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Who Won Covington Community Leader Awards this Year?

On Wednesday, November 12, the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington (CGN) will host its 38th Annual Celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Madison in Downtown Covington.
The ceremony is a celebration of the organization’s accomplishments over the past year. As part of the event, CGN will recognize a small group of community leaders, both young and old, and partners who have collaborated with the Center to make so many great things happen throughout the city.
Residents from all over Covington submitted nominations to CGN for individuals they felt should be recognized for “their love of the city, strong sense of civic duty, and their volunteer commitment to make Covington a safe, vibrant, and welcoming community.”
This year, the 2014 Community Leader Award will be given to the following individuals: 
  • Lisa Gillham
  • Barbara & Russell Horsley
  • Ben Huber
  • Cole & Victor Imperi
  • Virginia Kerst
  • Michael Monks
  • Julie Plageman
  • Thomas Petty
  • Jessica Spencer
  • Larry Weller
  • Gus Wolf
CGN will also present the following youth leaders with a Key to the Future Award:
  • David Lemus
  • Max Mason
  • Mariah McIntosh
  • Verlie Meadows
  • De’Mantez Taylor
  • Adam & Rowan Weckman
“These young leaders have taken an active role in improving their community and dedicating their ingenuity and compassion to not just build hope, but to accomplish tangible projects that benefit their individual neighborhoods and the city as a whole. They inspire us all to leave any apathy or negativity behind and to take positive action to strengthen the fabric that is our city,” said CGN in statement shared with the press. 
In addition to recognizing individuals who have had a positive impact on the community, CGN will also honor key partners “who have gone above and beyond by working with CGN and the broader Covington community” with a 2014 Great Neighbor Award. 
This year, CGN is thanking the Covington Police Department for their “commitment not only to safety and security, but for their nationally-recognized partnership with CGN for community engagement and neighborhood revitalization.” CGN will also recognize D’Artagnan Coots, a physical education teacher at Latonia Elementary, with a 2014 Great Neighbor Award for his “tireless efforts to improve the health of students and health of the Latonia community.” 
Finally, the organization will honor Roebling Point Books & Coffee with its 2014 Commitment to Covington Great Business Award. “Both Roebling Point as a business and its individual staff members donate their time and myriad talents to many community efforts sponsored by CGN, Cov200, Keep Covington Beautiful, and Renaissance Covington,” said CGN Community Development Specialist Clare Norwood.
If you are interested in attending this free community event, please RSVP at or 859.547.5539. 
-Staff report
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