Lifetimes of Achievement celebration set for May 19 in Palo Alto
On May 19, six extraordinary people will be honored by the Senior Coordinating Council for their contributions to the community through professional or community service activities. This year's honorees, Lois Crozier-Hogle, Fred Eyerly, Crystal Gamage, Robert Jamplis, Leonard Koppett and Anna Wu Weakland join 39 others who have received the honor since its inception in 1990.
Award recipients, who must be at least 70 years old, are chosen for their impact on the Midpeninsula.
"These people are really role models for successful living, successful aging," said Karen Ross, chair of the selection committee. "They made our community a richer place to live. It really is a lifetime of achievement."
The committee tries to make sure the honorees come from different backgrounds and have been involved in a broad array of activities.
Eyerly owned Eyerly's Hardware in downtown Palo Alto and served on the Palo Alto City Council from 1975 to 1983. He helped found the Gamble Garden Center and is active in the Palo Alto Historical Association and other local groups. Gamage is associated with numerous local organizations as an active volunteer, with hardly a major organization who doesn't have her on their list of volunteers. Environmentalist Crozier-Hogle helped found the Peninsula Conservation Center and the Committee for Green Foothills. Jamplis is a thoracic surgeon now serving as president and CEO of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Koppett, a longtime columnist for the former Peninsula Times Tribune, is the author of 14 books and has been inducted into the baseball and basketball halls of fame. Weakland is an artist, blending Asian and Western traditions. She also teaches Chinese art.
Previous recipients include both David Packard and William Hewlett, author Wallace Stegner and pediatrician Esther Clark.
Jeanne and Leonard Ware will host a reception honoring the Lifetimes of Achievement Award winners at their home at 1480 Edgewood Drive in Palo Alto.
The event will benefit the Senior Coordinating Council, a nonprofit agency serving people 50 years or older on the Midpeninsula. It oversees five main services: the Senior Center of Palo Alto, Senior Day Health Program, Senior Home Repair, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Home Equity Loan Program. The goal of the agency is to enhance the independence, health and well-being of senior citizens.
Admission is $50 per person. Reservation packets are available from the front desk of the Senior Center of Palo Alto, located at 353 University Ave. or the development office at 560 Waverley St., Suite 200, in Palo Alto. Megan McCaslin is a freelance writer, a Palo Alto resident and a member of the organizing committee for Lifetimes of Achievement. Mickey Shanabarger is also a committee member.
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