"I meet new friends and learn new things I didn't know about Lexington every time I attend a Debra's Social $timulus event. By organizing these get-togethers, Debra Hensley is making our community a stronger, more engaged and more fun place to live."

—Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader Columnist

Our Projects

We love Lexington, Kentucky. We are excited about this community and our projects are designed to shine a spotlight on the stimulating things going on here. There are so many wonderful local options we have just a brisk walk or bike ride away. We keep our Stimulus events focused on local food, local businesses and local charities doing good work. Keeping that aim always foremost in mind, we also realize that it's a big world and distant lands also need our help too. We invite you to check out some of our past projects below.

University of Kentucky Conference on Economic and Politcal Inequality

University of Kentucky Conference on Economic and Politcal Inequality

On March 27th at 7:30 pm at Memorial Hall, listen to Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist lecture: “Inequality: Working Moms, Designated Daughters, and the Risks of Caregiving. On the following day, Friday March 28th, attend an action packed Conference with nationally recognized speakers.

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The REEl Story: A Screening of Gen Silent

The Reel Story: Screening of Gen Silent

An evening of stimulating conversation, film with a just a "touch of harmony". Join us for light bites, cocktails and stimulating treat as we prepare for the limited screening of the multi-award winning film, Gen Silent.

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Cooks for a Cause: 25 Cooks Showdown to Benefit God's Pantry

Iron Cook

Cooks for a Cause: 25 Cooks Showdown to Benefit God's Pantry

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Gear up for Good: Life on the North End

Iron Cook

Join us July 8th, 2011 as we tour the 6th block of North Lime Street and explore all of the great things going on there..

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Crossing Delaware

Crossing Delaware

The spotlight on this upcoming event shines brightly on Esther Hurlburt's Legacy Home Ministry while we also feature the diverse businesses both young and old that are thriving on Delaware Avenue.

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Presto, the People Powered Pianobike

Presto, the people-powered bike

Meet Presto, the People Powered Pianobike! In keeping with our PEOPLE….PLANET…..PURPOSE themes, we wanted to bring together cyclists, environmentalists, and artists together to create something that would truly engage the community.

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Help Haiti

Help Haiti

Our hearts broke for the people of Haiti in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake so we set up a matching fund along with Rob Morris of Lowell's Automotive,Bill and Kim Garner, and Susan Bell to help raise money for those in need.

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Barrel of Fun

Barrel of Fun

What do you get when you combine the Distillery District with the rich history of Davis Bottom and Irishtown coupled by the good works of the Nathaniel Mission? Well top it off with music and bellydancing provided by Mecca and you've got A Barrel of Fun!

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Raising the Spirits of London Ferrell

Raising the Spirits of London Ferrel

The area near the Old Episocal Burying ground is rich with a tradition of community giving and cooperation. This event featured the history of London Ferrell's service to people of all races and the good works being done by Seedleaf, Christ Church and engaged community members like Sherry Maddox. 

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The Morris Book shop

The Morris Bookshop

We feel so fortunate to have local businesses like the Morris Book Shop. This event featured Kentucky Poet Laureate Gurney Norman and local author Neil Chethik with great local food by Slone's and Hanna's on Lime and a special guest appearance by the March Madness Marching Band!

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DS$ hits the Road

South Limestone Stimulus

Although Federal Stimulus dollars helped with the S. Limestone improvements, local businesses suffered with the road closure and construction. So, Debra decided to take her own itty-bitty stimulus package to S. Lime to help a few of the local businesses.

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Stimulating BBQ

BBQ

The earliest stimulus events took place on our front lawn in celebration of our friends and neighbors.These events were so successful and that we decided to take our show on the road.

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Ken and Merry Tompkins Podcast

Listen to a story of the Tompkins who have traveled a road familiar to African Americans their age and experienced the trials and triumphs of our country as it has moved from segregation to equality.

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