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The 2013 JA Hall of Fame Class introduced


For immediate release

October 10, 2012

For further information, contact:

Lynn Hudgins, 219-2423

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Announces 2013 Bluegrass Business

Hall of Fame Inductees

On Friday evening, May 31st, Junior Achievement (JA) of the Bluegrass will welcome three new members into JA’s Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame. These leaders are being honored for achievement in their careers, service to the community and their part as role models for our youth.

Since 1989, JA’s Hall of Fame has annually recognized the esteemed leaders of the Central Kentucky business community. Their labor and vision have not only benefited their own businesses, but also improved the quality of life in the entire Bluegrass area. Since its inception, seventy-nine men and women have joined this elite group of business leaders.

The 2013 inductees include:

Coach John Calipari - Using the position of Kentucky basketball coach as his springboard, Coach Cal has raised millions of dollars for charity with the help of his foundation, family and fans. In 2010, he organized a telethon to raise more than $1 million for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. His UK Alumni Charity Game and inaugural Basketball Fantasy Experience donated $350,000 to seven different charities and organizations, including $110,000 to the victims of the tornadoes in West Liberty, Ky.

Nick Nicholson - Nick retired as Keeneland's sixth president on September 1, 2012. For his many contributions to the industry, he received the Lifetime Service Award from the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, as well as The Jockey Club Gold Medal. His community involvement includes serving on the board of the Board of Trustees of UK Healthcare, Urban League, Commerce Lexington Inc., KET Commonwealth Fund, Transylvania University, Shakertown and Central Bank.

Elmer Whitaker - Founded in 1978 by Mr. Elmer Whitaker as Whitaker Bancorp, what is now Whitaker Bank Corporation of Kentucky has expanded from five locations within three counties and total assets of $59 million to 49 banking locations within 16 counties and combined total assets of $2.1 billion. Throughout the years, Mr. Whitaker has served as director or trustee of numerous community and educational organizations including; Cumberland University, Berea College, Transylvania University, Sayre School, the Triangle Foundation and the KY Coal Association.

For more information about this event, please call the Junior Achievement office, 219-2423.

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