The Salvation Army Presented Awards to Kevin Sheehan and Dr. O'dell Owens

Awards for Commitment to Community Service Presented at 59th Annual Civic & Awards Luncheon

Cincinnati, OH (November 23, 2015) – The Salvation Army announced today that two awards were presented to local recipients at its 59th Annual Civic & Awards Luncheon, which was held Tuesday, November 17th at The Hyatt Regency, downtown.  The awards presented include the “William Booth” Award and the “Community Partner” Award.

“The Salvation Army’s heritage has been to acknowledge those whose commitment and service in support of our mission merits special attention,” explained Major Larry Ashcraft, Divisional Commander at The Salvation Army.  “It takes many individuals, organizations and corporate groups to come along side us as we seek to lift up and help those who are most vulnerable in our community.  By showing our appreciation to outstanding supporters, The Salvation Army strengthens the communal bonds that enable us to fulfill our mission.”

The “William Booth” Award, named in honor of the founder of The Salvation Army, is given to a deserving individual for outstanding service to the community through their donation of time, talent and treasure to the organization’s mission.  Mr. Kevin Sheehan, President and COO of Hilltop Companies, was presented the William Booth Award for 2015.  Mr. Sheehan has served on the Cincinnati Advisory Board of The Salvation since 1999, providing leadership as Chair for the past three years.  Through Kevin’s leadership, the governance of the board has been enhanced and Board engagement through various committees has been strengthened.

The Salvation Army presented a second award, the “Community Partner” Award, to Dr. O’dell Owens and his distinguished bell-ringer friends, including Oscar Robertson, Dean Gregory, Thane Maynard and Stan Chesley.  Dr. Owens and his friends have raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of The Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign.  Over the past 12 years “O’dells Bells” has been a staple at Fountain Square in the days just ahead of Christmas, as they ring the bell and engage with the community to raise awareness and funds.

“We’re privileged to have the support and commitment of outstanding people like those we honored this year,” stated Major Ashcraft.  “Every year, many special people and organizations step up to help us as we work to meet the needs of those in our community. Indeed, it’s challenging to select just a couple to recognize at the Annual Luncheon, and I’d want each and every supporter to know that we’re grateful and deeply blessed by their engagement with us.”

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