I was first introduced to Kevin “Woody” Rider in 2004 while serving on the board for Chaucie’s Place, a Carmel-based child advocacy center. Sixteen years have passed, and I have yet to meet another person so selflessly committed to serving their community.
Woody has guided the Carmel City Council through development that has earned Carmel national recognition as one the best cities in the country to live and work, yet his determination extends far beyond his council seat. He is a successful restaurateur, involves himself in his church and allocates his remaining energy to advancing the success of the Cherish Center, another child advocacy center.
I heard many cases of child abuse as a trial judge which prompted my involvement in child advocacy centers. For years, Woody has shared leadership positions in these organizations not just as a passive board member but as someone who tirelessly gave time, effort, action and financial assistance to support children and families affected by abuse. I consider Woody to be the “rock” upon which the Cherish Center has been built, as he graciously served as our treasurer, offered his restaurant for meetings and provided untold hours of service.
Needless to say, he has a deep love for his community — a love which he lives out in service.
Carmel wouldn’t be the great city it is without Woody’s years of dedicated public and private service. Thank you, Woody.
Jerry M. Barr, Noblesville, former judge, Hamilton Superior Court No. 2