▪ Alecia Cash, general manager of the Red Lobster in Lexington, has received the company’s most prestigious honor, General Manager of the Year, and the restaurant received the company’s Lighthouse Club Award. Out of 700 locations, Lexington performed in the top five percent of the company — exceeding the standard for guest satisfaction, including pace of meal, taste of food and intent to return, and performed exceptionally in sales growth and labor retention. The Lexington Red Lobster was one of 32 restaurants recognized for the Lighthouse Award.
▪ Kentucky Nonprofit Network will recognize Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission of Covington; Cyndee Burton of Henderson; and Erica Horn of Lexington at the 15th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum Oct. 25 in Lexington.
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission of Covington will receive the 2017 Innovative Nonprofit Award for its Lincoln Grant Scholar House — a program striving to break the cycle of generational poverty by providing affordable, safe housing and comprehensive support services for low-income single mothers, fathers and grandparents enrolled in post-secondary education. Burton, a registered nurse and administrator of Matthew 25 AIDS Services of Henderson will receive the 2017 Distinguished Nonprofit Leadership Award, for Matthew 25 AIDS Services, a group she started in 1996 after four members of her church family died of AIDS. The organization provides services to more than 500 patients in the tri-state area. Horn, co-founder and board chair of GleanKY in Lexington, will receive the 2017 Outstanding Board Leadership Award for her commitment to the organization’s mission, professional expertise, willingness to embrace nonprofit management best practices and enthusiasm for engaging others to create a sustainable organization engaged in the fight against hunger.
The awards will be presented during the Kentucky Nonprofit Awards Luncheon at noon Oct. 25. Register by Oct. 18 at at Kynonprofits.org/forum. Registration for the luncheon only is $45 for KNN members and $65 for non-members.
▪ Preservation Kentucky will present the following with 2017 Excellence in Preservation Awards from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the John Dale House in Simpsonville. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Preservationkentucky.org or by calling 502-871-4570.
Edith S. Bingham Excellence in Preservation Education: Gathering Our History: Lexington East End African-American Neighborhood, for the documentation of the people and places of the African-American experience in East End Lexington during the 19th and 20th centuries by the William Wells Brown and Martin Luther King Neighborhood Associations.
Patrick Kennedy Excellence in Preservation Craftsmanship: Tom McDowell (conservator) and Tony Vince (craftsman), for the restoration of the terra cotta on the 1909 Beaux Arts style Hopewell Museum (former post office building) in Paris.
Preservation Kentucky Excellence in Cultural Heritage Tourism: Old Fire Copper Distillery, Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, for the discovery, archaeological excavation, preservation and interpretation of the remnants of Col. E. H. Taylor’s 1869, 1873 and 1883 distilleries.
Barbara Hulette Excellence as Young Preservationist: Carter Scott, associate, K. Norman Berry Architects, Louisville, for his work on historic buildings, knowledge and advancement of the historic preservation field, and role in the rehabilitation of the Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Lexington.
Christy and Owsley Brown II Excellence in Public Service to Preservation: Jody Robinson, assistant administrator and main street manager, Bellevue, for her work with the Bellevue and Fort Thomas Main Street programs, Northern Kentucky Weekend project, and collaborations with Covington, Newport and other Northern Kentucky communities.
Linda Bruckheimer Excellence in Rural Preservation: Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson for the preservation of the mid-1800s Hermitage and Woodland Farms in Oldham County; the conservation and sustainability of the farmland; and the restoration of the historic homes, chapel, smokehouse and barns on the properties.
David L. Morgan Excellence in Kentucky Commercial Historic Preservation Tax Credit: Paducah Coca-Cola Bottling Plant: Ed and Meagan Musselman, owners; Chris Black, Ray Black & Sons, contractor, for the rehabilitation of Paducah’s finest Art Deco building.
David L. Morgan Excellence in Kentucky Residential Historic Preservation Tax Credit: 301 West Columbia Street, Somerset. Brian Denney, owner, for the renovation and preservation of a neglected 1890 two-story Queen Anne-style home.
Helen Dedman Excellence in Preservation Advocacy: Jim Price, 301 Overton Street, Newport, for the recovery, retrieval and return of the original, magnificent stained-glass windows in and renovation of a ca. 1889 eclectic Victorian era home in the Mansion Hill Historic District.
Ann Early Sutherland Excellence in Preservation Sustainability: Pine Mountain Settlement School, Bledsoe, for incorporating historic preservation and conservation into their environmental education program.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo