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Kevin Ryan knew that helping his community was the most important thing he could do.  He used his position in the media – working for KRCG-TV – to make a difference wherever he could.  He donated his time to the Boy Scouts and to the Callaway County United Way along with doing volunteer work for other charitable organizations. 

Early in 2005, Kevin was diagnosed with Scleroderma, a devastating disease that weakened him physically, but did not alter his dedication to others.  Despite his illness, Kevin – with the help of his father, Jack Ryan – filmed the campaign video for the Callaway County United Way.

Kevin lost his battle with Scleroderma on July 31st, 2005.  He was phoning instructions for the campaign video to his father up until the last days of his life.

On September 6th, 2005, The Callaway County United Way announced the establishment of the Kevin Ryan Memorial Award.  This award was presented annually to a member of the media that exhibits the same dedication to our community that Kevin Ryan did so admirably.  In 2010 the criteria for the award was amended to not only include our outstanding media representatives but also members of the community that show a strong support for the United Way and belief in our mission.

2014 Recipient - Cathi Miller Harris


L to R: Recipient, Cathi Miller Harris, Jack Ryan and Ginny Ryan

2013 Recipient - Patti Jo Peevy


L to R: Jack Ryan, Recipient, Patti Jo Peevy, and Ginny Ryan

2012 Recipient - Donisha Ray


L to R: Ginny Ryan, Donisha Ray and Jack Ryan

2011 Recipient - Will West


L to R: Recipient, Will West, Ginny Ryan and Jack Ryan

2010 Recipients - John C. Harris & Overton Harris


L to R: O.T. Harris, Ginny Ryan, Jack Ryan and John C. Harris

2009 Recipient - Dan Diedriech


L to R: Jack Ryan, Ginny Ryan and recipient Dan Diedriech

2008 Recipient - Peg Dzicek - Premiere Parties & Events

2007 Recipient - Alan Loshbaugh - KOMU


L to R: Mr. Ryan, recipient Alan Loshbaugh, and Mrs. Ryan

2006 Recipient - Kimberly Long - Fulton Sun


L to R: Ginny Ryan, recipient Kimberly Long, and Jack Ryan

2005 Recipient - Jeremy Washington - Zimmer Radio Group


L to R: Mrs. Ryan, Mr. Washington, recipient Jeremy Washington, and Mrs. Washington