Humanitarian Awards

Humanitarian Awards Benefit

For more than 70 years, HumanKind Ministries has brought the community together for the Humanitarian Awards to celebrate individuals and organizations doing exceptional work to help the less fortunate—everyday people going out of their way to help someone just because it’s the right thing to do. The event is also a fundraiser, raising critical funds to help HumanKind Ministries continue our important work helping the homeless and those living in poverty through our homeless shelters, low-income apartments, case management, Operation Holiday, and more.


This year’s benefit was held on Saturday, August 20, at Distillery 244. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a huge success!

Together we raised $300,000, more than ever before, for our homeless services and housing programs, thank you!

2022 Humanitarian Award Winners

Leadership Through Action

Awarded to Robyn Chadwick

Robyn Chadwick is the president of Ascension Via Christi hospital where she leads with passion and dedication.


During her nine years at Via Christi, Robyn has been a leader, an innovator, and an advocate for the community, with a passion for serving often-overlooked populations including those suffering from mental and behavioral health challenges.


Prior to coming to Ascension, Robyn worked in other healthcare organizations in this region.  She is married and has two young adult daughters.


We are delighted to award Robyn with this recognition for her leadership.

Golden Rule

Awarded to International Rescue Committee, Wichita

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a humanitarian aid organization founded in 1933 at the suggestion of Albert Einstein and operates in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities. In Wichita, the IRC resettles refugees, supports survivors of human trafficking, provides free and low-cost immigration services, and assists vulnerable families living in Sedgwick County.


IRC volunteers go above and beyond to ensure that newly arrived immigrants can assimilate to their new home—they provide transport, assist with immigration paperwork, teach English, set up homes, help navigate public transportation, to name just a few.


We are proud to have such an organization based in Wichita and congratulate IRC for leading with humanity and compassion in their critical work.

Light The Way Youth

Awarded to Jose Trejo

22-year-old Newman graduate Jose Trejo embodies grit, grace, and gratitude. As a proud Latino, Wichitan, and social work major, Jose is passionate about giving back to his community.


Jose is the Community Impact Specialist for local non-profit, Empower where he works in the north end of Wichita-a historic, rich, and vibrant but overlooked and underserved area-helping to reignite its beauty and strength. He is helping close the digital divide for children and families without access to broadband, and assessing community need in the area of workforce development, education and economic development.


These are just a few reasons why Jose is such a deserving recipient of this year’s Light The Way Youth Award.

We hope you’ll join us for the Humanitarian Awards in August 2023. More information and event date coming soon.