Sage Awards


Join us to honor the 5th Annual Sage Award nominees.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

10:30 a.m. Brunch

The Frances Langford Theater at the Kane Center

Tickets: $125 

A Hybrid Event: In-person seating for Nominees and two guests. All other ticket holders will attend virtually.


Congratulations to the 2020-21 Sage Award Nominees!

2019 Sage Nominees

*Photo taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honorary Chairman and Keynote Speaker

Honorary Chairman

William Lichtenberger

 H. William Lichtenberger

H. William Lichtenberger received the Charlie Kane Award in 2018.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Brody

 Dr. Mark Brody

President and Founder of Brain Matters Research

“Getting Close to a Cure for Alzheimer’s”

Brain Matters Research is one of the largest Alzheimer’s disease clinical research facilities in the country.


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.

2020 Sage Award Honorees & Nominees

Linda Kardos  Howard Robbins best





 Charlie Kane Award Honorees

Dr. Linda Kardos and Dr. Howard Robbins

Dr. Linda S. Kardos and Dr. Howard Robbins 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.

Robert Benson

Robert Benson

Sue DeNike

Sue DeNike

Rocky Grady

Rachelle "Rocky" Grady

Dan Mackin

Dan Mackin

Dan Mackin

Karlette Peck

Claire Siefker

Claire Siefker

LaVaughn Tilton

LaVaughn Tilton (Posthumous)

Lee Borellis

Lee Borellis

Sage Awards

Kevin Donahue

Ann Jackson

Ann Jackson

Eileen Morris

Eileen Morris

Dorothy Scotto

Dorothy Scotto

Ellyn Stevenson

Ellyn Stevenson

Thomas Trust

Chairman's Award

William & Helen Thomas Charitable Trust

The William & Helen Thomas Charitable Trust has been honored with the 2020 Chairman's Award for fulfilling the legacy of a long-time philanthropic couple from Stuart, Florida by supporting nonprofit organizations providing services for education, the environment, medical needs, the underprivileged and other charitable purposes.

LaBarbara Chenault

Dr. LaBarbara Chenault

Pat Garrett

Pat Garrett

Belinda Lowe

Belinda Lowe

Richard Otten

Richard Otten

Alice Shann

Alice Shann

Nancyann Taylor

Nancyann Taylor

Sean Todd

Sean M. Todd

2019 Winners
Charlie Kane Award
Robert J. and Carol Weissman, received the 2019 Charlie Kane Award for their significant contributions to dozens of charities in Martin County.

Chairman's Award

Jack Forde

John P. (Jack) Forde, received the 2019 Chairman's Award for giving so freely of his business acumen and strong belief in giving back to the community.


Human Services Award

Mary Kay Buckeridge

Mary Kay Buckeridge, received a 2019 Sage Award for Human Services for making a significant difference in the lives of the populations that Helping People Succeed serves. Her guidance in policy issues, long term planning and fund raising has been critical to the growth of Helping People Succeed.


Health Science and Medicine Award

Helen Goock 

Helen Cook, won a 2019 Sage Award for Health Science and Medicine for pouring her knowledge, experience and love into the lives of patients of Treasure Coast Hospice.

Professional Service Award

Don Cuozzo

Don Cuozzo, won a 2019 Sage Award in Professional Service for continuing his 35 year as a profesional planner by serving the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) which keeps the waterways on the entire east coast of Florida environmentally safe for all of us to enjoy.


Education Award

Jane Ditmars

Jane Ditmars, received a 2019 Sage Award for Education for continuing her lifelong passion of enabling people to live up to their full potential by serving as a volunteer tutor at Hope Rural School and the KinDoo Family Center.


Arts and Culture Award


Dr. John Enyart received a 2019 Sage Award in Arts and Culture for his enormous impact on the lives of hundreds of young people as a distinguished music educator..


Community Service Award


Bette Evans received a 2019 Sage Award in Community Service in recognition of more than three decades as a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and the greater Hobe Sound community.


Remarkable Caregiver Award

Diane Gracyk 

Diane Gracyk received a 2019 Sage Award in the Remarkable Caregiver category for introducing life-changing caregiver support and training to fellow family caregivers in her community.


Military and Veterans Service Award

Bob Schneider    

Bob Schneider received a 2019 Sage Award for Military and Veterans Service for his collaboration with the Salvation Army, VFW and the American Legion to provide hot, fresh, nutritious meals to homeless veterans.


Faith-Based Service Award

Al Warren    

Dr. Al Warren received a 2019 Sage Award for Faith-Based Service for providing thousands of people on the Treasure Coast with low cost or no cost dental care which is not covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

2019 Nominees
2018 Winners
2018 Nominees
2017 Winners
2017 Nominees
2016 Winners

Many Thanks to our Generous 2020-21 Sponsors

  • Khatib
  • Brain Matters
  • Berger Toombs
  • Cassell
  • Martin Health
  • Auxiliary
  • Community Foundation
  • Bob Crandall
  • William Crandall
  • Encompass Health
  • Feiertag
  • Grimm
  • Nearing Wealth Management
  • Patrick Exterminating
  • Saelzer Atlas
  • Sailfish Wealth Mgmt
  • Schoonover
  • Solaris
  • Sandhill Cove
  • Smyth
  • Tasco

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