The Sage Awards, presented each year since 1991, are given to mature adults who have made outstanding contributions to Middle Tennessee through a lifelong commitment of working to improve the quality of life in their communities.
This year, we are also recognizing one organization (for-profit, non-profit, or government agency) that has made a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee.
Do you know a person, couple or organization that should be recognized with a Sage Award?
Deadline for Nomination has been extended! Nominations for the 2017 Sage Awards must be submitted, mailed, or emailed by Friday, March 24, 2017.
Submit a Nomination form below or contact the COA office at 615-353-4235 for more information.
2017 Sage Awards
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Trevecca Nazarene University
Boone Business Building
333 Murfreesboro Rd
Nashville, TN 37201
Individual Tickets are $75*
Criteria for individual nominations:
- Nominees may be either active or retired professionals or community volunteers age 50 or older.
- Nominees may be nominated as individuals or as couples. Nominations for individuals or couples who may have been nominated in previous year, and not selected, are encouraged.
- Award recipients will be honored at the 2017 Sage Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 25 at the Boone Business Building at Trevecca Nazarene University. Recipients are required to be present.
Criteria for nominations for organizations
(for-profit, non-profit, or government agency):
This award is open to any organization that makes a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee. Organizations should demonstrate a reputation for valuing and advocating for older adults, and for making outstanding contributions on behalf of older adults. Special consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrate collaboration, with other businesses, non-profits, or government, in their corporate social responsibility efforts. A representative from the organization is required to be in attendance at the Sage Awards luncheon.
Approximately 350 friends of the honorees and Council on Aging enthusiasts attend the luncheon. We offer sponsorship opportunities with a range of visibility and hospitality benefits to help you reach your marketing goals. Sponsorships are customizable based on your need. Click the link above to learn more.
2016: Berdelle Campbell, Brenda Gilmore, Cleatrice McTorry, James Vandiver,
2015: Sophia L. K. Beamon, Toni W. Heller, Ida K. Martin, Emmie Jackson McDonald,
2014: May Dean Eberling, Sharon W. Hurt, Jim & Hilda McGregor
2013: George H. Cate, Jr., Senator Douglas Henry, Larry Keeton, Lois Orr Winston
2012: Marcy & Seawell Brandau, Sandra D. H. Hunt, Evelyn R. Richmond
2011: Jimmie White Hill, William Puryear, Richard E. Ragsdale
2010: Don Beisswenger, Dr. Susie McClure, Lottie Strupp
2009: Geraldine H. Butts, Wm. E. (Willie) McDonald, Dr. Anderson & Mrs. Susan Spickard
2008: Richard H. Fulton, C. Renee Jenkins, Irma B. Kaplan
2007: Louise B. Katzman*, Phil Ponder, Gwendolyn J. Sharp
2006: H.P. “Hop” Hopkins*, Ola G. Hudson, Grace Cavert Stumb*
2005: Calvin L.* & Evelyn E*. Calhoun, Harriet Foley, Elise Steiner*
2004: Dr. Evelyn P. Fancher, Martin Kresge*, Nancy Ransom, Sally Wolfe
2003: Jean & Allen* Eskind, Edwina L. Hefner, Marjorie R. Koehler
2002: Bob Eisenstein, Hazel Pointer Fields, Penny & Gene TeSelle
2001: Thelma L. Baxter*, Charlie Cardwell, Lois K.* & Gilbert Fox
2000: Bill Barnes, Eleanor Chippey Grier, Clare* & Samuel* Loventhal
1999: Charlie* & Gracie Allen, Clara C. Elam, Bernard Werthan, Jr.
1998: Nathaniel Crippens*, Adele Mills Schweid*, Bill Sherman
1997: Robert Everett, Jr.*, Daniel Patrick McGeachy, III, Anne Friedrich Roos
1996: F. Tremaine Billings, Jr.*, Mansfield Douglas III*, Leah Rose Werthan*
1995: Grace Gardner*, Barbara Mann, Lester Robb*
1994: Mary Bradley*, Ernest Freudenthal*, Jamye Williams
1993: Randall Falk*, Lettie Galloway*, Jean Stumpf*
1992: Nancy Howell*, Laura McCray*, Bill Moynihan* *deceased
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Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
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Sumner Friends of the Vandivers
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