Secretary of State honors DV8 Kitchen with Corporations of the Commonwealth Award

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Lexington’s DV8 Kitchen is in the business of good food and second chances. That mission and the owners’ passion for building up their employees through positive support led Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week to honor DV8 with her office’s Corporations of the Commonwealth Award.

“The mission of DV8 is something that inspires everyone,” said Grimes. “We are all human. None of us is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. DV8 is giving people a true second shot at life and employment. I am so proud to shine a light on owners Rob and Diane Perez’s passion for forgiveness and commitment to lifting up people. DV8 embodies everything it means to be a business that is truly for the Commonwealth.”

DV8 Kitchen seeks to employ people with a history of substance or alcohol abuse and some who have a criminal record. It offers workshops and a positive support system for their employees, and has a mission to help employees to “deviate” from their previous lifestyle of drugs, alcohol and criminal activity.

The restaurant opened in August and already has more than 25 employees.

Corporations for the Commonwealth recognizes nominated Kentucky businesses that demonstrate a commitment to corporate giving, a drive to improve local and/or regional social conditions, and a culture of giving within their organizations.

In 2017, Grimes also recognized Farmer’s Daughter Soap Company in Paducah for its support of charities throughout the Purchase Area and UGN, Inc., in Somerset for its involvement in the local school system and mentoring program.

Kentuckians may nominate businesses for the Corporations for the Commonwealth programs on the Secretary of State’s website.

From Secretary of State

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