Commerce Lexington presents awards to leaders

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Angie Dennis
Angie Dennis

Several awards were presented Thursday to recognize outstanding community leaders and volunteers at the 2016 Commerce Lexington Inc. annual dinner.

The event, presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance at Lexington Center, looked back at 2015 and highlighted key goals for 2016, and recognized Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers and community leaders.

Awards presented during the dinner included:

Ambassador of the Year: Angie Dennis, Lexington Rescue Mission

Working at Lexington Rescue Mission, Dennis helps people develop employment goals while building business relationships with employers for the purpose of placing people into the work force. Dennis has been a member of the Ambassador Committee since 2009.

Volunteer of the Year: Stephanie Hong, LFUCG director of youth services

A 2011 Leadership Lexington graduate, Hong was part of a class project group that helped revive the Leadership Lexington Alumni Association and is now a lifetime member. She currently chairs the Leadership Lexington Steering Committee.

Public Policy Advocate of the Year: Daryl Smith, Kentucky Utilities Co.

Smith has been a supporter of economic development and work force development efforts for a number of years. He serves on the board of the Business and Education Network, and has been a past member of the Commerce Lexington board of directors.

Leadership Lexington Distinguished Leader: Megan Moore, KVC Behavioral HealthCare Kentucky

Moore led a class project group that took on a community hunger relief initiative titled Nourish Your Neighborhood, which partners with local restaurants to create options for patrons to donate, turning money into meals in the form of gift cards to family resource centers and neighborhood schools.

Leadership Lexington Youth Program Distinguished Leader: Erin Disponett, Lafayette High School

The Leadership Lexington Youth Distinguished Leader Award recognizes a student who demonstrates strong principles and dedication to the concept of community service. Disponett graduated early from Lafayette High School and is a freshman at the University of Kentucky.