A popular Lexington restaurant has just been awarded by the Rotary Club for their humanitarian efforts within the community. Which eatery? What efforts have they performed?
Past District Governor and Rotary President, Dean Hammond, presented the Rotary Club of Lexington’s Humanitarian Cup Award to Rob and Diane Perez, founders and operators of the DV8 Kitchen and the DV8 Kitchen Foundation. The Perezes also receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor,” said Hammond. “The Perezes are hands-on innovators who have dedicated their lives to creating opportunities for those asking for a second chance.”
The Perezes have demonstrated both in an approach that attempts to help people in the early stages of recovery. They use a business model that mandates profitability and challenges employers to invest in the recovery of their employees using what Rob described in his Rotary luncheon presentation as a transformational rather than a transactional approach.
In previous recognition of their efforts, the Perezes and DV8 Kitchen received the 2017 Corporation of the Commonwealth Award and a 2019 Innovation NOW Kentucky Award. They were also recognized by Camp Horsin Around in May 2019 as one of the Amazing 8, volunteers who enrich the non-profit sector and the community.
The Humanitarian Cup Award, established in 2003, is to recognize humanitarian service at its highest level in the central Kentucky area. It requires that the recipient have a generosity of spirit and have selflessly dedicated his/her time to serving others less fortunate while making a significant humanitarian contribution of volunteer leadership that benefits the lives of others and the welfare of humanity.
Congratulations to DV8 Kitchen on not only this achievement, but what you have done for the Lexington community.
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