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
• Ernie Cohen 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!

2022 Nominees

Woman of the Year:
Dolores Felkey
Connie Eden
Dorothy Robinson
Millie Wilkes
Selana Hayle
Marilyn Hollowood
Kathy Wray
Ernie Cohen

Life Time Achievement Award:
John Gilman
Jay Heather
Pat Fernandez
Evelyn “Dolly” Hillman

Man of the Year:
Robert Simpson
Jim Corbin
Gray Chandler

15th Annual Golden Years Gala • May 25, 2022 • 8:30am • Sullivan Hall

2022 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 $250-5,000. 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!

2022 Platinum Sponsor


2022 Gold Sponsors

George and Suzanne Tower

Silver Sponsors

Chris Bass
Care Plus
Peggy & Joe Grantham
Peggy Hoppin
David and Carolyn Humphrey
Sandra Mills
Chuck and Julie Smithers
Mike and Kathy Vallencourt

Bronze Sponsors

Bullwinkle’s Trailer Repair
By Your Side Senior Care
Community Hospice and Palliative Care
Andrea Crowder
David and Carolyn Humphrey
Ken and Ruth Johansen
Fran Isert
Mike, Jorgensen, Senior Counsel Attorneys at Law
Ken and Ruth Johansen
Susan Stobe
Chester & Mary Ann Witczak

2021 Honorees

Shepherd’s Center Volunteer of the Year: Suzanne Tower

Lifetime Achievement Award: Esther Lee

Volunteer Men of the Year: Elmer Posick and Mike Youngblood

Volunteer Women of the Year: Margo Hay and Delores Wellner

Thank you!

Our very heartfelt and appreciative thank you to the 2023 Gala Committee Members for making this year’s Gala a success. Susan Stobe, Chairman, Suzanne Tower, Katy Kearson, Connie Eden, Lori Donalty, Andrea Crowder, Esther Lee, Scotty Hood, Ruth Johansen, David Kleinik, Carol Klein, and Al Benson