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U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that he is launching a new awards program to honor community members who are making a difference in the Fifth Congressional District. The first-ever “Hal Rogers Difference Maker” Awards were presented Thursday, July 8, 2010 during the UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp at the Jackson County Middle School.

“Too often, good deeds go unnoticed and unappreciated,” said Rogers. “This award is just a small way to let some men, women and youngsters know that they are making a positive impact on this region and their efforts are appreciated. Our future looks brighter thanks to the difference makers in every community.”

The first-ever “Hal Rogers Difference Maker” Awards were presented to:
  • Sponsors of the Jackson County Shoot Hoops Not Drugs Basketball Camp, difference makers Tom and Peggy Wilson and Jackson Energy
  • Cowboy Up for Christ, difference makers Brad Hornsby, Bobby Hornsby, Kathy Spurlock and Don Banks 
  • The Heavenly Harvest Garden Program, difference makers Kenny and Denise Cox, Johnathon and Laura Tirey, Ronnie Slone, Terry and Sally Brewer, Ronnie and Diane Taylor, Paul and Delena Hays and Ron Maharrey 
  • The Jackson County Backpack Club, difference makers David and Melinda Cunagin 
  • PRIDE difference maker Barry Spivey 

Congressman Rogers also shared the value of participating in community activities with the parents of the youth participating in the Jackson County Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp with former University of Kentucky men’s basketball star Jeff Sheppard.

“We want to prevent our children from getting hooked on drugs and wrapped into the court system,” said Rogers. “Get involved, sign up with your local UNITE Coalition and become a difference maker today.”

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit