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The Late Helen Cornele Recognized at KCTCS President’s Gala and Benefactors’ Awards Dinner by Somerset Community College

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) hosted the 13th annual President’s Gala and Benefactors’ Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

More than 600 state and local dignitaries from across the Commonwealth attended the event. This event provides an opportunity for KCTCS to honor an impressive list of 28 of the state’s leading individuals, business, and foundations for their generous philanthropic and voluntary support to KCTCS.

Somerset Community College honored Helen Cornele in Memoriam at the event. Helen Cornele passed away on October 6, 2004.  She and her husband Richard “Dick” Cornele were the co-directors of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Pulaski County for many years.  Upon her passing, the Helen Cornele Memorial Scholarship was established at SCC.  The fund is supported by annual gifts in memory of Cornele and has been awarded each year since 2005.  The scholarship is designated for non-traditional single-parents who are students at SCC.

“Helen’s life-long work revolved around helping people,” said Linda Bourne, friend of the Cornele family and former employee of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Pulaski County.  “When Helen would work with kids at the organization, she would also work with the families, many of whom were single parents.  She wanted to make sure they had the skills and the education necessary to take care of their own families.  She believed in everyone and I think this scholarship would make her proud.”

“SCC is proud to honor Helen’s memory at the 2012 President’s Gala,” said SCC President and CEO Dr. Jo Marshall. “Keeping her legacy alive through this scholarship is very important to the college and to the scholarship recipients. We appreciate the support of Mr. Cornele and all the Helen Cornele Memorial Scholarship donors.”  

Dick Cornele accepted the award on behalf of his late wife.
Others honored at the event included:

Kentucky Community and Technical College System
PNC Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ashland Community and Technical College 
Richard W. and Frances Martin, Ashland
The Mansbach Foundation, Ashland 

Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Burnette Family Charitable Foundation, Inc., Maysville
Dennis and Jean Dorton, Paintsville

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
City of Winchester

Bowling Green Technical College
Bowling Green Metalforming, LLC

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Elizabethtown Rotary Club
Hardin-LaRue Medical Society, Elizabethtown

Gateway Community and Technical College
The Bank of Kentucky, Crestview Hills
Duke Energy, Cincinnati, Ohio

Hazard Community and Technical College
Hazard ARH Medical Staff

Henderson Community College
Dr. John and Jackie Logan, Henderson
Henderson County Fiscal Court

Hopkinsville Community College
Bettie Wallace, Princeton
Pamela J. Thomas, Henderson

Jefferson Community and Technical College
Community Foundation of Louisville
The Gheens Foundation, Inc., Louisville

Madisonville Community College
G. Herbert and Anne Pritchett, Madisonville
Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court, Greenville

Maysville Community and Technical College
Nelson and Pauline Hester, Kent, Washington

Owensboro Community and Technical College
IMPACT 100, Owensboro
Canteen Service Company of Owensboro, Inc.

Somerset Community College
Helen Cornele in Memoriam, Somerset

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Georgetta Riley Richardson, , Lyndhurst, Ohio 
Dr. Georgenna Riley, Lyndhurst, Ohio

West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Dr. William E. Murphy, Ph.D., P.E., Paducah
Paducah & Louisville Railway