About the Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards

Presented in Phoenix, Arizona annually since 1977, the Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards program is designed to both recognize the achievement of outstanding Arizona volunteers and to increase public awareness about volunteerism.

The awards are presented by the Hon Kachina Council.

The Hon – or healing – Kachina Volunteer Awards program was originally conceived and presented by the Hon Kachina Council to honor people making significant volunteer contributions to the healthcare field. This program is an extension of the rich heritage of volunteerism provided by St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix for nearly 100 years.

In 1980, the scope of the program was expanded to include volunteer efforts in all community service areas. That same year, a local television station joined the Hon Kachina Council as a co-sponsor.

Since 1996 , Vitalyst Health Foundation, formerly St. Luke’s Health Initiatives has generously underwritten the administrative costs associated with the coordination of this year-long project.

Beginning in 1990, proceeds generated from the event were donated to a deserving non-profit volunteer-based organization. This year the proceeds generated from this event will fund increasing the awareness of volunteerism in Arizona.


The Hon Kachina Council

This is a group of more than 40 volunteer business and professional men and women working in the metropolitan Phoenix area who are affiliated with St. Luke’s Health Initiatives.

Their work in support of community volunteerism is highlighted each year by involvement in producing the Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards program. Members are involved in a year-long process of soliciting nominees, selecting recipients, attracting sponsors, generating financial contributions and organizing the many details of this prestigious event.


Board of Governors

Steve Chatham
Vice President Transit/Operations
CBS Outdoor Inc.
Dean Rennell
Regional President, Western Mountain Business Banking
Wells Fargo Bank
Mary Collum
Sr. Vice President, Regional Credit Manager
National Bank of Arizona
2009 Event Chair
Jim Rose
General Manager
Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa
Mary Dewane
Benovia Winery
Brian Rosener
Land Advisors Organization
Jim Lammy
Southwest Conference Planners, Inc.
Bob Shogren
Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism
State of Arizona
Ilana Lowery
The Business Journal
Scott Trout
Manager, Residential Customer Services
Suzanne Pfister
Executive Director
Vitalyst Health Foundation


Vitalyst Health Foundation

Continuing in the tradition of Vitalyst’s, formerly St. Lukes’s, mission of service, Vitalyst Health Foundation is an endowed foundation which was created in 1995 following the sale of St. Luke’s Health System assets to a for-profit healthcare company.

Vitalyst Health Foundation is dedicated to the development and support of activities, programs and organizations that improve the health of people and their communities. Generous financial support from Vitalyst Foundation assists the Hon Kachina Council in sponsoring the Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards program.

For more information, visit the Vitalyst Health Foundation web site.