The Council on Aging believes that aging should be celebrated and embraced, and that older adults have a lifetime of wisdom and experience to offer communities. The Sage Awards is one way that we are changing the conversation about what it means to be part of the emerging – and vital – senior generation.  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.  

In addition, we recognize one organization that has made a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee.

You may submit a nomination form below or contact the COA office at 615-353-4235 or email for more information.  Nominations for the 2018 Sage Awards must be submitted in person, mailed, or emailed by Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Award recipients will be honored at the 2018 Sage Awards Luncheon.  The recipient is required to be present for an orientation luncheon in mid-April and the Sage Award luncheon on October 29.

27th Annual  Sage Awards

Monday, October 29

 11:30 a.m. registration and silent auction

12:00 p.m.  Luncheon begins

Marriott Cool springs, Franklin TN

Criteria for Individual Nominations: 
Nominees may be either active or retired professionals or community volunteers age 55 or older. Nominees may be nominated as individuals or as couples who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in their community. The term “community” is defined as any place the nominee has lived and worked, including Middle Tennessee.  We welcome nominations of individuals or couples who were nominated in previous years but not selected.

Or download and print PDF Sage Nom form 2018 

Criteria for Organization Nominations(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.  We welcome nominations of organizations nominated in previous years but not selected.

or download and print PDF Sage Org Award Nomination 

Past Honorees

2017: Nancy Conway, Em Ghianni, Susan Huggins, Gwendolyn Vincent & FiftyForward

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*