■ Jon A. Woodall, a partner in the Lexington office of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, has received an AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. An AV Preeminent certification mark is a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
■ Daniel Mathews, a member of the Lexington Toastmasters, will attend the annual Toastmasters International Convention in Orlando, Fla., this week to compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Mathews already has been recognized as one of the 86 best Toastmasters speakers in the world. Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization that helps people develop their communication and leadership skills.
■ Lexington-based A&W Restaurants has been named to 1851's Social 100: Top Social Media Campaigns That Stand Out. A&W, which has a social media department of one, was ranked No. 63 with 142,000 likes on Facebook, 492 Tweets, 1,812 following, 3,469 followers. To see the complete list of 100, go to 1851project.com and click on the Social Media 100 link.
■ Beverly Horton, customer relations representative for American Water, has been awarded a 2012 Customer Service Award from the Kentucky/Tennessee Section of the American Water Works Association. The award recognizes Horton for her nearly 39 years of exemplary customer service at a water utility and her commitment to sharing her expertise with others.
■ Lexington-based Appalachian Regional Healthcare is among the first 75 winners of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, a national philanthropic program that is awarding 100 cars to 100 non-profits over 100 consecutive days. Winners are selected each day through public voting on Facebook at 100carsforgood.com. Four other Kentucky non-profits also won vehicles in the first 75 days: Clark County Community Services, Franklin County Humane Society, Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council and Heritage Hospice of Danville. Last year, 11 of the 100 vehicles awarded went to non-profits in Kentucky. The giveaway program ends Aug. 21.
■ Bluegrass & Backroads, a 30-minute television program that explores the agricultural, cultural, historical and artistic stories unique to the state, has been honored with an Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton, producers and hosts of the show, attended the 48th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards to accept the award for best magazine feature segment. The Emmy Award-winning segment focused on Cramer Schneider, a Kentucky teen who did not allow the physical limitations of being blind prevent him from showing award-winning cattle.
Shrader and Hilton make up Kentucky Farm Bureau's two-man video production team and are responsible for writing, filming, interviewing, hosting, directing and editing each show. The duo is now filming the 10th season of Bluegrass & Backroads.
■ Heather Purnell, a paralegal with DelCotto Law Group, has earned the designation of PACE Registered Paralegal after passing the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Purnell is one of 18 paralegals in Kentucky to earn this distinction.
■ Lexington-based Q Lighting's Micro PLS LED Personal Light Show was recognized as best of show at the National Association of Music Merchants in Nashville in July. Small, bright, portable and powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack, the Micro PLS delivers light from red, amber, blue and white one-watt LEDs for six continuous hours on a full charge. The system weighs just 17 ounces and, once charged, can bring big venue lighting to any small production without being tethered to an outlet.
Q Lighting is a QED company and offers the original PLS Personal Light Show, the Maestro & Maestro 3 LED music stand lights and a variety of LED lighting solutions. For more information, go to Q-lighting.com or call 1-877-741-4612.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo