UNITED WAY OF SOUTHERN KENTUCKY CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A GATHERING OF HEROES19-Sep-2016
UNITED WAY OF SOUTHERN KENTUCKY CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH A GATHERING OF HEROES
(September 15, 2016) – On September 15, United Way of Southern Kentucky hosted more than 225 Southern Kentucky residents to honor 60 Heroes as part of its 60th Anniversary celebration at the WKU Augenstein Alumni Center. Sixty individuals who have helped shape and improve United Way over the years were recognized as Heroes.
A Hero can been defined as “a person of distinguished courage, admired for combating adversity through impressive feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength, often sacrificing his or her own personal concerns for some greater good.” With this definition in mind, we would like to honor the following as our 60 Heroes. Their passion, dedication, and commitment has left its mark on United Way of Southern Kentucky... simply put, if not for the influence of these individuals, United Way would not have the impact on our community that is does today.
Gene Birk, WBKO News Anchor, introduced and recognized the following individuals (or their representative) at the event:
MATTHEW BAKER ON BEHALF OF MR. ALAN BAKER
DORTHY DELOTEUS IN MEMORY OF LEONARD DELOTEUS
HARRIET DOWNING IN MEMORY OF DR. DERO DOWNING
CHARLES E. “BUZZ” ENGLISH, JR
JENNIFER STEEN IN MEMORY OF MR. JOHN HINES
LINDA BRODERICK ON BEHALF OF MR. JIM JOHNSON
ALEX RAY LACKEY
GAIL MARTIN IN MEMORY OF MR. CORNELIUS MARTIN
SHELBY MOORE IN MEMORY OF MR. CHARLES M MOORE
DAVID HOSAY ON BEHALF OF MR. BRAD ODIL
GREG PRESTON IN MEMORY OF MR. BOB PRESTON
JODY RICHARDS ON BEHALF OF DAVID WISEMAN
Also recognized were those Heroes who could not attend:
THOMAS A. “TAD” DONNELLY
EVAN C. EVANS (d)
HAROLD EVANS (d)
RUBY GOODWIN (d)
ERVIN HOUCHENS (d)
NORMA JEAN KIRBY
JOHN MILLIKEN (d)
HERB SMITH SR (d)
These Heroes represent the lifeblood of United Way since that first handful of volunteers came together in 1956 to launch an organization to work collectively to make the community better…the organization known today as United Way of Southern Kentucky. Because of their contributions, United Way is positioned today better than ever to effect real change in our community. It is their generosity and commitment to creating a better community for all that has taught us what it truly means to be a Hero.
United Way of Southern Kentucky would also like to recognize the thousands of other hero volunteers who have dedicated their time, passion, voice, talent, and donations to help make life better for all Southern Kentucky citizens and families. Every dollar, every minute, and every ounce of support has paved the way for the blessings that we have today. Your sacrifices have created opportunities, changed many lives, and left a mark on future generations. Together, we are paving the way for our next 60 years to be as blessed as the last 60.
The event also featured Brett Culp as keynote speaker. Brett Culp is an acclaimed filmmaker whose work has inspired audiences around the world. He is the personal cinematographer for Hollywood stars, music icons, beloved authors, hall of fame athletes, and royal families. From tales of everyday superheroes to the stories of children in the villages of Haiti, Brett uncovers and captures powerful human experiences through his heart-warming movies. Brett has been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, WIRED, The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix, and many more. Rather than thinking as a traditional filmmaker, his projects are collaborative efforts, pulling diverse groups of people into dialogue and ultimately leading to greater impact. Brett is the co-founder of The Rising Heroes Project, a not-for-profit that supports charitable organizations and empowers community leaders. Now a resident of Tampa, Florida, Brett graduated from WKU in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, and the Bowling Green community played an important role in his development as a storyteller.
Historical Booklets highlighting 60 years of impact and the 60 Heroes were distributed at the event and can be downloaded at www.LIVEUNITEDToday.com or by contacting United Way of Southern Kentucky at 270.843.3205 for a hard copy.
United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives in our community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community.