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Urban League recognizes Kroger’s diversity efforts

From left are Holiday Manor Kroger store manager Phil Watson, The Kroger Co.'s Mid-South Division President John Hackett, and Ben Richmond, president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League during the Diversity Soiree and Awards Gala at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Photo by Frankie Steele for The Louisville Urban.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 24, 2012) — The Louisville Urban League bestowed its highest honor, the Arthur M. Walters “Champion of Diversity Award” to The Kroger Co., Mid-South Division, at its annual Diversity Soirée and Awards Gala on Friday, May 18. Receiving the award on behalf of Kroger was its Mid-South Division President, John Hackett, and Holiday Manor store manager Phil Watson.

The event was presented for the eighth year in a row by Fifth Third Bank Kentucky and was conducted at the Louisville Marriott Downtown’s Kentucky Ballroom.

“The Louisville Urban League chose to recognize the ongoing efforts of The Kroger Co. because of their support of various diversity-minded initiatives in the Louisville community. We are thrilled to have them as a partner and to honor them with this award,” said Ben Richmond, LUL president and CEO.

“On behalf of The Kroger Co. and its employees, I am thrilled and honored to accept the prestigious Arthur M. Walters Champion of Diversity Award. As an organization, diversity is one of our core values, which we call upon not only in the way we hire associates but also in the way we promote our associates. Hiring and promoting a diverse workforce is not only good for our associates but also good for our customers,” Hackett said.