Park National Bank names 2016 Johnstown Community Difference Maker
Hartford Fair Manager Larry Hughes honored for contributions
JOHNSTOWN, Ohio — The Park National Bank (Park) honored Larry Hughes as the 2016 Community Difference Maker. Hughes was recognized for his role with the Hartford Fair. The award was presented at the bank’s annual community breakfast event, held at the bank’s Johnstown office.
Johnstown Village Manager Jim Lenner and Johnstown-Monroe Local School District Superintendent Dale Dickson gave updates at the breakfast.
The Community Difference Maker Award is presented annually to a community member who is deeply involved in the community. Hughes’ nominator was anonymous. In the nomination, Hughes is recognized for 67 years of involvement in the fair, beginning at a young age when he showed livestock. Hughes was elected to the Hartford Fair Board of Directors in 1970 and took on the day-to-day operations and management of the fair in 2008.
“Larry gives his heart and soul to the fairgrounds. He is always willing to figure out how to get things done so the fairgrounds is in great shape,” the nominator said.
Hughes was born and raised on a farm in Licking County. He graduated from Utica High School and was drafted to serve in the military as a military police office stationed in Germany. Hughes and his wife reside in Granville, and when he’s not at the fair, Hughes can be found spending time at any one of his 16 grandchildren’s extracurricular activities.
As part of the award, Hughes could choose an organization to receive a $500 donation from Park. He chose the Hartford Fair.
“Larry’s name is synonymous with the Hartford Fair. His many contributions to make our fair one of the best in the state is what earned him this award,” said Patrick Simpson, manager of Park’s Johnstown office. “We are very pleased to honor him with this award. It’s extra special that our breakfast was right before the start of fair week.”
The Park National Bank sought nominations from all community members to identify the neighbors who go the extra mile to make a positive difference in others’ lives and in Johnstown. Past winners of the Community Difference Maker Award are Carol VanDeest, John Neighbarger, Debra Hayes and Don Jakeway.
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Pictured: Brian Elder (Park National Bank, Pataskala), Larry Hughes (2016 Community Difference Maker Award Winner), Patrick Simpson (Park National Bank, Johnstown).
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The Park National Bank is the leading financial institution in Licking County and a top community bank in central Ohio. Founded in 1908, it provides deposit, loan, and trust and investment services for families and businesses. Park consistently earns high marks and awards for its service, community leadership, and financial performance. Park operates 17 full-service offices in Licking and Franklin counties. The Park National Bank is a part of Park National Corporation (NYSE: PRK), also headquartered in Newark, Ohio.