Winners to be honored on Saturday in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — Tanya Torp, the late Betsy Nowland-Curry and Bluegrass Foundation have been selected by the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice (KCCJ) and The Plantory to receive the 2016 Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian Awards. Awards will be presented Saturday at the Plantory in Lexington. The award is given in honor of community leader and activist Lauren K. Weinberg.
Since 1951, the Humanitarian Awards have been given to individuals and organizations in the Bluegrass whose dedication and service to the community promotes respect, understanding and tolerance among all people.
Torp, program director of Step by Step Lexington, works to inspire and encourage young mothers through case management, counseling, and tireless support. She also serves as executive director of Be Bold, a nonprofit initiative, which inspires girls to achieve their goals. She has opened her home, Justice House, to the community, hosts a weekly breakfast, activism trainings and ensures a safe place for those in need to come for help. She has previously worked with United Way of the Bluegrass and currently serves as vice chairperson of the Central Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
Nowland-Curry, who passed away in January, demonstrated a lifelong commitment to humanitarian work. She founded the Spouse Abuse Center, served as director of the YWCA, worked as executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women, provided support to those most in need as a social worker and had numerous other professional humanitarian accomplishments. Additionally, she served on many boards, volunteered tirelessly, mentored younger female leaders and supportied the growth of such organizations as Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence.
Blue Grass Community Foundation helps individuals, families, businesses, communities and nonprofit organizations establish charitable funds, guide resources to support causes, and meet community needs to make a difference. They have demonstrated a commitment to connecting people across economic and social sectors through philanthropy and community work.