The WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation announces the 37th Anniversary of the WLKY Bell Awards to be held on October 9. The annual program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the true “spirit of Louisville” through outstanding volunteer service in our community.
Mayor Greg Fischer, in partnership with the WLKY-TV Spirit of Louisville Foundation, will present The Fuller Center of Louisville and PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, with the Mayor’s Spirit of Louisville Award for their leadership role with the 2014 Give -A-Day week of service. Achieving the goal of keeping Louisville “the most compassionate city,” there were more than 144,000 volunteers and acts of kindness in action community-wide from April 12-20, 2014.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the Fuller Center team in Louisville on receiving the Mayor’s Spirit of Louisville Award,” Fuller Center President David Snell said “They have worked diligently and with focus. Louisville is a compassionate city, and Mayor Fischer’s dedication to encouraging acts of kindness keeps that spirit alive. His support of the Fuller Center has contributed significantly to our success and this award will help assure that our work continues to prosper.”
Since 1978, more than 360 individuals have received the prestigious Bell Award. “The WLKY Bell Awards is a legacy program in our community, and our Mayor’s Spirit of Louisville Award is a partnership that allows us to recognize outstanding organizations that lead and inspire every citizen to help make our community even better,” said WLKY general manager Glenn Haygood.
“The Give A Day week of service is designed to inspire the entire community –individuals, companies and organizations — to be creative in helping others,” Fischer said. “Both the Fuller Center and PGA REACH showed the power of creativity, leadership and the power of dedicated volunteers in making our community a better place.”
Fischer noted that the Fuller Center organized volunteers including YouthBuild Louisville, Louisville firefighters and others to renovate vacant houses and provide them to needy families who put their own volunteer work into the homes. PGA REACH recruited volunteers to help build a fresh produce garden at Roosevelt Perry Elementary School, conducted a Backpack Raiser for Blessings in a Backpack and donated passes for practice rounds at the recent PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club which helped reward volunteers for their good deeds during Give-A-Day week.
“The Fuller Center For Housing of Louisville would like to thank Mayor Fisher and the Board of the WLKY-TV Spirit of Louisville Foundation for recognizing us as being a part of the Mayor’s Give A Day week of service, “ said Steve Marrillia, Executive Director of The Fuller Center of Louisville. “It is with gratitude and thanks that we accept this on behalf of every man, woman and child who have volunteered or have benefited from the vision of Millard and Linda Fuller. We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live and to be a part in this effort epitomizes the ‘love in action’ that this organization was founded upon. We look forward to participating in the Mayor’s Give A Day this coming year, and have a goal of doubling in numbers our partners and volunteers.”
The 37th WLKY Bell Awards will take place at the Galt House Hotel. Reservations to the dinner celebration can be made by contacting WLKY, 893-3671 by October 1. WLKY Anchors Rick Van Hoose and Vicki Dortch will serve as emcees, and a special one-hour telecast of the WLKY Bell Awards will air on Saturday, October 25 from 8-9 pm. The 2014 executive committee of the WLKY-TV Spirit of Louisville Foundation are Carol Wade/Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, Mike Lorch/Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Tom Hirsch/Raymond James & Associates and Glenn Haygood/WLKY.