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MAYOR PRESENTS SENIOR RECOGNITION AWARDS
Mayor Mufi Hannemann congratulated 79 senior honorees today at the 43rd Annual Mayor’s Senior Recognition Program, held at the
Named 2009 Outstanding Male and Female Volunteers were Charles Clark, nominated by the State Executive on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol; and Michiko Motooka, nominated by Project Dana and Moiliili Hongwanji Mission.
Also recognized were four Akamai Living Award winners: Lawrence Morisako, Victorio Macatumbas, Serafina Gangemi Smith, and Antonio Garcia. These seniors represent the many who generously help others cope with life’s difficulties or assist organizations that deliver health care, recreational or social services.
This year’s theme, “Healthy Living by Sharing Aloha,” recognizes that volunteering benefits one’s health and well-being, while providing valuable service to the community.
Stacy Loe and Keahi Tucker of KGMB 9 were the event’s masters of ceremony. The program featured entertainment by Karen Keawehawaii, the Royal
The 43rd Mayor’s Senior Recognition Program was produced by the Honolulu Committee on Aging and the Elderly Affairs Division, City and
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The 43rd Annual Mayor’s Senior Recognition Program
Outstanding Senior Male and Female Volunteer 2009
OUTSTANDING MALE VOLUNTEER – Charles Clark, age 81. Nominated by the Senior Medical Patrol, Charles makes presentations to senior groups, retiree associations, civic organizations and college classes to inform people how to detect Medicare and Medicaid fraud, abuse, errors and how to protect themselves from becoming victimized. Charles is the founder and national president of Radiated Veterans of America. He founded the organization to address the financial and physical needs of senior veterans who suffer the effects of exposure to radiation. He has served on the board of Shriner’s Hospitals and raises funds for the March of Dimes and has also served on several community boards. An active member of AARP, Charles served as District Coordinator. His nominator says, “Charles’ volunteer work on behalf of persons with disabilities, senior radiated veterans, crippled children, and babies born with defects goes beyond duty; it comes from his heart. Charles has made profound contributions to the quality of life for seniors and others.”
OUTSTANDING FEMALE VOLUNTEER – Michiko Motooka, age 80. Nominated by Project Dana and Moiliili Hongwanji
PLATINUM AKAMAI LIVING AWARD WINNER – Lawrence Morisako, age 79. Nominated by the Moanalua Senior Citizens’ Club. Volunteering is
GOLD AKAMAI LIVING AWARD WINNER – Victorio Macatumbas, age 82. Nominated by
Silver Akamai Living Lifetime Award winner: Serafina Gangemi Smith, age 89. Nominated by the
BRONZE AKAMAI LIVING AWARD WINNER – Antonio Garcia, age 76. Nominated by the State Executive Office on Aging Sage Plus Program. Antonio not only volunteers many hours for the Sage Plus Program, but his skills and knowledge of Veteran’s benefits supports the “Endearing Section,” a special project at the Veterans Administration. Antonio also volunteers as an AARP Tax Aide, assisting individuals find ways to ensure that they obtain the best benefits when preparing their tax returns correctly. He also helps the Hawaii Food Bank as part of the “Odd Fellows Organization.” The volunteer spirit is part and parcel of Antonio’s character.