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    We CARE Awards - Past Winners

    Republic Bank's We CARE Award is a way to give recognition and appreciation to local companies whose employees are doing great things for our communities. The award was created to publicly congratulate companies who stress the four elements contained in the We CARE name itself - Community, Activity, Recognition and Enterprise.


    Highlights from the 2012 Louisville area We CARE Awards

    And the winners are...

    Winner

    Construction
    Window World of Louisville

    Education
    Hwang’s Martial Arts

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    Financial & Insurance Services
    Kentucky Farm Bureau, Shelby County

    Healthcare
    United Healthcare

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    Manufacturing & Distribution
    Steel Technologies

    Real Estate & Management
    Summit Energy

    Winner
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    Restaurant & Entertainment
    The Comfy Cow

    Retail
    Street Moda

    Winner

    Highlights from the 2012 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank’s seventh annual We CARE Awards for Central Kentucky were announced at an awards ceremony at The Hilary J. Boone Center, emceed by WKYT TV Sports Anchor Dave Baker. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of previous winners and community leaders. Of the 28 finalists, seven companies were selected as winners.

    And the winners are...

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    Scott County Sheriff’s Department

    Central Baptist Hospital / Diabetes Department

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    Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

    Smiley Pete Publishing

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    Sam’s Club of Nicholasville

    Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC

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    Schneider Electric



    Highlights from the 2011 Louisville area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank’s seventh annual We CARE Awards were announced at an awards ceremony at The Olmsted, emceed by WAVE-TV anchor Dawne Gee. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of previous winners and community leaders. Of the 39 finalists, seven companies were selected as winners.

    And the winners are...

    Winner

    Education
    Galen College of Nursing

    Food & Beverage
    Brown-Forman Corporation

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    Healthcare
    Humana Inc.

    Printing & Manufacturing
    Louisville Water Company

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    Professional Services – Large
    Trover Solutions, Inc.

    Professional Services – Small
    McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC

    Winner
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    Retail
    Costco Wholesale


    Highlights from the 2011 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank’s sixth annual We CARE Awards were announced at an awards ceremony at The Hilary J. Boone Center, emceed by WLEX-TV anchor Kevin Christopher. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of previous winners and community leaders. Of the 30 finalists, seven companies were selected as winners.

    And the winners are...

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    Creative Lodging Solutions

    Dulworth, Breeding, Karns & Pleasants LLP

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    Greenheck Fan Corporation

    Jim Beam Brands

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    Paul Miller Autogroup

    Powell Walton Milward

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    S&S Tire, Inc.


    Highlights from the 2010 Louisville area We CARE Awards

    And the winners in each category were...

    Messer Construction Company

    Construction & Facilities
    Messer Construction Company

    Education & Public Service Category
    University of Louisville

    University of Louisville
    Cardinal Health, Inc.

    Healthcare Category
    Cardinal Health, Inc.

    Manufacturing Category
    Hillerich & Bradsby Company

    Hillerich & Bradsby Company
    Hilliard Lyons

    Professional Services – Large Category
    Hilliard Lyons

    Professional Services – Small Category
    Schwartz Insurance Group

    Schwartz Insurance Group
    The Kroger Company

    Restaurants & Grocers Category
    The Kroger Company

    Retail Category
    The JAM Brands, Inc.

    The JAM Brands, Inc.

    Highlights from the 2010 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards

    And the winners in each category were...

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    Public Services Category
    Georgetown Fire & Rescue, Local 368

    Construction & Home Services Category
    Fayette Heating & Air

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    Entertainment & Leisure Category
    The Lexington Legends Professional Baseball

    Food & Beverage Category
    Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Winner
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    Healthcare Category
    Georgetown Community Hospital

    Professional Services Category
    Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI)

    Winner
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    Publishing & Manufacturing Category
    Big Ass Fans


    Highlights from the 2009 Louisville area We CARE Awards

    And the winners in each category were...

    Fastline

    Construction, Manufacturing & Publishing Category
    Fastline Publications

    Healthcare Category
    Baptist Hospital East

    BHE
    JCTC

    Education Category
    Jefferson Community & Technical College

    Retail Category
    Fantastic Sam's

    Fantastic Sam's
    CBRE

    Professional Services Category
    CB Richard Ellis

    Restaurant Category
    Texas Roadhouse

    Texas Roadhouse
    Marriott

    Corporate Category
    Marriott Downtown Louisville


    Highlights from the 2009 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards

    And the winners in each category were...

