The Ken Wagner Award for Outstanding Service will be given annually to someone who has shown by their actions that they serve as Ken served, without judging others or thinking of his own needs and wants. Someone who never stops giving of themselves, as Ken never stopped giving of himself.
The award, established in 2011, will honor Ken’s name perpetually, and be an annual reminder to the Emmaus of the future of the Emmaus of the past–a past that exemplifies total giving of self for the service of others from a man that showed through his actions that we all are one, with different gifts and abilities, to be given one to another.
The award itself is beautifully symbolic of a life of service. Consider the position of your hand as you reach it out to bring someone else up. This is that picture, and it shows in a way as though joined with Ken’s, so that as the winner sees the award, they are reminded they are not alone. Others, like this great man, join with them along the journey of a life of service.
- Nominees should exemplify the life of service Ken lived as described above.
- A life of service to people with intellectual disabilities and autism is recommended but not necessary for the awardee. Anyone that has shown self-giving the way Ken did is eligible.
- Any individual may nominate a potential awardee.
- The attached form should be submitted no later than March 1st to Tim Noca.
- A selection committee, headed by Tim, will decide on the recipient by March 15th.
- The awardee and the Wagner family will be notified.
- The winner will be invited to the Gala (and given 6 complimentary tickets).
- The award will be presented at the Emmaus Kentucky Derby Gala on the first Saturday in May.