Today, there was a special recognition to not only celebrate a business owner’s dedication to helping veterans, but also to help a local veteran in need. A number of local and state government representatives including Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes came together to give Ron McCauley, owner of Chrysler of Lawrenceburg, the Corporations for the Commonwealth award for large businesses.
The Corporations for the Commonwealth program was started by the secretary of state to help recognize businesses around the state that go beyond just improving the economy. Businesses are nominated which show a service to helping the community in various ways.
According to Secretary Grimes, Ron was nominated for his outstanding service to helping the community, especially veterans. Ron, who is a Vietnam veteran himself, has always tried to honor fellow veterans, especially in Jessamine County where he has helped with a veterans ceremony. “I don’t do these things to be recognized. I do it because it is the right thing to do,” Ron said.
Local government officials thanked Ron for his support of veterans and efforts he is now undertaking in Anderson County. Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton said, “We are glad to have you as part of our family, Mr McCauley.” Mayor Goodlett continued, “We are really delighted to have new businesses in town, and we’re particularly delighted to have Mr McCauley.”
In continuing his service to veterans, Ron, along with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34, helped local veteran, Lee King and his wife, Michelle, with a car to replace the one that stopped working a few weeks ago. Lee, who is a disabled veteran with a six year old daughter with cystic fibrosis and a 16 year old son, was in need and when the auxiliary approached the dealership for help when their car stopped working, they together provided the family a Ford Fiesta. The auxiliary paid $1000 towards the car and the rest was donated by the dealership.
Pam Brough, president of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, thanked the auxiliary and the community for coming together to help the King family. “I just want to say today we have done one of the things that Lawrenceburg and Anderson County does best. We have brought together your chamber of commerce, your business community, and our veterans for a need in this community,” she said.