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Heart of Danville recognizes Centre College with Heart of Gold Award


March 7, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
Heart of Gold Award Centre President John A. Roush accepts the Heart of Gold
Award from the Heart of Danville for the College’s
contributions to downtown Danville during the Vice
Presidential Debate. Photo courtesy of AMNews.com.

Centre College was recently recognized by The Heart of Danville with the 2013 Heart of Gold Award.

The mission of the Heart of Danville is to stimulate the economic vitality of the Central Business District while protecting the historic integrity of our community. President John A. Roush accepted the award at the annual Heart of Danville meeting at Jacobs Hall Museum on the campus of the Kentucky School for the Deaf. The award is generally presented to a business that has invested in downtown Danville by beginning a development project in the past year.

Centre was recognized with the award for the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate, as it brought different kinds of investments to the downtown area.

“Although we have now done it twice, Centre remains the smallest school in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate,” says Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations at Centre and co-chair of the Vice Presidential Debate. “It would not be possible to bring one of these debates to small-town America if it were not a partnership with the community. The Heart of Danville award recognizes all of the many people who contributed to the success of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate.”

The debate, which took place in the Norton Center for the Arts on 10.11.12, brought thousands of people—politicians, members of the media, and civilians just interested in being part of the big day—into Danville, generating revenue for downtown businesses.

The Heart of Danville also recognized businesses, organizations and individuals who had a meaningful impact on the downtown area in a variety of ways. For more about the Heart of Danville, click here.



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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.



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