LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The funeral for Louisville advertising agency owner Debbie Scoppechio is Monday, July 3, 2017 at St. Leonard Catholic Church. She died June 29, 2017 at the age of 68. She had battled metastatic breast cancer for 11 years. 

She is best known for her passion for advertising and for founding Creative Alliance in 1987. She grew the agency from a three-person company to one of the largest independent agencies in the country, and a Top 100 national agency, now with over 170 employees.

Creative Alliance changed its name in 2014 to Scoppechio to honor its founder. 

Scoppechio was active in the community serving on the boards of many organizations including Greater Louisville Inc., Metro Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, University of Louisville Board of Overseers, Louisville Metro Police Foundation, and Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Upon learning of her death, Mayor Greg Fischer praised her leadership and enthusiasm.

“Debbie Scoppechio had a profound influence on our city as a pioneering business executive and a civic leader. She embodied leadership — huge amounts of energy, enthusiasm, and she brought a can do spirit to every encounter.  She built an incredible team resulting in a world-class company that generously gave to the community.  She was a beautiful spirit and friend." - Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

GLI, president & CEO Kent Oyler says she will be missed. 

“Debbie Scoppechio was an innovative entrepreneur, a previous GLI Board Chair, and continued to be an active, engaged top investor with GLI.  She most recently served on the Board of the Greater Louisville Foundation.  This is a true loss for the Louisville business community.  She will be greatly missed and her legacy will live on in the agency that now bears her name.” - Kent Oyler, President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.   

She was only the second woman to be inducted into the Kentucky Business  Hall of Fame. And among the many honors bestowed on Scoppechio were the Doctor's Ball Community Leader of the Year award, Top Kentucky Woman Business Owner of the Year, the Bittners Award for Historic Preservation by Whitehall House and Gardens, Business Leader of the Year by Business First, Heart of the Community Award by Women 4 Women, and an Entrepreneurial Excellence award from Working Woman magazine.

Scoppechio is survived by her husband Rick Duffy, her mother, Nancy Funari Meddaugh, her brother, John C Worley (Brenda), her stepdaughter Heather Duffy Bishop (Steve) and her nieces Stephanie Bonura, Jessica Worley and Jayne Bishop.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Monday July 3 at St. Leonard Catholic Church  at 440 Zorn Avenue. Her burial will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Breast Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Debbie Scoppechio.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation
60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Toll-free: 1-866-FIND-A-CURE (346-3228)

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