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16 Over 60 Awards Gala 2021

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park


The annual 16 Over 60 Awards Gala recognizes the contributions and impacts of 16 individuals over the age of 60 who engage and inspire us every day! COVID-19 changed the landscape of the world but it did not stop people over the age of 60 from doing amazing things. There were so many people in our community who put others needs ahead of their own to help people navigate through the last year. Let’s celebrate them and their accomplishments!

Introducing the 2021 Honorees 

Fred Bivins
Arts Ambassador,
Community Booster, Artist.

Marilyn Booker
Agent of Change, Facilitator,
Relationship Builder.

Larry Byle
Devoted Museum Volunteer,
Inspiring Coach,

Lois Carey
Flower Lady, Compassionate Volunteer,
Senior Advocate.

Deborah Clanton
Advocate for the Under-served,
Community Organizer, Sorority Leader.

Reverend Bob Evans
Mentor, Non-Profit Leader,

Dr. James Fahner
Health Care Hero,
Visionary Leader, Medical Mentor.

Marlin Feyen
Community Builder, Servant Leader, Traveler.

Dr. Kevin Foley
Dementia Care Advocate,
Innovator, Educator.

Dr. Ronald Grifka
Child Advocate,
Healthcare Visionary, Runner.

Oliver Hale
Chef, Healthy Lifestyle Speaker,
Organ Transplant Ambassador.

Alice Johnson
Devoted Neighbor,
Foster Parent, Veteran Advocate.

Harold Mast
Community Leader, Senior Advocate,
Active Veteran.

Pauline Meyer
Gatherer of Goods,
Helper of the Homeless, Veterans Volunteer.

Sr. M. Rosita Schiller
Educator, Dietitian,
Grant Writer.

Anthony Spallone
Veterans Health Advocate,
Helping Hand, Staunch Ally.

16 Over 60 Awards Gala Sponsors 2021

*Sponsors are 2021 Community Partners in Philanthropy

——– Gold ——–

David & Carol Van Andel Family Foundation 

——– Silver ——–


Mission Point - Health Bridge*
——– Bronze ——–

Fusion IT logo*

Meijer logo*



Priority Health *



——– Friend ——–

Philp and April Alt
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Robert and Luanne Barnes
Clark Retirement
Barbara Hohman
Win and Kyle Irwin
Kennari Consulting
The Laurels of Hudsonville*
Life EMS Ambulance
Maner Costerisan
Plante Moran PLLC
Rivertown Finance (CPA for Seniors)
Larry and Sally Robson
Lori and Kevin Smith*
Katherine and Justin Steffy*
Unity of Grand Rapids
Doug and Kathy Vance
The Village of Heather Hills

——– Official Print Media Partner ——–


Recognized in 2020:

Pictured Top Row: Tom Appel, Lucille Arndt, Syd Baxter, Sarah Brooks, Juanita Gaddis
Middle Row: Hattie Hayes, Bob Hengeveld, Ron Hofman, Shelley Irwin, Ruth Kelly, Katie Orent
Bottom Row: Teresa Toland, Jim Tuinstra, Christopher Wilson, Bruce Young, Raul Ysasi

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Recognized in 2019:

Pictured First Row, Left to Right: Mary Jane Dockeray, Mary Alice Williams, Marc DeRuiter, Julie Haveman, Cindy Ritter, Steve Maas, Suzan Couzens, Elaine Hillary
Second Row, Left to Right: Susan Zimmerman, Rodney Martin, Faye Richardson-Green, Sara Smolenski, Carl Ver Beek John Mulder, Doyle Hayes, Dave Kampfschulte

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Recognized in 2018:

First Row, Left to Right: Donna Sterling, Gwendolyn P. Nathan, Sr. Jarrett DeWyse, OP
Micki Benz, Marian Barrera-Young, JoAnn Abraham, Karen Weaver
Second Row, Left to Right: Priscilla Kimboko, Barbara Hohman, Larry Robson, Rev. Leonard McElveen,
Barry Van Dyck, Jack Greenfield, Robert Hill, Kate Dernocoeur, Robbie McCollum

Read more about the 2018 Honorees