Sage Awards


6th Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 31, 2022

5 PM

Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, Palm City


Please join us as we honor eight remarkable seniors who continue to make extraordinary contributions to our community. 

Online registration has closed for this event. For more information about tickets, please call 772-223-7803.

Honorary Chairman

William Lichtenberger

John Loewenberg


Guest Emcee

Dr Brody

Robert Lord, Jr. 

Guest Speaker

Christian J. Camargo, MD

Assistant Professor, Division Cognitive Neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Update on Alzheimer’s Research and “The Khatib Project”
Conducted in partnership with the Joseph C. & Ann S. Day Medical Center, at the Kane Center

Proceeds from the Sage Awards will benefit the charitable work of the Council on Aging of Martin County, which includes Meals on Wheels, a therapeutic Adult Day Club, the Joseph C. & Ann S. Day Medical Center, geriatric care management and caregiver support.

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2022 Sage Award Honorees

Charlie Kane Award

Joe Catrambone  

Joseph A. Catrambone

The 2022 Charlie Kane Award honoree is Joseph “Joe” A. Catrambone. Joe is a mainstay of Martin County. He has served as the President and CEO of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce for 33 years. As the leader of the county’s largest Chamber of Commerce, Joe’s influence and impact on the fabric of our community is unmistakable. Advocacy, steadfast community involvement, inspiring leadership … these are all qualities exemplified by the 2022 Charlie Kane Award honoree, Joe Catrambone.

Chairman's Award

Thomas Trust

Reverend Jerry Gore

The 2022 Chairman’s Award honoree is Reverend Jerry Gore. As Pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God In Christ of Stuart, he is an ardent man of faith and a true believer in the power of lifting up those around him. His motto is “Each one, reach one, teach one.” He offers inspiration through his words, and creates resounding positive impact with his actions. “NEVER GIVE UP,” says the 2022 Chairman’s Award honoree, Jerry Gore.

Arts & Culture

Mallo Bisset

Mallo Bisset

Mallo Bisset is an award-winning artist, successful entrepreneur and local philanthropic legend. Mallo, along with her daughter Alex, own Red Barn Furniture, established in 1988. But Mallo is best known for her participation in and support of many local organizations. After over 34 years in Martin County, she has left her mark! The number of nonprofits Mallo’s generosity has touched and uplifted is too great to list, but it cements what we all know … her passion to help her community knows no bounds.

Military & Veterans Support


Maura Farrell Miller, PhD

Maura Farrell Miller, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, ACHPN is passionate about the profession of nursing and lifelong learning. She believes nursing is an art and a science grounded in a transcultural, caring philosophy where all aspects of the person are respected and nurtured. Dr. Miller is a shining example of what it means to live a mission-driven life. Her innovative approach to veteran-centric hospice and mental health care has enriched the lives of hundreds of our nation’s heroes. Her commitment to education means that her legacy will live on.

Health Science & Medicine


Dr. Mehdi Razavi and Mrs. Sandy Razavi

Dr. Mehdi Razavi, a retired cardiologist, and his wife Sandy, a retired nurse, are two dedicated medical professionals who donate their time, talent and treasures to Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. The Razavis are a dynamic duo and have been leaders in their communities and professions for over 50 years. The Razavis’ passion for helping others energizes everything they do. Listening, being caring and supportive, and making the world a better place—this is the Razavis in a nutshell.



Thelma Washington

Thelma Washington is one of Martin County’s greatest champions of early childhood education. Since 1994 Thelma has been at the helm of Gertrude Walden Child Care Center. She is a figurehead in the community, particularly in under-served neighborhoods, and a strong proponent of community enrichment through collective service to one another. Education is her passion and calling, but Thelma is a resource for anyone who comes to her door in need of help. She exemplifies what it means to be a community leader making a positive impact on the world around her.

Community Service


Helen McBride

A fixture of local government meetings and key community events, Helen McBride is a vocal advocate for Martin County’s quality of life and citizens of every background—especially working families, marginalized communities, and children in need. A natural leader, Helen holds the room in rapture when she rises to speak on county, city and school issues. Helen is an invaluable voice for the citizens of Stuart and Martin County.


2020-21 Winners
Charlie Kane Award
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Dr. Linda Kardos and Dr. Howard Robbins, received the 2020-21 Charlie Kane Award. They have been pillars of the medical community, providing thorough, thoughtful medical care and leadership in Stuart for over 30 years. Outside their busy internal medicine practice, they dedicate their time, treasure and expertise to many local charitable organizations.

Chairman's Award

Jack Forde

William & Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, received the 2020-21 Chairman's Award for fulfilling the legacy of a long-time philanthropic couple from Stuart by supporting education, the environment, medical needs and the underprivileged in our community.


Arts & Culture Award

Mary Kay Buckeridge

Dan Mackin, received a 2020-21 Sage Award for Arts & Cutlure for his outstanding enrichment of the cultural fabric of South Florida and beyond.


Health Science & Medicine Award

Helen Goock 

Karlette Peck, MPHS, PA, won a 2020-21 Sage Award for Health Science & Medicine for her unwavering passion for public health, global health, health equity, and community partnerships that create structural social change.

Education Award

claire siefker

Claire Siefker, won a 2020-21 Sage Award in Education for her life work dedicated to helping those most in need of compassion.


Remarkable Caregiver Award

Jane Ditmars

Ellyn Stevenson, received a 2020-21 Sage Award in the Remarkable Caregiver category for being a source of encouragement for every caregiver she encounters, offering camaraderie, strength and a sense of humor.


Community Service Award (Posthumous)


The late LaVaughn Tilton was honored with a 2020-21 Sage Award in Community Service for being one of the Treasure Coast's most successful and ardent child welfare advocates.

2020-2021 Nominees
2019 Winners
2019 Nominees
2018 Winners
2018 Nominees
2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2017 Nominees

Many Thanks to our Generous 2020-21 Sponsors

  • Khatib
  • Berger Toombs
  • Martin Health
  • Community Foundation
  • Encompass Health
  • HBK CPAs & Consultants
  • Nearing Wealth Management
  • Red Barn
  • Saelzer Atlas
  • Sailfish Wealth Mgmt
  • Schoonover
  • Sandhill Cove
  • Weissman

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