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Hargadon honored with 2019 Bell Award

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By Tammy Shaw

A well-known Shelby County man has snagged an honor reserved for the best charitable workers in the region – Shelby County resident and businessman Pat Hargadon was recognized with a 2019 WLKY Bell Award.

“I was surprised,” Pat Hargadon said regarding the honor.

The community leader is a Kentucky Farm Bureau agent, but in his spare time is director of Shelby County Industrial Foundation, director of Farm Credit Advisory Committee, director of Citizens Union Bank, commissioner of US 60 Water District, board member of Lincoln Heritage Boy Scout Council and has been active in Church of the Annunciation.

WLKY announced Bell honorees Sept. 6 in a news release, which stated, “Pat Hargadon has been an innovative volunteer with Metro United Way for three decades.”

The statement went on to tout Hargadon’s campaign to feed hungry Shelby County residents, through a program he spearheaded, Farmers Feeding Families (FFF).

“His first endeavor raised $6,000, and FFF became a working program that has raised more than $40,000 in two years.”

Hargadon gleaned the idea from a similar program in Illinois.

“I wanted to end food insecurity in Shelby County,” he said. “I borrowed the idea and brought it here.”

Farmers Feeding Families operates out of the Serenity Center, run by Awake Ministries.

Jeff Reynolds, executive director of Awake Ministries, said the community is lucky to have Hargadon.

“He’s a wonderful servant in the community,” Reynolds said. “He does so much. He has a servant’s heart.”

Hargadon is chair of Metro United Way Charity Advisory Board, and represents the Shelby chapter at regional meetings in Louisville.

Erica Price, Metro United Way director of regional community impact and Shelby County resident, had the scoop before Hargadon.

“She knew about it and didn’t tell me,” he said. “I was shocked and humbled.”

The long-time Shelby County resident is a big fan of his community.

“You couldn’t find a better community than Shelby County to live in, work in and do good together,” he said. “We identify a problem then fix it.”

Other Bell winners were Fred Bennett of Louisville, Angela Bischoff of Shepherdsville, Joyce Ann Bridge of Louisville, Fran Brown of Louisville, Taylor Deibel of Louisville, Gage Donohue of Jeffersonville, Ind., Pam Greenwell of Louisville, Micki Thomas of Louisville and Lois Windhorst of Louisville, plus two youth winners, Brooklyn Roller and Madison Erin Roy.

Bellarmine University Men’s Basketball coach, Scott Davenport, will also be honored as the first recipient of the John Asher Spirit Award.

The 42nd WLKY Bell Awards Celebration will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at Omni Louisville. Tickets are available at http://wlkybellawards.com/.