Bowling Green, Kentucky (February 2, 2023) – Hundreds of Southern Kentucky residents joined United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) for the LIVE UNITED Awards and Recognition event on Thursday at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.

The event started with a look back at all the volunteer and community efforts of the past year, including monthly food distributions, Feed the Need, the Day of Caring, campaigns, special events, Emerging Leader Society projects, and Kindergarten Readiness initiatives.

The program then progressed into an awards presentation honoring organizations that excelled in impacting our community and furthering the mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky in 2022. Steve Pankey, United Way of Southern Kentucky Outgoing Board Chair and Reverend at Christ Episcopal Church, emceed the event as United Way of Southern Kentucky presented the following awards:

Volunteer Investment Awards

Top Organizations with the largest % of employees volunteering in multiple United Way functions

  • American Bank & Trust
  • English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP
  • Fruit of the Loom, Inc.
  • Logan Aluminum
  • Warren County Water District


Give Awards

Greatest Giving Increases (employee and corporate giving combined)

Increase of $5,000 – $9,999

  • 3A Composites USA
  • Trace Die Cast

Increase of $10,000 – $14,999

  • The City of Bowling Green
  • The Murphy Construction Group
  • Warren RECC

Increase of $15,000 – $19,999

  • Warren County Water District

Increase of $20,000+

  • Logan Aluminum
  • Fruit of the Loom, Inc.


Leadership Investment Awards (employee giving)

Most leadership dollars (gifts of $1,000 or more) from organizations employing:

Less than 100 employees


100 – 250 employees

  • The Murphy Construction Group

More than 250 employees

  • Fruit of the Loom, Inc.

Top 10 Campaigns

Top 10 campaigns for overall corporate and employee giving in 2022:

  1. Georgia Pacific
  2. Warren County Water District
  3. Warren RECC
  4. Houchens Insurance Group
  5. U.S. Bank – Area Wide
  6. Trace Die Cast
  7. General Motors & UAW Local 2164
  8. The Murphy Construction Group
  9. Fruit of the Loom, Inc.
  10. Logan Aluminum

Five Community Impact Partnership Awards were presented to organizations who have excelled in aiding others and have partnered with United Way to make a difference in the past year. The Community Impact Partnership Awards were presented to:

  • The Housing Authority of Bowling Green for Tornado Case Management
  • Refuge Bowling Green for Tornado Case Management
  • Houchens Industries for the Bridge the Gap Program
  • The Family Enrichment Center for Kindergarten Readiness
  • Warren County Public Schools for College and Career Readiness

The Shooting Star Award winner was chosen from applications submitted by United Way partner agencies on behalf of individuals who had exemplified courage and tenacity in overcoming obstacles. This year’s Shooting Star Award was awarded to:

  • Masoud and Atifa Kabuli (Submitting Agency: Refuge Bowling Green)

Both honorees were practicing physicians in Afghanistan before their lives were turned upside down when the U.S. Forces departed the country, and the Taliban came to power. After months in refugee camps, they arrived in Bowling Green in February 2022 to start their lives over. Unable to practice medicine in the United States, the pair are starting over in their education and employment. In their nomination for this couple, Refuge Bowling Green said, “As Masoud and Atifa integrate more and more, we have no doubt that they will have a tremendous influence on the medical and mental health services in our community.”

Finalists for the premier award of the year, the LIVE UNITED Award, were presented via video throughout the evening. This award was presented to the company that exemplifies United Way’s core Give, Advocate and Volunteer goals through outstanding campaign support including increased giving, high participation and per capita, advocating internally and externally on behalf of United Way throughout the year, and exceptional volunteer participation from a large base of employees. Special consideration was given to those organizations with specific support to United Way’s work in Education, Income, Health, and/or Safety Net.

The top three finalists for the LIVE UNITED Award included:

  • 3A Composites USA
  • Fruit of the Loom, Inc.
  • Warren County Water District

Following the recognition of the three finalists, the Live United Award was presented to:

  • Warren County Water District

Debbie Hills, President and CEO for United Way of Southern Kentucky, said, “Tonight we are honored to take a look back and recognize the positive aid, growth, and community engagement that has occurred throughout the past year. The past few years our area has been hard hit by many challenging circumstances, but it is the generosity, kindness, and efforts of those honored tonight, as well as hundreds of other organizations that choose to LIVE UNITED which is helping our community move forward.”