Category: Vision Awards

2023 Vision Awards Breakfast

2023 Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Awards Breakfast
When
Friday, February 24, 2023 from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM EST
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Where

Hilton Lexington Downtown
369 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507

PRESENTING SPONSOR
 

 
 
 
GOLD SPONSOR
 

SILVER SPONSOR

VIDEO SPONSOR

Prosper Media Group

BLUEGRASS TOMORROW
VISION SOCIETY TRUSTEES

Friday, February 24, 2023
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Vision Award Honorees Released Below
 
Registration Now Open!
 
Presented by:


 
 
Bluegrass Tomorrow has announced that President Eli Capilouto of the University of Kentucky, Kris Kimel founder of Space Tango and the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, and Will Arvin, CEO and owner of Castle & Key Distillery are among the honorees at the 2023 Vision Awards Breakfast on Friday January 24 at at the Lexington Downtown Hilton.  Registration is now open.
 
Mr. Kris Kimel
Founder, Humanity in Deep Space

 

 

 
Kris Kimel, Bluegrass Legacy Award honoree is most recently is the Founder of Humanity In Deep Space an initiative exploring the challenges and hard problems facing humans as we transition to deep spacefaring species. The prototype capsule pictured is just one of his current projects. He is also the Co-founder and former Chairman of the commercial company Space Tango. Previously Kimel was President of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation and founded the IdeaFestival…an event in Louisville Kentucky centering around innovation, discovery, and creative thinking at the intersection of different disciplines. Kimel has served as the Chief Administrative Assistant to Kentucky’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor. Kimel as a student was the recipient of the University of Kentucky (UK) Sullivan Medallion in 1974 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Of Letters from UK in 2022. He is originally from Miami Florida, and holds bachelor and masters’ degrees from the University of Kentucky. 
 
 
Dr. Eli Capilouto
President, University of Kentucky

 

 
 
Capilouto who has been responsible for over $3 billion in construction and improvements to the campus and U.K. Health Care will receive the Vision Award for Education.

 

 
Castle & Key Distillery Partner Will Arvin, Master Distiller Marianne Eaves and Partner Wes Murry.

 

Will Arvin who has transformed the Castle & Key Distillery in Franklin County into a major tourism destination, will receive the Vision Award for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.
 
 
 
Dr. W. Blaine Early, III
Attorney, Stites & Harbison

 

 
The Robern N. Clay Presidents Award for most valuable board member will be presented to Blaine Early of Stites & Harbison.

 

The annual Vision Awards Breakfast is a time-honored tradition paying tribute to the best of the 18-county Bluegrass Region each year, related to improving quality of life and place, Bluegrass Tomorrow’s mission.

 

More Vision Awards to be presented on February 24 include: Ray Daniels (Vision Award for Diversity), CentreWorks (Spirit of the Bluegrass Vision Award), Dr. Nancy Cox, University  of Kentucky (Vision Award for Agriculture and Sustainability), Clark Foundation (Vision Award for Community Enhancement), Chenault Winery-Madison County (Vision Award for Agricultural Entrepreneurship).
Registration Now Open!

 

Friday, February 24, 2023
Hilton Lexington Downtown

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Vision Awards Program, Videos & Presentations
$50 Individual Breakfast
$75 Individual Breakfast & One Year Membership
$500 Table Sponsorship- Table of 8 
(see sponsorship opportunities below) 

 

 

 
 
SPONSORSHIP OPORTUNITIES
Vision Awards Gold Sponsor & Vision Society Status 
$2,500
– All of the privileges accorded to a Bluegrass Tomorrow Trustee
– Logo on invitations, e-mails, social media, website and all other collateral materials
– Logo on PowerPoint & Event Signage
– Preferred Table for 8 at Vision Awards Breakfast
– Full Page in Vision Report Magazine Distributed at Breakfast & Throughout The Year
-All Vision Society membership benefits for the year, including logo on all Bluegrass Tomorrow events!
Vision Awards Silver Sponsor
$1,250
– Logo on, invitations, e-mails, social media, website and all other collateral materials
– Logo on PowerPoint & Event Signage
– Table for 8 at Vision Awards Breakfast
– ½ page ad in the Vision Report Magazine
Vision Awards Bronze Sponsor
$900
– listing on invitations e-mails, website, social media and all other collateral materials, listing in PowerPoint and event signage
– reserved table for 8 at Vision Awards Breakfast
– ½ page ad in the Vision Report Magazine
Vision Awards Breakfast Table Sponsor
$500 
– Reserved Table for 8
– option to purchase half page ad in Vision Report Magazine (additional $100)
– listing in Vision Report, PowerPoint and event signage
Vision Report Magazine Advertising Only
Half Page – $350
Quarter Page – $175
Eighth Page- $100
More information contact Rob Rumpke 
Please send checks to:
Bluegrass Tomorrow
P.O. Box 34185
Lexington, KY  40588
Bluegrass Tomorrow (Tax ID #61-1160137) is a 501(c)(3) Organization and provides no goods or services, in whole or in part, in consideration of this contribution. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
2023 Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Awards Breakfast
When
Friday, February 24, 2023 from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM EST
Add to Calendar
Where

