Age is not important. It’s what you do with your time…what a wonderful world,” is the philosophy of Selma P. Dillard, one of three Sage Senior Honorees at the 31st Annual Alice Bowie Coleman Senior Citizens Luncheon, sponsored by the Links Incorporated, Capital City Chapter.
The event, which was held April 13 at the St. George Conference Center, was attended by over 200 seniors from Greater Washington D.C. church organizations, AARP chapters, civic organizations, independent living homes and private residences. “We are pleased to be able to continue to provide this annual event for precious members of our community—our seniors,” Claudia McKoin, President of Capital City Links, said in a statement. “We are particularly delighted to recognize the community service provided by our three honorees through Capital City Links Sage Senior Award.”
The three 2013 Sage Senior honorees were Ms. Ellen Odella Van Edwards, Mr. Bernard Gibson and Ms. Selma P. Dillard. They were honored as individuals who demonstrate, “passion for active public service to our community; spirit of sharing talent; wisdom and love; and serving as role models that inspire others to enhance the legacy of aging with purpose, generosity and joy.” Dr. Floretta Dukes McKenzie, former D.C. School Superintendent and alumnae member of Capital City Links, served as Honorary Chair and luncheon Co-Chairs were Lois Jackson, Altomease Kennedy and Beverly Lamberson. Kim Keenan Blackburne, was a lively Mistress of Ceremonies and Dr. John Thompson, Executive Director, D.C. Office on Aging, brought greetings and informed the audience in the District of Columbia is working to become an “Age Friendly City.”
Candidates for Sage Awards were nominated by their peers and final selections were made by a Committee of alumnae reviewers with vote of the full Luncheon Committee. A video of the Sage Honorees was filmed by DC-TV and produced by Deborah Royster and Stephanie Myers, Co-Chairs of the Sage Awards
Committee. Music DJ Lincoln Ross entertained and Dunbar High School student Kameron Vollin-Reed, performed a solo performance. The seniors played bingo games, received a complimentary lunch and gift bags. Boys Town volunteers assisted guests and donations for the event came from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pepco, DC Chamber of Commerce, DC Office on Aging, DC Public Service Commission, Cultura Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center, and Bloomingdale’s. The afternoon ended with the seniors dancing an intergenerational “Electric Slide” with members of Capital City Links and Boys Town volunteers.