2012′s Most Encouraging Kentuckian

Thank You for Voting (All 3000 of you)!

“I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me, and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Nearly 3000 of you voted for 2012′s Finalists, an absolutely astonishing number!

Thank you to KyForward.com, our 2012 Awards Panel and our entire social media network for helping us “encourage encouragement” throughout our Commonwealth.

2012′s Winner: The Family of Sarah Roberts Hart

Photo from Kentucky.com, courtesy of BW Photos. From left: Ryan Hart, Sarah Hart’s husband; Wendell Roberts, Sarah’s father; and her sister Elizabeth Roberts. About 20 of Sarah’s family and friends attended.

On December 12th in downtown Lexington, where it was cold outside but warm with well over 100 beautiful people inside, the entire family of Sarah Roberts Hart (Russell Springs, KY) was awarded 2012′s Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award, gathering nearly 2000 of the 3000 total votes cast.

Thank yous belong to WKYT’s Sam Dick for keynoting and sharing from his own h(e)art, to Jessie Rose Pennington for playing her beautiful keyboard like the budding Nashville star she is, to Well Fed Meals for catering, to Able Engine for hosting our night, to our Awards Panel for their unending support, to Lexington artist Joann Strunk for designing and handcrafting this year’s genuine Kentucky limestone award, all nine of 2012′s Finalists and most of all, to everyone who came and helped us “encourage encouragement” throughout our state.

May the spirit of encouragement spread through all of us in 2013, more than ever before.

Also thanks to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s great coverage of 2012′s Awards Night and to KyForward.com for partnering with us in an absolutely invaluable way to spread the energy of encouragement throughout our entire state.