Sage Awards


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2022 Sage Awards
Save the Date!
Thursday, March 31, 2022

5 PM

Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, Palm City


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020-2021 Sage Awards!

Robin Bisi and Matt Markley (accepting on behalf of the late LaVaughn Tilton), Claire Siefker, Dan Mackin, Ellyn Stevenson and Karlette Peck

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Charlie Kane Award Honorees!

Dr. Linda Kardos and Dr. Howard Robbins

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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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2020-2021 Sage Award Winners

Arts & Culture


Dan Mackin

The 2020-2021 Sage Award winner for Arts & Culture is Dan Mackin for his outstanding enrichment of the cultural fabric of South Florida and beyond. The long-time Hobe Sound resident has made a name for himself across the globe for his bright, tropical scenes. His charitable work shows his true commitment to making our slice of the world a better place. His artwork has raised over $2 million for the National Kidney Foundation of Florida and he is on the board of the National Kidney Foundation. In all, Dan’s “Art of Giving Back” page on his website lists 21 charities.

Remarkable Caregiver


Ellyn Stevenson

The 2020-2021 Sage Award winner in the Remarkable Caregiver category is Ellyn Stevenson for being a source of encouragement for every caregiver she encounters, offering camaraderie, strength and a sense of humor. As the full-time caregiver for her husband, her no-nonsense, proactive approach to life has not only helped her navigate caregiving’s myriad challenges, it has been life-changing for fellow caregivers sharing the same experience. Ellyn is also an active philanthropist and volunteer. She serves as the Chair of the Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie and is a co-founder of Impact 100 Martin.

Health Science & Medicine


Karlette Peck, MPHS, PA

The 2020-2021 Sage Award winner for Health Science & Medicine is Karlette Peck for her unwavering passion for public health, global health, health equity, and community partnerships that create structural social change. After four decades in public health, Karlette retired and promptly turned her focus to building a new project: St. Mary’s Healing Center at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Karlette is the new 501(c)(3)’s volunteer Executive Director, leading the organization’s strategic planning process to create a destination for faith-based mental and physical health and wellness. 



Claire Siefker

The 2020-2021 Sage Award winner in Education is Claire Siefker for her life work dedicated to helping those most in need of compassion. Throughout her nearly 60 years in the Indiantown community, she has been a beacon of hope for people in crisis, particularly immigrant women and children. She now serves as Board President of KinDoo Family Center, providing life-skills for adults who never had the opportunity to further their education. Art and painting have always been Claire’s passion, and she has brought her talent to the children at Hope Rural School and to the women at the KinDoo Family Center.

Community Service


LaVaughn Tilton (Posthumous)

The 2020-2021 Sage Award winner in Community Service is the late LaVaughn Tilton, for being one of the Treasure Coast’s most successful and ardent child welfare advocates. As the founder of Hibiscus Children’s Center, the Treasure Coast’s only licensed emergency shelter for children, her vision, fortitude and generosity has ensured a better—and safer—life for thousands of children. LaVaughn Tilton passed away on January 8, 2021, before the Sage Awards could be rescheduled. She leaves behind an incredible legacy. Her passion and vision live on in the mission of the Hibiscus Children’s Center.

2020-2021 Sage Award Honorees

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.

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.

2020-2021 Nominees

All of the 2020-2021 Sage Award nominees were recognized throughout the morning for being remarkable and inspiring senior role models:

  • Robert "Bob" Benson
  • Lee Borellis
  • Dr. LaBarbara Chenault
  • Sue DeNike
  • Kevin M. Donahue
  • Pat Garrett
  • Rachelle "Rocky" Grady
  • Ann Jackson
  • Belinda Lowe
  • Eileen Morris
  • Richard Otten
  • Dorothy Scotto
  • Alice Shann
  • NancyAnn Taylor
  • M. Sean Todd
2019 Winners
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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