KENMORE – Sara Solum Hayashi, a long-time volunteer and advocate of a wide range of arts programs, has been named winner of the Kenmore Heritage Society’s annual McMaster Heritage Award honoring an individual who has made outstanding volunteer contributions to the Kenmore community.
“Over the past 17 years, Sara has demonstrated an energetic and sustained commitment to her community, especially its youth,” said Annette Eaton, president of the society. “When a worthwhile project is in need of support and help, Sara is often one of the first to volunteer.”
She has become a vital, giving member of the Kenmore community.
Sara has volunteered several thousand hours on behalf of the Northshore Schools Foundation (assisting with fund-raising, event planning and community outreach), the Milk Money Project (an initiative she co-founded to raise funds for school supplies, school pictures, and yearbooks for an estimated 200 homeless children in the district), and the Arts of Kenmore (curating the annual Kenmore Art Show).
In addition, Sara founded the Northshore Junior High Music Boosters Club and served on the board of the Inglewood Instrumental Music Booster Club, organizations that encourage and support music in the schools. From 1999 to 2011, Sara served as a volunteer art docent in 31 classrooms.
In 2016, Sara assisted with fund-raising for the Kenmore Mural Project. She serves on the steering committee for the Highway 522 Beautification Projects.
Sara and her husband, David, moved to Kenmore from Minnesota in 1999 after she received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, specializing in studio arts, art history, music and theater arts.
Now in its 16th year, The McMaster Heritage Award is named after John McMaster, pioneer Kenmore businessman and entrepreneur who gave Kenmore its name in 1901.
Presentation of the award will take place Wednesday evening, February 1 at 7 p.m. at the Kenmore Community Club, 7304 NE 175th Street in Kenmore. The public is invited to this special event.