NKY Chamber presents debut award to KSO’s Cassidy

Michael Cason of Fifth Third Bank; Chamber president and CEO Brent Cooper; honoree J.R. Cassidy of the KSO; and Bob Heil of KLH Engineers

Michael Cason of Fifth Third Bank; Chamber president and CEO Brent Cooper; honoree J.R. Cassidy of the KSO; and Bob Heil of KLH Engineers

J.R. Cassidy, music/executive director of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, is the inaugural winner of the NKY Community Award.

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brent Cooper presented the award at a recent KSO performance.

The new award will be presented to exceptional individuals, businesses or organizations that have helped to advance or promote the region. Nominations are open to the community, and awards will be presented throughout the year as nominations are received. NKY Chamber staff will review submissions, with additional input from the NKY Chamber’s board chair.

“I believe the success of our region is inextricably linked to the time and talent that members of this community are willing to contribute,” said Cooper. “This is our way of not only bringing awareness to these individuals and organizations, but also thanking them for their efforts.”

Rhonda Whitaker, NKY Chamber board chair and chair for the ArtsWave campaign in Northern Kentucky, said, “We are thrilled to honor J.R. This choice reflects the business community’s recognition that the arts are a critical part of not only our quality of life, but of our economy. J.R. Cassidy and the KSO have helped make our community a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.”

The NKY Community Award is sponsored by meetNKY.

Information, nominations: Lynn Abeln at labeln@nkychamber.com

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