■ In recognition of his corporate citizenship and contributions to the community, Jack Kain has earned a Salute to Dealers award from Ford Motor Co.
Kain, who owns Jack Kain Ford in Versailles, was one of six winners chosen from more than 8,500 Ford and Lincoln dealers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America, Africa and the Middle East regions.
Kain received the 13th annual award at a ceremony Friday at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Orlando, Fla.
Kain was cited for his work with a number of charities, including the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center, the Hope Center, the Versailles Woodford County Economic Development Authority, Bluegrass Community Hospital, the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks' Trust for Life and the Jack Kain Military Support Fund.
"I have been very blessed throughout my life, with loving parents, with a career that has provided so much for me and my family, and with a place like Versailles to call home. I will never be able to give this community as much as it has given me, but it has been and will continue to be a joy to give back where I can," said Kain.
■ About 1,000 people attended the 2013 Commerce Lexington Annual Dinner at Lexington Center on Thursday.
During the event, the organization reviewed the highlights of 2012 and honored some of Commerce Lexington's most involved members, volunteers and community leaders.
Outgoing Board Chair Jeri Isbell of Lexmark said, "The highlight of 2012 was the announcement that international law firm Bingham McCutchen had selected Lexington from among some 350 cities for its new global services center, bringing with it 250 jobs."
The following people were honored at the dinner:
2012 Ambassador of the Year: Mark Wiemer, Republic Bank & Trust Co.
2012 Volunteer of the Year: Laura Boison, U.S. Bank
Leadership Lexington 2012 Distinguished Leader Award: Ken Gish, Stites & Harbison
Leadership Lexington Youth Program 2012 Distinguished Leader Award: Roshnee Raithatha, Henry Clay High School
2012 Public Policy Advocate of the Year: Barry Mayfield, East Kentucky Power Cooperative
2012 W.T. Young Lifetime Achievement Award: Warren W. Rosenthal
■ On Jan. 31, the Lexington Venture Club held The Toast of the Town event to recognize entrepreneurial companies in the Bluegrass region that have contributed to the long-term growth and prosperity of the area.
The early-stage companies represent industry sectors in biotechnology and health care, advanced manufacturing, IT and software development, game development, energy technologies and business services.
The Lexington Venture Club was co-founded in 2002 and is managed by Commerce Lexington and the University of Kentucky's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Lexington Innovation & Commercialization Center, which is a part of the statewide Innovation Network supported by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
For more information about the event and to see a full list of the companies recognized, go to Lexingtonventureclub.com.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo