The Senior Source Honored 2017 Spirit Of Generations Awardees Diane And John Scovell With Some Tricks And Treats

Hyatt Regency Dallas guests probably thought that Halloween was getting an early start on Tuesday, October 31. Passing them by were a blonde in black attire topped off with a black cowboy hat and red cape, a person in oversized cowboy costume, cheerleaders and munchkins in red T-shirts reading 2027 Panthers.

Actually, all these characters were on site as part of The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Luncheon honoring longtime Texas Tech loyalists Diane and John Scovell, as well as present the 2017 Molly H. Bogen Service Award to Lori Daniels.

Fred and Jan Hegi

Bob White

Carolyn Miller

As the Landmark Circle filled to capacity for the VIP reception with Gail and Gerald Turner, 2016 Spirit Awardees Jan and Fred Hegi, 2011 Spirit Awardee Carolyn Miller, 2010 Spirit Awardees Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Caren Kline, Kristen and Jim Hinton, Tucker Enthoven with her mom Julie Ford, John and Betty Crawford, Debbie Oates, Brent Christopher, Robin Robinson and Margo Goodwin, The Senior Source President/CEO Cortney Nicolato and Bank of Texas Dallas Market Executive Bob White welcomed the crowd.

Diane Scovell

One or two of the group admitted that they had headed to the Anatole, where the event had been held in the past. But since John had built the Hyatt along with the world-renowned tower, it was only right to honor him in his hotel.

One guest was huffing as she arrived after parking her car in the satellite parking lot. She admitted that the lunch was just the second time that she had been to the Hyatt and climbing the hill in high heels for John was a labor of love. The next time she was gonna valet.

Alan White and John Scovell

Mary Montgomery and Kristi Hoyl

At 11:30 the Landmark Ballroom was filling with longtime friends of the Scovells like Texas Tech buddy Alan White was tableside with Pat SchenkelKristi Hoyl and Mary Montgomery spied each other across the way. They were both in similar dresses… Alan Walne was still sporting a sling due to surgery…Former Senior Source President/CEO Molly Bogen arrived to hugs from Lindalyn Adams …’nother former Senior Sourcer Betty Houser reported that after a year off for “temporary retirement,” she was considering a return to the nonprofit sector… and Pat McCallum, Barbara Stuart, County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, District Attorney Faith Johnson and Brad Cheves.

Pete Schenkel, Brad Cheves and Alan Walne

Betty Houser and Stephanie Russell

Just past noon Senior Source Board Chair John Taylor III got things started by introducing Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Rev. Matthew Ruffiner, who gave the invocation, and Luncheon Chair Carol Lupton Huckin and Diamond Underwriter Baylor Scott And White Health CEO Jim Hinton addressed the crowd as lunch was served.

In presenting the Bogen Service Award with Molly to Lori, Cortney told how Lori had served in various capacities to help the elderly. Lori even created an underwear donation drive called “The Reverse Panty Raid” and a gift drive for the holidays. That first year, “ten seniors were adopted.” Last year 200 personalized gifts were delivered to clients.

Lori Daniels, Cortney Nicolato and Molly Bogen

Lori recalled how she had joined The Senior Source after seeing a notice in The Dallas Morning News for a volunteer opportunity. That was 20 years ago. Since that time, she has involved friends, family and especially her husband, Jim Daniels.

A video was shown detailing the countless programs that The Senior Source provides. Just last year they accommodated 33,000 “older adults.”

As the lights came up, a couple of white rocking chairs were now on the left side of the stage in front of a row of faux hedges with twinkling lights. In the back of the ballroom, cheerleaders and other characters waited.

Red Raider and Masked Rider

Following the video, Cortney asked that guests visit a senior and text donations. She then explained that while the fundraiser often took place around Thanksgiving, this year “We’re just trying to mess with you today and do it on Halloween.”

As Cortney left the stage and Diane and John took their places in the rocking chairs. A voice over the PA revealed how it was a Scovell tradition at Halloween that trick or treaters must do a trick before getting a treat. In keeping with that idea, it was announced that Stage Fright Events had been hired to screen the masses who seek their 15 minutes of fame “on the Scovells’ front porch.

John and Diane Scovell

The skit provided laughs as one of the screeners proved not to be the sharpest tack in the box saying that

  • John had met Diane when she was a traveling rodeo clown. No, Diane had been a rodeo queen in Brady. And they met in college — Texas Tech, of course.
  • John’s dad, Field Scovell, had been “Mr. Spandex Bowl.” No, Field had been Mr. Cotton Bowl.
  • John had built the Eiffel Tower. No, he had built Reunion Tower.
  • In college, Diane and John were named Mr. and Miss Texas A and …. No, they were named Mr. and Miss Texas Tech.

