■ Amelia Martin Adams, an attorney with DelCotto Law Group, has been named a 2014 Rising Star by the Lexington Young Professionals Association. This award is given to young professionals under the age of 40 in Fayette County and surrounding areas who are emerging leaders and who demonstrate a strong commitment to affecting the community in a positive manner through professional and nonprofessional service and achievement.
■ Lexington attorney Yvette Hourigan has received the Dave Nee Foundation's national David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award for her efforts educating the legal community in combatting depression and suicide through her work as director of the Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program.
Hourigan received the award from the foundation — a charitable and educational nonprofit committed to fighting depression and preventing suicide — at its annual fall gala at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hourigan was also honored for her work addressing mental health issues in Kentucky's three law schools and in her community.
For more information about KYLAP, visit Kylap.org. For more information about the KBA, visit Kybar.org.
■ Cassie Hudson, executive director of the nonprofit organization Partnership Housing, has been named one of the region's top entrepreneurs in southern and eastern Kentucky by the Excellence in Entrepreneurship program in the Not-For-Profit Entity award category.
The EIEA program recognizes small business owners and entrepreneurs in 55 Kentucky counties within the region who exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship by creating and managing a successful business enterprise.
Over the last two years, Hudson has worked to rebuild the once-struggling nonprofit organization. From October 2012 to June 2014, she secured approximately $2.3 million in grant funds, $792,914 in USDA Rural Development loans, and $35,000 in local and regional funding. During that same time, Hudson supervised the construction of 13 new homes, major repairs to 53 homes, and minor repairs to six homes in Owsley County.
Other EIEA award winners included Shane Hamilton, owner, Service Maids, a professional, residential cleaning service based in Floyd County, Young Entrepreneur; Greg Drury, owner, Harlan's Coal Fired Pizza (dba The Portal), a nostalgic, vintage-themed restaurant in Harlan, Start-Up Business; and Mark Gumbert, CEO/Principal Biologist, Copperhead Environmental Consulting, an environmental consulting firm located in Paint Lick, For-Profit Small Business.
■ The Mary Byron Project, established in 2000 in memory of the young woman whose murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies, has presented GreenHouse17 with the Celebrating Solutions Award for innovative services addressing the needs of intimate partner abuse survivors. This award recognizes the integration of traditional services with agricultural programming that encourages healing, health and self-sufficiency. The presentation marks the first time a Kentucky organization has received this national honor.
■ The Kentucky Association of Realtors, presented Carolyn Stone Edwards, Lexington, a Realtor with Re/Max Creative Realty with its 2014 KAR Distinguished Service Award, given to someone who has provided outstanding contributions and service to the real estate industry and their local community. The Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors has received the 2014 Community Service Award in the large category for home repairs provided through their Realtor-Community Housing Foundation and their local book donation project, which provides more than 1,000 books to more than 100 elementary schools in the Central Kentucky region. LBAR also supplies donations to food banks throughout the state each month.
■ The Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association has presented Dr. Sue K. Billings, Springfield Animal Clinic, Springfield, with its 2014 Distinguished Service award. Dr. Stuart E. Brown II, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, has received the 2014 Veterinarian of the Year award.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo