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Philip P. Perry

Humanitarian Award

 Philip P. Perry

The Philip P. Perry Humanitarian Award was conceived upon the passing of distinguished GKAR Member, Philip P. Perry in 2004. The Award honors the legacy of a Member who devoted his lifetime to selfless humanitarian efforts. 

The Award is given to a current GKAR Member who embodies the spirit of selflessness that was important to Mr. Perry throughout his life. To submit a Nomination, please read the Guidelines and use the form below.


  1. The deadline for nominations is September 1st of each year. Nominees shall be any Member of GKAR who is in good standing. All levels of Membership will qualify. 
  2. The Award is intended to recognize individual contributions, rather than Association or company-wide efforts. However, if an individual with a company can be singled out as instrumental to the success of a group effort, he or she is eligible. If the achievements of two individuals absolutely cannot be separated, they can enter as a pair, and their entry will be considered as one.
  3. Nominees should have contributed in such a manner so as to have improved the quality of life for others in greater Kalamazoo. Those activities are not limited to real estate or housing issues and may include such areas as crime prevention, youth mentoring, homelessness, and others.
  4. Nominees should have made a significant contribution of personal time; however, financial contributions or other resources may be considered by the Committee as well.
  5. Nominees will be judged on the level and impact of personal contributions and the suitability as a role model for others.
  6. The achievements of the Nominee will be documented by the Selection Committee.
  7. The Award Recipients will be submitted by the Association to NAR for consideration for the NAR Good Neighbor Award.

Nomination Form & Instructions 

The deadline for Nominations is September 1st of each year.

  • Include organizations and committees, offices held, awards received, specific accomplishments, etc.
  • Be specific. Use estimations of hours volunteered, number of people helped, dollars raised, examples of things the Nominee has done, etc.
  • Include resumes, articles, testimonials, etc.

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Award Recipients


Bonnie Granado


Susan Pyke


Willie Mae Pierson


Jim Hess


Bill Reed


Judson Knapper


Don Cain