Preston Hollow Elementary School third graders

The first to tryout were future Hillcrest Panthers/third graders from Preston Hollow Elementary, who sang “Skin and Bones.” [Editor’s note: It was pretty darn adorable.]

Next up was the Reunion Tower Ball that texted via the big screen that it and the Scovells go back 39 years. For its trick, the revolving ball displayed a lit pumpkin.

Reunion Tower

Texas Tech cheerleaders

The final tryout on stage was the Texas Tech crew including the cheerleaders shouting “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for seniors  stand up and holler.” With that the Tech fight song played, Masked Rider and Raider Red arrived on stage and the guests stood.

With the Diane and John still rocking, Underwriting Chair John Crawford replaced the Stage Fright team and told how the Scovells had made a dynamic impact on Dallas education, business, health and environment by looking “to the future with a reverence for the past.” In the Scovell world, “Success is a team sport.”

John Crawford, Carol Huckin, John and Diane Scovell and John Taylor

John Taylor and Carol joined John Crawford in presenting the award to the Scovells.

After receiving the award, John Scovell retired to his chair and Diane admitted, “I want to shut the doors and get around to everybody…We’re appreciative and so very uncomfortable. It’s kinda not our style.” She asked everyone who had been involved with any of the Scovell projects for the betterment of Dallas. It seemed like all but a handful stood. At one point she told how their sons had been such troopers even when John coached them in soccer but knew nothing about the sport.

It was now time for John to address the group by defending his soccer skills. “My father told me early on. He said, ‘Son, if you can’t use your hands, it must be a communist sport.’ That was my introduction to soccer.” He then had Diane join him at the podium. Once again he recalled something his father had told him, “He had spent a lot of time at events like this and he said, ‘Son, if you’re to speak and have a nice audience, here’s what you tell them. You stand up to be seen. You speak up to be heard. You sit down to be appreciated.”

And from the audience’s response, the Scovells were truly appreciated.

For more photos of the day’s activities, head on over to MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

From An Olympian Gold Medalist To An Opera CEO, The Awards Of Excellence Celebrated A Wide Range Of Achievers

One of the favorite award luncheons of the fall season is the Dallas Historical Society‘s Awards for Excellence. Just the week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 17, the lovers of Dallas history and those who help make it all come true were at the Fairmont for the handing out of awards and the legendary A.C. Greene champagne toast. Here’s a report from the field:

The Board of Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society, with Honorary Co-Chairs Gail Thomas, PhD and Robert Hyer Thomas and co-chairs Veletta Forsythe Lill and Mary Suhm, welcomed over 650 attendees to the 35th Awards for Excellence (AFE) in Community Service luncheon on Thursday, November 17, at the Fairmont Dallas.

May Suhm, Amy Aldredge and Veletta Forsythe Lill*

As attendees arrived and took their seats, Master of Ceremonies Stewart Thomas welcomed everyone to the 35th annual celebration, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated generosity of spirit, civic leadership, and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city. He then welcomed Reverend Richie Butler, senior pastor of St Paul United Methodist Church, for the invocation. 

Following the invocation, guests enjoyed a first course of spring pea and ham soup en croute with mint cream, followed by roasted chicken breast with demi glace served with old school stacked potatoes, arugula and carrot cardamom puree. Thomas returned to introduce Co-Chairs Veletta and Mary.

Bob and Gail Thomas*

Ms. Lill and Ms. Suhm expressed their gratitude to attendees, event sponsors and the luncheon committee for their support of this year’s Awards for Excellence, particularly Honorary Co-Chairs Gail Thomas and Robert Hyer Thomas. Applauding the couple’s many contributions to Dallas, including their long-standing support of the Dallas Historical Society, the co-chairs announced that two special books would be donated in the Thomas’ honor to the G.B. Dealey Library and Reading Room at the Hall of State: for Bob, Darwin Payne‘s “One Hundred Years On The Hilltop: The Centennial History of Southern Methodist University” and for Gail:  the late historian A. C. Greene‘s “A Town Called Cedar Springs” for creating the sense of community from the many former historic villages that now comprise Greater Dallas.

Dallas Historical Society Board of Trustees Chair Bill Helmbrecht then took the podium recognizing event co-chairs and honorary chairs as well as Amy Aldredge, the Dallas Historical Society’s recently appointed executive director. Additionally, he thanked Arrangements Chair Shannon Callewart, Master of Ceremonies Stewart Thomas, AFE Coordinator Louise Caldwell, Caro Stalcup and Staff Liaison Nora Lenhart for all the dedicated hours they put in to making the event a success.

He also shared the impact the Dallas Historical Society makes with its holdings of over three million archives and artifacts related to Dallas and Texas history, its exhibits and events, including two upcoming exhibits, “Polly Smith: A Texas Journey” and “Drawing Power: The Editorial Art of John Knott” and its education and public programs which reach approximately 20,000 area school students annually.

As dessert of caramel pecan cheesecake with salted caramel and Texas pecans was served, Stewart returned to recognize the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Community Service recipients.  Each recipient was presented with their award by co-chairs Lill and Suhm.  

Keith Cerny, Holly Mayer and Emmanuel Villaume*

Anita Martinez, Eliseo Garcia and Patricia Meadows*

Richard Stanford and Pat Mattingly*

Hugh Aynesworth and Pierce Allman*

2016 Awards for Excellence recipients:

    • Arts Leadership – Keith Cerny, general director and CEO of the Dallas Opera
    • Business – Leonard M. Riggs Jr. M.D., noted Dallas civic leader who began his career as an emergency physician, became chief of emergency medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, and later founded the precursor of EmCare, Inc.
    • Creative Arts – Eliseo Garcia, international multi-media sculptor
    • Education – Pat Mattingly, long-time educator and former 26-year director of The Lamplighter School
    • History – Hugh Aynesworth, award-winning journalist and writer
    • Humanities – Molly Bogen, retired 40-year director of Senior Source
    • Medical Research – Eric Olson, renowned molecular biologist specializing at UT Southwestern Medical Center
    • Philanthropy – Linda Perryman Evans, president and CEO of the Meadows Foundation
    • Sports Leadership – Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time World Championship gold medalist
    • Volunteer Community Leadership – Philip C. Henderson, architect and urban visionary and first president of the Friends of the Katy Trail
    • Volunteer Community Leadership – Frederick “Shad” Rowe, co-founder of GIBI Investment Symposium and advocate and board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation
    • Jubilee History Maker – Margot Perot, community volunteer and philanthropist

Nancy Shelton and Molly Bogen*

David Dunnagan and Linda Perryman Evans*

Glenn Solomon, Louise Caldwell and Michael Johnson*

Shad Rowe and Willing Ryan*

Carol Montgomery and Margot Perot*

After the awards presentation, champagne was served to all attendees as well as recipients on stage. Stewart returned to the podium, with glass in hand, to conclude with the event’s traditional A.C. Greene toast:  “Would everyone who was born in Dallas, please stand up.  Would everyone who was born in Texas, please stand up. We toast the rest of you – who were smart enough to move here as fast as you could! Here! Here!”

The A.C. Greene toast*

As the event concluded, the Judy Moore Duo played the event’s signature song, “Big D” from the musical, “Most Happy Fella.”

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser support the Dallas Historical Society and its dedication to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history through its many programs, including educational outreach and public programs.

* Photo credit: Steve Foxall

College Sweethearts And Philanthropists Jan And Fred Hegi Got A Big Thank You As Well As George Dunham From The Senior Source

Molly Bogen

The Senior Source’s annual Spirit of Generations Luncheon entered a new era on Monday, November 14, at the Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom. It would be the first under the leadership of TSS President/CEO Cortney Nicolato, who had succeeded longtime TSS President/CEO Molly Bogen, who retired this past year after 40 years.

A new development was the VIP reception preceding the main event that evidently was not that important as media and official photographers weren’t put on call.

Luckily, honorees Jan and Fred Hegi provided enough of the warmth factor to shout-out the importance of the organization for the AARP-ers. Why, just having the Hegi clan there was enough to make it a true family affair: Amy and Peter Hegi and Libby and Brian Hegi with all their kids (Lila, Hunter, Mary Allison, Anna and Katherine).

Lila Hegi, Hunter Hegi, Amy Hegi, Mary Allison Hegi, Libby Hegi, Anna Hegi and Katherine Hegi

After Board Chair Kathy Helm welcomed the group including Luncheon Chair Marilyn Weber, Ruth Altshuler, Margaret and Lester Keliher, Lydia Novakov, Sarah Losinger, Connie Yates, Marsha and Craig Innes, Kelly Compton and Carolyn Miller, a touching video showcased Miss Julie, who had benefited from the The Senior Source. She told how Warren had been the champion for her having a life-changing home despite his battling pancreatic cancer. As the guests watched Miss Julie at her sewing machine tell lovingly of her gratitude for The Senior Source and Warren, it was noted that the video was in memory of Warren.

Margaret and Lester Keliher

David and Carolyn Miller

Following lunch, Cortney announced the creation of the Molly Bogen Services Award, named after her predecessor. 

