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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.


John Buttery

2022 Award Recipient


I have been concerned about affordable housing for many years. I recall an article in the Kalamazoo Gazette that stated the Kalamazoo Public Schools identified over 900 children who were considered homeless. I hope you agree that is unacceptable. A number of years ago I served on the Board of Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity and volunteered on the construction of a home on Holland Ave for a single mom with two kids. My wife kept in touch with the new homeowner; several years later we had the opportunity to attend her child’s high school graduation Open House. For the past 10 or so years my efforts have been primarily focused with Open Doors Kalamazoo. Our church has partnered with Open Doors to provide maintenance and remodeling services for the five unit building at 530 W. North St. My wife and I also try to establish a relationship with the tenants we plant flowers in the spring, deliver goodies several times a year and small gift cards at Christmas. About 8 years ago a woman moved in coming out of the Open Doors Women’s Shelter for homeless individuals. She had previously enjoyed a successful professional career, was married and had two children. Her addiction took everything home, job, family and dignity. She is now a certified addiction coach with a local agency. She has reestablish the connection with the children. We also had the joy of attending their graduation open houses. We’re convinced success in school is closely linked with safe, stable housing. My family has been richly blessed. We believe we have an obligation to share our blessings, to assist those who may need help. I hope to spend one hour working in a volunteer capacity for each hour I spent in committee meetings in my professional career. I still have a long way to go. Jared Arnold is an Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate. Jared began his career in 1981 at Reed & Company REALTORS®, working alongside Bill Reed, Steve Nuss, and Melody Stirk. He became a partner in 1985, joining Bill, Steve, and Gary Clay as owners. Later, Mary Sutton & Olivia Hensley joined the firm—what a fun, synergistically successful team!

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.

Award Guidelines

  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.


Award Recipients


John Buttery


Jared Arnold


Bonnie Granado


Susan Pyke


Willie Mae Pierson


Jim Hess


Bill Reed


Judson Knapper


Don Cain