The West End Home Foundation was honored by AgeWell Middle Tennessee in October as a recipient of the 2021 Sage Award. Sage Awards are given to older individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Middle Tennessee through a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities and to organizations that have provided exemplary service to older adults.
The Foundation was part of a distinguished group of honorees that included Ernie Bacon, Dr. James and Phyllis Hildreth, Charlie Strobel, John Hood, Tim Takacs and Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. At the awards ceremony, Dianne Oliver, WEHF Executive Director, expressed her sincere thanks to AgeWell Middle Tennessee for this incredible honor and her congratulations to fellow honorees. “I am truly overwhelmed to be in your company today”.
Jim Shulman, Vice Mayor and former Director of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, introduced the Foundation at a private in-person ceremony earlier this month. WEHF has been a strong partner with TCAD over the past five years on the SeniorTrust Statewide grant program.
Caroline Shockely, Board President and Ms. Oliver both credited the hundreds of women who have helped shape the organization during its 130 year history. “This award represents 130 years of service and it is because of the wisdom and vision of our predecessors that we have the privilege of funding and collaborating with a network of organizations that support, nourish and keep older people engaged in ways that matter. We are so lucky to be able to do this important work.”
In her remarks at the virtual awards ceremony, Ms. Oliver said, “The West End Home Foundation is proud of our partnership with AgeWell. We look forward to continuing our work with AgeWell and everyone here today as we amplify the voices of older adults and create age-friendly communities that benefit everyone.”