    CLARK

    Manufacturing Category
    CLARK Material Handling Company

    Healthcare Category
    White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics

    White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics
    BCTC

    Education & Public Services Category
    Bluegrass Community & Technical College

    Marketing & Design Category
    JRA Architects

    JRA
    Benefit Insurance Marketing

    Professional Services Category
    Benefit Insurance Marketing

    Retail Category
    Bluegrass Bakery

    Bluegrass Bakery
    Clark

    Corporate Category
    Affiliated Computer Services


    Highlights from the 2008 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank & Trust Company’s fourth annual We CARE Awards were announced Tuesday night at an awards ceremony at The Olmsted on Frankfort Avenue, emceed by WAVE-TV reporter Charla Young.

    And the winners in each category were...

    Community Builder Category
    Henson Construction

    Restaurant Category
    Clarksville Texas Roadhouse

    Local Retailer Category
    Gould’s Discount Medical

    Manufacturing & Publishing Category
    Brown Jordan International, Inc.

    Healthcare Category
    Saints Mary & Elizabeth Hospital

    Professional Services Category
    Ernst & Young

    Education & Public Works Category
    Jefferson County Public Schools

    Corporate Caring Category
    Yum! Brands, Inc.


    Highlights from the 2008 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank & Trust Company's third annual We CARE Awards were announced Tuesday night at an awards ceremony at The Marriot Griffin Gate, emceed by WLEX-TV anchor Kevin Christopher.

    And the winners in each category were...

    Construction, Architecture & Engineering Category
    Messer Construction Company

    Local Retailer Category
    Walden's Photography

    Manufacturing & Publishing Category
    Trane

    Professional Services Category
    Greeenebaum, Doll & McDonald

    Healthcare Category
    Frankfort Regional Medical Center

    Public Works, Services and Education Category
    Kentucky American Water

    Corporate Caring Category
    Ashland, Inc.


    Highlights from the 2007 Louisville area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank's third annual We CARE Awards were announced on September 19th at an awards ceremony held at The Olmsted in Louisville.

    And the winners were...

    Small Business Category (1-25 employees)

    Fire Protection Services
    Fire Protection Services is a company providing inspections and testing of existing fire alarm and fire suppression equipment, and retrofits the latest systems into buildings needing to be brought to code. The company was founded in 2003 by Alan Lewis and Bill Stone, but the charity and benefit arm of the company, Cabo*Wabo was founded by Lewis in December 1993. It started with a party where guests were asked to bring a new or used winter coat to be donated to the homeless. Twenty-four years later, Cabo*Wabo continues to be one of our area’s greatest activist with the last event held June 16, 2007 benefiting Maryhurst. One hundred percent of all proceeds go to meet needs throughout the community.

     

    Medium Business Category (26-150 employees)

    BKD
    BKD, CPAs and Advisor firm, is a 91-year old company with BKD Kentucky & Southern Indiana’s practice unit serving in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Evansville and the Louisville metro area. Their commitment to being actively involved in the community stretches to the employees who are strongly encouraged to be engaged in volunteer work. The local office is dedicated to staying active with Metro United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Salvation Army Angel Tree, American Heart Association, and others. Additionally through the Foundation arm, the MS Society, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Stage One and Crusade for Children, just to highlight a few, all benefit from their generosity.

    Large Business Category (151 or more employees)

    TARC
    Transit Authority of River City, since 1974, has been the major public transportation provider for five counties in Kentucky and Indiana. Their philanthropic activities are numerous and contribute greatly to improving lives of others. This year, the new “Ride to Safety” partnership with Center for Women and Families was launched, with TARC buses becoming designated safe havens for domestic violence victims in crisis. TARC buses are also designated as a mobile “Safe Place” providing shelter to those under 18 who are in a crisis situation transporting them to the YMCA Shelter House. In addition, the “Hop on Board” school outreach program is active, along with other youth-oriented programs such as TAPP with JCPS, Metro United Way’s Success by 6, the Middle School Connection and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. This is but a glimpse into the community service activities TARC is engaged both as a community servant and financial contributor.

    2007 Louisville area We CARE Awards Winners
    Louisville market winners (left to right): Steve Langford, WAVE-3 TV General Manager; Alan Lewis, Fire Protection Services; David Tate, BKD; Barry Barker, TARC; and Steve Trager, Republic Bank Chairman and CEO.

    Highlights from the 2007 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank's second annual Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards were announced on September 25th at an awards ceremony held at Crowne Plaza, The Campbell House in Lexington.

    And the winners were...

