Gretchen Grad wins award!


We’re delighted to announce that on February 21st, 2012, founder of Hands of Peace Gretchen Grad was given the “Human Rights Champion Award” at the first Annual 10th Congressional District Community Leadership Awards ceremony.  Hundreds of people were nominated for seven awards that included Excellence in Education, a Veteran’s Friend Award, an Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, Athlete of the Year Award, Volunteer of the Year Award and Friend of the Environment Award, alongside the Human Rights Champion Award.  Congressman Robert Dold established these awards to recognize individuals in our community who work passionately to solve problems and improve the lives of others, and in so doing go above and beyond the norm.  After ten years of tireless effort on behalf of Hands of Peace, our Gretchen is definitely worthy of this honor!