rooms for residents. The facility is named in honor of the Foundation for the gift.
In March 2004, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County awarded a grant for funding to begin the Greenway project in New Albany.
The grant helped leverage matching state and federal funding to further design, develop, and construct the Greenway project for the City of New Albany.
The Scribner Place Project
In the fall of 2002 the Board of Directors of the then Caesars Foundation of Floyd County made a commitment to fund the Scribner Place Project. In doing so, the Foundation intended to enhance the public health and welfare in the City of New Albany, Floyd County and South Central Indiana, by pledging and dedicating funds for a period of twenty years to assist the city and the YMCA in acquiring land and building a downtown complex.
The Foundation recognized that completion of the project would provide these benefits by creating jobs, investment and positive economic impact through South Central Indiana, and the availability of the YMCA programs for the youth of the New Albany, Floyd county and South Central Indiana.
The Division Street School Project
On December 1st, 2003, the then Caesars Foundation of Floyd County awarded a $200,000 grant to the Friends of Division Street School. The funds were used to restore the school as a learning laboratory and a Floyd County African-American museum dedicated to the historical perspective represented by the Division Street School as one of the oldest examples of segregated schoolhouses still remaining in Indiana.
From 1885 until 1946, a two-room schoolhouse served the educational needs of African-American students in New Albany's east end. In 1946 the school closed and the children were transferred. The school was then used as a maintenance shop by the school corporation until it was vacated in 1999. Friends of Division Street School, Inc. was organized in 1998 to protect and preserve the school's history for generations to come.
In combination with other funds raised by the Friends of Division Street School, Inc., Foundation funding of this project provided the ability to restore a turn of the century schoolhouse and create a museum that has enabled the general public and schoolchildren to be educated about the history of Division Street School.
Ivy Tech Community College
In 2011, the Horseshoe Foundation awarded a $400,000 grant to Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg. As a result of the grant, a new auditorium and community center that hosts college events, public concerts, political debates and more, became a part of Ivy Tech Community College’s campus.
Hosparus of Southern Indiana
In 2011, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County awarded Hosparus of Southern Indiana a $500,000 grant to go toward building a new location for the organization’s Southern Indiana operations.
When completed, the new location on Hausfeldt Lane in New Albany, will house a new 12,000 square foot office to provide adequate work spaces, offices and a variety of group meeting spaces for staff, patient/family needs and community uses. Hosparus also will have designated space for the children and adult bereavement programs and the pediatric hospice program, Kourageous Kids.
NAFC Education Foundation School Safety Project
IN 2013, the Horseshoe Foundation approved a grant for $150,000 in partnership with the NA-FC Education Foundation for school safety in the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation.
The New Albany Floyd County School Corporation has implemented numerous proactive programs and strategies to curb violence, improve discipline and behavior of students, minimize fears, and promote positive feelings and perceptions that our schools are safe places for our children. The funding will help with the plan the school system has been implementing over the past years.