2019 Two-Headed Calf Award
The Two-Headed Calf Awards are named for the museum’s most notorious and fun exhibit: a preserved, two-headed calf. The calf, which celebrates its 103rd anniversary at the museum this year, symbolizes that, very often, true excellence rests with those who demonstrate achievement beyond a single contribution. Just as two heads are better than one, so, too, is the service of the people these awards honor.
Four Northern Kentucky residents have been selected for Behringer-Crawford Museum’s ninth annual Two-Headed Calf Awards for their outstanding service to the community.
The honorees and their award categories are:
- Kenneth and Eileen Harper Special Recognition Award - Dennis R. Williams, attorney with Adams, Stepner, Wolterman & Dusing, PLLC
- Service to the Community: Generosity and Vision Award - Judi Gerding, president of The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky
- Service to History: Scholarship and Public Service Award - Victor J. Canfield, historic preservationist
- Service to Learning: Academic Excellence and Innovation Award - Jon Draud, educator and Kenton County Commissioner
About the Honorees:
Dennis R. Williams - Kenneth and Eileen Harper Special Recognition Award
Dennis R. Williams has been an attorney for more than three decades representing clients of Adams, Stepner, Wolterman & Dusing and overseeing the firm’s commercial banking practice group. A former Covington city commissioner, he also has been an active and prolific contributor to the community, serving in leadership positions with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kenton County Library Foundation; Covington Housing Authority, Entrepreneurship Committee Tri-ED, Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Board, Devou Properties, Baker-Hunt Foundation, Covington Board of Education Foundation, Covington Business Council, CBC Foundation and Behringer-Crawford Museum. He is a recipient of the Ralph Haile Jr. Distinguished Service Award and a member of Holmes High School Distinguished Alumni.
Judi Gerding - Service to the Community: Generosity and Vision
Judi Gerding is founder of The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky and has served as president of the organization since she created it in 1972 to foster a better life for her son Steve and others with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Under her leadership, The Point/Arc has evolved from a parent group with no budget to a full-service agency with around-the-clock programs serving more than 1500 individuals. She has led the charge to create housing alternatives to nursing homes and state facilities, opening 13 group homes for the I/DD population and breaking ground on the Dr. Anthony and Geraldine Zembrodt Education Center, where The Point/Arc can centralize its services and provide a community gathering space. She also has led The Point/Arc in creating four social enterprises that provide employment opportunities to people with I/DD. She has received numerous honors and was named one of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s 1982 Women of the Year. She was appointed to the State Commission on Services and Supports with Mental Retardation and Other Disabilities by Governor Paul Patton and currently serves on the Board of Children’s Hospital DDBP Center.
Victor J. Canfield - Service to History: Scholarship and Public Service
Victor J. Canfield has supported historic preservation and history in Northern Kentucky for more than four decades. In 1974, he joined Rev. William Mertes of Mother of God Church in Covington and 10 others in establishing the nonprofit Covington Avenue Properties Partnership, purchasing and restoring deteriorating homes on Covington Avenue, resulting in the preservation of an entire neighborhood now known as the Mutter Gottes National Register Historic District. From 1981 to 2018, he served as a member and then longtime chair of the Covington's Urban Design Review Board (UDRB), helping to make Covington one of the best preserved cities in the state. In 1986, when historic Mother of God Church was struck by a tragic fire, he served as volunteer co-chair of a $1.5 million restoration that returned the church to its former magnificence. Later, he led efforts to celebrate the 150th and 175th anniversaries of the parish, including coauthoring a 240-page history in four languages with 273 photographs.
Jon Draud - Service to Learning: Academic Excellence and Innovation
Jon Draud spent more than a half-century as an educator, serving in a variety of positions that included teaching at Covington Holmes High School and serving as principal at Covington Third District and Lockland Middle School in Ohio, superintendent at Ludlow Independent School District, adjunct associate professor at Xavier University, Director of University Partnerships at Northern Kentucky University and Kentucky Commissioner of Education. He also served five years on the Crestview Hills City Council and 10 years as state legislator. He has received numerous honors for his public service, including the Paul Mason Legislative Advocate for Children Award from the Kentucky Parent Teacher Association, Walter R. Dunlevy/Frontiersman Award from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kids First Advocacy Award from the Kentucky School Boards Association, Distinguished Citizenship Award from the Licking Valley Girl Scouts and Outstanding Legislator from the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. He is currently serving his second term as Kenton County Commissioner since being elected in 2010 and most recently in 2014.
About the awards
Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park is serious about its mission as “a center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of our natural, cultural, and visual and performing arts heritage” – and serious about its exhibits that capture Northern Kentucky’s story.
But the museum has always had a good sense of fun, too. And perhaps nothing symbolizes that good humor more than the museum’s taxidermic prize, the two-headed calf. So, in the spirit of both serious devotion to the mission of the museum and BCM’s reputation as a fun place to visit, we present our ninth annual “Two-Headed Calf Community Service Awards.”
Typically awards celebrate one exceptional achievement. The fastest runner wins the race. The most talented violinist is awarded the gold medallion. Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Two-Headed Calf Awards recognize that very often, true excellence rests with those who demonstrate achievement beyond a single contribution. Just as two heads are better than one, so, too, is the service of the people these awards honor.
The awards will be presented at a banquet on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Northern Kentucky University's Votruba Student Union Ballroom. Reservations for the banquet can be made by contacting the museum at 859-491-4003.
Past Two-Headed Calf Award recipients are:
Community Service - for extraordinary stewardship and generosity.
2011 Alice Sparks
2012 Mary Middleton (posthumously – received by Clyde Middleton and family)
2013 Oakley Farris and Eva G. Farris
2014 Ralph Drees
2015 Daniel R. Groneck
2016 Normand Demarais and Lisa Demarais
2017 Michael J. Hammons
2018 Judith G. Clabes and Gene A. Clabes
History - for contributing to the preservation and understanding of our regional and state history.
2011 Dr. James C. Claypool
2012 Dr. James A. Ramage
2013 John Boh
2014 Jim Reis
2015 Dr. Paul A. Tenkotte
2016 Theodore H.H. Harris
2017 Dave Schroeder
2018 Karl J. Lietzenmayer
Education - for demonstrating academic excellence and innovative approaches in history, the arts or archaeology.
2011 Judy Sanders, Baker Hunt Foundation
2012 Debbie Brown, Kenton County Schools
2013 T. W. Loring, Ockerman Elementary School
2014 Rick Hulefeld, Children Inc.
2015 Jim R. Hicks, Dixie Heights High School
2016 Raymond G. Hebert, Thomas More College
2017 Terri Cox-Cruey, Kenton County School District
2018 M. Patricia Fox, Friends of Big Bone
2015 Glenn O. Swing Elementary School in Covington
2016 Joe Brennan
2017 Matt and Rebekah Gensler Butler and The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Club
2018 Kenneth F. Harper and Eileen Harper
The regional history of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley must be preserved for the benefit of present and future generations. Therefore, the Behringer-Crawford Museum is a center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of our natural, cultural, and visual and performing arts heritage.