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16 Over 60 Awards Gala 2019

Wednesday, November 13th

6:00 pm

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids

Free Parking Next to the Building

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Senior Neighbors will host its second annual 16 Over 60 Awards Gala at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. This event recognizes the contributions and impact of 16 individuals 60 years of age or more who engage and inspire us every day.

Highlighting and recognizing Kent County older adults and the important role they play in our community continues to be a major goal for Senior Neighbors. We have countless individuals over 60 in Kent County who positively impact our community every day. Whether it be through business excellence, caregiving, or other extraordinary efforts, this population is an important part of the fabric of our community.

Through sponsorship, individual reservations, and event contributions, the 16 Over 60 Awards Gala will continue to provide support for Senior Neighbors and its variety of programs serving Kent County older adults living independently.

If you would like to sponsor, donate, or purchase a reservation to attend, or if you have any questions, contact Terri at (616) 233-0739, or tpiersma@seniorneighbors.org.



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Nominations are received from across Kent County. A committee selects 16 individuals from these nominations for their positive impact and engagement in the community, inspiration to others, and the unique qualities of their story. Each honoree exemplifies the positive contributions and impact being made in our community by those who are 60 years of age or more.

Possible nominees include…

  • leaders, entrepreneurs, and/or mentors in a variety of areas such as business, politics, philanthropy, religion, etc.
  • extraordinary volunteers or those who are giving back to the community in significant ways
  • the neighbor everyone can count on for help
  • health care or healthy living trendsetters
  • champions or advocates of senior issues in legal setting, educational, etc.
  • contributors to the local arts and culture community
  • anyone 60 years of age or more living life to its fullest or overcoming great adversity

Recognized in 2018:

2018 Honorees

Click Here to learn more about the 2018 honorees

JoAnn Abraham: Executive Leader, Volunteer, Mentor
Marian Barrera-Young: Neighborhood Leader, Crime Preventer, Volunteer
Micki Benz: Community Champion, Connector, Mentor
Kate Dernocoeur: Fire Fighter, Adventure Traveler, Writer
Sister Jarrett DeWyse, OP: Dominican Sister, Social Justice Advocate, Connector
Jack Greenfield: Executive Leader, Collaborator, Connector
Robert W. Hill: Volunteer, Musician, Scoutmaster
Barbara H. Hohman: Fundraiser, Leader, Music Advocate
Priscilla J. Kimboko, PhD: Professor, Aging Expert, Wellness Advocate
Robbie D. McCollum: Teacher, Event Planner, Etiquette Coach
Rev. Leonard McElveen: Executive Leader, Activist, Spiritual Guide
Gwendolyn Nathan: Community Volunteer, Supporter, Connector
Larry J. Robson, MD: Surgeon, Community Leader, Mentor
Donna Sterling: Supporter, Aging Advocate, Volunteer
Barry Van Dyck, PhD: Professor, Mentor, Runner
Karen Weaver: Teacher, Environmentalist, Arts Enthusiast

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View More Gala Photos from 2018


16 Over 60 Awards Gala Sponsors 2019

——– Gold ——–

Van Andel Family logo

Klopcic Family Foundation*

——– Silver ——–

AARP logo*

Bill and Marilyn Crawford

——– Bronze ——–

American House Logo*

Crossroads Eldercare Planning logo

Crowe Logo*

The Currie Foundation

Fusion IT logo*
Meijer Logo*
Mercantile Bank logo *

Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation*

Priority Health *

Smith Strength and Conditioning Logo *

Varnum logo*

Warner logo

——– Friend ——–

Advocates for Senior Issues
Philip and April Alt
Applied Imaging
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Holland Home / ATRIO
Horizon Bank*
Win and Kyle Irwin
Maner Costerisan*

Mark Huizenga Systems Consulting, LLC
Metro Health – University of Michigan Health
Molina Healthcare
Mutual of America
Old National Bank
Plante Moran PLLC*
Larry and Sally Robson*
Justin and Katherine Steffy*
Unity of Grand Rapids

*2019 Community Partner in Philanthropy