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While I have two full scrapbooks of Tenderness Tour related press releases and news clippings, this page will host available videos of speaking appearances, web-based media clips and other related information. 

Tenderness Tour Awards & Recognition
Tenderness Tour Awards & Recognition
  • 2020 - Richard received the Jefferson Award for Community Service on 8/25/2020 
  • 2019 - Richard voted runner-up in Indy Star's "Best Things in 2019" in category of "Best Human"
  • 2018 - Richard receives Certificate of Appreciation from Eagle Creek Folk Festival for serving as songwriting judge. 
  • April 14, 2016 - Richard receives Certificate of Appreciation, National Crime Victims' Rights Week
  • 2016 - Richard and Tenderness Tour volunteer Kenny Emmans receive plaques from Legacy House 
  • 2016 - Richard receives honorary wall marker inside Courtyard by Marriott in Muncie, IN for his Tenderness Tour benefitting Erskine Green Training Institute 
  • January 16, 2015 - Richard is recipient of "Champions of Diversity Award" from Indiana Minority Business Magazine
  • October 7,  2009 - Terre Haute, IN Mayor declares the day "Tenderness Tour Day" in Terre Haute
  • April 18, 2007 - Named one of inaugural "Indiana Heroes" by Indiana Pacers
  • December 7, 2004 - Richard receives $2,500 prize from Indianapolis Colts as part of their Community Quarterback Awards and is runner-up for the $10,000 top prize. Richard donated 100% of the prize money to charities globally. 
  • September 20, 2004 - Richard receives "Mayor's Community Service Award" from Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and has a paver permanently installed on Community Service Plaza in Indianapolis
  • May 30, 2004 - Richard receives "Certificate of Appreciation" from MISS Foundation 
  • 2004 - Richard receives Prevent Child Abuse America's highest honor, the Donna J. Stone Award 
  • August 5-19, 2001 - Declared "Tenderness Tour Days" by New Albany, IN Mayor Regina Overton 
  • January 26, 2000 - Richard receives WRTV-6 Leadership Award
  • 2000 - Richard named "Sagamore of the Wabash" by Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon
  • 1999 - Richard is recipient of "B.E.A.T." Award from Bainbridge Elementary School 
  • 1998 - Richard receives "Service to Mankind Award" from Sertoma International 
  • 1997 - Richard receives plaque from Prevent Child Abuse Indiana
  • July 2, 1996 - Richard is recipient of "Key to the City" of East Chicago from Mayor Robert Pastrick
  • April 28, 1995 - Outstanding Leadership Award from Prevent Child Abuse Indiana
  • May 1, 1994 - Richard receives "Community Service Award" from Martin University
  • August 19, 1993 - Richard commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor Brereton G. Jones
  • August 10, 1993 - Richard receives "Certificate of Recognition" and "Key to the City" from City of Franklin, Indiana
  • February 27, 1992 - Richard receives "Citation for Outstanding Service" from Family Service Association of Central Indiana
  • December 27, 1991 - Richard receives "Distinguished Service Award" from East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick
  • June 26, 1991 - Richard receives "Certificate of Achievement" from Gary, IN Mayor Thomas Barnes
  • November 18, 1989 - Richard receives "Friend of the Child" Award from Prevent Child Abuse Indiana
  • Date Unknown - Richard receives "Key to the City" of Frankfort, Indiana from Mayor Harold Woodruff
  • Date Unknown - Richard receives "Key to the City" of Lebanon, Indiana 
  • Date Unknown - Richard receives "Key to the City" of Huntington, Indiana
  • Date Unknown - Richard appointed Colonel in Army of the West by Town of Clarksville, Indiana
  • Date Unknown - Richard receives "Oustanding Community Volunteer Award" from Marion County Commission on Youth
Media Outlets Covering the Tenderness Tour
  • Columbus Republic
  • Crawfordsville Journal & Reiew
  • Decatur Democrat
  • Disabled Radio
  • Elkhart Herald-Bulletin
  • Elkhart Truth
  • Elwood Call-Leader
  • Ball State Collegian
  • Bedford Times-Mail
  • Best Ever You Network
  • Film Soceyology
  • Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
  • Frankfort Times
  • Gary Post-Tribune
  • Georgetown News-Graphic (KY)
  • Evansville Courier-Press
  • Hendricks County Flyer
  • Indiana FSSA Newsletter
  • Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Inside Indiana Business
  • LaPorter Herald-Argus
  • Lebanon Daily Reporter
  • Lousville Courier-Journal
  • Martin University Newsletter
  • Mooresville Times
  • North Vernon Sun
  • Nuvo Newsweekly
  • Oakland City Journal
  • Peru Tribune
  • Richmond Palladium-Item
  • Rochester Sentinel 
  • Salem Leader-Democrat
  • Autism Women's Network
  • Seymour Daily-Tribune
  • Shelbyville News
  • South Bend Tribune
  • Spencer Evening World
  • Survivor Archives Project
  • Terre Haute Tribune-Star
  • Valparaiso Vidette-Messenger
  • Wabash Plain-Dealer
  • Indianapolis News
  • Indianapolis Star
  • Purdue Exponent
  • In Motion Magazine
  • WRTV-6
  • WISH-8
  • WXIN-59
  • WTHR-13
  • WIBC-AM/FM
  • WFMS
  • WFYI 
Speaking Appearances/Presentations

