(FRANKFORT, Ky., October 1st, 2002, 4 p.m.) -- At a special luncheon at the Executive Mansion Tuesday, First Lady Judi Patton highlighted the accomplishments of 21 men from Kentucky and around the nation who have contributed significantly to ending violence against women. These individuals were honored as a part of Mrs. Patton's White Ribbon Project.
"While women have played the most significant role and served as the underlying spirit of this work for years, thi project stresses that men have a vital role to play as well," explained Mrs. Patton. "It is the goal of the project to inspire other men in Kentucky to become part of the effort to stop violence against women."
Honorees in the White Ribbon Project include public figures, private sector businessmen, university professors, community activists, criminal justice professionals and others.
In alphabetical order, the 21 men recognized Tuesday are: