The Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County awarded its annual Community Award to Central Bank at the organization's 41st annual awards banquet Monday night.
P.G. Peeples Sr., president and CEO of the Urban League, said that, despite the rough economy, Central Bank has continued to contribute widely to charitable and civic organizations, and has encouraged its employees to give back to the community.
Terry Holliday, who was selected as Kentucky's new education commissioner this summer, delivered the keynote speech to the crowd of civic, community and business leaders at the Lexington Convention Center.
Holliday spoke about challenges facing education, as well as the need to focus on raising achievement levels at Kentucky schools and working to close achievement gaps between groups of students, regardless of race, income level or other socio-economic factors.
He said a new Transforming Education Task Force announced by Gov. Steve Beshear earlier Monday is a positive step.