Hays Prather smiled big for the camera and smiled even bigger as women from the Central Kentucky Com­mu­nity Foundation and staff at the Carl M. Brashear Radcliff Veterans Center told him how good the picture looked.

The World War II U.S. Army veteran was one of many at the center who had their photo taken and placed in a decorated frame Monday by staff members of the foundation and its partners.

Prather said he thought the event was nice. He said he might give the photograph to his son.

The foundation in Eliza­bethtown, which serves Breck­inridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Har­din, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Wash­ing­ton counties, is leading an effort this week to give back to the community by working with its partners as a way to celebrate Community Foundation Week.

With Monday being a day after Veterans Day, the veterans center seemed the best way to volunteer their time for the day, said Davette Swiney, president and CEO of the foundation.

“It’s a special way of showing our appreciation and recognition for what we can’t even begin to say thank you for,” Swiney said. “But beyond just saying thank you, it’s a way to spend time with them and get to know them a little bit and hope to bring some joy to their day.”

The foundation continues its service at 1:30 p.m. today at The Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville.

On Wednesday, the foundation will be at the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce luncheon and throughout Thurs­day, it will honor its roots in education by providing support to scholarship recipients with care packages.

On Friday, the foundation will join other philanthropic organizations as they collectively celebrate National Philanthropy Day at an annual luncheon in Louisville.

“We’ve got great community partners and we’ve got different people involved with what we are doing all week, which is really what makes the foundation so special because it’s not just about any one thing we can do it is about collectively what we can all do together for the better of our community,” Swiney said.

To join in Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s efforts, residents can RSVP to info@ckcf4people.org or call 270-737-8393.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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