Versailles, Ky. (November 21, 2011) Thirty-five of the states leading individuals, businesses, and foundations were recently recognized for their generous philanthropic and voluntary support to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) during the 12th annual Presidents Gala and Benefactors Awards Dinner.

The event was held Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. in the Bluegrass Ballroom of The Lexington Center, downtown Lexington.

Dr. Ed Story says, Maysville Community and Technical College honored the 3M Company from Cynthiana and the DeKalb Lodge in Maysville at the Gala. Each of these benefactors has contributed much toward the success of MCTC. Without the assistance provided by the many benefactors of our College, many programs and services would not be available to our students. Several MCTC faculty, staff and community leaders were present at the Gala as Mrs. Ann Getting and Mr. Ken Pickrell accepted awards for their respective organizations.

More than 600 state and local dignitaries from across the Commonwealth also attended the event. President Michael B. McCall presented the Presidents Medallion for Distinguished Service to U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers. The only other recipient of this award is former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton. He was presented the medallion in 2008.

Benefactors from across the state included:

  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System
    • Windstream Communications, Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Ashland Community and Technical College
    • Guy and Lisa Spriggs, Campobello, South Carolina
    • Robert J. Maher, Ashland
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College
    • Jean and John Rosenberg, Prestonsburg
    • Olin and Muriel Prather Charitable Foundation, Prestonsburg
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College
    • Joey and Tina Payne, Lexington
    • Scott County Fiscal Court, Georgetown
  • Bowling Green Technical College
    • Robert and Mary L. Tincher, Bowling Green
  • Maysville Community and Technical College
    • John and Julia DuPlessis, Elizabethtown
    • Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, Leitchfield
  • Gateway Community and Technical College
    • Oakley and Eva Farris, Covington
    • Robert Elliston and Friends, Florence
  • Hazard Community and Technical College
    • Dr. Mitchell Wicker, Jr., Hazard
    • Breathitt Skills Center, Inc., Jackson
    • Perry Distributors, Inc., Hazard
  • Henderson Community College
    • Margaret McCollom, Henderson
    • Rotary Club of Henderson, Henderson
  • Hopkinsville Community College
    • Sam Miles Estate, Hopkinsville
    • The Pioneers, Inc., Hopkinsville
  • Jefferson Community and Technical College
    • Rotary Club of Louisville, Louisville
    • Carroll County Fiscal Court, Carrollton
      Carrollton College Educational Foundation, Inc., Carrollton
      North American Stainless, Ghent
  • Madisonville Community College
    • Bonita and James Hatfield, Marion
    • Judge Bill and Dorothy Paxton, Central City
  • Maysville Community and Technical College
    • 3M, Cynthiana
    • DeKalb Lodge, Maysville
  • Owensboro Community and Technical College
    • Tom and Alice Ford Wilson, Charlotte, North Carolina
    • J. Rodgers Badgett Sr. Foundation, Inc., Madisonville
  • Somerset Community College
    • U.S. Helicopters, Inc., Marshville, North Carolina
  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
    • Pauline Penny Ritter Combs, Whitesburg
    • Hall High Alumni Association, Grays Knob
    • Lillian Faye Simpson, Cumberland
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College
    • Graves Growth Alliance, Mayfield
    • Rotary Club of Paducah, Paducah