March 11, 2020
By honoring community leaders, teachers and students who are “Breaking Barriers”
(Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition invites you to attend their 21st Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 16th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center located at 201 Abraham Flexner Way.
There will be a reception prior to the ceremony for special guests, honorees and those participating in the program. This year’s theme is Working Toward a Fully Accessible Community for All Disabled Individuals.
The awards ceremony will honor community unsung heroes and community leaders in their various fields from service workers, educators to youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. Several Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) students and faculty will be honored.
Here’s a list of this year’s Breaking Barriers Spotlight Award honorees:
Ms. BJ Levis
Lifetime Achievement Award
Cheikh El Moustapha
Certificate of Merit
United Auto Workers Ramp Building Program
Breaking Barriers Spotlight Student & Teacher Awards recipients:
Georia Chaffie Tapp
duPont Manual High School
Pamela St. John
Performing Arts School
Crosby Middle School
Marion C. Moore High School
Our guest speaker will be Rev. Corrie Shull, Senior Pastor of the Burnett Avenue Baptist Church. He also serves as the sixth district board member for the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education. Under his leadership at Burnett Ave, the congregation has experienced tremendous growth through the addition of hundreds of families into church membership, creating relevant ministries, implementing twenty-first century technology and embracing new and dynamic ways of engaging people from all walks of life for the purpose of life transformation.
A proponent of education, Rev. Shull holds degrees from Fisk University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and works as an adjunct professor for Louisville area colleges.
Some our special guests will be Michelle Dillard, Assistant Superintendent, JCPS; Metro Council President David James and Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith.
We would like to thank the following that support the Metro Disability Coalition not only for this event but support us throughout the year: University of Louisville Health, Bates Memorial Disability Ministry.
Bridgehaven, The Center for Accessible Living, Council on Developmental Disabilities, Dayspring, God’s Gatekeepers St Stephen Youth Ushers, Independence Seekers, Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare. KIPDA, Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. NAMI, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Superior Van & Mobility.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245
If you would like to setup an interview with a member of the Metro Disability Coalition for the 21st Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards held on Monday, March 16th at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center please contact VIPP Communications at 502-627-0478 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Metro Disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who advocate for those with disabilities to have a better quality of life. The 501c (3) organization was established in 2001.
Metro Disability Coalition Board Members
Marcellus Mayes, Bobbie James, Cheryl Medley, Ronel McCombs, Chuck Rogers, Beverly Peterson, Elaine Weisbard, Ira Grupper, Ronnie White, Teddy Young, Antonio Wickliffe, Manetta Lemkheitir, Charlie Sims, Grace Smith, Bill Wright and Goldina Lofton