Hilton Lexington Downtown
369 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507

PRESENTING SPONSOR
 

 
 
 
GOLD SPONSOR
 

SILVER SPONSOR

VIDEO SPONSOR

Prosper Media Group

BLUEGRASS TOMORROW
VISION SOCIETY TRUSTEES

Friday, February 24, 2023
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Vision Award Honorees Released Below
 
Registration Now Open!
 
Presented by:


 
 
Bluegrass Tomorrow has announced that President Eli Capilouto of the University of Kentucky, Kris Kimel founder of Space Tango and the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, and Will Arvin, CEO and owner of Castle & Key Distillery are among the honorees at the 2023 Vision Awards Breakfast on Friday January 24 at at the Lexington Downtown Hilton.  Registration is now open.
 
Mr. Kris Kimel
Founder, Humanity in Deep Space


 

 
Kris Kimel, Bluegrass Legacy Award honoree is most recently is the Founder of Humanity In Deep Space an initiative exploring the challenges and hard problems facing humans as we transition to deep spacefaring species. The prototype capsule pictured is just one of his current projects. He is also the Co-founder and former Chairman of the commercial company Space Tango. Previously Kimel was President of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation and founded the IdeaFestival…an event in Louisville Kentucky centering around innovation, discovery, and creative thinking at the intersection of different disciplines. Kimel has served as the Chief Administrative Assistant to Kentucky’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor. Kimel as a student was the recipient of the University of Kentucky (UK) Sullivan Medallion in 1974 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Of Letters from UK in 2022. He is originally from Miami Florida, and holds bachelor and masters’ degrees from the University of Kentucky. 
 
 
Dr. Eli Capilouto
President, University of Kentucky


 
 
Capilouto who has been responsible for over $3 billion in construction and improvements to the campus and U.K. Health Care will receive the Vision Award for Education.


 
Castle & Key Distillery Partner Will Arvin, Master Distiller Marianne Eaves and Partner Wes Murry.


Will Arvin who has transformed the Castle & Key Distillery in Franklin County into a major tourism destination, will receive the Vision Award for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.
 
 
 
Dr. W. Blaine Early, III
Attorney, Stites & Harbison


 
The Robern N. Clay Presidents Award for most valuable board member will be presented to Blaine Early of Stites & Harbison.


The annual Vision Awards Breakfast is a time-honored tradition paying tribute to the best of the 18-county Bluegrass Region each year, related to improving quality of life and place, Bluegrass Tomorrow’s mission.


More Vision Awards to be presented on February 24 include: Ray Daniels (Vision Award for Diversity), CentreWorks (Spirit of the Bluegrass Vision Award), Dr. Nancy Cox, University  of Kentucky (Vision Award for Agriculture and Sustainability), Clark Foundation (Vision Award for Community Enhancement), Chenault Winery-Madison County (Vision Award for Agricultural Entrepreneurship).
Registration Now Open!


Friday, February 24, 2023
Hilton Lexington Downtown

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Vision Awards Program, Videos & Presentations
$50 Individual Breakfast
$75 Individual Breakfast & One Year Membership
$500 Table Sponsorship- Table of 8 
(see sponsorship opportunities below) 



 
 
SPONSORSHIP OPORTUNITIES
Vision Awards Gold Sponsor & Vision Society Status 
$2,500
– All of the privileges accorded to a Bluegrass Tomorrow Trustee
– Logo on invitations, e-mails, social media, website and all other collateral materials
– Logo on PowerPoint & Event Signage
– Preferred Table for 8 at Vision Awards Breakfast
– Full Page in Vision Report Magazine Distributed at Breakfast & Throughout The Year
-All Vision Society membership benefits for the year, including logo on all Bluegrass Tomorrow events!
Vision Awards Silver Sponsor
$1,250
– Logo on, invitations, e-mails, social media, website and all other collateral materials
– Logo on PowerPoint & Event Signage
– Table for 8 at Vision Awards Breakfast
– ½ page ad in the Vision Report Magazine
Vision Awards Bronze Sponsor
$900
– listing on invitations e-mails, website, social media and all other collateral materials, listing in PowerPoint and event signage
– reserved table for 8 at Vision Awards Breakfast
– ½ page ad in the Vision Report Magazine
Vision Awards Breakfast Table Sponsor
$500 
– Reserved Table for 8
– option to purchase half page ad in Vision Report Magazine (additional $100)
– listing in Vision Report, PowerPoint and event signage
Vision Report Magazine Advertising Only
Half Page – $350
Quarter Page – $175
Eighth Page- $100
More information contact Rob Rumpke 
Please send checks to:
Bluegrass Tomorrow
P.O. Box 34185
Lexington, KY  40588
Bluegrass Tomorrow (Tax ID #61-1160137) is a 501(c)(3) Organization and provides no goods or services, in whole or in part, in consideration of this contribution. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

