Smiley Pete Publishing founders and owners, Chris Eddie and Chuck Creacy, received the prestigious 2013 Spirit Award, presented by the Lexington Forum at the organization’s annual State of the Merged Government Address, a luncheon that provides the city’s sitting mayor an opportunity to address a broad spectrum of local leaders. Smiley Pete Publishing is the parent company of this magazine.
Each year the Lexington Forum recognizes an individual or group that has made a meaningful change in the Bluegrass by giving back to the community through volunteerism. The criteria of this award are based solely on the nominee’s caring contributions to the community.
In citing Eddie, Creacy and their company, the Forum said: “Smiley Pete Publishing has served as a consistent, ardent and significant supporter of the Lexington community in general and its arts scene, in particular. Over the years since its launch in 1997, this local, independent publisher of Business Lexington, Chevy Chaser and Southsider magazines, as well as the new arts & entertainment website tadoo.com, has enlightened readers about a broad range of community issues, key events and local personalities.”