Sage Awards


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8th Annual Sage Awards Dinner Ceremony

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Recognizing the many contributions of seniors on the Treasure Coast, who continue to lead purposeful lives in the later years, by offering their experiences, professional skills and compassionate hearts to benefit others

Sage Award Honorees for 2024 are:

  • Chairman’s Award- Eileen Morris
  • Charlie Kane Award – Joe Flanagan
  • Arts & Culture – Jane Baldridge
  • Education – Vicki Jenkins, posthumously
  • Health Science and Medicine – Dr. Phil Schein
  • Military and Veterans support – David Mayo
  • Community Service – Lloyd Jones

The Sage Awards is a dinner and award ceremony recognizing individuals who embody the best of our senior years. This fundraising event for the Council on Aging honors those aged 60 or better who continue to lead purposeful lives, well into their senior years by offering their experiences, professional skills and compassionate hearts to benefit others.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. $125 per person

For more information, call Michele Jacobs at (772) 223-7803 or email mjacobs@kanecenter.org

2024 Sage Awards

2022 Sage Award Honorees

Honorary Chair 2023

Dr Brody

Ann Day 

Proceeds from the Sage Awards support comprehensive support and programs for seniors provided by the Council on Aging of Martin County. These safety-net services include Meals on Wheels, adult day health care, comprehensive case management, crisis support, caregiver counseling and education, memory enhancement, and more.

2023 Sage Award Honorees

Charlie Kane Award

Covelli-FoundationAlbert M. Covelli Foundation

(Awarded to Josephine "Jo" Covelli)

The Albert M. Covelli Foundation was established in 1983 by Albert “Al” and his beloved wife Josephine, so they and future generations of their family could continue to help their community on a personal level. The foundation is a true labor of love and supports numerous charities in both Ohio and Florida. That support translates to positively impacting the lives of thousands of people. “My beloved husband Al worked hard to provide our family with blessings,” says Josephine, “so it is important that I continue his legacy by blessing others, especially children.”

Chairman's Award

Judie Price

Judie Price

For Judie Price, her late husband Gary, and their five children, philanthropy as always begun at home. Over four decades, the Price family has supported many nonprofit organizations, with a primary focus on those whose mission it is to help stabilize disadvantaged individuals and families. Judie carries on the mission of giving she started with Gary, and continues to be a role model for her children and grandchildren, exemplifying that true riches come not from what we have, but from what we give.

Arts & Culture

Douglas Jewett

Dr. Douglas P. Jewett

Dr. Douglas P. Jewett lives and breathes music. Twenty years ago he founded Treasure Coast Community Singers, a community choir dedicated to “keeping people singing.” He still serves as the choir’s CEO, which is now comprised of more than 150 singers and performs in venues throughout the Treasure Coast. In addition to running the choir, he maintains a private voice studio and serves as the music director of Mariner Sands Chapel in Hobe Sound. Dr. Jewett is a mainstay of the performing arts community on the Treasure Coast. Through his talent and dedication to his craft, he helps aspiring singers find their voices and spread joy to others through the power of song.

Military & Veterans Support


Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret.)

Frank Libutti is a decorated Vietnam War hero who served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years. His many awards include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts. Today, Frank’s focus is on the well-being of his fellow veterans. He currently serves as the volunteer CEO and Chairman of the Board of Horses & Heroes of Southeast Florida, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to gently empower personal development in the lives of veterans and first responders, assisting them to connect with the community through the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning.

Health Science & Medicine


Francis J. Kleeman, MD

Francis “Frank” J. Kleeman, MD, FACS, is a talented physician who has dedicated much of his career to helping those in need. Dr. Kleeman has been a volunteer urologist at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Clinic for over 14 years. VIM Clinic, located in Stuart, provides free healthcare for those who have no access to care due to lack of insurance coverage and/or personal means to pay. Dr. Kleeman is no stranger to providing healthcare for the needy. “Throughout his career, he epitomized all that one could ask for in a physician and humanitarian.” -Dr. Jordan Bromberg.



Alice Luckhardt

(Presented Posthumously)

Alice Luckhardt was a beloved fixture of local history and genealogy communities for more than twenty years. Alice believed that everyone has an interesting story, and she enjoyed uncovering and sharing those stories with anyone who was willing to learn. Her passion was infectious, and as a gifted educator, she knew how to inspire others to learn alongside her. Alice lost a brave battle with cancer in December of 2022. Alice will be missed greatly by her community. Her legacy and voice will live on in her immense body of work, the local historical initiatives she nurtured, and the many lives she touched through her outreach.



Community Service


Alfred Miller Jr.

Alfred Miller Jr. is a multi-generational, lifelong resident of Hobe Sound, and a strong, outspoken advocate for his hometown. Alfred grew up in the historic Banner Lake community, which was established in 1924 to provide housing for the African American workforce employed by the wealthy estates on Jupiter Island. Alfred is a descendant of those early Hobe Sound residents and a proud chronicler of their history. Today, he is the President of the Banner Lake Club, and has served on its Board of Directors for 25 years. Alfred is considered a living legend and a treasured icon of Hobe Sound.

2022 Honorees

Charlie Kane Award

Joseph 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

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 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.

 Health Science & Medicine

Dr Mrs Mehdi 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.

Military & Veterans Support

maura miller
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.

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.
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