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Honoring exceptional older adults who prove


The 70 Over Seventy Next Chapter Awards, presented by Hannan Center, represent the human potential that continues and in many cases increases with age. Awardees reflect the diverse interests, accomplishments and lifestyles of older people in Michigan.

Congratulations to the 70 Over Seventy Class of 2023!


Patricia Barnes
Jeanne Bieri
Judy Bowman*
Joan Britton
Paul Curtis and Daphne Means-Curtis
Henry Harper
Shirley Hathaway
Betty McGraw
Gladys Patrick
Julie Sabit


Frederick Anderson
Karen C. Brown
Linda Campbell
Honorable Deborah Ford*
Jessie Francisco
Marjorie Mitchell
Vazilyn Poinsetta
Rev. Joan Ross
Jay Wilber
Chichita Young

Civic and Community Leadership

N. Charles Anderson
Denise Ford
Annie Mae Holt*
Orlin Jones (Posthumus)
Arthur Park
Maria Peoples
Sidney Rubin
James Shimoura
Maureen Taylor
Gwendolyn Winston


David Everette*
Billy Fowler
Dr. Pauline Furman
Sharon Harbin
Delphine Harris
Rev. Otis Harvill
Yvonne Knox
Charlene Mitchell-Rodgers
Dr. Jerry Zayid

Lifelong Learning

Adell Dickinson
Michelle Fallena
Nina Flanigan
Carole Green*
Laverre Greene
Charles Hiller
Marion Jackson
Vivian Longfellow
Inez Moore
Willie Ruth Thomas

Lifetime Achievement

Daniel Aldridge
Juanita Anderson
Rev. Dee Dee M. Coleman
Garland Jaggers
Maurice Parrish*
Barbara Selinger
George Shirley
Patricia Williams
Erica Wright
Honorable Robert Young Jr.

Unsung Hero

Marty Bettinger
Barbara Borreck
Georgia Crawford-Cambell*
Louise Guyton
Gloria Killebrew
Darchelle Strickland Love
Oliver (Ollie) Marcotte
Shelley McIntosh
Phyllis Reynolds
Pauline Ruff
Gwen Swain

* Impact Award Winner

Award Descriptions

  • These individuals have made outstanding and significant contributions to their communities in their lifetime and exemplify aging in a way that others aspire to experience. These awardees continue to participate in new careers, mentorship opportunities, volunteerism, and other impactful endeavors.

  • These awardees participate in the creation, teaching and/or development of art. They continue to improve communities by giving them greater access to art, increasing their knowledge of the craft, and creating exceptional work.

  • These awardees have created innovative solutions to known challenges within their communities. They are leaders in developing social, cultural, and economic change to improve lives.

  • These awardees have fostered a spirit of service in others by maintaining meaningful involvement in civic service. The depth and scope of their work has had a great impact on the communities they serve, and their inspiring commitment and passion to their work continues to bring others into service.

  • Awardees will have entrepreneurial spirit and initiative.  They will have taken the time to shape ideas into well performing ventures as well as operationalize innovation and demonstrate resilience.  Awardees will have either newly entered the entrepreneurship field by starting or supporting a new business or have owned and operated their own business within the last 10 years.

  • Awardees demonstrate a lively curiosity and willingness to study new subjects or have a serious involvement with a specific subject matter.  They treat learning itself as a valued part of life and through it find ways to continuously recreate themselves through personal and/or professional growth.

  • These awardees have consistently contributed their talents, skills, and support to family, friends, and neighbors with little recognition. They have a deep, tireless, and quiet commitment to service that enhances the quality of life in their communities, and positively influence many circumstances from behind the scenes.

A Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Award Sponsor

Table Sponsor

Beverly Burns, Holy Bowly, Evan & Jen Ho, and Mary Neff

70 Over Seventy | Next Chapter Awards™ is supported by Hannan Center, who offers enriching arts and culture programs and services for older adults in the metro Detroit area for nearly 100 years.