Ron Mack Receives 2022 Vision Award for Diversity

Congratulations to our 2022 Vision Award for Diversity recipient, Ron Mack & Legacy Equine Academy.
The Vision Award for Diversity recognizes a unique and transformational approach to bringing diversity and the equine industry together.
The Legacy Equine Academy is meeting the needs of the Business and Equine Industry in partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, by identifying and overseeing a structured pathway for students that promotes entrepreneur, equine, and agricultural career related pathways.
We are honored to present this year’s Vision Award for Diversity to Ron Mack and the Legacy Equine Academy.

Y-Academy & YMCA of Central Kentucky Receive 2022 Vision Award for Human Services

Congratulations to our 2022 Vision Award for Human Services recipient, Y-Academy & YMCA of Central Kentucky.
The Vision Award for Human Services recognizes those who respond to community needs, and in this case did so during a global pandemic.
The Y-Academy enabled staff to be present to assist each student in the program to complete both virtual meetings and in-person assignments, communication with teachers virtually about learning objectivies, and manage up to 10-12 schedules per room daily because each school developed their own virtual schedules. This was all a truly remarkable collaboration between University of Kentucky and the YMCA, and an amazing and wonderful service to working parents and their children of this community.

Michael Blowen Receives 2022 Vision Award for Equine Agriculture

Congratulations to our 2022 Vision Award for Equine Agriculture recipient, Michael Blowen of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Scott County.
Michael began his career as an educator, earned a master’s degree from Emerson College and pursued his career as a writer, which led to his first career as the Boston Globe’s top film reviewer.
An editor at the Globe invited him to the racetrack one day, it sparked a new interest, and eventally a new career. He even worked on the back stretch of Suffolk Downs for a time to learn about horses. When he retired from the Globe, he accepted a postion as the Operations Manager for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in Kentucky, and we’re glad he did as he launched Old friends in 2003 and it has become one of Scot County’s top tourism attractions.
We are so proud to honor Michael Blowen and the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm with our 2022 Vision Award for Equine Agriculture. He’s the best friend retirement horses have ever had.

Bettie Kerr Receives 2022 Vision Award for Historic Preservation

Congratulations to our 2022 Vision Award for Historic Preservation recipient, Bettie Kerr.
An Important element of Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Forever Green Division is its preservation emphasis, encouraging all types of historic preseration, adaptive reuse restoration, and infill. Perhaps no other individual has had more impact on Historic Preservation in Lexington than Bettie Kerr.
Bettie’s current work encompasses all aspects of historic preservation. It includes the study, research, and survey of properties and neighborhoods being considered for designation as Local Historic Districts. She also conducts architectural surveys and study of historic properties county-wide for nominations of historic properties to the Federal National Register of Historic Places and so much more.
Bettie has essentially touched every piece of historic preservation in Lexington for the last 30 years. We are very proud to honor Bettie Kerr with the 2022 Vision Award for Historic Preservation.

