Celebrating and Recognizing Senior Adults in Clay County

In light of the current circumstances and the need to consider your safety, we have decided to change the format of our 13th Annual Golden Years Gala. Unfortunately, there will not be an in-person event. The Gala committee will be honoring our nominees for Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Shepherd’s Center of Volunteer of the Year through newspaper articles and Facebook posts. On September 9, the Gala Committee will announce the winners in each category. Masked committee persons will deliver the winner’s plaques.

In addition, the Gala Committee will host an online auction on Bidding Owl from Sept 2 – Sept 9; bidding will end at noon on Sept 9. This platform will give the auction exposure to everyone, so please share the following link with your family and friends:

https://www.biddingowl.com/ShepherdsCenterofOrangePa 

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!

2020 Nominees

Man of the Year
Ernie Cohen
Louis Lindsay
Darrell Meadows
Charles Nichols
Gerald Waugaman
Ed Weston

Woman of the Year
Ginny Furrman
Ruth Johansen
Carol Meadows

Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Robert Cowie
Ed Dickson
Susan Stobe

Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park’s Outstanding Service Award
Susan Nevinger

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

Personal and corporate/business sponsorships underwrite this event and also benefit The Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park in continuing to provide services to improve the quality of life of senior adults through award-winning educational programming and events.

Since our non-profit that serves 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.   

Sponsorship opportunities are available from $250 to $5,000. Please click here for a copy of our sponsorship form. Contact us with questions, and thanks for contributing to the quality of life for our local seniors!

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
By Your Side Senior Care
Clay County Senior Advocacy Council
Peggy and Joe Grantham
Haven Hospice
Karen and Stan Konopacki
Senior Counsel Attorneys at Law
Silverlink Consulting
Chuck and Julie Smithers
The Windsor Ortega
Vallencourt Construction
Mary Ann and Chester Witczak

Bronze Sponsors
Canterfield of Clay County
Susan Stobe
George and Suzanne Tower
Vitas

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

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

Our very heartfelt and appreciative thank you to the 2019 Gala Committee Members for making last 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.