Friends of the Waterfront's 26th Annual Silver Anchor Awards Reception to be held September 14, 2017 on the Belle of Louisville

August 04, 2017 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Louisville, KY - August 4, 2017 - Friends of the Waterfront, a Louisville, KY non-profit organization, is excited to announce that the 26th Annual Silver Anchor Awards Reception will take place Thursday, September 14, 2017 on the Belle of Louisville. At this year's event, Friends of the Waterfront will honor two award recipients for their continued and outstanding support of Waterfront Park: Matt Thornton, CEO of Louisville-based Thorntons Inc., and The National Weather Service.

The Silver Anchor Awards Reception is an annual fundraiser dedicated to raising funds for programming and services that support the Waterfront Development Corporation and Louisville Waterfront Park.

All proceeds from the Silver Anchor Awards Ceremony will benefit Waterfront Park programs such as:
  • WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series
  • Waterfront Park Clean Team
  • Waterfront Park Maintenance
  • Lighting of the Big Four Bridge
  • Waterfront Park's Annual July 4th Celebration
  • Catfish Louie Community Appearances and much more

  • This year's Silver Anchor Award recognizes Mr. Matt Thornton, CEO of Thorntons, Kentucky's largest privately-owned corporation, that owns and operates over 180 gasoline and convenience stores across the Ohio River Valley, through Tennessee, and into Florida. Mr. Thornton also serves as Chairman of the Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC). The WDC Board oversees the mission of the corporation which promises to plan, construct, and maintain parks across Waterfront Park while coordinating events to bring together the city of Louisville. The WDC recently released plans for a fourth phase of expansion for Waterfront Park and Chairman Thornton has been a big booster of this extension of Waterfront Park. Chairman Thornton has also been a major supporter of the park, events and Waterfront Park Staff.

    The National Weather Service will also be recognized as an award recipient at this year's reception, for outstanding commitment to the safety of patrons at Waterfront Park Events. Over the years, the NWS team in Louisville has gone above and beyond to support the Waterfront Development Corporation (a component unit of Metro Government) with advice and insight which has ensured the safety of hundreds of thousands of patrons to Waterfront Park events. NWS has guided WDC through dozens of serious situations over the years. NWS support has helped WDC Staff to evacuate when necessary (and with great precision), and has provided confidence to proceed with events whenever possible.

    The 2017 Silver Anchor Awards Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. dockside on the Belle of Louisville with an awards presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres and cocktails available for guests as well as a silent auction and live music by Small Time Napoleon. Tickets are $75.00 per person and business attire is required on the night of the event.

    To purchase tickets to the Friends of the Waterfront 26th Annual Silver Anchor Award Reception, click here. With only around 200 tickets remaining, it is recommended that interested parties act fast to be a part of this special night. Currently, Friends of the Waterfront is in the process of gathering items for the silent auction. If anyone would like to make an auction donation, contact Kelly Gream at for more information.

    This year, Friends of the Waterfront is excited to welcome back Small Time Napoleon for an evening of lively music preceding the Silver Anchor Awards Ceremony. Described as "a mad science blend of western swing, hot jazz, and folk" by Kyle Ware of Insider Louisville, Small Time Napoleon puts on a vibrant performance with an eclectic sound unique to them.

    Recently, the Louisville, KY-based band released their debut LP, entitled Cloud Machine, for which they have received positive feedback from multiple music critics and listeners. In addition to their first record release, Small Time Napoleon has been a feature on NPR's The World Cafe and made the list of Louisville's Top 5 Local Acts. Besides playing alongside the Wood Brothers and performing at WFPK's Waterfront Wednesday, Small Time Napoleon currently holds the record for most pre-sale tickets sold for a show featuring a local artist at The Clifton Center in Louisville, KY.

    Initially launched in 1992, Silver Anchor Award recipients have included many prominent figures and organizations in the Louisville, Kentucky area such as: Junior League of Louisville, Inc. (1992), The Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center (1997), Brown-Forman Corporation (2001), Congresswoman Anne M. Northup (2003), The Galt House (2006), Kindred Health Care (2006), Governor Steve Beshear (2012), WFPK (2016), Paul Ford (2016), as well as many more. You can view a full list of Silver Anchor Award winners on the Silver Anchor page of Friends of the Waterfront's website.

    For more information on the Silver Anchor Award Ceremony, visit Friends of the Waterfront online, their Facebook event, or call 502-574-3768 today. If you are interested in learning more about Friends of the Waterfront or getting a project sponsored by Friends, click here. While the organization is dedicated to sponsoring projects that widen the use of Waterfront Park or knowledge of the Park, they are open to funding proposals for some outside projects.

    The Friends of the Waterfront is a non-profit organization originally founded from a committee on the Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC) Board that centered around marketing and community involvement. In 1988 the committee split from the WDC to become its own, free-standing entity. Three years later, in 1991, Friends of the Waterfront incorporated as a separate non-profit from WDC and received tax exempt status later that year. Over the past 25 years, Friends of the Waterfront has maintained a close relationship with WDC and remains an active supporter of the organization's efforts through collaboration and coordination.

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