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Smiths, Friends of UK Honored

Contact: Brad Duncan

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“The University of Kentucky is truly appreciative of the many who contribute their time, passion and money to the furtherance of our mission. It is especially encouraging on occasions such as this to honor those in the community who give so much to UK and to honor those at UK who give so much to the community.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
president,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2003) -- National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside each year to recognize and pay tribute to those who give of their time, talent and treasure to enrich and improve the quality of life in our community. Today, over 400 came together at the Lexington Convention Center to celebrate one of America’s greatest traditions, the spirit of giving. The event was hosted by the Bluegrass Chapter of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Twenty-five nonprofit organizations, including three University of Kentucky entities, honored one of their outstanding donors or fund-raising volunteers. The UK groups included: the Markey Cancer Foundation, which recognized the leadership and dedication of Angela and Antony Beck; the College of Education, which recognized Denny Howell, entrepreneur and owner of Howell and Howell Painting Contractors in Louisville, and his wife, Laurie, a 1965 UK graduate; and the Gatton College of Business and Economics, which recognized Alan F. Bloomfield, retired president and chief executive officer of Gall’s Inc., and his wife, Irene.

In addition, UK Men’s Basketball Coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith, his wife, Donna, and Tubby Smith’s Foundation were awarded the 2003 Distinguished Philanthropy Award for their significant contributions of time and financial support that benefit many causes, especially underserved children and families in Kentucky.

“The University of Kentucky is truly appreciative of the many who contribute their time, passion and money to the furtherance of our mission,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “It is especially encouraging on occasions such as this to honor those in the community who give so much to UK and to honor those at UK who give so much to the community.”

The Markey Cancer Foundation thanked Antony Beck for his tireless efforts and leadership as a member of the foundation’s board, while Angela Beck was honored for her assistance with the foundation’s Lexington Ball through her company, Pomegranate Inc.

The Howells were honored by the UK College of Education for the establishment of a fellowship, the Lauranne Laise Howell Graduate Fellowship in Economic Education, that provides tuition and research support to aspiring teachers and encourages
improved economics education in Kentucky’s public schools. They also provide generous support to the college’s Teachers Who Made a Difference program.

The Gatton College of Business and Economics thanked the Bloomfields for their many contributions to the college. Alan just completed two consecutive four-year terms on the Business Partnership Foundation Board of Directors, assisting in efforts to secure philanthropic support to help fulfill the college’s academic mission. They also established an endowed professorship in marketing, along with the Alan F. and Irene Bloomfield Scholarships for outstanding undergraduate students from Kentucky.

The 2003 Distinguished Philanthropy Award was presented to the Smiths by Jan Swauger, of the UK Development Office and president of the AFP Bluegrass Chapter.

“Tubby and Donna Smith are ’true blue’ supporters of our community,” Swauger said. “Their positive example as public figures is most refreshing and serves as a model to others about what success really means and how it can be shared with others. Their generosity is helping to make a real difference and we are pleased to honor them today.”

The Tubby Smith Foundation was established in 1987 and since then has awarded $1.5 million to over 60 nonprofit organizations in Kentucky.


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