9th Annual Diana Ross Coat Drive launches, continuing legacy of giving victims hope and courage

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Nov 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 18:25:40-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Fayette County Sheriff's Office, along with several partner agencies, has launched the 9th Annual Diana Ross Coat Drive.

Diana, who died in 2018, was the mother of Amanda Ross, who was killed 12 years ago at the hands of her ex-fiance, Steve Nunn. Nunn was a former state representative and the son of former governor Louie Nunn.

After Amanda's death, Diana became a fierce advocate for victims of domestic violence. The Fayette County Sheriff says this coat drive is a way to keep her fight, and her daughter's memory, going.

In 2010, the Kentucky General Assembly and Ross came together to create "Amanda's Law," which provides additional protection for domestic violence victims against their offenders.

Sheriff Kathy Witt says Diana Ross transformed her grief into small acts of love to help others.

"A person who gave hope and chose to have hope after such horrific grief that she experienced. She chose to rise up every day to make a difference in someone else's life," said Sheriff Witt.

Chase Dry Cleaners and Bluegrass Cleaners have agreed to clean all donated coats.

You can drop off a coat at these five Republic Bank locations:

  • 3098 Helmsdale Place
  • 641 E. Euclid Avenue
  • 2401 Harrodsburg Road
  • 3608 Walden Drive
  • 333 W. Vine St., Suite 102