A Virtual Gala with USA Cares’ Trace Chesser; Marching with Marc Murphy to Justice


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Trace Chesser

Of all the changes we have seen in 2020, the Rusty Satellite Show has been highlighting a lot of those businesses who have been forced to change, or shut down. And in the non-profit world, where events are the central mechanism for funding, it’s been especially challenging. For the national non-profit USA Cares, which supports veterans in need, it means holding its annual black-tie gala in a virtual world.

I talk with Trace Chesser of USA Cares about the challenges with that, and about how non-profits are surviving, in an interview that also reveals some incentives to attends his gala — including some top-shelf bourbon and personalized memorabilia from golfer Justin Thomas.

It’s not hard to tell which side of the political fence Marc Murphy stands on, especially if you see his hilarious political cartoons in the Courier-Journal. Murphy, a lawyer, met me at the Bean Coffee Shop in Germantown to talk about his March for Justice coming up on Saturday. Murphy tells me that he believes there is a large contingent of whites who believe in the cause of protesters, but haven’t participated in the city’s protests downtown.

Marc Murphy

The March to Justice begins at Tyler Park and journeys 3 miles to Injustice Square. Murphy has organized a strong list of speakers and hopes for a large crowd. We also discuss his view on the job Daniel Cameron is doing in the Breonna Taylor case, and a few possibilities on what might happen between now and election day.

And I take a moment to reflect on the strong cast of characters in recent Rusty Satellite Shows, including four Vogt Award winners, a District Court Judge, a patriotic entrepreneur, a piano player with his own restaurant and leading figures from the horse racing world. They are all part of the city’s most interesting podcast, the Rusty Satellite Show, brought to you by the Eye Care Institute,  Heuser Health and eXp Realty.

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