BOWLING GREEN, KY. – Hosted by Western Kentucky’s Nonprofit Student Association, two local nonprofit organizations and one business were recognized for their hard work and influence in the community of Bowling Green, KY. This luncheon also provided a chance for the WKU students interested in nonprofits to network with local organizations.
On Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Mr. B’s Pizza and Wings on Scottsville Road, 55 different affiliates from local business and nonprofits as along with WKU students gathered for an award luncheon to recognize local businesses and nonprofits in three categories. The categories were:
The winner of the first award, Emerging Nonprofit Organization Award, was given to Celebration Cakes: A Ministry of First Baptist Church. This is an organization that has been active in the local area for less than 5 years. This Ministry of First Baptist Church brings joy to children in need one birthday at a time. Their vision is: Making children feel special and blessed on their birthday. As one school counselor said, “To us a cake is batter and icing, but to them its confidence, its being able to share something, it’s being thought of enough that it lets that child know that they are important and it really does make a birthday wish come true for them”
The winner of the second award, Established Nonprofit Organization Award, was given to The Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club. This organization has been active in the local area for more than 5 years. Their mission is to improve the lives of women, children and families in the local community. During the past year three events hosted by the club included:
The last award, Philanthropic Business Award, went to Crocker Law Firm. They provide exceptional support to local nonprofit organizations. A few of their outreach initiatives this year included:
On behalf of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport and the WKU Nonprofit Organization, we wish to say thank you to all the groups that attended the luncheon. Nominations for each award are sought from local nonprofits and businesses and this event provides a way to connect WKU students to local nonprofit organization leaders. The WKU Nonprofit Administration is open to all WKU students. Please contact Dr. Tricia Jordan with any internship or volunteer opportunities your organizations may have for WKU students.
For additional information regarding the WKU Nonprofit Organization please contact WKU Assistant Professor and WKU Nonprofit Association Advisor, Dr. Tricia Jordan, 270-745-6042 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Tricia Jordan, KRS Assistant Professor
Mr. Quentin Crowe, KRS Graduate Assistant
Mr. Craig Peden, KRS Graduate Assistant
Crocker Law Firm
Dr. Neale Chumbler Speaking at Mr. B's Pizza and Wings