Helton, Richmond, and Porter all honored this month

15,000 Degrees has had plenty of reason to celebrate recently.

Two individuals very close to 15K were honored in separate ceremonies within the last few weeks.

Audwin Helton, co-chair of the Steering Committee, was honored at WLKY’s 40th Bell Awards on October 20. The Bell Award is presented to individuals who have shown the true “Spirit of Louisville” through unselfish and humanitarian service.

“We all are aware of Audwin’s commitment to youth, but it was wonderful to see his services shared with the community,” said Helton’s 15K co-chair Alice Houston.

One of 15K’s founders, Ben Richmond, was also honored on October 24.

Richmond, who is now retired from his former post of President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at their luncheon that afternoon.

15,000 Degrees would also like to congratulate Diane Porter. Porter is the 1st District representative on the JCPS School Board.

15K is a proud supporter of Porter, who has had a busy few weeks.

She was a finalist for the Green-Garner Award from the Council of Great City Schools. The Green-Garner Award is awarded annually and is the nation’s highest urban education honor. The award recognizes a superintendent or school board member who has provided “outstanding contributions in urban education.”

Then on October 23, Porter was honored during Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 2017 Salute to Women and received the sorority’s Lifetime Award.

Many congratulations to these committed members of our community!

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