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Center for Great Neighborhoods celebration honors Covington residents for service, leadership

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Covington residents gathered with community and business leaders at The Center for Great Neighborhoods’ Annual Celebration to recognize the year’s accomplishments and the Covington residents who dedicate their time and energy to improve their community.

The evening‘s program included a look at the accomplishments from 2015 and the recognition of community and business leaders for their dedication to creating positive growth and transformation in Covington. Awards presented included the Heart of the Community Award, the Key to the Future Award, the Great Neighbor Award, and the Covington Great Business Award.

Recognized for their significant contributions to their community, the following individuals received Heart of the Community Awards:

· Mark & Holly Young
· Anne Mitchell
· Cathy Colston
· Crystal Courtney
· David Housley
· Dawna Schneider
· Emily Wolff
· Justin Rumao
· Keith Lanser
· Pam Mullins
· Ybette Inojosa

Recognized for their outstanding leadership and service to their community, the following Covington students, grades 6-12, received the Key to the Future Award:

· Katilin Ashcraft
· David Brockhoff
· Kerry Nolasco
· Alex Olvera-Vancini
· Heath Parton
· Devon Pyles
· Myranda Sheets
· Gillian Smith

Recognized for their dedication to The Center and The People of Covington, the following individuals received the Great Neighbor Award:

· Normand Desmarais and Amanda Greenwell
· Susan Barnett and Pete Nerone

Recognized for their support to The Center and the economic heath of Covington, the following businesses received the Covington Great Business Award:

· Scooter Media

“Covington is a vibrant city and we’re lucky to have residents and businesses who take such pride in their community,” said Tom DiBello, Executive Director of The Center. “Every year we see more growth and positive development, none of which would be possible without the support of the people who live and work here.”

In addition to the awards, The Center kicked off of its Annual Campaign. Running through January 17, 2016. Funds raised through the campaign will help fill the funding gap for renovations to the historic Hellmann Lumber building. The building, which is currently under construction, is being transformed into the Hellmann Creative Center, which will house the offices of The Center, as well as artist studios and a community event space.

“The Hellmann Creative Center will act as the symbolic hub of The Center’s work by offering a place for everyone in the community to make their creative ideas come to fruition,” said Sarah Allan, Program Director of Creative Placemaking at The Center. “This is our biggest project to date. We know it is a big vision, but we believe it is possible. 40 years of community work has shown us what people can come up with if given the space.”

Individuals interested in learning more about The Center’s work and partnering to help create positive growth in Covington should visit igg.me/at/TheCenter for more information.

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