Celebrating and Recognizing Senior Adults in Clay County

Senior Adults are important to our community! They are a generation that exemplifies values, integrity, commitment, generosity and a strong work ethic. They give their time and talents in many areas of service to our community.

The community is asked to nominate individuals for the Golden Years Gala Service Awards in the following areas

• Volunteer Woman of the Year
• Volunteer Man of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement

Business and personal sponsorships underwrite this yearly event, and they also benefit The Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park in continuing to provide services to improve the quality of life of senior adults through our award-winning educational programming and events.

Since our nonprofit  – serving hundreds of seniors annually – does not receive government funding, your partnership greatly assists this organization, as the cost and demand for senior services continue to increase.

We also would like to thank the dozens of hard-working volunteers that help make this annual event a success. SCOOP couldn't do it without you!

L-R Mike Jorgensen, Jill Grabowski, Craig Vangundy, Jill Pellegrin, Christy Fitzgerald (Executive Director), Ernie Cohen (Emcee)

2019 Winners

Shepherd’s Center Volunteer of the Year: Mike Jorgensen, J.D., LL.M

Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Grabowski

Volunteer Man of the Year: Craig VanGundy

Volunteer Woman of the Year: Jill Pellegrin


2019 nominees:

Janey Fox
Bob Holliday
Susan Nevinger
Gary Newman
Wynema Lovell
Dee Talty


2019 Title Sponsor 


2019 Platinum Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Clay County Senior Advocacy Council
The Clay Theatre
Clay Today
Elks Lodge #1892 Charity Bingo
Peggy & Joe Grantham
Kessler Creative
The Windsor Ortega

Bronze Sponsors

Arbor Terrace Ortega
Canterfield of Clay County
Heartland of Orange Park
Island Doctors
Senior Counsel Attorneys at Law
Carol & Dan Weisenburger
Chester & Mary Ann Witczak

Thank you!

Our very heartfelt and appreciative thank you to the 2019 Gala Committee Members for making this year’s Gala a success. Susan Stobe, Chairman, Suzanne Tower, Karen Konopacki, Katy Kearson, Connie Eden, Ernie Cohen, Lori Donalty, Gary Monson, Andrea Crowder, Esther Lee, and Carol Weisenburger.