Lexington Leadership Foundation


Lexington Leadership Foundation

LLF Annual Banquet Points to Transitions Ahead

City for the Nations to Launch as Separate Non-Profit Organization

Urban Impact Seeks to Raise Up Future Leaders at Woodhill Community Center

LLF’s signature event is our Annual Banquet, during which we recognize the volunteers and partners in our work who seek to transform Lexington day by day. This often occurs behind the scenes, in ways that don’t usually capture anyone’s attention. For just one night we try to change that!

Dustin Lewis with Maggie Middleton

The Engaging Leaders Award was presented to the University of Kentucky Student Athlete Association Council, represented by Dustin Lewis. Several UK student-athletes have volunteered with LLF as youth mentors over the past year, with the encouragement and support of UK staff. Dustin spoke of the value coaches and other mentors played in his own life growing up, and his desire to see that provided to every child.

Marcus Patrick, Director of Urban Impact, recognized nine youth participants in our program with the potential to be future leaders. Each received Emerging Leader Award. Marcus had an unusual prop – the shutter from the original building at 422 Codell Drive, where our new community center is already transforming the landscape. He challenged the youth to become the next generation’s transforming agents.

Youth participants recognized for their potential to be future leaders.

The Empowering Leaders Award was presented to Katie Bodager, a volunteer with City for the Nations. She was recognized for her leadership in training and engaging other volunteers with refugee families in Lexington. She has also incorporated cross-cultural outreach into the home-school experience with her four children. She spoke of their desire to show love and welcome to the strangers in our city.

L: Miles, Melanie & Penielle Phelps
R: Katie & Greg Bodager and children

As the final segment in our evening, board members and staff announced the spin-off of City for the Nations into its own non-profit organization beginning January 1. Recent growth and the future trajectory is calling them forward into ministry among Unreached People Groups in Nepal and other places, as well as potential duplication of the C4N effort in multiple cities here in the U.S. It became evident over recent months that God has bigger plans for this ministry. Prayers were offered to bless them and send them out!

We are very grateful to our many generous sponsors and partners for the event. Thank you to all of you!