GRAND RAPIDS — Local businessman and philanthropist Peter C. Cook will be honored with the 3rd Annual Gerontology Network Spirit of Aging Award tonight for his embodiment of what it means to age with grace and enthusiasm.
The Spirit of Aging Award recognizes an individual who has excelled in the areas of individual learning, creativity, community service and spiritual development. Cook will be honored for his business acumen, his numerous contributions to the community and his compassion for others. Cook joins former award winners Bunny Vos and Fred Meijer.
“We’re very proud to honor Peter Cook with the Spirit of Aging Award,” said Dr. Tom Hartwig, president of the Gerontology Network. “He is an outstanding member of the community and embodies the positive aspects of aging that Gerontology Network strives to promote every day.”
Cook will receive his honor at an awards dinner at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30, at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
Art Linkletter, two-time Emmy Award winner and host of the long-running and popular radio and television shows, “House Party” and “People are Funny,” will be the keynote speaker at the awards dinner. Over his 60-year career, Linkletter was the recipient of four Emmy nominations, a Grammy Award and 10 honorary doctorate degrees. He has authored 23 books, including best sellers, “Kids Say the Darndest Things” and “Old Age is Not for Sissies.” He is also a prominent lecturer on healthy aging and brain health.