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Covenant Platinum Award

The 2004 Covenant Platinum Award celebration on Aug 19 included flags, stars, and cheers for “the red, white and blue” —as well as accolades and applause for more than 150 Covenant Platinum Award nominees and five inspirational winners. The sixth annual event, held at the Knoxville Convention Center, attracted nearly 800 attendees.

The Covenant Platinum Awards were established by Covenant Health to recognize senior adults age 65 or older whose accomplishments in health and fitness, education, volunteerism, the arts, and community service represent the spirit of positive aging. A Covenant Senior Advocate Award is given to a person of any age whose work or volunteer service improves the quality of life for senior adults.

“These accomplishments know no age limit,” said Tony Spezia, president and chief executive officer of Covenant Health. “The Covenant Platinum Award recognizes inspirational individuals who keep making valuable contributions and doing great things well into their golden years.”

Four members of the popular Lawrence Welk Show — Ava Barber, Dick Dale, Jack Imel and Mary Lou Metzger — presented “A Musical Tribute to America.”

After the musical tribute, Bill Williams, anchor emeritus at WBIR-TV 10 and event emcee, presented Covenant Platinum Awards to the winners, all of whom are from Knoxville:

Gordon Daniels, 92, a West Knoxville resident, retired mechanical engineer and computer buff who works on construction projects for Habitat for Humanity and Wesley Woods camp.

Joan Frey, 77, an artist, sculptor, and poet who plays handbells, square dances, and plays piano for the Elderly Brothers singing group.

Edythe Nelle McNabb, 76, whose involvement in environmental projects includes participating in campaigns for recycling/litter reduction, and helping develop a plan to reduce landfill use.

John Smartt, 85, a respected attorney whose charitable activities include Kiwanis and the FISH pantry.

The Covenant Senior Advocate Award was given to Aaron Bradley, administrator of the East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability with offices in West Knoxville, for his work in developing and implementing programs to benefit senior adults in East Tennessee and across the state.


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