Martha & Floyd Memorial Hearts & Hands Society

Celebrating Copper Country People Giving of their Heart & Hands to Promote Peace, Justice, or the Environment

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“I can’t tell you how much pleasure it has given me to see all these great people recognized and, now that there is a monetary award, see which local nonprofit they give to.”

– Terry Kinzel, founder of The Heart and Hands Society


Abhilash Kantamneni (far left) was the 2015 Heart & Hands awardee, partially for his work with the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team. He gave his monetary award to the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter.

In 1998, the Martha and Floyd Heart & Hands Society was founded with a small endowment from the estate of Martha and Floyd Kinzel. The intent of the society is to provide recognition to a person who has given of her or his heart and hands in the service of peace, justice, or the environment who might otherwise not be recognized.

2014 Hearts & Hands winners

Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti, winner of the 2014 Heart and Hands Award of the Keweenaw, chose to give to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Rachel Chard, winner of the Heart and Hands Youth Award, gave to Simple Kindness for Youth. (Photo courtesy Nathan Miller and Keweenaw Land Trust)  

As the endowment has grown, we have been able to offer an accompanying monetary award which is given to a local, non-profit organization designated by the awardee each year.

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Bonnie Hay, left, Gratiot Lake Conservancy executive director, received the 2013 Heart and Hands of the Keweenaw Award from Terry Kinzel. She gave her prize to the Gratiot Lake Conservancy and the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District. Suzanne Van Dam, right, a member of the Heart and Hands selection committee, announced the award. (Photos courtesy of Keweenaw Now)

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