    Small Business Category (1-25 employees)

    LCM Company
    LCM Company is an architectural design and construction management firm who has been a member of the Lexington business community since 2000. Linden Long, Owner and President, brought the philosophy of “giving back” into the company he created, and he has passed it on to his employees. As a small business they act “large” in the Lexington community by working with organizations such as Lexington Humane Society Foster Parent & Fundraiser, 2007 Habitat for Humanity Ambassador, America’s Walk for Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes), and a financial sponsor for numerous business, festival, youth and faith-based organizations. LCM’s presence is felt throughout the Lexington community, and the company’s heart for “giving back” is well known.Medium Business Category (26-150 employees)
     

    Frost Brown & Todd LLC
    Frost Brown & Todd LLC is a legal firm networked across mid-America with over 370 attorneys. The corporation opened a Lexington office and has since become a major player in “giving back” to the community. FBT believes “it is important to act and not just watch the world go by without trying to do something to make it better.” They are definitely putting action behind their belief for they are involved in Alzheimer’s Association, Bluegrass Community Foundation, Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, Boy Scouts of America, Commerce Lexington, Dream Factory, Faith Community Housing Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Junior Achievement, Lexington Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, United Way and Volunteers of America, to name a partial list. Giving back is so important to this company that they have created an internal Community Opportunities Committee that organizes and oversees community involvement from Firm members.Large Business Category (151 or more employees)
     

    Lexmark International
    Lexmark International is not only a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of printing and imaging solutions, but also a strong and visible Leader in “giving back” to the community. Lexmark has an internal department and staff devoted entirely to developing partnerships and responding to community needs such as mentoring with the Partnership for Successful Schools One to One Reading Program at Booker T. Academy, mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters at Deep Springs Elementary, phone duty for KET pledge drive, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, One to One Reading Program, Bryan Station High School Freshman Mentoring Program and donating $500,000 to the reconstruction of this high school, then delivering, setting up and installing more than 130 Lexmark products providing ongoing professional services to the school. Their active commitment to the future generation is evident through the above list and other programs including the training of 30 volunteers for the substitute teacher program in the Fayette County school system, where they save the school money and enrich the classroom with practical applications of the “set-out classroom” work.

     

    2007 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards Winners
    Central Kentucky market winners (left to right):
    Steve Trager - Republic Bank Chairman and CEO.
    Frost Brown Todd LLC - "Medium size" category winning company: Catherine Marquardt, Jack Cunningham, Jeff Hallows (Managing Partner), and Stephanie Bell.
    LCM Co. - "Small size" category winning company: Linden Long.
    Lexmark International, Inc. - "Large size" category winning company: Melissa Lucas, Kathy Hillyard (Manager, Corporate Citizenship), Juli Gaworski.
    Tim Gilbert - WLEX-TV General Manager.

    Highlights from the 2006 Louisville area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank's second annual We CARE Awards were announced on September 21st at an awards ceremony held at The Olmsted in Louisville.

    And the winners were...

    Small Business Category (1-100 employees)

    Mountjoy & Bressler, LLP
    Mountjoy & Bressler, LLP has grown to become the largest accounting firm based in Kentucky. Since the firm—s inception in 1980, community involvement has been at the heart of each strategic plan. Each employee outlines their own community involvement objectives in their annual goals. The firm—s support of —Angel Tree for Life— is one of their many outstanding significant community contributions. Each year, families in need are sought out and all are provided with gifts. In addition, as a corporate member of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Mountjoy & Bressler has helped over 300 area agencies that are devoted to improving the lives of all citizens in our community.

    Medium Business Category (101-500 employees)

    Whole Foods Market ® Louisville
    Whole Foods Market is the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with stores throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Moreover, Whole Foods Market is a company with a conscience. The Louisville store assisted over 60 organizations last year alone through a variety of partnerships and product donations. They hold benefit shopping days each quarter, provide product donations for special events and work hard to develop partnerships to support the community. Many outstanding examples of community involvement include: collection of clothing and donated food for homeless families for Project Women; partnership with Race for the Cure to raise research funds by selling a Bouquet for the Cure in the Louisville store; and sponsor of new programs focused on kids and healthy eating during the Kentucky Derby Festival.

    Large Business Category (501 or more employees)

    GE Consumer & Industrial
    GE Consumer & Industrial delivers innovative technologies to deliver comfort, convenience, and electrical protection and control in more than 150 countries. Here in Louisville, GE Consumer & Industrial has been a part of the community for more than 50 years. In 2005, GE volunteers completed over 200,000 hours of community service and its employees and retirees gave $28.5 million in charitable contributions and appliances. From building playgrounds in disadvantaged neighborhoods, to mentoring students, to assisting the elderly, the people at GE make a difference year-round. Last year, GE awarded the Jefferson County Public Schools a $25 million College Bound District Program grant aimed at improving math and science achievement and increasing the number of students who attend college.

