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AgeWell Middle Tennessee announced the 2021 Sage Awards honorees

Kelleigh Michanichou

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NASHVILLE, TN — AgeWell Middle Tennessee, a non-profit organization providing trusted information and assistance to older adults, announced seven honorees for the 2021 Sage Awards. The honorees will receive the award on October 18, 2021.

The honorees are Ernie Bacon (Williamson County), John Hood (Rutherford County), Father Charles Strobel (Davidson County), Timothy Takacs (Sumner County), The West End Home Foundation, Mathew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Dr. James E. K. Hildreth and Phyllis D. K. Hildreth (Davidson County).

The Sage Awards honors older adults who have made outstanding contributions to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Here are the accomplishments of the honorees:

Ernie Bacon used to be a senior corporate executive with several healthcare companies. He assisted the acquisition of two major land parcels, which became the Park at Harlinsdale Farm and the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, to preserve historic land and create space for families.

John serves as the director of government and community affairs at Middle Tennessee State University. He served as a volunteer in the leadership of Murfreesboro City School Board, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Rutherford County Quarterly Court (now Commission) and Tennessee School Boards Association.

Dr. James Hildreth, the president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, was recently appointed to The White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Phyllis D. K. Hildreth, vice president of Institutional Strategy and Academics at American Baptist College, has a long career dedicated to juvenile justice.

Tim Takacs coined a new form of elder law called Life Care Planning. He founded Life Care Planning Law Firms Association to teach other attorneys across the country how to make their practice more “elder-centered.”

Charles Strobel offers hospitality to Nashville's homeless population. He founded Room In The Inn in 1986, offering emergency services, transitional programs and long-term solutions to Nashville's most vulnerable neighbors.

The West End Home Foundation (WEHF), an independent charitable foundation committed to enriching the lives of older adults, has granted almost $19 million to sixty non-profit partners serving older adults in Middle Tennessee.

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (MWCHC) strives for equal access to quality healthcare and health education for all. Matthew Walker provides affordable, comprehensive care for underinsured and uninsured Middle Tennesseans.

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