(May 3, 2016) – United Way of Southern Kentucky announced today that it will be honoring 60 individuals as Heroes in celebration of its 60th Anniversary throughout 2016.

In 1956, a group of concerned citizens came together with one thought in mind – how can we help make our community better? And thus the foundation was formed for United Way of Southern Kentucky as we know it today. This year marks United Way’s 60th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, United Way will be recognizing and honoring 60 Heroes – 60 individuals who have helped shape and improve United Way over the years.

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, United Way would like to honor the following as its 60 Heroes. Their passion, dedication, and commitment has left its mark on United Way of Southern Kentucky... simply put, if not for their influence, United Way would not have the impact on our community that is does today:

Mr. Tommy Adams

Ms. Lee Alcott

Mr. Alan Baker

Mr. Vince Berta

Mrs. Kathleen Berta

Ms. Lynne Bosley

Mr. Harold Brantley

Mr. Craig Browning

Mr. Richard Callahan

Ms. Lynn Chism

Mr. Scott Crocker

Ms. Barbara Deeb

Mr. Leonard Deloteus (d)

Mr. Thomas A. Donnelly

Dr. Dero Downing (d)

Mr. Charles English, Jr.

Mr. Harold Evans (d)

Mr. Evan C. Evans, Sr. (d)

Ms. Sandra Force

Ms. Ruby Goodwin (d)

Mr. Michael Grubbs

Mrs. Donna Harmon

Mr. Mike Harris

Mr. Bill Hatter

Mr. Wallace Herndon

Ms. Deborah Hills

Mr. John Hines (d)

Mr. Ervin Houchens (d)

Mr. Mac Jefferson

Mr. Jim Johnson

Mr. Zachary Kafoglis

Mr. Robert Kirby

Mrs. Norma Jean Kirby

Mr. Alex Ray Lackey

Mr. Owen Lambert

Mr. Jim Martens

Mr. Cornelius Martin (d)

Mr. Harold Matthews

Mr. Rick Medlin

Mr. John Milliken (d)

Mr. Charles M. Moore (d)

Mr. Brad Odil

Mr. Tad Pardue

Mrs. Suzanne Paugh

Mr. Larry Pike

Mr. Bob Preston (d)

Mrs. Ann Puckett

Dr. Gary Ransdell

Mr. Eldon Renaud

Mr. Paul Schnoes

Mrs. Sheila Simmons

Mr. Herb Smith, Sr. (d)

Mr. Wilson Stone

Mr. Steve Thurmond

Mr. Joe Tinius

Mr. Lee Truman

Mr. Bill Waltrip

Mr. Barry Williams

Ms. Joyce Wilson

Mr. David Wiseman

(d) Deceased

United Way invites all community members to attend the Gathering of Heroes on Thursday, September 15th for a reception and dinner in honor of these 60 Heroes. As well, United Way will be shining a light on these Heroes throughout the year with the help of local media partners.

These 60 Heroes represent the lifeblood of United Way since that first handful of volunteers came together in 1956. Because of their contributions, United Way is positioned today better than ever to effect real change in our community. It is their generosity that has taught us what it truly means to be a Hero.

For more information about United Way’s 60th Anniversary or to make a donation In Honor of or In Memory of a Hero, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.  

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. 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. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. 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.