LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2012) — The winners of Republic Bank’s seventh annual We CARE Awards for Central Kentucky were announced Thursday night at an awards ceremony at The Hilary J. Boone Center, emceed by WKYT TV Sports Anchor Dave Baker.
In 2006, Republic Bank launched the first We CARE Awards as a way to give recognition and appreciation to local companies whose employees do great things for the community. The award was created to publicly congratulate companies who stress the four elements contained in the CARE name itself — Community Activity Recognition Enterprise.
Twenty-eight nominations were accepted from companies who met the We CARE criteria, and were judged on how they encourage employees to become involved in volunteer activities, either during or after work hours. They also were evalutated on how they support community-based initiatives through philanthropic efforts and neighborhood assistance. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of previous winners and community leaders. Of the 28 finalists, seven companies were selected as winners.
The 2012 winners are:
Central Baptist Hospital/Diabetes Department
Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Sam’s Club of Nicholasville
Scott County Sheriff’s Department
Smiley Pete Publishing
“The Republic Bank We CARE Awards have again brought to light the quality and variety of volunteer work done by so many companies in our community,” said Bo Henry, market president of Republic Bank.
“All of us at Republic Bank recognize the employees of the nominated companies, and especially the winning companies, for the community efforts they put forth. They contribute so much to making this a great place to live and raise our families,” said Steve Trager, chairman and CEO of Republic Bank.
Winning companies received a handmade glass award designed by Louisville glass artist Casey Hyland.
Some of the previous winners of the We CARE Award include: Paul Miller Autogroup, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Lexington Legends, Fayette Heating & Air, Blood-Horse Publications, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, Lexmark LCM Company, Trane, Ashland, Inc., Kentucky American Water, Clark Material Handling Company and Affiliated Computer Services.