Lexington, Ky. – A group of Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers and community leaders were presented with awards during the organization’s annual dinner on Jan. 28 at the Lexington Center.
Ambassador of the Year Award: Angie Dennis, Lexington Rescue Mission
Working at Lexington Rescue Mission, Angie Dennis helps individuals develop employment goals while building business relationships with employers for the purpose of placing individuals into the workforce. Angie has been a member of the Ambassador Committee since 2009, working hard on Commerce Lexington’s behalf, and giving great attention to the members.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Stephanie Hong, LFUCG Director of Youth Services
A 2011 Leadership Lexington graduate, Stephanie Hong was part of a class project group that helped revive the Leadership Lexington Alumni Association and is now a lifetime member. She currently chairs the Leadership Lexington Steering Committee, and has been a tremendous leader in that role and a great example of giving back no matter what needs to be done.
Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award: Daryl Smith, Kentucky Utilities Co.
Daryl Smith has been a great supporter of both our economic development and workforce development efforts for a number of years. He currently serves on the board of the Business and Education Network, and has been a past member of the Commerce Lexington Board of Directors. He has been a strong advocate for regional workforce development efforts, and his knowledge and expertise on the subject have been instrumental to our organization.
Leadership Lexington Distinguished Leader Award: Megan Moore, KVC Behavioral HealthCare Kentucky
Megan Moore led a class project group that took on a community hunger relief initiative entitled Nourish Your Neighborhood, which partners with local restaurants to create options for patrons to donate, turning money into meals in the form of gift cards to family resource centers and neighborhood schools. Nourish Your Neighborhood successfully created a program through which residents and restaurants can make unique and meaningful contributions to fight hunger in Lexington.
Leadership Lexington Youth Program Distinguished Leader Award: Erin Disponett, Lafayette High School
The Leadership Lexington Youth Distinguished Leader Award recognizes the class member who demonstrates strong principles and dedication to the concept of community service. Class members and steering committee members alike had great things to say about this year’s recipient, Erin Disponett, including things like “natural leader, compassionate, respectful, energetic, and enthusiastic.” Erin actually graduated early from Lafayette High School, and is currently a freshman at the University of Kentucky.
Nearly 950 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials were in attendance at the 2016 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance.