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March 22, 2007

Kristi Martin, The Lexington Foundation, Inc.

HauteSpot Interview

Kristi Martin - Executive Director, Corporate Queen
The Lexington Foundation, Inc. 1504 College Way
Lexington-KY 40502 (859) 388-2620


Kristi Martin is one haute workin' momma! She has held many impressive executive positions throughout her professional career. Not to mention she is the mother of two boys; Max 6 and Brooks 19 months. How she balances it all, we will never know!

This year will mark her one year anniversary as executive director with the Foundation and she loves it! This affluent organization of women are truly impressive and amazingly dedicated to their mission. Mrs. Brenda Rice, president of the Foundation, founded it in 2004. Since then, they have awarded and pledged over $700,000 to cancer causes. Kristi also brings her extensive marketing and PR experience to help increase awareness of the Foundation both state and region-wide.

Side note: Kristi is also Hautemomma Jen Dotson's Sister!
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Favorite vacation spot?
Barcelona, Spain - It is very cosmopolitan, but charming and coastal at the same time.

Favorite restaurant (local or not)?
I love Jack Fry’s in Louisville. It has been there since the ‘30s – great atmosphere.

Style icon?
I have two, Katherine Hepburn and Cate Blanchett. Katherine Hepburn was never afraid to be herself. She was elegant, yet could pull off any outfit. I think Cate Blanchett is truly graceful with amazing style. She is always sophisticated and uses individual styling with a little trend. I love her quote “You can’t please everyone, but hopefully you will surprise some people.”

Favorite gift to give?
It depends on the person. I really like to give orchids or narcissus as gifts.

What's in your beauty bag?
Right now, Mac “pinch me” blush, Mac “lucid” lipstick, Mac “spice” lip liner, Neutrogena pressed powder, Neutrogena cover stick, and Neutrogena lips gloss. Tweezers and a mirror (a must). Nail oil (instant manicure).

Favorite hotel (local or not)?
The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. My husband and I love the arts and crafts era. Built in this period, the hotel has the largest collection of this type of furniture in one location. The hotel overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains - amazing. And with the spa, it is a perfect getaway!

Cocktail of choice?
Red wine always. For a special treat – 1997 Duckhorn Merlot.

Style advice?
OK….whoever said “Life is not a fashion show” is crazy! Always care about how you look, even if you are just throwing on something to run to the grocery. No matter what, it will always make you feel better about yourself….and you never know who you might run into. Also, if I have learned anything over the years, it has come from my hautemomma sis Jen Dotson! Be true to your own individual style, but do not be afraid to experiment a little.

What is style?
Style is what makes you feel great about yourself. I think it all has to do with actually taking the time to care about what you are putting on.

What is at the top of your style / wardrobe wish list right now?
Tod’s handbag and Tod’s ballet flats

Favorite Mantra?
My husband's grandmother had a saying "Live everyday as if was your last, but plan for 100 years". Since hearing this, I always go back to it in everything I do. This applies to so many things in life - family, finance, health, our environment and so on!

What do you love most about non-profit work and what are some of the challenges you face?
I have been in the non-profit field over the past year as executive director of The Lexington Foundation, Inc. The Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. It is very rewarding to know everyday I use my knowledge and skills to help others.

The non-profit world offers unique challenges one never faces in a corporate setting. My job is to encourage people to give to our cause. There are so many factors that affect giving - many other worthy organizations, changing economy, and more. The organization I work with raises funds mostly through events. My goal is to work consistently to reduce our cost so that the funds we raise go directly to cancer research, education, and care.

About The Lexington Foundation, Inc.
The Lexington Foundation is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. The board is comprised of fifty passionate women who work tirelessly for these efforts. Since its inception in 2004, the group has raised over $1.1 million dollars for cancer research, education, and care. To date over $700,000 has been awarded and pledged to many worthy cancer organizations - most of these organizations are located in central Kentucky. Funds are dispersed through a grants process. We accept requests through July of each calendar year. Grants are reviewed in August and recipients are notified in September. Funding is provided by the end of the calendar year.

The Foundations raises these funds through successful events, The Lexington Derby Ball and The Fall Wine Celebration. We also hold a medical symposium each fall for physician education. The symposium is dedicated to a cancer topic each year. The Foundation is planning to add a public cancer forum in the future.

For more information call 859.388.2620 or go to www.lexingtonfoundation.org.

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