Kathy Sanders Honored with the 2023 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award

July 12, 2023

Kathy Sanders Honored with the 2023 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award
Celebration on July 17, 2023

The Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award was created as a way to publicly recognize and celebrate the greatness and kindness of people in and around Traverse City. This annual award recognizes Sara Hardy’s contributions to the community by honoring someone who exemplifies the ideals of the Human Rights Commission, which are to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices. Sara
Hardy, a longtime resident, through her courageous and determined actions gave birth to the concept of a Human Rights organization in her community. Her conduct and professionalism exemplifies the philosophies and ideals of the Human Rights Commission to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices. Sara Hardy was instrumental in establishing the Human Rights Commission
more than 30 years ago.

The awardees show courage, selflessness, kindness, and compassion. They are empowered by the opportunities to achieve a positive impact for the people in and around our region. Traverse City Human Rights Commission
(HRC) has awarded the 2023 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award to Kathy Sanders. Sanders is known for her work with Before, During, and After Incarceration (BDAI) as a member of its Executive Team, Secretary at St. Francis Parish Justice and Peace Committee, Coordinator for Lenten Meal Program and a regular volunteer for Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse.

One of Sanders nominator’s stated, “Kathy Sanders is a tireless advocate of our neighbors without homes”. Several nominators expressed that Sanders’s compassionate heart acts effectively through her technical skills and
natural leadership. One of Kathy’s greatest assets is her ability to bring together divergent groups.

Traverse City will be presenting the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award on Monday, July 17, 2023. A celebration will take place at 6 p.m. in the second floor training room of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue, with the award presentation at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, Second Floor of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue. The event is open to the public.