Women of Distinction
Hometown Pizza’s Sabo to receive Chamber award
Tammy York Day to give keynote address at business luncheon
LA GRANGE, Ky. (March 2020) – To say Donna Sabo is very involved in the community is an understatement. From her job to her personal life, she’s all about showcasing the community she lives in.
This is just one of many reasons she will receive the 2020 Tony Cotten Women of Distinction Award at this year’s Celebration of Women event, presented each year by the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce.
When told about the award, Sabo said she was “in total shock. I had no idea I had been chosen.”
In fact, she and some coworkers from Hometown Pizza, where Sabo is Director of Marketing & Catering, were in the process of planning the look of their Tablescape for the event. Tablescapes are created each year by the businesses that attend to feature their services and creatively display their interpretation of the theme of the program. This year’s theme is “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers, Unstoppable Women!”
Sabo said she believes it is important to give back to the community. “We should all try to give back what we can,” she said.
Donna Sabo of Hometown Pizza will be honored by the Oldham County Chamber on March 26 at CityPlace in La Grange, Ky. She is pictured with her grandson, Dylan Sale.
She moved from Henry County to Oldham County in 1979 and has worked for Hometown Pizza for 32 years. “I love my job.”
After raising two daughters, she wondered, “What do I do now?” Sabo started volunteering to meet new people and become active in the community. While working at a restaurant, she met the owners of Hometown Pizza, Mary Jane and Mike Foster, who opened their first restaurant in La Grange in September 1982. They became friends, and Sabo eventually went to work for them.
Sabo worked her way up to her current position and said about her job, “It’s all about the people. I meet new people every day. It’s a win-win situation because when I came to work here, I met Mary Jane and Mike, and we developed a long-term friendship.”
Sabo will receive the award on Thursday, March 26. The Celebration of Women event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CityPlace, Pavilion 2, located at 112 S. First Ave. in La Grange. This event is sponsored by PNC Bank.
As to this year’s theme, “We actually chose the theme last year, and we have next year’s 2021 theme so that we can announce it at the event,” said Heidi Ocheltree, the chamber’s office manager. “We wanted to celebrate women who refused to take ‘no’ for an answer or be told ‘you can’t do that because you’re a women.’ So many women have gone through the struggles of being in a man’s world and have now made it possible for women to succeed in any field of their choice. Women today still struggle for the same equality, but that is changing every day.”
New for this year will be a Tablescapes Preview Night from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, that is free and open to the public.
“We are having a preview night this year because our Tablescape sponsors put so much time and effort into their designs, and we want to show them off and give the community a chance to come in to view and vote on their favorite ones,” said Ocheltree. “We are hoping to have 20-25 Tablescapes.”
Organizers see this as an opportunity for businesses to allow participants to set up a display to promote their business. Cost is $125 for a Tablescape plus one ticket or $250 for a Tablescape to include all eight seats at the table.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Tammy York Day. Since January 2018, Day has been the president and CEO of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, a 501c organization formed in 2017 to leverage the collective influence of the area’s top healthcare CEOs to improve the healthcare economy of our region.
Before this position, Day held a 21-year career with Delta Dental. She holds an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix.
Photo courtesy of Louisville Healthcare CEO Council
Tammy York Day will be the keynote speaker at the Celebration of Women luncheon on March 26 in La Grange, Ky.
“During my time at Delta Dental, I held many positions including sales and marketing (where I started my career), VP of Operations and ultimately as Chief Operating Officer,” Day said.
“I was fortunate to learn and build skills and knowledge that definitely helped shape who I am as a professional today. It was time for a different challenge, and when I was approached about the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council during their search for a CEO, I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of it.”
As to what she will be speaking about, she said, “I am looking forward to sharing a bit of my story and also about some amazing women who are all of those things and helped me on my path.”
She has previously served on the board of the American Heart Association, been a board chair of the March of Dimes, was campaign chair of the 2018 Fund for the Arts, served on the board of the Kentucky State Police Foundation and the Thrive Innovation Center, was a founding partner in the Louisville Innovation Summit and is currently involved in Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows Class.
Most people are familiar with Day due to the fact that she and her sister, Tonya York Dees, founded the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, which holds events such as the “Unbridled Eve” Kentucky Derby gala at the Galt House to raise money for local charities. The organization has raised more than $300 million in national media coverage and given more than $1.7 million to selected nonprofit beneficiaries.
“My sister, Tonya York, and I love Louisville and decided it was time to take the volunteer work we had done for other organizations to the next level. We wanted to be able to leverage the national attention of a bucket list event like the Kentucky Derby for maximum exposure and impact for our community and charities.”
Like Day, Sabo is heavily involved in the community and used to volunteering. Sabo is very involved in Hometown Pizza’s non-profit local community project, Every Slice Matters. For the last 32 years, Hometown Pizza has held its very successful Breakfast with Santa in partnership with the La Grange Elementary PTA to benefit the school.
Additional volunteer opportunities in the community she has taken part in include La Grange Main Street Program (Light Up La Grange, Chocolate Crawl, Blue Hydrangea), Hope Health Clinic (Chili Cookoff, Gala), South Oldham Rotary’s Barry Stoess Christmas Baskets, La Grange Rotary’s Pancake Breakfast and Henry County Helping Hands.
She has been an active member of the La Grange Rotary, vice president of Business Leaders of Oldham County, and chairperson for Oldham County Tourism and La Grange Tourism and Conventions. “I’m interested in ways to showcase the town I live and work in,” she said. “I’ve had great opportunities to spend time with different organizations.”
She has been awarded a Lifetime Member of Kentucky PTO for volunteer work at La Grange Elementary, Noteworthy Person of the Year (2017), Best of Oldham Award (Volunteer) 2014 to 2019, La Grange Rotary-Rotarian of the Month (2019, 2020), Distinguished Citizen of Honor, and Board Member of the Year (La Grange Main Street Program).
• Single tickets are $30 or $50 for two (for chamber members), or $35 single or $60 for two. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the chamber at (502) 222-1635.
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