Richard has spoken to the following groups and/or presented workshops:

  • Anabaptist Disabilities Network 
  • Bishop Chatard High School Social Justice classes (2015-2017)
  • Camp Fire Boys & Girls - Heartland Council
  • Carmel-Clay Kiwanis Club
  • Disciples of Christ Regional Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
  • DisciplesNet
  • Film Soceyology - WFYI
  • Goshen City Church of the Brethren
  • Inconjunction Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention
  • Pop-Con
  • Lockerbie United Methodist Church
  • Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (2016)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Indiana
  • Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference
  • Bartholomew County Child Abuse Prevention Vigil 
  • Heartland Apple Festival
  • Porter County Child Abuse Prevention Vigil
  • Lutherwood Arbor Day Celebration
  • Center for Attitudinal Healing 
  • The Garden (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Gibault School
  • Kosciusko County Child Abuse Prevention Council (Weekend Workshop)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Howard County
  • Prevent Child Abuse Putnam County
  • Hazelwood Junior High (New Albany IN)
  • Middlebury Church of the Brethren
  • Northview Church of the Brethren
  • Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren
  • Bethany Theological Seminary
  • Martin University
  • Salem Presbyterian Church (Salem, IN)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, Noble County IN
  • Fulton County IN Candlelight Vigil
  • Guion Creek Middle School (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Harshman Middle School (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Hazelwood Junior High (New Albany, IN)
  • Orlando, FL Tenderness Tour
  • Ryves Youth Center (Terre Haute, IN)
  • Bainbridge Elementary School
  • North Putnam Jr./Sr. High School
  • Indianapolis Pike High School
  • Southport Christian Church
  • Valparaiso University
  • Taylor University
  • The Church Within (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Third Unitarian Church (Oak Park, IL)
  • Trinity Church United Methodist (Kendallville, IN)
  • Unitarian-Universalist Church of Indianapolis (Indpls., IN)
  • VOICES in Action National Conference (Workshop)
  • Wabash Christian Retirement Center
  • Writers Write Conference
  • First Christian Church (Richmond, IN)
  • Erskine-Green Training Institute 
Richard observed "The Longest" Night in 2016 by Remembering Child Victims of Violence
On 10/16/2016, Richard preached at Indy's The Garden
    About the Tenderness Tour

    Since 1989, Indianapolis activist Richard Propes has wheeled nearly 5,000 miles raising thousands of dollars in what he calls a grassroots effort to create a kinder, more inspired world through The Tenderness Tour. This is his story.

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