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Chrysalis House Honors Alicia Helm McCorvey

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Chrysalis House Celebrates

Forty Years and a Mother’s Day Celebration

More than 40 years and counting— that’s how long Chrysalis House has been saving families in the bluegrass.
Chrysalis House provides mental health treatment, case management, domestic violence counseling, computer training, GED tutoring, vocational training and job placement assistance, access to medical care, housing assistance, and children’s services.
Chrysalis House specializes in treating pregnant and parenting women, allowing mothers to keep their newborns and toddlers on-site with them while in residential treatment.
Helping women achieve the capacity to provide for themselves and their children is the focus of Chrysalis House.
In late 2018, Chrysalis House opened its fourth residential treatment facility for women and their children on the Eastern State Hospital campus. The 11,000 square ft. building, will provide a safe, nurturing and aesthetically pleasing environment much like the other Chrysalis House residential programs.
In partnership with the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Beyond Birth program Chrysalis will provide specialized services to pregnant and parenting women. The Beyond Birth program is located in the building next to Chrysalis House on the Eastern State Hospital campus allowing for easy access to medical services that are ideal for pregnant and parenting women and children.

Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon

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May 9, 2019
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Chrysalis Community Center, 1589 Hill Rise Drive, Lexington


Perhaps your life would have been dramatically different if a program like Chrysalis House had been available to your or your family member?
Join Chrysalis House for a luncheon celebrating mother’s day, mothers in recovery, and all mothers in the Lexington community who work every day to make healthy choices for their families.
The Mother’s Day Luncheon will be catered by Apiary Fine Catering and Events, Cooper Vaughan. Transy grad Cooper Vaughan is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and also an alum of the culinary team at the prestigious Blackberry Farm in Tennessee.
Tenor Gregory Turay, accompanied by Dr. Tedrin Blair Lindsay, will provide a musical performance.

Honoring Alicia McCorvey

This year’s Chrysalis luncheon will honor Alicia Helm McCorvey. Alicia is married to Dr. Everett McCorvey, Professor of Voice at the University of Kentucky. They will celebrate their 33rd anniversary this month. They have three children: Elizabeth (27) who is a bilingual family therapist in Asheville, NC, Julia (24) who is graduating from Vanderbilt University Divinity School with a Master’s of Theology, and David McCorvey, who will be graduating from Asbury.
Music has always been the career goal of Alicia McCorvey’s life, and her major source of joy and entertainment.
She sang in church choirs while growing up.
After college, she sang in the extra chorus of the Metropolitan Opera of New York for four years and performed with companies such as North Carolina Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Chautauqua Opera (NY) and Aspen Music Festival, to name a few. Alicia has had the pleasure of singing in countries as varied as Spain, Japan, England and Brazil. The Metropolitan Opera is also where she met her husband during a production of “Porgy and Bess.” Locally, some of the venues Alicia has performed with include UK Opera Theater, Woodford Theater, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Summerfest and Paragon Music Theater. Performing locally has given her the opportunity to perform some of her favorite roles, such as Carmen, Dolly and Morticia, while taking care of her family.

Ace Archives: Alicia McCorvey at Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, 2014

McCorvey is a founding member of Women and Philanthropy, a group of women whose sole purpose is to raise scholarship funds for University of Kentucky students in need. Every year they raise funds, which are then offered to deserving students who are selected by a rigorous review committee. In 10 years, the W & P group has given more than $2 million to support students who are returning to school or need help paying for a unique academic opportunity.
McCorvey has served on the advisory board of The International Book Group and the board of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra.
She currently serves on the board of Mission Lexington, which provides medical, dental, ophthalmology and pharmaceutical care to our underserved population. She is also a new member of the University of Kentucky Libraries Advisory Committee.
Some of the charities that she supports include Central Music Academy, the YMCA summer camp program, Music for Mission at First Presbyterian Church, The Hope Center, Lexington Humane Society, and KET.
The McCorveys have endowed a vocal studio at the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center at the University of Kentucky and been the major contributor to a board room at the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, in honor of her librarian father.

This article also appears on page 9 of the May 2019 print edition of Ace Weekly.

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