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.

To download a PDF and print a nomination forms, please click on the attachments below.

Orgazination Nom Form

sage nom form_2017

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.


Past Honorees

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

2016 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

STHealth_STACK - CLR (2)

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Betsy Chernau

Elizabeth Jacobs Advised Fund at the

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

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Mr. Stephen S. Mathews

Sumner Friends of the Vandivers


Silver Sponsors

State Farm

Valinda Burks’s Agency