All-In To End Cancer was created by friends & family of Mark E. Morris in his memory. Mark, a friend of many, would have thoroughly enjoyed this event as he was a long-time blackjack dealer at Caeser’s Palace in Indiana, where colleagues and regulars bestowed him with the nickname of “Mr. Wonderful”. A lifelong and notorious resident of Lexington, Mark was the celebrated proprietor of The Chevy Store and known for various antics, including his renowned Elvis impersonation, his wealth of UK sports knowledge, and his love of all things rock n roll, particularly The Rolling Stones. Famous for his outrageous Derby parties, as well as running his own basement casino on Cooper Drive back in the 1970s, Mark is perhaps best remembered for his optimism and humor. Always one to see the sunny side of life, Mark delighted in its simple pleasures: friends, family, affordable wine, and expensive ice cream. During Mark’s battle, he never focused the attention on himself, instead he always focused outwardly on those around him. Let Mark, and all those who have bravely faced this disease inspire you to go “all in to end cancer” by both living for the moment and fighting for the future.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware on February 10, 1950, and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky until he was 8, John Valentine Boardman, Jr. showed signs, from an early age, of being someone special. Blessed with an infectious sense of humor, a remarkable athleticism, and exceptional people skills, John honed these attributes in his younger years as he studied at boarding schools in both Buenos Aires (where he acquired a lifelong love of soccer) and The Hyde School in Maine, and later at Centre College, where he studied government and founded the college’s first soccer team.
After his education, John’s first job was with the American Cancer Society, where the friendliness and communication skills that had gained him much success as a student were first put to use in the professional world. After his time at ACS, he joined First Security Bank in Lexington, where he excelled in Correspondent and Equine Banking. His success as a young banker was admired among local investors and colleagues, and John eventually partnered with a group to purchase two regional banks and form Progressive Bank, of which he served as President and CEO. Progressive Bank was a great success, and John eventually sold it and moved to Marco Island, Florida to form Royal Palm Bank, where he resided until he passed away in 2002.
In his spare time, John loved fishing and spending time with his sons, John III and Adam, whom he coached on various soccer teams. John also served multiple times as the President of the Rolex Three-Day Event, was the President of Community Bankers of Kentucky, and founded a local adult soccer team, The Kentucky Kickers, as well as a semi-pro local soccer team, The Bluegrass Bandits. John was not just known and respected by many, he was also adored. His unbounded enthusiasm was contagious, his genuine laugh unforgettable, and his self-initiative an inspiration. Though gone, he still serves as a role model to many both in the business and personal arenas.
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