EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 9, 2017 — Leadership Evansville’s Celebration of Leadership Awards (COL) – title sponsored by Fifth Third Bank – drew another record crowd to help celebrate its 22nd year of honoring the local community’s most inspiring examples of servant leadership by individuals, projects or organizations.  The diverse audience – 1,400+ strong – packed into The Old National Events Plaza in downtown Evansville to participate in the special celebration.  They were on hand to hear and cheer dozens of inspiring stories of selfless contributions to our community, and celebrate those who have made an especially powerful impact in their lifetime.

Leadership Evansville Chief Executive Officer Lynn Miller Pease was moved by the record participation: “This event is so powerful!  The celebration provides an opportunity for our community to celebrate these outstanding individuals who are transforming our community.  Seeing that our community is healthy and thriving is what makes this evening so phenomenal.  These servant leaders are who encourage us to keep moving forward.”

At the 22nd Annual Celebration of Leadership Awards ceremony, 50 awards were presented to recipients who have demonstrated outstanding selfless community service in the following categories: Arts, Community & Neighborhood, Education, Environment, Government & Public Service, and Health & Social Service.

Download the list of 2017 Recipients.


22 Years of Celebration

Begun in 1994 by Leadership Evansville, the annual Celebration of Leadership Awards has received more than 2,800 nominations and celebrated thousands of nominees for their contributions to our community.  More than 13,000 people have attended COL since its inception, and a record 1,200 attended this year’s 22nd Anniversary event.

About Leadership Evansville

Leadership Evansville was founded in 1976 by a group of future-thinking local leaders, whose original commitment to community-wide betterment remains unique and strong. Leadership Evansville brings together people with different talents, gifts and perspectives and transforms these individuals into leaders who embrace the concept of community trusteeship and the collaborative process.  They help develop in them an understanding of how today’s leaders function and teaches them the skills to apply this knowledge in provided real life opportunities through practice and performance. These attitudes, skills and processes are taught to adults, youth, organizations, not-for-profits, businesses, educational institutions, neighborhood associations, churches and other leadership programs.

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