Nonprofit producing 16 Over 60


Micki Benz.

A nonprofit that serves seniors is hosting an awards gala in town this month.

Grand Rapids-based Senior Neighbors will host its 16 Over 60 event to honor individuals for their “positive impact and engagement in the community, inspiration to others and … unique qualities.”

Nov. 5 is the last day to register for the event, which takes place on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, at 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE.

Tickets are $125 per person and $75 for those 35 or younger.

U.S. military veterans 60 or older are given complimentary reservations.

16 Over 60 winners

JoAnn Abraham: executive leader, volunteer, mentor

Marian Barrera-Young: neighborhood leader, crime preventer, volunteer

Micki Benz: community champion, connector, mentor

Kate Dernocoeur: firefighter, adventure traveler, writer

Jarrett DeWyse: Dominican sister, social justice advocate, connector

Jack Greenfield: executive leader, collaborator, connector

Robert Hill: volunteer, musician, scoutmaster

Barbara Hohman: fundraiser, leader, music advocate

Priscilla Kimboko: professor, aging expert, wellness advocate

Robbie McCollum: teacher, event planner, etiquette coach

Leonard McElveen: executive leader, activist, spiritual guide

Gwendolyn Nathan: community volunteer, supporter, connector

Dr. Larry Robson: surgeon, community leader, mentor

Donna Sterling: supporter, aging advocate, volunteer

Barry Van Dyck: professor, mentor, runner

Karen Weaver: teacher, environmentalist, arts enthusiast

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