One of the great features of the Jefferson Awards is that those who are honored don’t seek the recognition, although they are very deserving of it.
Each year, local residents are recognized for their public service and selfless deeds through the South Central Kentucky Jefferson Awards, which is sponsored by the Daily News and WBKO-TV.
For the past 26 years, these deserving individuals have been selected through a nominating process to be recognized for the award.
On Thursday, four of these people were honored at a breakfast for all they do for people in this community and neighboring communities. The honorees were Martha C. Jenkins, Caroline Ford, Felicia Bland and Ray Buckberry.
Each of the honorees has a quite unique and interesting story.
Bland, by all accounts, will strive to accomplish anything to help those in the community.
Anne Grubbs, who nominated Bland, said she didn’t know where to begin when nominating her.
Grubbs said words like, “Tireless? Faithful? Loyal? Can’t say no to a good cause,” all crossed her mind when describing her.
Bland, who is outreach coordinator and public relations liaison for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, has been involved in a long list of community service projects that range from the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday planning committee to a dance instructor for Bellewood Home for Children to the founder of Heavenly Footsteps Youth Dance and Gifts of Praise Christian Mime and Dance teams.
If all of these activities weren’t enough, Bland also somehow finds time to take care of her ailing grandmother and is raising her daughter, who has special needs.
In addition to the 2012 Jefferson Award, Bland has picked up the 2004 MLK Women of Distinction, the 2010 Bowling Green Trailblazers Community Service and the 2011 Bowling Green Human Rights Community Service awards.
It is amazing to see a person with this much responsibility in her daily life who is able to do all of these other activities to help others.
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