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The Friends of Covington will hand out its "Covington Award" later this month.

The award will go to attorney Dennis R. Williams, described by the organization as one of the city's most dedicated boosters. The Friends of Covington will present the award during its annual dinner on May 22 at the Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club.

Williams, born in Crittenden, moved to Covington with his family when he was in the second grade and grew up near Tenth Street and Scott Boulevard on property that later became the site for the Covington Fire Department’s headquarters and main firehouse.

“I’m really honored to be recognized with the award,” Williams said. “We all have an obligation to give back and help our community. My grandparents and parents always stressed that we should be involved in our community.”

Williams graduated from Holmes High School in 1969 and went on to complete his undergraduate studies in economics and business administration at Northern Kentucky University in 1973. He completed his study of law at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1977 and was admitted to practice in the Kentucky, Ohio, and federal courts.

Williams is now a member of the law firm of Adams, Stepner, Woltermann and Dusing, which has its office on Pike Street in Downtown Covington. He oversees the firm’s Commercial Banking and Practice Group.

Over the years, Williams has played important roles with a long list of organizations that were created to make Covington a better place to live and work. His service includes a brief stint as a Covington City Commissioner in 2004 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of a commissioner who resigned after moving to Erlanger.

Outside of City Hall, Williams has played active leadership roles in a long list of professional organizations related to the practice of law,  but he also has found time to volunteer his time and energy to an equally long list of organizations that are dedicated to improving Northern Kentucky and Covington.

He is a current member of the board of the Covington Education Foundation and is an officer and board member of Devou Properties, Inc. He also serves as a committee member for the Northern Kentucky ezone, a division of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED).

In the past, Williams has served as the chair and as a member of the executive committee of the Covington Business Council; as a director and officer of the CBC Foundation, Inc.; as a board member of the Kenton County Library Foundation; as a board member of the Housing Authority of Covington; as a member of the Entrepreneurship Committee of Tri-ED, and a director of the Carnegie Center.

He also is a past chair of the Behringer-Crawford Museum and a former board member of Entrepreneurship Northern Kentucky E-Zone, and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

If you go...

Tickets are $50 per person and a wide variety of sponsorship levels are available for individuals and/or companies that want to help the Friends of Covington by making a donation beyond the ticket price. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Prices for the different sponsorships and the number of tickets that are included at each level follow: Patron, $100, 1 ticket; Bronze, $250, 2; Silver, $500, 4; Gold, $1,000, 6; Platinum, $2,500, 8; Diamond, $5,000, 10.

Friends of Covington treasurer Sue Corken is handling ticketing for the event. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased through the mail by writing to Sue at 632 Pointe Benton, Covington, 41014. Phone: 859-261-1762. Fax: 859-655-8228. E-mail:

Photo: Dennis R. Williams/provided