The 9th annual Heroes of Hope award celebration, held Nov. 19, honored six individuals who support the mission of the Catholic Enrichment Center.
The center, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Multicultural Ministry, is located at 3146 West Broadway. The annual event was held in the center.
Its mission is to “bridge the gap for families,” said M. Annette Mandley-Turner, executive director of the Office of Multicultural Ministry.
The honorees have donated their time to help with the center’s Dare to Care food pantry, back to school events and summer camp, among other things said Mandley-Turner. The center offers enrichment opportunities for children in West Louisville year round.
“They are our heroes. They understand the art of sharing. We’re not asking for a handout but asking people to partner with us,” she said. “The CEC is so successful because of these heroes. I just can’t say enough about them.
This year’s honorees are:
James Alexander of JenCare Senior Medical Center; Raoul Cunningham, president of the NAACP, Louisville Branch; Dorothy Ernest, a member of Christ the King Church; Donna Holmes of St. Augustine Church; Louise Penman of St. Martin de Porres Church; and Jackie Stamps of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Proceeds from the event help support the programs and services offered by the center, which is also supported by the Catholic Services Appeal.
The center will mark its 20th anniversary in 2020.