Kentucky Appalachian Heroes Award

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Appalachian Hero Award

Please Join the Appalachian Community Fund as we honor BENNIE MASSEY AND STANLEY STURGILL each with the Kentucky Appalachian Heroes Award for their commitment to civic engagement and social justice in Eastern Kentucky. Dinner will be served, music will be played and a good time will be guaranteed.

Friday, September 12, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Eastern Kentucky Social Club
278 West Main Street
Lynch, KY 40855

Open to the public. Suggested donation $20.
Table for 6 only $100

Please RSVP by September 8

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benniemasseyBennie Massey
 has been chosen for this award for his community leadership addressing issues in Harlan County. As a member of the Lynch City Council, he has worked to secure and protect clean water for Lynch and other cities and energy efficiency in Lynch city buildings. He has taken local issues to the state capitol, working to reform unjust state laws and last year helped host Appalachia’s Bright Future, a regional gathering of over 200 people in Harlan County. He has served as president of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club, organizing reunions of African American families who have migrated out of Eastern Kentucky, and organizing youth development, scholarships, and general support for families in need.


Stanley SturgilStanley Sturgill has been chosen for this award for his activism and self-sacrifice opposing mountaintop removal; because although recently he was in poor health, he continued his work with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth against mountaintop removal, speaking at rallies and hearings, writing op-eds, and hosting the government agencies who visit the region, always being frank about the problems of our region. He was not afraid to take the lead in difficult situations, including risking arrest in 2012 as he insisted on his right to meet with his congressional representative, Rep. Hal Rogers, who had him arrested rather than end his years of refusing to meet with him.  Despite the ensuing legal complications, and ill health, he still continued his work; he has been hospitable, hosting tours of his neighborhood with those who wanted to learn about the issues of his community.

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