Join the Appalachian Community Fund in honoring Bennie Massey and Stanley Sturgill 

the Kentucky Appalachian Heroes Award for their commitment to civic engagement and social justice in Eastern Kentucky.

Eastern Kentucky Social Club 

278 West Main Street Lynch, KY 40855


Friday, September 12, 2014

 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Open to the public. Suggested donation $20. Table for 6 only $100 


Dinner will be served, music will be played and a good time will be guaranteed.


Please RSVP by September 8

to Patricia Jones

Via email:


Please make checks payable to:
Appalachian Community Fund
507 S. Gay Street, Suite 1120

Knoxville, TN 37902

865.523.1896 fax



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The Appalachian Hero Award is presented to an individual or organization who currently resides or works in the region and who has made a substantial contribution to social justice in Central Appalachia on "Our Journey toward Justice."


Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is proud and pleased to announce that Bennie Massey and Stanley Sturgill have been chosen for the Appalachian Community Fund's 2014 Kentucky Appalachian Hero Award. If you are unable to attend the event, you can make a donation in Bennie and Stanley's honor online at To Charge by Phone or for More Information: Please call 865.523.5783.

Bennie Massey has been chosen for this award not only for his community leadership addressing issues in Harlan County. As a member of the Lynch City Council, he has worked to secure and protect clean water for Lynch and other cities and energy efficiency in Lynch city buildings. He has taken local issues to the state capitol, working to reform unjust state laws and last year helped host Appalachia's Bright Future, a regional gathering of over 200 people in Harlan County. He has served as president of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club, organizing reunions of African American families who have migrated out of Eastern Kentucky, and organizing youth development, scholarships, and general support for families in need.

Stanley Sturgill has been chosen for this award for his activism and self-sacrifice opposing mountaintop removal; because although recently he was in poor health, he continued his work with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth against mountaintop removal, speaking at rallies and hearings, writing op-eds, and hosting the government agencies who visit the region, always being frank about the problems of our region. He was not afraid to take the lead in difficult situations, including risking arrest in 2012 as he insisted on his right to meet with his congressional representative, Rep. Hal Rogers, who had him arrested rather than end his years of refusing to meet with him. Despite the ensuing legal complications, and ill health, he still continued his work; he has been hospitable, hosting tours of his neighborhood with those who wanted to learn about the issues of his community.

Read more about them here.



Celebrating over 25 years of 

Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia!


I hope to see you there!   


Peace, love and light,


Margo Miller

Executive Director

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