Lexington Leadership Foundation


Lexington Leadership Foundation

Celebration at Annual Awards Dinner 2016


LLF honored its partners, volunteers and participants once again at our Annual Awards Dinner on October 20th. As we recognized several exemplary individuals, we also introduced our new branding tool, “The Wheel of Change.” Integrated into the wheel’s design were several stories of how LLF works:

Engaging Leaders of Faith and Good WillWe first met Andy Locker when he came to the “24/7 Dad” class offered by one of our partners, Assurance Pregnancy Help Center. He was referred to the class by the Fayette County Drug Court as a condition of regaining custody of his daughter. Fortunately, Andy didn’t let his class attendance be the end of the story. He pursued other supportive services and case management, attended three other courses offered by Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative, and finally with a little help from our friends, secured a job with Valvoline. Dozens of people of faith and good will were a part of the redemptive process that ultimately equipped Andy to become an involved and productive father, now investing into the life of his daughter, Bailey. His story will now positively impact her story for years to come!

Bailey Locker, daughter of Andy Locker, receives a hug from FCFI director, David Cozart, as Andy looks on.

Building the Capacity of Others When another ministry in town, Step by Step, experienced a turnover in leadership, they reached out to LLF for help. We already knew of the value of their ministry to young single mothers and their children, so our staff was happy to come alongside their board with coaching and assistance in hiring of new personnel. That’s a good example of how LLF sometimes works to build the capacity of others. However, none of it would have occurred without the effort of a key Step by Step volunteer, Sheila Sekela. Sheila moved from being board member into a daily leadership role for a period of nearly two years. She received our “Street Saint” award, given for serving in obscurity out of a love for Jesus.

Sheila Sekela, (second from left) received the Street Saint Award for her work with Step by Step.

Developing Joint Initiatives— We believe that if you’re doing it alone, you’re doing it wrong. One major way we enhance our work in the city is by partnering with others, thus multiplying the resources being applied to the issue at hand. An example of this from our youth program is our partnership with Art, Work, Empowerment, Inc. AWE is a local non-profit founded by Josh Nadzam and run by volunteers. The purpose of AWE is to host free art classes for kids in underserved neighborhoods. Josh received our “Social Entrepreneur” award, given for those who help to create opportunities for others to serve and remake the world for better.

Josh Nadzam, received the 2016 Social Entrepreneur Award.

In 2015 LLF partnered with AWE on a grant application to LFUCG. The funding allows AWE to furnish art services in conjunction with our Urban Impact after-school and summer youth programs. This joint initiative provides enhanced art experiences for our kids, not to mention the cool factor of the On The Move Art Studio!

We are especially grateful to all of our sponsors for their contribution to a very special evening. Lead sponsors included the following:

Tom Dupree, Sr.

First Southern National Bank

Humphress Real Estate

Lexus of Lexington

Rouse Companies

Sunrise Properties

The MAP Foundation

Toyota on Nicholasville

Troutman & Napier

We’re grateful also for our volunteers and guests who attended. If you didn’t make it this year, we’ll look forward to seeing you next year!