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

Over 450 community members  laughed, cried, and were inspired by the stories and accomplishments of the 16 Honorees. It was truly humbling to hear how much they have done, and continue to do, for our Grand Rapids community and West Michigan.

Additionally, more than $150,000 was raised to support much-needed programs for seniors in Kent County.

Thank you to the award winners, sponsors, master of ceremonies, board, staff and all other guests for making the second annual 16 Over 60 Awards Gala an unforgettable evening!


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

Want to know more about the 2019 honorees? Click here! 


Nominations were received from across Kent County. A committee selected the 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.


Click on a picture to scroll through the 2019 Gallery

16 Over 60 Awards Gala Sponsors 2019

——– Gold ——–

Van Andel Family logo

Klopcic Family Foundation*

The Meijer Foundation

——– Silver ——–

AARP logo*

Bill and Marilyn Crawford

——– Bronze ——–

American House Logo*

Crossroads Eldercare Planning logo

Crowe Logo*

The Currie Foundation

Fusion IT logo*

J.C. & Tammy Huizenga

Meijer Logo*
Mercantile Bank logo *

Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation*

Porter Hills*

Priority Health *

Smith Strength and Conditioning Logo *

Varnum logo*

Warner logo

——– Friend ——–

Advocates for Senior Issues
Philip and April Alt
Applied Imaging
Aquinas College
Robert and Luanne Barnes
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Blue Cross Blue Shield
CPA for Seniors of Rivertown Finance
Dixon Architecture
Emmanuel Hospice
Health Care Associates &
Community Care Givers
Barbara H. Hohman
Holland Home / ATRIO
Horizon Bank*
HUB International
Hy and Greta Berkowitz Foundation
Integrity Business Solutions

Win and Kyle Irwin
Life EMS Ambulance
Kennari Consulting
Maner Costerisan
Mark Huizenga Systems Consulting, LLC*
Dr. David and Mrs. Dorothy Mazur
Metro Health – University of Michigan Health
Molina Healthcare
Mutual of America
Old National Bank
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
The Village of Heather Hills
Unity of Grand Rapids
Douglas and Kathy Vance

*2019 Community Partner in Philanthropy


——– Official Print Media Partner ——–

——– Underwriter ——–


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