Sage Awards - Council on Aging

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  aging well and enhancing community. 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 organizations that have made a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee.

2021 Sage Honorees

Ernie Bacon

Dr. James and Phyllis Hildreth

John Hood

Father Charles Strobel

Timothy Takacs

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

The West End Home Foundation

Sage Sponsorship Information

2021 Sage Sponsorship information is available for download. If you would like to be a sponsor you can complete an online form by clicking on the appropriate green button below.

Sponsorship Kit

Benefits Chart

A new website will launch with additional Sage information

Event Details

October 18, 2021*
Marriott Cool Springs
700 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067

*In the event the COA Board of Directors deem it not advisable to gather due to public health concerns, we reserve the right to shift to a virtual event.

2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Dr. Thomas Noland

Jerry B. Williams

Veteran Management Services 

Bronze Sponsors

Betsy Cheranu

Vanderbilt Home Care

Past Honorees

Carrie Hudson, Mary Mills, Dorothy & Joe Scarlett, Pramod & Geeta Wasudev & Alive Hospice
Nancy Conway, Em Ghianni*, Susan Huggins, Gwendolyn Vincent & FiftyForward
2016 Berdelle Campbell, Brenda Gilmore, Cleatrice McTorry, James Vandiver
Sophia L. K. Beamon, Toni W. Heller, Ida K. Martin, Emmie Jackson McDonald*
2014 May Dean Eberling*, Sharon W. Hurt, Jim & Hilda McGregor
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
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*


Please watch the videos below to learn more about our 2018 honorees: Carrie Hudson, Mary Mills, Dorothy & Joe Scarlett, Drs. Pramod & Geeta Wasdev, and Alive Hospice.