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Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award

Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award: Call for Nominations


The Traverse City Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for the 2021 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. 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 was instrumental in establishing the Human Rights Commission more than 30 years ago.

To nominate a person you believe represents the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, please complete a Nomination Form (link below) and submit a letter that describes the humanitarian activities they are involved in and an explanation as to why you are nominating this individual. Be sure to include the nominee’s full name, address, and telephone number. Also, be sure to include your full name and phone number. Nominators may be asked to present their nominations in person (or via Zoom) at a Human Rights Commission meeting.

The deadline to submit nominations is MARCH 31, 2021. Please email or mail your nomination to the Traverse City Human Rights Commission at OR 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan 49684. Nominations may also be faxed to 231-922-4470. 

The recipient of the award will be honored at the Governmental Center on a date to be determined. A reception will precede the presentation of the award at the Traverse City Commission meeting that evening. Past recipients of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award include Tom Bousamra, Marian Kromkowski, Glenna and Ken Andrews, Jim Rowlett, Brian Simerson, Eugene Fox, Susan Odgers, and Joe Lada.

For more information, please email Human Resources at

We look forward to receiving your nomination.

Sara Hardy Award Recipients:

1993                Mary Lou Hansen

1994                Edwin Frederick

1995                Jim Carruthers

1996                Terry Fogle

1997                Dorothy Kye

1998                Tom Shea

1999                Rabbi Stacie Fine

Dec 2000          Jo Bullis 

Feb 2002          Paul Heaton

2003                Tom Appel

2004                Jeff Haas

2005                Ann Rogers and Ed Emenheiser

2006                Sandra Svec and David Vinocur

2007                Steve Perdue

2008                Gertrude Morgan Springer

2009                Jim Rowlett and Brian Simerson

2010                Eugene Fox and Susan Odgers

2011                Joe Lada

2012                Helen Cook

2013                Gladys Muñoz

2014                Jane Hayes

2015                Ken and Glenda Andrews

2016                Marian Kromkowski

2017                Dayna Ryan

2018                Emmy Lou Cholak & Jenn Cameron

2019                Sally Van Vlleck

2020                Tom Bousamra

This page last updated on 3/11/2021.