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Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons to posthumously receive Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech, will posthumously receive the prestigious Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement during the sixth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, held Sept. 20 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were created in 2013 to publicly celebrate the greatness of people from around the world. 

The award recognizes individuals who are driven to become agents of change for the common good.

For Dr. Lyons, making a positive difference in the world was an everyday reality of his personal and professional life.

After moving with his young family – wife, Deirdre; daughter, Aoife; and son, Mark – to the U.S. from Ireland, Dr. Lyons founded Alltech in 1980 with the mission of improving the health and performance of animals, crops and people. The company’s endeavours are guided by the “ACE principle” – a commitment to having a positive impact on the Animal, the Consumer and the Environment.

The Alltech ACE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established by Dr. and Mrs. Lyons to put their philanthropic passion into action. One endeavor funded by the ACE Foundation is the Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project, which supports two Haitian primary schools through the sale of Alltech® Café Citadelle.

In Kentucky and Ireland, more than a dozen state-of-the-art science laboratories have been built at primary schools, inspiring students to have greater curiosity about the world around them.

The Lyonses’ passion for education and the arts is reflected in the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, which shines a spotlight on the hopes of young vocalists by awarding top performers with scholarship funds to join the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

As an entrepreneur who started Alltech in his home garage and built it into a multibillion-dollar company, Dr. Lyons recognized drive and passion in others and encouraged them to dream big. The Alltech Innovation Competition emboldens young entrepreneurs to create businesses that help solve local issues. Winners are awarded $10,000 – the same amount with which Dr. Lyons founded Alltech in his garage.

Whether through small acts of kindness or far-reaching scientific achievement, Dr. Lyons was committed to empowering others, inspiring lifelong learning and making a difference in the world – a mission he shared with the Muhammad Ali Foundation, of which Dr. Lyons was a long-time supporter.

Dr. Lyons passed away on March 8, 2018. Mrs. Lyons, director of corporate image and design at Alltech, and their son, Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, will accept the award on his behalf during the ceremony.

“Like Muhammad, by their example, these awardees serve as role models to all of us, and they help to ensure that the legacy Muhammad left on this world continues to inspire, transform and ignite positive change for the betterment of individuals and the whole of humanity,” said Lonnie Ali, co-founder of the Muhammad Ali Center and widow of Muhammad Ali. “If there was a time for the power of his example to be heeded, it is now.”

American Cancer Society announces Real Men Wear Pink campaign

Men from Louisville and Southern Indiana will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. 

In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle and save more lives from breast cancer. The campaign kicked off recently with a reception announcing the 2018 participants and lasts through October.

“These Real Men are real leaders,” said Lyn Palmer, senior manager for community development with the American Cancer Society. “They have stepped up to let the community know they are activists in this cause and that it’s not just a woman’s cause.”

Each Real Men Wear Pink participant accepts the challenge to raise at least $2,500. In just the first three weeks, the campaign has already passed the $10,000 mark. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research and patient support.

Ryan Hoke, WAVE 3 meteorologist, participated in the 2016 Real Men campaign and is back again this year as a 2018 participant.

“Being a part of Real Men Wear Pink helps me elevate my advocacy for breast cancer awareness and prevention,” said Hoke. “Losing my mom to this terrible disease was awful, but being able to help those currently battling breast cancer is a way to honor my mom’s memory and pass on her positivity.”

The 2018 Real Men Wear Pink participants are:

Kyle Bilyeu of the Interfraternity Council, University of Louisville

DuRand Bryant of Mirazon Group, Louisville

Dr. Todd Carter of Dr. Todd A. Carter DDS, New Albany, Indiana

Tony Colyer of Colyer Law, Louisville

Steve Del Gardo of Del Gardo’s, Covington

Erik Eaker of Humana, Louisville

Patrick Edlin of Humana, Louisville

Ryan Hoke of WAVE 3, Louisville

Nick Karaffa of Karaffa Law Office, Louisville

Dan Kessler of Varsity Brands, Louisville

George Livingston of Humana, Louisville

Todd Lowery of Nationwide, Louisville

Tom Mabe of Tom Mabe, Inc., Louisville

Dr. Lawrence Mason of Baptist Health, Louisville

Bentley McBentleson of KFC, Louisville

Randy McGraw of West IP, Louisville

Michael Morgan of ADP, Louisville

Stuart Mushala of Humana, Louisville

James O’Reilly of Long John Silvers, Louisville

Todd Read of GoSoIN Tourism Bureau, Jeffersonville, Indiana

Al Snow of Ohio Valley Wrestling School, Louisville

Andre Wilson of Style Icon, Louisville