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10/9 am
on KET

5:30/4:30 pm
on KET2

Madeline Abramson, First Lady of Louisville

First Lady Madeline Abramson is a native of Louisville and holds a degree from the University of Louisville where she was active in student government, serving as student senator.

Madeline is a Board Member of The Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence, The Clifton Cultural Center, Maryhurst, and the National Council of Jewish Women - Louisville Section. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, is an advisory director of the American Heart Association, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Madeline has been active on various committees for local charities. In 1998, she received the Ira J. Porter Award for the American Red Cross, which is the highest Red Cross award recognizing leadership contribution to the chapter. In November 2000, she received the Volunteer Fund Raiser of the Year Award from the local chapter of the National Society for Fund Raising Executives. In 2001, she received the Agency Leadership Award from Metro United Way for her work with Maryhurst. In addition, she was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Louisville Golden Key National Honor Society in recognition of her commitment to higher education, the University of Louisville and the community. In 2004, Madeline was named the Caritas Foundation Community Leader of the Year and was selected as 2004-05 Citizen Laureate by the Younger Women’s Club of Louisville.

When time permits, Madeline enjoys reading and gardening. She lives in the Crescent Hill neighborhood with her husband, Jerry, and their son, Sidney Robert.

Program 213
Norton Commons traditional neighborhood development, behind-the-scenes at UPS, and a visit to Thomas Edison's Louisville home. Also this program, a rare interview with the first lady of Louisville, Madeline Abramson. (#213)