Nominate the Sage in Your Life!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Council on Aging of Martin County is accepting nominations for the third annual Sage Awards.

The Sage Awards are held each spring to celebrate the wisdom and worth of seniors on the Treasure Coast. Eligible nominees are residents of Martin, St. Lucie or Indian River counties who are age 60 or better and who continue to lend their talents, experience and compassion to better the world in which they live.

Do you know such a remarkable senior? Nomination forms are available online at www.kanecenter.org or at the Kane Center located on Salerno Road in Stuart. Nominations will be accepted through the end of January 2018. All nominees will be honored at the Sage Awards dinner and presentation on March 24, 2018 at Piper’s Landing in Palm City. The Sage Awards is the signature fundraiser for the Council on Aging, which provides life-saving and life-improving services for seniors in Martin County through Meals on Wheels, adult day care, primary medical care and geriatric care management.

The 2017 Sage Awards winners included Irwin Stovroff, who founded Vets Helping Heroes at the age of 84, which underwrites service dogs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The organization has provided service dogs for more than 300 veterans. Well into his 90's, Irwin continues as President of Vets Helping Heroes. 

Dr. Howard E. Voss, who won the prestigious Charlie Kane Award, has dedicated his career to teaching, contributing significant medical research, and treating patients without the ability to pay. For the past ten years, Dr. Voss has led the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Stuart, as Medical Director and CEO, providing free medical care for residents of Martin County who, due to financial constraints, would otherwise have to forego seeking treatment.

These are just two of dozens of stories of extraordinary people continuing to do extraordinary work well past the age they would be designated “senior citizens.”

“The senior years are the second act of life,” said Gertrude Rodgers, Chairman of the Board of the Council on Aging. “These years are a second chance to reinvent yourself by following new priorities, rededicate yourself to long-held values, or reevaluate how you want your life to make a difference. Our Sage Award nominees are all living remarkable second acts.”

It’s time for a new group to be celebrated for their “remarkable second acts.” For more information about nominations and sponsorship opportunities, call 772.223.7831 or visit www.kanecenter.org

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