The Butte Exchange Club presented Mike Kujawa with the Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award, the highest honor presented by the Club, at their October 17th meeting.
The Book of Golden Deeds Award recognizes dedicated community members who contribute countless hours of their time and talents toward improving the lives of people they touch, making their communities better places to live. “Volunteer efforts are very important to our Club and should not go unnoticed,” Butte Exchange Club official said at the meeting.
Mike has been a key contributor to the success of the Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Butte Emergency Food Bank for the last ten years. Under his leadership, Butte High School students and other volunteers have produced over 8,000 bowls for the event, including over 1,300 last year. Proceeds from the event are the major source of funds for the Food Bank’s Backpack program. Without Mike’s leadership the success and growth of this program would not have been possible.
In 2022, Mike established Hungry Hill, a community art center. He aims to support the less fortunate through art. They will also partner with local non-profits to support their fund-raising efforts. This includes the Food Bank, where Mike and his group will continue to produce bowls.
Mike is a Butte native and a graduate of Montana State.