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State’s Exemplary Volunteers Honored; Former Gov. Collins, Heather French Henry present awards

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 15, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

Note to editors: Award category descriptions and summaries of winning nominations are available by calling Anya Weber at (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 14, 2009) – Sixteen groups and individuals from across the state were honored for their volunteer contributions last week at a ceremony in Frankfort.

Former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Janie Miller and Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry presented the 2008 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service at the Governor’s Mansion.

The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) coordinates the annual awards program.

Gov. Steve Beshear said the group of honorees deserves great appreciation. 

“Volunteers are the pulse of any community,” he said. “Our commonwealth is much richer for the service of these volunteers.”

Miller congratulated the recipients for putting others first.

“It’s very humbling to hear about their efforts and then meet the people behind these successful projects and partnerships. Showing our thanks today is just a small way to recognize the impact of their service.”

The Governor’s Office launched the volunteer awards program in 1975. Since 1995, KCCVS has administered the program.

A panel of independent judges with experience in volunteerism and/or service chose award recipients in 11 categories. This year, there were ties in two categories. Three additional achievement awards were also presented.

Merrill A. Winchester, M.D., of Stearns received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A list of award winners and their nominators follows.

2008 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service

Challenge Award
Mark Neblett, Mount Washington (Bullitt County)
Nominated by Sheila Stanton

Corporate Award
Kentuckiana Roofing, Louisville (Jefferson County)
Nominated by Rob Locke

Director of Volunteers
Jenny Yee Greber, Newport (Campbell County)
Nominated by Karen Berger-Ducat and Susan Bushey

Faith-Based Group Award
Church Under the Bridge, Inc., Lexington (Fayette County)
Nominated by Dr. Wendy Stivers

Faith-Based Individual Award
Brittany Nicole Richardson, Florence (Boone County)
Nominated by Renee McClanahan

Lifetime Achievement Award
Merrill A. Winchester, M.D., Stearns (McCreary County)
Nominated by Jennifer Duckett

National Service Group Award
Jeffersontown High School JROTC cadets, Louisville (Jefferson County)
Nominated by Marie M. Swanson

National Service Individual Award
Francesca Pribble, Louisville (Jefferson County)
Nominated by Helmer Duverge

Nonprofit Organization Award (Tie)
Knox County UNITE Coalition, Barbourville (Knox County)
Nominated by Claudia Gibson Greenwood

Nonprofit Organization Award (Tie)
St. Vincent Mission, Inc., David (Floyd County)
Nominated by Joyce Mitchell

Volunteer Service Award
Edward Kirby, Louisville (Jefferson County)
Nominated by Keith Hosey

Youth Volunteer Service Award (Tie)
Katlyn Marie Farris, Louisville (Jefferson County)
Nominated by Jimmy Wallace

Youth Volunteer Service Award (Tie)
Erin Oakley, Cadiz (Trigg County)
Nominated by Brenda Southwick

Make A Difference Day Awards

Make A Difference Day Traveling Award (DCBS Region)
Eastern Mountain Service Region

Make A Difference Day Traveling Award (AmeriCorps Program)
MSU Corps, Morehead (Rowan County)
The Learning Corps, Owensboro (Daviess County)

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Last Updated 5/14/2009