POUGHKEEPSIE – The yearly search for the Dutchess County “Senior Citizens of the Year” is well underway. We are looking for nominations in the categories of Senior Male, Senior Female and/or Senior Couple of the Year. The awards are presented at the Celebration of Aging, held on Monday, May 18th at Villa Borghese in Wappinger, in honor of Older Americans Month.
Todd Tancredi, Director of Dutchess County’s Office for the Aging is seeking nominations for seniors to be honored. If you aware of a senior citizen who should be recognized for their contributions to the Dutchess County community, or a person or couple over age 60 who lives in Dutchess County, with a strong dedication to volunteerism and civic involvement send in a nomination form and any other pertinent materials. The form is available by calling the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555. You can also find a form online on Page 4 of the winter edition of the Spotlight on Seniors, found on their website: www.dutchessny.gov/aging. The Spotlight on Seniors is also available while supplies last at libraries throughout the county, and at all eight of the Senior Friendship Centers. If you don’t have internet access, you can subscribe to the Spotlight on Seniors by calling the Dutchess County Office for the Aging.
You can nominate as many people as you’d like, in any or all categories. If you’ve nominated somebody in previous years but they were not chosen as an honoree, you can nominate them again.
As part of your case for making your nominee a Senior of the Year nominee, you can include copies of news clippings and photographs. The office doesn’t recommend sending any original clippings or photos, because they cannot be returned.
The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, March 27th. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of the Advisory Board to the Office for the Aging, who select the outstanding seniors who will receive the awards.
The Celebration of Aging also honors residents of Dutchess County who have achieved outstanding feats of aging. If you know someone who will turn 100 or older during 2020, or will be celebrating their 70th or greater wedding anniversary, please contact the Office for the Aging at the phone number above or through email at [email protected].
The Celebration of Aging is four months away, so there’s still plenty of time for long-time couples and centenarians to make up their minds about attending.