Hodel’s efforts yield awards, recognition

November 1, 2018

The late Kathy Hodel was known in Lake Havasu City as a champion of many causes, including the Western Arizona Humane Society, the Cancer Association of Havasu, the K-12 Foundation and the Mohave Community College Foundation.

Also, the library at MCC’s Havasu campus carries the Hodel name. She and her husband, Don Hodel, helped raise more than $1 million for the college’s Lake Havasu City campus library. In May 2018, the couple presented the inaugural Kathy Hodel Most Outstanding Student Award. The planned annual award provides an MCC graduating student with $10,000 cash that the student may spend in any way. Money for the Hodel award comes from a $200,000 endowment set up by the Hodels’ friend, Dr. James H. Childe.

Hodel created “Havasu Heals Havasu” and was instrumental in providing scholarships to MCC nursing students. She served as president of the Good Samaritan Hospital Board Foundation. Hodel led fundraising efforts for its oncology center.

Additionally, London Bridge Resort owner Tom Flatley recently presented the MCC Foundation with a $2,000 scholarship in the Lord Mayor of London Charles Bowman’s name in honor of Kathy Hodel.

She also served as president of the Lake Havasu Apartment Owners Association. At one point, she traveled to Washington, D. C. to testify in front of Congress concerning to whom and how tax credits are given. An active member of the Uptown Main Street Association, Hodel also at one time served as president of the London Bridge Republican Women’s Club and its scholarship committee.

Other accolades:

1995 Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year 2002 Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

2003 Soroptimists International Women Helping Women award

2004 Soroptimists International Athena Award 2013 Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award

2014 The Association of Fundraising Professionals bestowed the Spirit of Philanthropy Award to Hodel for her fundraising efforts for the MCC Foundation. Also named Hero of the Year from The Cancer Association of Havasu.

2016 On her Feb. 23 birthday, Hodel was honored with a street named Hodel Way in downtown Havasu.

2017 Announcement: The adoption center at the new Western Arizona Humane Society shelter will be named for Hodel.