Business awards: Week of Dec. 17

December 24, 2012 

Roger Leasor, president of the Liquor Barn, and the Liquor Barn itself, have received the 2012 Community Partner Award from the Lexington Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse and the Fayette County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy.

The Community Partner Award recognizes contributions by persons and/or organizations that support the Lexington Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse and Fayette County's ASAP prevention efforts.

Leasor, an active member of the Alcohol Committee, supported the enactment of Fayette County's Responsible Beverage Server Training Ordinance in 2006. He serves on the Governor's Task Force reviewing the Kentucky alcoholic beverage statutes.

Dr. David U. Fugate of the West Liberty Veterinary Clinic has received the 2012 Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Wade A. Northington of the Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville has received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

■ Several Central Kentucky long-term care providers were honored at the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities' annual meeting. More than 100 awards were given to caregivers and long-term care supporters on a district and statewide level.

The Central Kentucky providers honored were:

Conjuna Collier, Tanbark Health Care Center, Lexington, Northern Bluegrass District Administrator of the Year; Penny Upton, Tanbark Health Care Center, Ira O. Wallace Scholarship and Northern Bluegrass District Social Services and Admissions Award; Melissa Mutscheller, Cambridge Place, Lexington, James S. Judy Presidential Scholarship; Autumn Mitchuson, Tanbark Health Care Center, Northern Bluegrass District Activities Award; Patricia Dean, The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Berea, Statewide and Eastern District Administrative Nurse of the Year; Matt Foltz, Tanbark Health Care Center, Northern Bluegrass District Medical Services Award; Pat Castle, Tanbark Health Care Center, Northern Bluegrass District LPN of the Year; Loretta Powell, The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Statewide and Eastern District Nurse Aide of the Year; Morgan Green, Tanbark Health Care Center, Northern Bluegrass District Personal Care Home Caregiver of the Year; Kristy Mink, The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Statewide and Eastern District Social Services/Admissions Award; and The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Newsletter of the Year.

■ The Kentucky Blood Center has honored long-time board member and volunteer Dr. David B. Stevens by renaming its community room the David B. Stephens M.D. Room. Stevens is the founding chairman of the board at the blood center when it was started by the Lexington Medical Society 45 years ago. The Stevens Room, located in the Beaumont Donor Center at 3121 Beaumont Centre Circle, is available for use by community groups.

■ Ashland City Commissioner Kevin Gunderson has received a Theodore Roosevelt Association Police Award. The award is given annually to police officers nationwide who have overcome a major physical challenge or handicap. More than 150 police officers have received this award since 1983. Gunderson, a former Ashland police officer, was critically injured while on duty July 18, 1980. Following treatment in Chicago and Ontario, Canada, he was able to return to his department as a 911 dispatcher. He was later elected Ashland City Commissioner and has served in that role for more than 20 years. The Theodore Roosevelt Association made a $500 donation to the charity of Gunderson's choice, which was the Putnam Stadium Restoration Project.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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