Sage Awards


Celebrating the Wisdom and Worth of Seniors.

The Sage Awards is a dinner and award ceremony which recognizes individuals who embody the best of the senior years. This fundraising event for the Council on Aging honors those aged 60 or better who continue to lead purposeful lives by offering their experiences, professional skills and compassionate hearts to benefit of others.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club
6160 SW Thistle Terrace
Palm City, Florida, 34990
Honorary Chairperson - Evans Crary Jr. 

Evans Crary Jr. won a Sage Award in Professional Services. Through his commitment to continuing Frances Langford’s philanthropic interests as her foundation’s Trustee, sizable contributions were made to key non-profit organizations to change the face, substance and scope of their charitable work.

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“These years are a second chance to reinvent yourself by following new priorities, rededicate yourself to long-held values, or reevaluate how you want your life to make a difference. Our Sage Award nominees are all living remarkable second acts.”

Gertrude Rodgers, Chairman of the Board of the Council on Aging
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Proceeds from the Sage Awards will benefit the charitable work of the Council on Aging of Martin County, which includes Meals on Wheels, a therapeutic adult day health center, primary medical care, geriatric case management and caregiver support.
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Many Thanks to our Generous 2018 Sponsors

  • Nearing Wealth Management
  • Publix Charities
  • Gabriella Aune
  • Martin Health
  • CenterState Bank
  • McCarthy Summers
  • Saelzer Atlas
  • Schoonover

    2017 Sage Award Winners

    Professional Services

    Dr. David L. Anderson, from Port Salerno, won a 2017 Sage Award in Advocacy for his lifelong commitment to improve the quality of education for all students in Martin County. At the age of 71, he was the longest sitting School Board member in the State of Florida. He is one of the county’s best know educators and the namesake for our newest middle school in Martin County.

    Community Service

    Gytha Von Aldenbruck, from Hutchinson Island, won a 2017 Sage Award in Community Service for her unwavering commitment to multiple organizations across the Treasure Coast including Treasure Coast Hospice, Memory Bridge, Alzheimer’s Community Care, the American Cancer Society, The Arts Council of Martin County and Martin County Community Foundation. 

    Human Services

    Irwin Stovroff, from Boca Raton, won a Sage Award in Human Services for founding Vets Helping Heroes at the age of 84, which underwrites service dogs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The organization has provided service dogs for more than 300 veterans. Well into his 90's, Irwin continues as President of Vets Helping Heroes. 

    Healthcare and Health Services

    Dr. Reza Khatib, from Palm City, won a 2017 Sage Award in Healthcareand Health Services. Dr. Khatib is a retired neurosurgeon who continues to pursue his passions through far-reaching philanthropic work. He endows chairs and professorships in Neurological Surgery and Oncology at four U.S. universities. He was instrumental in the opening of the first hospice in Iran in 2017.  And, he created The Khatib Bridge and Education Center in here in Stuart.   


     Healthcare and Health Services

    Dr. Barbara Bush, from Stuart, won a 2017 Sage Award for Healthcare and Health Services. Dr. Bush has continued her 39 years of volunteering with the Martin Health Auxiliary well into her retirement, logging 18,450 hours of service.  Whether in a leadership role or helping patients through the No One Dies Alone Program, she’s known for her remarkable dedication to health care.

    Faith-Based Service

    Dale M. Hudson, from Stuart, received a Sage Award in Faith-Based Service.  For 23 years, Dale has served as the chairman of Mary’s Kitchen – an outreach ministry of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.  Through his devotion to this mission, over 200,000 meals have been served to the hungry and homeless living in our midst.  

    Service to the Arts

    Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish, from Sewall's Point, received a 2017 Sage Award in Service to the Arts. Dr. Jureit-Beamish continues her musical passion and commitment through board member leadership roles in the arts and through establishing “Sunset Concerts in the Gallery”, “Coffee with the Conductor”, The Jureit Musicales and the Marie and J. Calvin Jureit Foundation.   

    Charlie Kane Award

    The 2017 Charlie Kane Award was given to Dr. Howard E. Voss, from Stuart, who has dedicated decades to teaching, contributing significant medical research, and treating patients without the ability to pay. He fundamentally believes in meeting the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved population of Martin County, and for the past ten years, not only provided medical services, but also led the entire Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, as Medical Director and CEO.

    Chairman's Award

    The 2017 Chairman’s Award was given to David L. Smythe, of Hutchinson Island, for his steadfast commitment to supporting organizations that benefit the welfare of children living on the Treasure Coast, including StarStruck Theatre, Inc., Hibiscus Children's Center, and the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast. He also gave an extraordinary gift to the Martin Health Foundation for the David L. Smythe Wound Center. 

    Public Service Award

    The 2017 Public Service Award was presented to Elmira Gainey, of Stuart, for devoting decades of her life and her talents in public service for the greater good of Martin County. After a 32 year career as an educator, she entered the political arena as a Martin County Commissioner for eight years. At an age when many seniors shed responsibilities, she accepted gubernatorial appointments ranging from 2 to 14 years, serving on civic and oversight boards. In addition, she continues to donate her time to community organizations, many of which she has supported for decades.

    2017 Nominees

    The 17 remaining nominees were also recognized throughout the evening for being remarkable and inspiring senior role models:

    • Elaine Andersen
    • David L. Anderson
    • Sarah B. Armellini
    • Ellen Asselin
    • James Balenseifer
    • Dr. Barbara Bush
    • Marian M. Carpenter
    • Bobbie Corzine
    • Elmira Gainey
    • Betty J. Hardwick
    • Debra Harsh
    • Dale M. Hudson
    • Rev. Glenford E. Hutchinson
    • Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish
    • Dr. Reza Khatib
    • Kathy M. Lisi
    • LT Dick McMeekin, USN (ret)
    • Jim Olsen
    • Dolores Ripper
    • Doris Sanders
    • Mary B. Shaw
    • David L. Smythe
    • Irwin Stovroff
    • Donna R. Teuscher
    • Gytha Von Aldenbruck
    • Dr. Howard E. Voss
    • Charles Zammit
    2017 Sponsors
    2016 Winners

    The Charles & Rae Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997

    Area Agency on Aging

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