McCoy Award Honorees · Past Winners

Janet Atwater (2005)


Janet Atwater received the 2005 McCoy Award for leading the effort to found the New Albany Women’s Network. NAWN was formed in 1998 by a group of women with a desire for the special qualities of small town living, such as knowing your neighbors, watching out for each other’s children and welcoming newcomers. Their vision was that through “networking” they would build lasting friendships and create a stronger more inter-connected community. From book clubs to playgroups to progressive dinners to ladies’ night out to bringing a casserole to a friend in need, a caring and connected network was formed. Each NAWN gathering includes a charitable component such as bringing a teddy bear for hospitalized children or diapers for an intercity day care center. The Evening in New Albany and the Rummage Sale fundraisers have grown in size each year to raise thousands of dollars for charitable organizations that focus on women’s and children’s issues such as the Stephanie Speilman Fund for breast cancer research, The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, the Hope Fund, the Lives of Discovery Lecture Series, Safety Town and the Center for Child and Family Advocacy.

In recognizing Janet Atwater for her inspiration and leadership, the New Albany Community Foundation is also recognized by association the hundreds of NAWN members who have made NAWN a cornerstone organization in New Albany – women dedicated to enhancing life through friendships, care and concern for their neighbors and community outreach.