2016 Claude Pepper Award Recipients
Denise Hubbard exemplifies dedication in her daily life. Denise devotes hundreds of volunteer hours to improving the lives of seniors. Denise travels to various senior centers and provides free education classes for seniors about nutrition, Alzheimer’s care, prevention (falls, injuries, and scams), dementia care, and caregiver resources. Denise also facilitates exercise and health classes for seniors. Denise has served as chair on many committees including co-chair, St. John’s Taste Fest, and chair of the Michigan Senior Olympics Sponsorship Committee, Knock Your Socks Off, Henry Ford Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Walk.
Denise Hubbard has assisted several organizations securing sponsorships for senior programming to minimize cost to seniors. It is Denise’s personal goal to enrich the lives of seniors by improving their quality of life through the activities she provides.
When it comes to having an impact on seniors, the name Raymond Mills comes to mind. Raymond Mills has been an active member of the senior community since moving to the Bellaire area. Over the past 19 years Ray has continually expanded services to seniors. Whether it’s an education program, a walking path, the completion of the gazebo for music in the park, billiards, bingo, a weekly farmers market or the addition of pickle ball courts to keep seniors active, Ray continues to dream of ideas and spearheads the fundraising or grant writing to accomplish what needs to be done in the senior community.
Ray is a great representative for seniors. He is their voice on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Northwest Area Agency on Aging and was recently elected as their incoming Board President. In 2011, under the leadership of Ray, Area Seniors, Inc. completed the construction of the Area Seniors Activity Center and Park for increased physical, social and educational opportunities for seniors. Ray spends several hours of his day focused on programs, activities and/or board of director meetings that impact seniors.