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Senior Neighbors hosted the first ever 16 Over 60 Awards Gala at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. This new event recognized 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 here 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.

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

After receiving over 100 nominations from across Kent County, these individuals were selected by a committee 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.

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.

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2018 16 Over 60 Awards Gala Sponsors

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Klopcic Family Foundation

——– Silver ——–

——– Bronze ——–

Bill and Marilyn Crawford

The Currie Foundation

J.C. and Tammy Huizenga

Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation

Porter Hills

Spectrum Health Executive MBA Alumni


——– Friend ——–

AARP Michigan

Advocates for Senior Issues

Applied Imaging

Aquinas College

Arbor Circle

Robert and Luanne Barnes

Beacon Hill Foundation

Brookcrest, A Sunset Community


CPA for Seniors of Rivertown Finance

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

Grand Valley State University

Barbara H. Hohman

Holland Home

Horizon Bank

HUB International

Hy and Greta Berkowitz Foundation

Integrity Business Solutions

Win and Kyle Irwin

Bob and Paulette Israels

Jandernoa Foundation

Kennari Consulting

Life EMS Ambulance

Arend and Nancy Lubbers

Maner Costerisan

Dr. and Mrs. David Mazur

Mel Trotter Ministries

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health

Molina Healthcare

New Hope Baptist Church

The Oaks at Cascade–Trilogy Health Services

Old National Bank

Pilgrim Manor

Plante Moran PLLC

RL Consulting Group of Raymond James

Larry and Sally Robson

Spectrum Health

Justin and Katherine Steffy

The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation

Warner Norcross + Judd