Heart of Danville hands out achievement awards

March 02, 2013
  • Centre College President John Roush accepts Heart of Danville's Heart of Gold award for the college's work presenting the vice presidential debate during a ceremony Thursday.
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 The Heart of Danville honored outstanding local achievements in downtown revitalization and development during its 2013 annual meeting on Thursday at Jacobs Hall Museum on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus.

Businesses, organizations and individuals were recognized for helping improve downtown Danville and for having a positive impact on the community.

The winners of the revitalization awards are:

Heart and Soul Award/Downtown Hero: Mary Jo Joseph. The Heart and Soul Award is presented to a person who puts his or her “heart” into preserving downtown and “walks the walk” when it comes to Main Street.

The Pulse Award/Business Excellence Award: The Great American Brass Band Festival. This award is given to a business that keeps downtown “alive” by having its “finger on the pulse” of downtown activities. The Business Excellence Award is given to the business that has been a sustaining force to the economic vitality of downtown Danville.


Big Heart Award/Volunteer of the Year: Beverly Schlegel. This award is presented to a person who has a real soft spot for downtown activities and can’t say no to Main Street. They give of themselves whenever needed, often putting their own needs aside for downtown.

The Heartbeat Award: Community Arts Center (Brandon Long and Mariel Smith, for the VP Debate mural on the Gilcher Building). This award is presented to a business that can keep up with the pressure by constantly excelling in visual merchandising and window displays that incorporate balance, color, lighting, signage and maintenance.

The King or Queen of Hearts Award: Boyle County Fiscal Court for the renovation of Constitution Square Historic Site. This award is presented to an outstanding historic rehabilitation project, undertaken within the last year.

Heart of Gold Award: Centre College for the 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate. This award is presented to a business that has invested in downtown by undertaking a new development project within the past year. This year’s award takes the word “investment” in a different light.

Mark and Joni Morgan were also recognized for Excellence in Historic Renovations for their properties just outside of the downtown district, at 424 and 426 South Fourth Street.

A special gift was presented to Brenda Willoughby for her work as former interim director of the Heart of Danville during 2012.  

The Heart of Danville would like to thank the following businesses for donating food and decorations for the celebration: A Lasting Impression Florist, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, Chocolate-N-More, The Hub Coffee House & Café, Karamel Kreations, Melton’s Deli, Mermaids, Papa John’s, Pescara and Twisted Sifter.

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