(Louisville, KY – October 4, 2017): Kosair Charities is proud to celebrate those that make a difference in the lives of Kentucky and Southern Indiana kids with its annual Crystal Ball. The event will be held Saturday, October 7 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Kosair Shrine Center located at 4120 Bardstown Road.
The Crystal Ball not only recognizes over 100 children’s organizations in Louisville and Southern Indiana but also identifies area leaders who are dedicated to bettering the lives of Kosair Kids®.
Kosair Charities is proud to announce the recipients of the Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award, The Roger Fox Award, and The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award.
The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award
The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award recipient reflects the moral values, compassion, and commitment to serving humanity exemplified in a leadership role in non-profit organizations. Randy’s values, ethical conduct, and service above self are the key factors in choosing the individual to receive this award.
The Randy Coe Service through Leadership Award shall be given to Tori Murden McClure.
Murden McClure currently serves as the President of Spalding University. A passionate world adventurer and humanitarian, Ms. McClure is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first female and first American to travel overland to the geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. Ms. McClure has climbed on several continents and is a fully certified emergency medical technician in both urban and wilderness areas and is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School has served as the chair of the board of directors.
An outspoken critic of the disparity in higher education today and always promoting the transformational power of education, Tori holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, and her juris doctorate from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. In 2005, she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University. Her non-fiction book A Pearl in the Storm was published by Harper-Collins in 2009.
Tori Murden McClure encourages individuals, particularly students at Spalding, to seek greatness through learning and to use their talents and skills to contribute to their communities.
The Roger Fox Award
Kosair Charities recognizes a physician whose dedication to children provides hope that all kids will one day be able to run and play. That was the hope Roger Fox had and never lost. Mr. Fox was a dedicated member of Kosair Charities who passed away prematurely and this award is given in his honor.
Dr. Judy Ann Theoriot, MD, CPE is the recipient of the 2017 Roger Fox Award. Dr. Theriot received her medical school and residency training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (UofL). Following her completion of residency in 1997, she completed a chief resident year helping to oversee the UofL Department of Pediatrics residency program. Theriot then joined the Pediatric faculty of UofL Division of General Pediatrics based at the Children and Youth Project, a multidisciplinary pediatric primary care clinic for high-risk infants and children. She became Medical Director of the Project in July of 2002 and helped guide the project through a period of significant growth and EHR implementation. Additionally, she coordinated the resident continuity clinics. She has been very involved with medical education and served on the Department Residency Committee from 1997-2012 and as Assistant Residency Program Director from 1999-2008. She was the co-director of the Medicine/Pediatric residency training program from 2003-2004.
She has developed innovative teaching modules and rotations for the Pediatric residents and Psychiatry residents at UofL. Dr. Theriot has served on numerous department, community and hospital committees. She served as the Academic Pediatric Association’s region VIII co-chair in the past and is currently the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Kentucky Chapter Champion. She was a founder and the president of BookStart for Life-Long Success, a grassroots organization supplying age-appropriate books to infants and preschool children at well-child visits in some of Kentucky’s highest-risk Appalachian counties. As a professor of Pediatrics and a Certified Physician Executive, Dr. Theriot is a well-qualified medical director serving the KY Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs since 2013. In this role, she works with the Commission leadership to increase access to care in rural areas of the state bringing needed services to local communities to create a comprehensive system of care and improve quality of life for all of Kentucky’s children and youth with special health care needs.
The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award
The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group who have advanced children’s goals for the future through vision, innovation, and self-sacrifice.
The Jones Family is the 2017 recipients of the Sam Swope Community Leadership Award. David and Betty Jones will be accepting this award on behalf of the family. They are Louisville natives who met at the University of Louisville. Together they have raised five children and now have 11 grandchildren. Through a great partnership that spanned the creation of a large and loving family, and big business, they have always focused on their family first, and continue to interact with each member of the family, in many fun and thoughtful ways. David built a career in business and is most proud of the many jobs he created, and Betty focused on family and teaching and is proud of her family and the diverse interests of her children.
In addition to raising a family and building a business, Betty was a French teacher for many years, and all of their children have been educators in some form or fashion. While preferring quiet philanthropy, they have supported many causes through the years, with public education and parks leading the list. They are honored to receive this award in recognition of the many causes they and their family have supported and continue to support.
For further information about the event or to arrange pre-event interviews with any of the award recipients, please contact Erin Jones at 502.774.0767. Photos of all award recipients are attached.
About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. Kosair Charities supports over 100 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year. For more information please visit https://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.