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Kentucky Nonprofit Network announces award winners

Awards Nov. 3 in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2016) — Kentucky Nonprofit Network has selected the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Richard Seckel of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center and active community member and former nonprofit executive Kathy Plomin to be honored at the 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum Nov. 3 in Lexington.

Lexington-based Carnegie Center will receive the 2016 Innovative Nonprofit Award, which recognizes an organization that implements inventive, nontraditional programs or methods that effectively meet community needs. The Carnegie Center won for its “Reading Room in Triangle Park,” a unique outdoor learning space in the heart of downtown Lexington. The project is designed to promote and inspire a love of reading in all ages and, at the same time, put books in the hands of those who often have none. Carnegie Center partnered with the Triangle Foundation to bring the project to fruition.

Seckel will be awarded the 2016 Distinguished Nonprofit Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership among Kentucky nonprofit chief executives. As executive director of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center in Lexington since 1979, Seckel has led the center from its early mission of consolidating services among legal aid programs in Kentucky to its current mission to serve as center for impact advocacy for low-income people.

Plomin, who has 30 years of experience working with numerous boards in the Lexington community, as well as serving as chief professional officer of the United Way of the Bluegrass will receive the 2016 Outstanding Board Leadership Award. The award highlights the work of a board leader who is strategic-thinking and works cooperatively to further the mission of an organization and is actively committed to best practices.