Richard Abraham was a High School Football All-American while attending Paducah Tilghman High School. Commissioner Abraham attended the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship. He completed the Mid-Continent University (18 month) Organizational Leadership Program. In 1995, Commissioner Abraham produced and co-hosted The Safe Haven Radio Show with his wife Cindy (WGCF-89.3). In 1996, he co-founded Vision Inner-City Paducah (V.I.P. Street Ministry) with the late Carol Hoover. During this time he was awarded the Mayor's Award of Merit, Paducah Citizen of the Year (by the Fraternal Order of Police), and The Champions for Children Award (awarded by First Lady of Kentucky Judy Patton). Commissioner Abraham had the honor of singing the National Anthem for President George Bush when he visited Paducah, and he also had the honor of being invited to Washington, D.C. to a luncheon with his son, President George W. Bush.
Commissioner Abraham co-founded the concept of Abraham Hall Emergency Youth Shelter with Anita Williams. A drama program, "The Green Room", was birthed from the Youth Shelter. "The Green Room" was directed by T. Abraham and Micky Abraham (Governor's School for the Arts Alumni). "The Green Room" was designed for youth who passed through family court. These youth had status offenses, and "The Green Room" endeavored to teach the youth different ways of dealing with adversity other than violence. "The Green Room" taught improv skills which introduced the youth to thinking on their feet in a positive way. This program was extremely successful.
Abraham is in his fifth consecutive term as a Paducah City Commissioner. He also served a term from 2001 to 2002. He is very passionate about Paducah and the need to be a public servant for the citizens. He believes that all citizens should take an active interest in their City government. Commissioner Abraham also is a Certified Personal Trainer with more than 30 years of experience. He received his Life Coaching certification in 2009. Abraham is a published author with his fitness articles appearing in Paducah Parenting Magazine under "Break a Sweat." He believes strongly that each individual is responsible to God all the talents and gifts he receives. He teaches that we should use every single gift we have to achieve our goals in life.
Through his role as City Commissioner, he serves as a member of the Brooks Stadium Commission.
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