There is still time to nominate a deserving Chatham County citizen for the inaugural “6 Over 60” awards, culminating with a luncheon Friday, Feb. 24, at Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.
The project, a partnership of the Chatham County Council on Aging and Chatham News + Record, recognizes individuals 60 years of age and over who have made, or continue to make, meritorious contributions to Chatham County and are nominated by members of the public.
The awards luncheon will be the culmination of “We Love Seniors” month in Chatham County, a month-long February celebration of older adults that is unique to Chatham. As the name suggests, six award winners will be honored.
Nominees must be 60 years of age or older — the initial age of entry into Council on Aging services — as of Jan. 1, 2023. Award winners must live in Chatham County, or must have spent the majority of their life and career in Chatham. Nominations, which may be submitted online, via email or regular mail, will be evaluated by a five-member selection committee.
The selection committee will consider, in no particular order, the number of nominations an individual receives as well as the merit and quality of their work in the Chatham County community.
“We see it every day in our work at the Council on Aging — age is in no way a determining factor in the ability to give one’s talents to the Chatham County community,” Council on Aging Director Ashlyn Martin said. “The submissions we have received to date are reflective of the remarkable spirit our older adults bring in bettering our community on a daily basis.”
Nominations may be submitted through Friday, Jan. 20. In addition to an online nomination portal located on the News + Record website, nominees and supporting documentation may be sent via email to email@example.com or by mail to the Chatham County Council on Aging at 365 Hwy. 87 N., Pittsboro, NC 27312 “Attn: 6 Over 60.”
Award winners will be notified on or before Thursday, Feb. 2, with the winners announced in the Thursday, Feb. 16, edition of the News + Record with photos and biographical sketches.
“Aging is, in fact, a privilege that is not enjoyed by all,” Lewis said. “We at the Council stand in awe of those who continually choose to make Chatham County a great place to live, work and play through their talents and gifts. It is our intention for ‘6 Over 60’ not to exclude, but to include as the years progress, and we are able to recognize more and more worthy recipients.”
For more information regarding the “6 Over 60” program, contact Lewis, the Council on Aging’s grants and communications specialist, at 919-542-4512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.