Each year men and women from across the commonwealth are commissioned by the Governor to the highest honor in our state: the Kentucky Colonel. Both nomination and membership are centered around service, and it has been that way since its beginning in the early 1800s.

Originally military roles following the dissolution of the Kentucky Militia after the War of 1812, the Kentucky Colonels have evolved into a social and philanthropic group. From the Great Flood of 1937 to World War II and beyond, Kentucky Colonels have never ceased to mobilize when their state and country needed support the most.

This year they reached a lifetime total of FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS given to organizations in need across the state, including 265 grants to Kentucky non-profits totaling 2.1 million dollars this year alone. To date 3.9 million Kentuckians have been impacted by the gifts of the Kentucky Colonels, and their dream is to have every individual in our state positively impacted by their charitable giving!

The Kentucky Colonels Staff Team
From Left: Heather Campbell, Caroline Collins, Sherry Crose, Eric Patterson, Steve Barker

We invited Colonel Sherry Crose, Executive Director, to share the history and how the Kentucky Colonels are making an impact in our communities today on this week’s episode of the 502 Leader Series Podcast! It’s a fascinating story of inspired individuals coming together to champion the common good and celebrate their shared ties no matter where life takes them. There are Kentucky Colonels across the nation, even celebrities! Listen to find out who!

To view the register of current colonels or to apply for a grant CLICK HERE! To become a Kentucky Colonel you must be nominated by a current Colonel. If you’re curious, check out the full nomination process HERE.

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