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April 13, 2023

Cindy Cunningham Honored with Community Service Award

Mount Vernon, OH (April 2023) - The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is pleased to announce Cindy Cunningham of Mount Vernon, Ohio as a recipient of its Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. The award is given to attorneys who work to make a difference in their communities, outside of their practice area, and without compensation. The OSBF is a public charity committed to improving the justice system and enhancing the public understanding of the rule of law throughout Ohio.

Cindy Cunningham is a partner with Kidwell and Cunningham where she practices in real estate law, probate and estate planning, and small business law. 

“Everyone in Knox County respects Cindy and enjoys her knowledge, passion and great sense of humor," said Steve Oster, Superintendent of the Knox and Coshocton County Boards of Developmental Disabilities in his nominating letter. “She has a deep sense of commitment and supports people, organizations, and causes with her whole heart, making Knox County a better place for everyone.”

Cunningham serves on long list of organizations including including New Directions, the Knox County Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center, the YMCA of Mount Vernon, and the United Way of Knox County. In her leadership roles, she has been an instrumental fundraiser and a positive face in the community.

Cunningham is also a tireless advocate for those with developmental disabilities. She previously served as the Program and Policy Director for the Mental Health Addiction Advocacy Coalition in Columbus, and currently serves as Treasurer for the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities levy committee. 

Cunningham is a graduate of Kenyon College and earned her law degree from Capital University. She received the OSBF’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under on April 12 during a luncheon hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association in Mount Vernon.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this award. There are so many people who struggle every day, and seeing them overcome obstacles in their lives is more than enough reward for me,” said Cunningham. “Being able to give back to my community is important to me, because this is the community in which I am raising my daughter. I want to show her what it means to give back and I want her to realize that we give our time, our talents, and our treasures, not to receive accolades or something in return, but to make this a better place for someone else, whoever that someone may be.”

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