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Here is the Winner of this Year's Covington Award

The Friends of Covington have named their 2015 recipient of the Covington Award, the organization's highest honor which is handed out annually at its largest fundraiser.

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Donald C. Wintersheimer will be honored May 21. Covington native Wintersheimer had a long and distinguished career as an attorney in private practice that began after his graduation from the law school of the University of Cincinnati. He later became the City Solicitor for the City of Covington, a position he held for 14 years, and became well known throughout the region for his battles with utility companies that had proposed rate increases. In one of those cases, he was the lead attorney when Cincinnati Bell was required to refund $1.3 million to its Northern Kentucky customers.

Wintersheimer served on the Kentucky Court of Appeals before he was elected to the state’s highest court in 1982. He was re-elected in 1990 and 1998 and retired from the bench in 2006.

He and his wife Alice, a teacher who is retired from the Covington Independent Public Schools, live in Covington and have five adult children, three of whom are attorneys. 

In the past, the Friends of Covington, created in 1987, has honored some of the city’s most dedicated leaders and opinion makers. The list includes the late Ralph Haile Jr., a banker who played a major role in civic organizations and businesses in Covington; developer Bill Butler; influential banker Mer Grayson; former Bishop William A. Hughes; attorney William T. Robinson III; and last year’s winner, Dennis Williams, a well-known attorney and former Covington city commissioner.

The dinner will be held on Thursday, May 21, at the Twins Oaks Golf and Plantation Club on 43rd Street in Covington’s Latonia neighborhood. Tickets are $55 per person and may be purchased by writing to the Friends of Covington, Box 1243, Covington, KY, 41012.

-Staff report

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