Area Service Contributors Honored

April 17, 2002
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — Tomorrow night the National Kidney Foundation will honor four area business people at the Galaxy Award Tribute Dinner.

Owen Bieber, UAW retired president; Dr. Denice Logan of Spectrum Health; Ray Kisor, principal of Commerce Realty; and Wayne Postma, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan chairman, will be honored in the categories of labor, health care, business and community service.

Mistress of Ceremonies Linda White will kick things off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. The Tribute Dinner and awards presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

A silent auction will feature items including a chef’s visit to the home for six, accompanied with wine service, paintings, beer parties, health baskets, spa packages and electronics. Proceeds will go to the National Kidney Foundation for research, patient emergency financial assistance, education programs and advocacy and referral services to patients and their families.

The Labor Award will go to Bieber for his dedication and determination to being a formidable advocate for working people. During his time as president of the UAW he protected UAW members’ jobs and income securities, defended and increased retirement benefits for current and future retirees, while also expanding education, training, and health safety programs, along with improving health care benefits.

In addition, his ability as an innovative collective bargainer and savvy political chief has changed the face of the UAW dramatically. He also is an officer of many labor, civic and governmental bodies including AFL-CIO, Auto Council of International Metalworkers Foundation, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, New Detroit and is a member of the Skills of the American Workforce.

Kisor will be honored in the field of business for his contributions in the business world. A licensed real estate broker since 1969, Kisor specializes in the leasing and sale of commercial, industrial and investment real estate. He has obtained the designation of SIOR, the highest designation offered by the Society of National Association of Realtors.

In 1999, Kisor was voted State of Michigan Realtor of the Year, marking the first time since 1954 that the award was presented to a commercial broker. In addition he has served as president of the Grand Rapids Association of Realty and in the past has been director/treasurer and president elect. In 2000 Kisor was recognized as an Honored Professional in the National Register’s Who’s Who in America and was voted Republican of the Year representing Michigan.

The Galaxy Award for Community Service will go to Postma for his determination, diligence, compassion and dedication to critical issues in society, including his ardent support of the non-profit community. Postma has worked with the National Kidney Foundation since 1988 and as a transplant patient himself, he has dedicated himself to giving back to the community five-fold.

Postma has spent extensive efforts at the state and national levels to bring many programs, services, funding and education into the Grand Rapids area. In addition, he also has volunteered many community service hours at Brookside Christian Reformed Church, being a deacon and church treasurer; was on the finance committee of the Synodical Interim Committee; a career mentor at Aquinas College, along with being director and treasurer, and served on the Kent Skills Center Accounting Committee, as an adviser and evaluator.

The fourth award for health care will be awarded to Logan, the founder of the “Heart of A Community” program in the area, which reaches out to the African American population through hair salons. Through this program, Logan has been able to address the African American population in Grand Rapids on the high incidences of hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease.

Through her partnering with the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks and the Association of Black Cardiologists, similar programs have implemented through out the country.

Logan said her main goal is to drive herself out of a job, through awareness, prevention and treatment of these diseases.           

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