2018 Awards Night: Kara Kane Receives Citizen of the Year Award

From the event’s program:

Kara Kane started as community relations coordinator for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and development coordinator for the BCH Foundation in 2014. She was part of the team that assembled a grant application to New York State in 2017 that resulted in an $11.3 million award to fund investments in imaging equipment and a medical arts building at its rural healthcare campus.

She joined the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce board in 2015, and more recently was appointed to the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord board of trustees, and as of January 2018, the Healthy Community Alliance board. She participates in Springville Regional Services Coalition activities, including coordinating Narcan trainings and advocating for stronger social and human services in the area.

She started and helps manage two popular Facebook groups that relate to community building. One is the Buy Nothing Project Springville/Arcade/Gowanda, part of an international experiment to give where you live for the sake of giving. The other is Be Neighborly Springville Area, a forum with more than 4,200 members, designed for discussion, events, news and ideas that benefit our beautiful region. She maintains several local Little Free Libraries and is part of the Springville Elementary School PTA and Green Springville.

She previously has been a board member of the SGI board of education and Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation.

Kara lives with her husband, Jeremiah, three incredible children, and her mother-in-law in Glenwood. She earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Le Moyne College and a master of arts in communication from the University at Buffalo.