Imagine Awards 2018

The vision of the Imagine Awards is to celebrate those who are committed to making a better community and world for people with disabilities... "A Community Where Everyone Belongs." Proceeds from the Imagine Awards event benefit the Rauch Foundation.


THE 2O18 IMAGINE AWARDS presented once again by German American Bank to benefit the Rauch Foundation was another successful event!  

Thanks to YOU, we raised over $72,000 net through sponsorship, ticket sales, silent auction, raffle tickets, live auction and donations to benefit the Rauch Foundation. As part of the live auction, we asked attendees to help us ensure that all adults at Rauch have access to the same technology that enhances our lives and is utilized by most people today. Over $38,000 was raised through the generosity of many of our guests to benefit Rauch, Inc. to help us purchase Promethean ActivPanel interactive devices for ADA, ACCESS and Hawthorn Glen.


This year, we will celebrated the inspiring deeds of Ima Abbott, Cindy Cecil and Archie's Barber and Style Shop whose work in the community have a positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Individual Honoree: Ima Abbott
At nineteen years of age, Ima was in a car accident and suffered a spinal cord injury after which she is considered a complete quadriplegic in motor function and an incomplete quad in sensory functioning. She uses a motorized wheelchair and drives a modified van. After surgery and therapy, Ima completed her degree in Psychology beginning her odyssey to a lifetime of helping others. From 2003 to 2012, she worked at New Hope Services (Jeffersonville, IN) and obtained her Masters in Social Work. Beginning in 2012, she joined Vocational Rehabilitation as a counselor where she helped individuals with disabilities enter or return to the workforce. By 2015, Ima earned her second Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and in 2016, became a certified rehab counselor. Last year, she was promoted to VR Supervisor for six counties in Southern Indiana. Overcoming multiple and significant obstacles, Ima uses her life as a platform for inclusion and acceptance.

Community Leader Honoree: Cindy Cecil
Cindy's journey began in 1978 as a special education teacher at Churchill Park School (Louisville, KY). Over her 35-year career, teaching at Bruce Middle School (Louisville), St. Mary's and Mt. Tabor schools in New Albany, Cindy made a profoundly positive impact on countless children with disabilities and their families. Following retirement, Cindy began volunteering at Rauch's Day Program facility on Charlestown Road.She arrives each Monday spending 6-8 hours with clients to help improve their academic skills. She is not only an effective teacher to clients, she constantly models techniques that staff can easily replicate. Cindy continues the long tradition at Rauch of the hard work of volunteers making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Business Honoree: Archie's Barber and Style Shop - Sellersburg
Archie Engle, who operates a barbershop in Sellersburg, welcomes all those who enter. For nearly 30 years, Archie's has offered appointment-only days for individuals with disabilities (as well as police officers, school children and retirees). He sees the dignity that being properly groomed provides everyone. Archie provides this invaluable service to people with disabilities in the most public and respectful way possible. 

2018 Imagine Awards Entertainer

Thank you, Kechi! This year, we were delighted to showcase the inspirational story and amazing talent of Kechi Okwuchi. Kechi is one of only two survivors of a plane crash in 2005. She relied on music to help her through her difficult recovery. Many of us enjoyed sharing the journey of Kechi and Mandy Harvey (2017 Imagine Awards entertainer) to the finals on NBC's America's Got Talent. Attendees were thrilled to meet Kechi, inspired by her amazing story of survival and her gorgeous voice!

 2017  America's got talent  finalist, kechi, will provide entertainment at 2018 imagine awards!   Click here  FOR KECHI'S STORY AND AMAZING VOICE!!

2017 America's got talent finalist, kechi, will provide entertainment at 2018 imagine awards!


CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or pay for sponsorship online.

2018 Title Sponsor

2018 Stellar SponsorS

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2018 Gold Sponsors


2018 Silver Sponsors

2018 Corporate Sponsors

  • Baptist Health - Floyd
  • Callistus Smith
  • Kevin and Cindy Cecil
  • Chuck Crowley
  • Choong Sung Taekwondo
  • Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff
  • Dennis Ott Co.
  • Duke Energy
  • Edward Jones - William Kaiser
  • Hitachi Cable
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
  • Michell Allen Ritz
  • Nimlok Kentucky
  • Retailers Supply
  • Southern Indiana Realtor Association
  • Stock Yards Bank & Trust
  • WesBanco

2018 In-kind Sponsors

  • iHeart Media
  • The Marketing Company
  • The News and Tribune
  • UnderProduction Media
  • Morris Images

Special thanks to:

  • Junior Staggs, Doug Taylor Auction Service for serving as our guest auctioneer
  • Nance Floral Shoppe for donating the honoree flower arrangements

Imagine Awards Honorees

Individual Award Recipients

  • 2001: Kristi Morrison
  • 2002: George "Tooter" Tinius
  • 2003: Nicole "Nicci" Williams
  • 2004: Denise Shaw
  • 2005: Brenda Durham
  • 2006: Robert Rankin
  • 2007: Kelly Knoop
  • 2008: Carolyn Wilson
  • 2009: Mark Hublar
  • 2010: Annie Gutierrez
  • 2011: Thomas Klein
  • 2012: Gregory Thomas Court
  • 2013: Andrew Ganote
  • 2014: Traci Reister Hardy
  • 2015: Bryan Varner
  • 2016: David DeSanctis
  • 2017: Bryce Wooley

Community Leader/Volunteer Award Recipients

  • 2001: Lisa Angell-Heinz 
  • 2002: F. C. Richardson 
  • 2003: Betty Morgan 
  • 2004: Edith Parker 
  • 2005: Linda Petree-Moore 
  • 2006: Cora Huffines / New Albany Housing Authority 
  • 2007: Jay Davidson / Healing Place 
  • 2008: Caren Marshall 
  • 2009: Jim Stein 
  • 2010: Jackie Madden 
  • 2011: Steve Hines 
  • 2012: Geradine Schultze 
  • 2013: Kim Kruer
  • 2014: Jana Kixmiller
  • 2015: Jill Valocik Smith
  • 2016: Lucy VonRoenn
  • 2017: Ethan Schmidt

Business/Organization Award Recipients

  • 2001: Hitachi Cable Automotive Products USA 
  • 2002: Clarke American 
  • 2003: Kroger 
  • 2004: Jeffersonville Pizza Hut 
  • 2005: Southern Indiana Respite Services 
  • 2006: Bert R. Huncilman & Son, Inc. 
  • 2007: Brown-Forman Corporation 
  • 2008: American Beverage Marketers 
  • 2009: Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services 
  • 2010: Walmart Grant Line Rd. 
  • 2011: Life, Inc. 
  • 2012: Tunnel Hill Christian Church 
  • 2013: Dr. Joseph A. Fleck, DDS 
  • 2014: Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • 2015: Dr. Jason Lipoff
  • 2016: Tasman Natural Pet
  • 2017: Kohl's Jeffersonville

If you would like more information about the Imagine Awards, contact:

Joe Spoelker, Director of Development, Rauch, Inc. 
845 Park Place • New Albany, IN 47150 • (812) 981-4410