2019 Sage Award

The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee will accept nominations for its 29th annual Sage Awards planned for May 10. SUBMITTED

The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee will accept nominations for its 29th annual Sage Awards planned for May 10.

The Sage Awards, presented since 1992, are given to older adults who have made outstanding contributions to Middle Tennessee through a lifelong commitment of working to improve the quality of life in their communities.

In addition to the individual awards, COA will honor one organization that has demonstrated a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee.

“The Council on Aging believes that aging should be celebrated and embraced, and that older adults have a lifetime of wisdom and experience to offer the community,” said Grace Smith, COA’s executive director. “The Sage Awards is an important way for us to celebrate and promote positive aging, and we look forward to honoring those in our community who have made an impact.”

A committee selects the Sage Award honorees – couples or individuals – from the nominations received. The committee, which is comprised of past Sage Award recipients, COA board members and community volunteers, may also consider nominations from previous years. Eligibility includes any older adult 55 and older who lives in the 13 counties served by COA. Counties include Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson.

Assuming public health guidelines permit an in-person event, awardees will be honored at a luncheon May 10 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. The Sage Awards serves as COA’s signature event and fundraiser, and all funds raised directly support the organization’s mission to champion informed and positive aging and serve as the area’s catalyst for collaborative solutions.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit coamidtn.org/sage-awards-2. The nomination deadline is Sept. 30.

The 2019 luncheon that honored Julian Bibb, Thelma Harper, Sallie and Bill Norton, Gracie Porter, Mental Health America and Nashville Public Television was the most successful in the luncheon's history, boasting the largest attendance, best media coverage and greatest net proceeds. COA hopes to grow the Sage Awards in 2021 with increased community awareness, attendance and money raised.

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