The Paducah Ambassadors are volunteers who give their time, energy, and knowledge in welcoming visitors and greeting guests at special events such as groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings. They also are known as the "Red Coats" due to their red jackets. The Paducah Ambassadors as a whole is a hospitality organization whose members represent Paducah and McCracken County at official events, celebrations, conventions, and special meetings. Some of the responsibilities of the Red Coats include welcoming guests downtown, greeting visitors during AQS QuitWeekTM, and welcoming the public prior to City Commission meetings.
In 1988, former Paducah Mayor Gerry Montgomery asked for volunteers to help during a convention. The group had its first training February 20, 1988. The volunteer organization has stayed strong since its beginning in 1988 maintaining approximately 130 volunteers. The Paducah Ambassadors volunteer more than 5000 hours each year with more than 155,500 volunteer hours since the organization commenced.
Most of the Ambassadors have lived in Paducah for the majority of their lives. They love to talk about the area. Next time you see a Red Coat, thank him or her for serving Paducah and McCracken County.
The Paducah Ambassadors maintain an office on the first floor of City Hall. The office is not staffed daily. However, phone messages are checked on a regular basis.
Paducah Ambassadors, Inc.
P.O. Box 2267
Paducah, KY 42002-2267