National Senior Citizens Day celebration and awards

Lola Williamson celebrates after receiving recognition award from Commission Lisa Cupid (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioner Lisa Cupid were on hand to present recognition awards at the 2nd Annual National Senior Citizens Day celebration.

District 4 Commissioner Lisa Cupid
District 4 Commissioner Lisa Cupid (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)
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Cobb BOC Chairman Mike Boyce
Cobb BOC Chairman Mike Boyce (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The event, hosted by the Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County, was at the Cobb Senior Wellness Center on Powder Springs Street, Marietta.

National Senior Citizens Day was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 as a day to support and show appreciation for senior citizens.

The luncheon was M.C.’d by Vera Kiser, and opening remarks were made by the president of the Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County, June Van Brackle.

Vera Kiser
Vera Kiser, the M.C. (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)
June Van Brackle
June Van Brackle, president of the Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

This year’s honorees

The awards were presented by Chairman Boyce and Commissioner Cupid. The descriptions of the honorees below were taken from the promotional materials for the event:

Pamela Luczon-Peterman
Pamela Luczon-Peterman (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Pamela Luczon-Peterman, the community-at-large honoree, is a notable leader in the Filipino-American community. Pamela has served in numerous leadership positions that reflect both her career as a family nurse practitioner and as a champion of projects that benefit persons in need.”

Anthony (Tony) Gasper
Anthony (Tony) Gasper (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Anthony Gasper is the veteran honoree. Anthony (Tony) served in the Marine Corps from 1968 to 1975. Tony continues to be a strong participant in fundraising for the Marines and other veteran related causes and is also actively involved with the Salvation Army and other community volunteer organizations.”

Vivian Denman-Willis
Vivian Denman-Willis (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Vivian Denman-Willis is the honoree from the Cobb Senior Wellness Center. Vivian is a founding member of the Friends of the Senior Wellness Center and feels a personal responsibility to promote fellowship and support at the center. Among her many activities there, Vivian has taught computer skills to seniors and headed the walking club.”

Lola Williamson, center, receiving award from Commissioner Lisa Cupid (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Lola Williamson is known as the ambassador at the North Cobb Senior Center. She is there daily assisting in the necessary activities that keep the place running smoothly and making sure that visitors feel welcome to the center.”

John Huey
John Huey receiving award from Chairman Mike Boyce (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

John Huey has been an enthusiastic volunteer at the East Cobb Senior Center since 2008. John is at the center almost every day helping out in any way possible and is especially involved in the functioning and maintenance of the billiard room which is a very popular activity spot at the center.”

Roberta Jackson
Roberta Jackson (center), flanked by Commissioner Lisa Cupid and June Van Brackle (photo by Larry felton Johnson)

Roberta B. Jackson has been a member of the C. Freeman Poole Center since 2005. Roberta is now 94 years old but she continues to be very engaged in supporting all of the general activities, classes, and fundraisers at the center.”

Entertainment at the event

The afternoon’s entertainment included dance by Rock Step Nation and the East Cobb YMCA Kickers, traditional Baan dance from the Philippines by Josephine “Arjho” Latimban Carino Turner, and jazz saxophone by Ravan Durr.

Rock Step Nation performs at National Senior Citizens Day
Rock Step Nation performs at National Senior Citizens Day (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)
The East Cobb YMCA Kickers
The East Cobb YMCA Kickers (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)
Josephine Arjho Latimban Carino Turner performs traditional Baan dance
Josephine Arjho Latimban Carino Turner performs traditional Baan dance (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Video of Ravan Durr performing “Summertime”

Ravan Durr performs “Summertime” at the National Senior Citizens Day celebration in Cobb County (recorded by Larry Felton Johnson)
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1 Comment on "National Senior Citizens Day celebration and awards"

  1. Shirley Hamilton | August 29, 2019 at 4:45 pm | Reply

    The Saxophonist was beyond spectacular. All
    All of the recipients were truly happy. Mrs, Jackson was so thrilled she shed a few tears as she thought that since she we in her mid nineties that she had been cast aside. To God Be the Glory for seniors and organizations like Cobb County SCC. I bet we will have a sell out crowd if SCC hosted a Christmas gala/Ball.

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