The Hon Kachina Council, originally known as The Luke’s Men, was formed as a men’s membership organization to support St. Luke’s Hospital.
The group initiated the Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards. The Hon – or healing–Kachina Awards program was originally conceived to honor people making significant volunteer contributions to the healthcare field. Since then its mission has expanded to both recognize the achievements of outstanding Arizona volunteers and to increase public awareness about the importance of volunteerism.
The Luke’s Men began a tradition of broadcasting the awards presentation in cooperation with local television stations.
St. Luke’s Health System was sold and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives was established with the proceeds of the sale. The Council now operates under this umbrella.
The organization underwent a transformation, changing its name to the Hon Kachina Council to better reflect its mission and revising its by-laws to enable women to become members. Today the organization’s membership is made up of business and professional volunteers. Along with their involvement in the yearlong process of soliciting and screening nominations, attracting sponsors, generating philanthropic contributions and organizing the many details of this prestigious program, they also tackle volunteer projects of their own and build a network of friends.