Anthony (A.J.) Jackson Receives 2022 Youth Vision Award

Congratulations to our 2022 Youth Vision Award Recipient, Anthony (A.J.) Jackson.
Anthony (A.J.) Jackson is a senior at Carter G. Woodson Academy and Locust Trace AgriScience Center, who has signed to play baseball and continue his education at Kentucky State University.
AJ is very accomplished at seventeen years old. He has held office in his school’s Student Government Association, is a member of the Bowtie Society for students with 3.5 or greater grade point average, and is a member of National Beta Club. He has served as a member of the Principal’s Ultimate Panel (Student Advocacy Group) and was awarded Honor Roll with Distinction, all four years of high school.
Additionally, AJ is on the Frederick Douglas High School Varsity Baseball Team and has made Academic All State – First Team, every season. He was selected to attend the Kentucky Farm Bureau Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders, was the Healthy Lifestyles Chair for FFA, Vice President of Jr. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Relatted Sciences (MANRRS). He was named Jr. MANRRS Outstanding Member of 2019.
AJ is currently President of Carter G. Woodson Academy’s chapter of FFA, Vice President of Locut Trace’s Jr. MANRRS chapter and a student intern at AppHarvest.
AJ was a finalist for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Ag Athlete of the Year and recently was awarded the Fayette County Public Schools Nutrition Association Scholarship, The Legacy Equine Society Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 1890 National Scholars Program Scholarship.
AJ will graduate at the top of his class, never earning less than a 4.0 GPA weighted. In his senior year, he has earned 12 college credits that will follow him to the College of Agriculture at Kentucky State University. He plans to major in Agricultural Communications.
Former U.K. Basketball Star and AppHarvest team member Ramel Bradley, who guided AJ in his senior co-op with AppHarvest says this:
“It’s not every day that you come across a young scholar so dedicated and committed to serving his community. As passionate about sports as he is about furthering his education, AJ is driven to create sustainable solutions to the challenges we face in the Agriculture industry. AJ is becoming a force for good. I am proud to witness his journey.”
Bluegrass Tomorrow is proud to present it’s 2022 Youth Vision Award to Anthony (AJ) Jackson!

AppHarvest & Jonathan Webb Receive 2022 Vision Award for Agriculture & Sustainability

Congratulations to the 2022 Vision Award for Agriculture & Sustainability Recipients AppHarvest & Jonathan Webb.
AppHarvest categorically defines sustainability, and is totally aligned with Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Land Use and Agricultural mission. Even Martha Stewart has invested in this remarkable innovation in agriculture founded by entrepreneur Jonathan Webb.
AppHarvest is adding three more farms in the Bluegrass in 2022 adding berries and salad greens. It’s newest indoor farms in Morehead and Somerset are preceded by the flagship facility growing tomatoes in Morehead. The 30 acre Somerset facility will grow berry crops, a 15 acre facility in Berea will grow leafy greens; and a 60 acre facility in Richmond will grow vine crops. AppHarvest’s goal is to operate 12 high-tech indoor farms by the end of 2025.
AppHarvest also has offices in Lexington and public retail space at the new Greyline Station. Bluegrass Tomorrow and AppHarvest will be kicking off a new program called “Green Stars of the Bluegrass” The program will take us to the top sustainability attractions in our region for tours and green drinks. the first one will be at AppHarvest in the Greyline Station on August 11th.
It is with great pleasure we presented the 2022 Vision Award for Agriculture to an organization reinventing farming on an ever-changing planet. We are so glad they are doing that here in central and eastern Kentucky.

Daryl Smith Receives 2022 Robert N. Clay Award

Congratulations to Daryl W. Smith of Kentucky Utilities for being awarded the 2022 Robert N. Clay Award.
The Robert N. Clay Award is named for Bluegrass Tomorrow’s first President, who operated Three Chimneys Farm. This Vision Award is essentially a most valuable player award for Bluegrass Tomorrow. It is presented to a board member for outstanding service, improvement and promotion of Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Mission through the years. The award is given with the approval of the selection committe and executive committee.
Our 2022 Robert Clay Award winner has been a rock star for Bluegrass Tomorrow. We could have asked for a better representative and public relations advocate for the organization over the last decade. He has served 5 terms for the organization including two years as vice chair and three as chair. Daryl Smith has also been the right leader at the right time. He has skillfully and creatively guided the organization through difficult financial and programmatic pandemic times.
One of the projects that came out of Daryl’s “Strategic Doing” brainstorming sessions was a public service campaign called “Fall in Love with the Bluegrass All Over Again”. The campaign spots ran on local TV stations and cable outlets.
Daryl has been as actively involved in the day-to-day business of Bluegrass Tomorrow as any chair we’ve ever had. He has been onsistently present and leading all of our board and executive committee meetings for three years. He has also chaired our Education Division, been integrally involved in the start ups of our Regional Land Use Partnerships, and part of our most recent success with the Presidents/Superintendents Summits in partnership with the Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative.

Dr. Lyle Roelofs Receives Vision Award for Excellence In Education

Congratulations to Berea College President, Dr. Lyle Roelofs! We were honored to present you with the 2022 Vision Award for Excellence in Education.

President Roelofs, who has announced his decision to retire effective June 30, 2023, has been a great friend of Bluegrass Tomorrow and was integral in the development of the current Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium programs. He co-chaired the consortium for 3 years and hosted and spoke at the Academic Leadership Academy at Berea College. He has participated in many other Bluegrass Tomorrow summits, meetings, & events through the years.

President Roelofs has also been an advocate for diversity and students with socio-economic difficulties. He has brought attention to these issues during his tenure and in recent Presidents-Superintendents discussions. A testament to the Great Commitments at Berea College from Acts 17:26 that “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”

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