Fayette Alliance announces new board member; VanMeter retires

Mary Catherine Jones

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lexington-Fayette County land use advocacy non-profit Fayette Alliance has named Mary Catherine Jones, director of marketing and special events at The Red Mile, to their board.

In addition to her role as a board member, Jones will also chair the Bluegrass International Cup, an annual high-goal polo match which benefits the Fayette Alliance Foundation and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation.

Longtime board member and international cup chair Gay Haggin VanMeter has retired from the board after 12 years of service.

“With her expertise, energy and commitment to the Bluegrass, Mary Catherine is an important addition to our board,” said Fayette Alliance Board Chairperson Don Robinson. “We are so grateful for all Gay’s hard work and contribution. She has left an incredible legacy and will be sorely missed. But, we are so excited to welcome Mary Catherine and look forward to working together to advance our critical mission of growing our city and promoting our farms.”

“This is a pivotal time in Lexington’s growth and history,” said Fayette Alliance Executive Director Susan Speckert “We thank Gay for her dedicated service, contribution and commitment to our community. And, we are so proud to welcome Mary Catherine and excited to learn from her expertise and experience.”

As director of marketing and special events at Red Mile, Jones oversees promotion of Red Mile gaming initiatives and the strategic growth and promotion of events. Jones is partner and co-founder of Rent The Races, an online hat and fascinator rental company and is a cycle instructor at CycleYou Lexington. In her spare time, Mary Catherine volunteers with Bluegrass Land Conservancy and as a recruitment interviewer for the Tulane Alumni Association. She is a native Houstonian and holds a bachelor of science and masters degrees in public health from Tulane University.

“I am thrilled to be joining the board at Fayette Alliance,” said Jones. “I was born and raised in Houston—a city with few zoning laws and extensive sprawl in the last few decades. So, upon my relocation to Lexington, I was ecstatic to see a city that has chosen to strategically and responsibly grow and also preserve the heart of the Bluegrass—the farmland. Fayette Alliance encompasses my hope that Lexington-Fayette County remains an economic and cultural stronghold by promoting responsible development and growth.”

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