DETROIT — Kathy Wendler, president of Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA), received this week the 2012 Adelita Award by MANA de Metro Detroit, for her leadership and passion in helping a predominantly Hispanic section of the city continue tothrive.
“I’m humbled to receive such an honor from MANA, an organization that supports women in our efforts to make the world around us a better place,” said Wendler. “It’s especially thrilling to be recognized for doing something every day that you truly enjoy and would do any way.”
The Adelita Awards, named for the dedicated women who fought in the Mexican Revolution, are bestowed each year to honor trailblazing women working to improve the quality of life for Hispanic Americans. The awards are given by local chapters of MANA, a national Latina Organization, a community service, advocacy and empowerment nonprofit for Latin women.
SDBA’s Wendler was honored this year during MANA de Metro Detroit’s annual Brindis luncheon and awards ceremony on Nov. 14, at the DoubleTree Suites in downtown Detroit, along with Sister Consuelo Alcala of Sisters of Saint Joseph, retired Detroit Public Schools teacher Dorothy Alcala, 36th District Court Judge Laura Echartea, Sheila Jackson of Congress of Communities, Comerica Bank SVP Monica Martinez and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Maria Oxholm.
Under Wendler’s leadership, SDBA has strengthened its relationship with the City of Detroit to promote local businesses, reduce crime, implement neighborhood beautification programs and attract new businesses to the city.