    2006 Louisville area We CARE Award Winners

    2006 Louisville We Care Award Winners
    From Left to Right: Front Row — Megan Robison, GE Consumer & Industrial; Lindsey Miller, GE Consumer & Industrial; Jackie Longmire, Whole Foods Market Louisville; Star Huddleston, Whole Foods Market Louisville; Mike Mountjoy, Mountjoy & Bressler, LLP; Steve Trager, Chairman & CEO of Republic Bank. Second Row — Steve Harrison, GE Consumer & Industrial; Melinda Impellizzeri, GE Consumer & Industrial; Allison Eckelkamp, GE Consumer & Industrial; Erin Jones, Whole Foods Market Louisville; Meg McGarry, Whole Foods Market Louisville. Third Row — Bryon Brumit, GE Consumer & Industrial; Guy Turner, GE Consumer & Industrial.


    Highlights from the 2006 Central Kentucky area We CARE Awards

    The winners of the We CARE Awards in the Central Kentucky region were announced at an awards ceremony in Lexington on July 20th. The judges reviewed over 70 nominations and selected companies whose employees exhibit the spirit of the We CARE Award.

    And the winners were ...

    Small Business Category (1-50 employees)

    Adecco of Central Kentucky
    Adecco is a leader in human resource solutions, offering temporary and contract staffing, outsourcing, permanent recruitment, outplacement and career services, training and consulting. Adecco employees donate their time to organizations such as ALS Foundation, Junior Achievement, Women's Hope Center, YMCA and more. One employee started the Lexington chapter of Business & Education Network, which forges a partnership between the business community and schools providing resources, speakers, and materials to help meet teachers' needs.

    Click Here to see the Adecco of Central Kentucky vignette.

    Medium Business Category (51-150 employees)

    Blood-Horse Publications
    Originated in 1916 in Lexington, the Blood-Horse magazine is published by an independent subsidiary of the Thorougbred Owners and Breeders Association. Its staff has a sense of loyalty to the past, and an eye to the future. The Blood-Horse team is passionate about the Bluegrass community, and stresses giving back to the community and the horse industry. Their employees have become a national model as volunteers for the annual fund campaign for the March of Dimes by raising over $120,000 since 1998. They developed a competition where each department puts on a Friday lunch for employees to purchase, with all proceeds going to charity. This campaign culminates in a Derby Calcutta and Silent Auction.

    Click Here to see the Blood-Horse Publications vignette.

    Large Business Category (151 or more employees)

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky
    Since the Toyota plant opened its doors in Georgetown in 1986, they have had a steady growth in community involvement and volunteerism. It's VIP Program (Volunteers in Place) encourages and recognizes team member volunteers' work and also creates a network to respond to needs in communities where Toyota team members live. Volunteerism has always been a part of Toyota's annual plan and has been a focus since 1994. For example, they hold a United Way Day of Work, in which employees volunteer an entire day of work (paid by the company) to various organizations. They paint, clean, repair and do whatever needs to be done in the community. Last year, after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Toyota team members coordinated and gathered supplies for those affected, and arranged for transport of the items. Team members delivered 15 truckloads of supplies to the Gulf Coast region within 14 days of the hurricane

    Click Here to see the Toyota vignette.

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    Highlights from the 2005 Louisville area We CARE Awards

    The winners of Republic Bank's first annual We CARE Awards were announced on September 15th at an awards ceremony held at The Olmsted in Louisville. The judges reviewed over 125 nominations and selected companies whose employees exhibited the true spirit of the We CARE Award as seen in their inspiring examples of community service and support.

    And the winners were ...

    Small Business Category (1-100 employees) - judges selected two equally deserving companies in this category

    Bedrock Inc./USA Cares and
    Elite Homes, Inc.

    Bedrock Inc. is an information technology company that provides web hosting and other web-oriented services. USA Cares, created by Bedrock owner Roger Stradley, has the stated mission of helping U.S. servicemen and women and their families get through challenging financial conditions. Bedrock Inc./USA Cares has assisted over 1,000 military families in almost every state and oversees.

    Elite Homes, Inc., developers and custom builders for subdivisions such as Woods of Landis Lakes, Monticello Parke and The Reserve at L—Esprit, also do extensive remodeling and renovation in the Louisville area. President Joseph A. Pusateri is credited as being instrumental in coordinating the efforts to save the Louisville Orchestra from folding. Also, all Elite Homes employees are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one activity outside work that serves others.

    Medium Business Category (101-500 employees)

    Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op (UFPC)
    UFPC is a purchasing co-op created in 1999 to centralize purchasing for KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and others. President Daniel E. Woodside and his employees support community involvement as evidenced in their participation at Brooklawn Child & Family Services. They see to it that every boy receives a birthday card, provide gifts during the holidays and participate in special reading days.

    Large Business Category (501 or more employees)

    United Parcel Service
    This worldwide package-delivery company with its Airlines division based in Louisville led by President Jovita Carranza, considers community volunteerism a high priority. Several examples include over 4,700 employees logged almost 66,000 volunteer hours last year and the 2nd Day Air Hub delivered more than 230 Easter baskets to children at Dismas Charities.

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