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Councilwoman Hamilton proposes naming Portland Community Center after the late Molly Leonard

Tuesday May 6, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – In her lifetime, the late Molly Ann Leonard was well known to the people of Portland. She was a classic example of a devoted volunteer and community activist with her willingness to serve and help others.

Now, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is leading the effort to honor her work and life by renaming the Portland Community Center in her honor.

“Molly Leonard truly loved her community and her many works as a volunteer and activist are examples of what we should all strive for as we help others. Molly knew how to get things done and work to improve our neighborhoods,” says Hamilton. “This recognition is long overdue.”

Mrs. Leonard, who passed away in 2008, was the Office manager for Jefferson County Clerk Rebecca Jackson. She had many accomplishments in her lifetime and was affiliated with many community organizations which she helped found. She co-founded Portland NOW, the Portland Development Corporation, Portland Summer Festival and Homecoming and the Sixth District Police Auxiliary, now the 1st Division Police Auxiliary and its annual Christmas party for neighborhood kids.

“This is an honor very well deserved,” says Jerry Brinson, a longtime friend and volunteer who worked alongside Leonard for many years. “She would work with anyone, Democrat or Republican from anywhere in the city to help Portland and her community.”

Among the many Boards of which she was a member: Friends of Portland Library, Portland Business Association and Neighborhood Liaison for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Neighborhood House, Portland Family Health Center, Committee of the Marine Hospital.

“Her lifetime of service to her community is the reason why the District 5 office created and presents outstanding citizens and residents the Molly Leonard Community Service Award at the annual District 5 Community Celebration,” says Hamilton.

If approved by the Metro Council, the Portland Community located at 540 North 27th Street would be renamed the Molly Leonard Community Center. The resolution is being reviewed by the Public Works, Bridges and Transportation Committee.

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