The LaRue County Ambassadors were the recipients of the Richard Burks Award at the annual Lincoln Luncheon on Friday.
The award honors an individual or group that promotes the Abraham Lincoln legacy and LaRue County history throughout the state.
The Ambassadors formed after the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission approved a one-of-a-kind grant to fund the training of a group of community volunteers to assist with additional tourists during the Lincoln Bicentennial. The grant was administered by LaRue Fiscal Court and enacted by LaRue County Chamber of Commerce under the direction of Rita Williams.
The Ambassadors are Brenda Abell, Phyllis Blakeman, Charlotte Blair, Janice Bowen, Janet Bradley, Ruth Ann Brown, Sandy Brue, Nancy Burba, Sue Crutcher, Nina Cundiff, Charlotte Dieckhoff, Patricia Durham, Ellen Harvey, Dr. Mark Harvey, Beverly Heath, Iris LaRue, Susie Litteral, Janet Marcum, Carolyn Mather, Michelle Milford, Anna Mae Miller, Betty Mitchell, Penny Ovesen, Faye Puyear, Annetta Rafferty, Ernie Sadler, LaDean Self, Hollie Sexton, Sherry Shickle, Lois Smith, Virginia Stewart, Brenda Twyman, Patti Weller, Fred Wells and Rita Williams.
Shickle and Smith passed away last year.
The Ambassadors trained in professional workshops dealing with hospitality, area history, giving tours at The Lincoln Museum and assisting with the Walk Through Lincoln’s Life at the Birthplace Park.
The group assisted with the bicentennial celebration Feb. 12, 2008, and The Boy Lincoln statue unveiling in May 2008. They were on hand for the new penny unveiling Feb. 12, 2009.
In addition, they traveled to many out-of-state Lincoln-related sites to expand their knowledge.