George Dunham, Molly Bogen and Cortney Nicolato

The first Molly Award was presented to KTCK “The Ticket’”s George Dunham, who, despite being a jock-type guy, showed all the compassion of a loving son. Following his father’s death, he visited with Molly to see how he could help; that resulted in raising more than $200K. He addressed two of his sons who were in the audience that he hoped that they would remember their grandparents. Having lost both of his parents, George announced that he would share the award with his sister.

Then it was on to the salute to the Hegis. With Jan and Fred in easy chairs on stage, they settled down for a Jimmy Fallon “Thank you” presentation. Only this one featured Hegi longtime “friends.” With the honorees watching, the signers lined up verbalizing what they were signing.

Fred and Jan Hegi

First up were Hegi sons Brian and Peter, who recalled life with the perfect parents who had met the first week of entering SMU. One of the highlights was the boys’ recalling how they would show up at neighbors’ homes on Friday nights asking to spend the night, so they wouldn’t have to wake up to Saturday-morning chores.

Brian Hegi, Fred Hegi, Peter Hegi and Jan Hegi

Others lining up providing thanks were Mike and Marla Boone, Brad Cheves, Sherry Wilson, Highland Park Police Lt. Lance Koppa as well as other Hegi friends who got into the act.

David Miller and Fred and Jan Hegi

Even a member of the audience got into the tributes, admitting that the Hegis probably didn’t recognize him but, years ago, when he was going door-to-door selling knives, Fred talked with him for 20 minutes and Jan invited him to their annual homecoming party that weekend. Despite not attending SMU and even living out of state, he brought his wife and five kids every year, declaring it was the “greatest thing ever.” Did somebody say, “Ringer”?

After the ribbing and kidding was done, Former TSS Chair/Spirit of Generations Awardee David Miller presented the couple with the Spirit of Generations Award for their contributions in “thoughts, words and deeds to all generations of the greater Dallas community  past, present and future…who have helped build the foundation that supports our community and the bridges that connect ages.”

JUST IN: Dallas Historical Society’s Awards For Excellence Recipients Announced

What a great way to start off the week. The Dallas Historical Society just sent word of the  2016 Awards for Excellence in Community Service recipients. Yipee! They hit it out of the park again with a terrific roll call of peeps that if you didn’t know, you should. The honorees will be:

Molly Bogen (File photo)

Molly Bogen (File photo)

Linda Perryman Evans (File photo)

Linda Perryman Evans (File photo)

Keith Cerny (File photo)

Keith Cerny (File photo)

Hugh Aynesworth File photo)

Hugh Aynesworth File photo)

  • Arts Leadership (This award is given to that individual who has enriched the cultural life of Dallas as planner, organizer, fundraiser, collector or art historian.) – Keith Cerny
  • Business (This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the business climate of the community.) – Leonard M. Riggs Jr. M.D.
  • Creative Arts (This award is given to that individual whose prominence as a practitioner of the fine arts as artisan, architect, writer, composer, producer or performer has enriched the cultural environment of Dallas.) – Eliseo Garcia
  • Education (This award is given to that individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of education as a teacher, administrator or benefactor.) – Pat Mattingly
  • History (This award is given to that individual who has researched and chronicled aspects of the history of Dallas and Texas as a historian, journalist, researcher, folklorist or author.) – Hugh Aynesworth
  • Humanities (This award is given to that individual whose active sense of civic duty has provided leadership in achieving specific community goals.) – Molly Bogen
  • Medical Research (This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution through prominence or public service in medicine, scientific research, the behavioral sciences or public health.) – Dr. Eric Olson
  • Philanthropy (This award is given to that individual whose vision and personal generosity has greatly benefited this city.) – Linda Perryman Evans
  • Sports Leadership (This award is given to that individual who has brought distinction or achievement to team or individual sports as an athlete, coach, journalist, promoter or sports advocate.) – Michael Johnson
  • Volunteer Community Leadership (This award is given to that individual whose generous gift of self has enriched the community.) – Philip C. Henderson
  • Volunteer Community Leadership (This award is given to that individual whose generous gift of self has enriched the community.) – Frederick “Shad” Rowe
  • Jubilee History Maker (Created in 1991 and given in recognition of “Jubilee Dallas!,” this award recognizes an individual whose achievements extend to more than one of the award categories.) – Margot Perot
Mary Suhm (File photo)

Mary Suhm (File photo)

Veletta Lill (File photo)

Veletta Lill (File photo)

Bob and Gail Thomas (File photo)

Bob and Gail Thomas (File photo)

2016 Awards For Excellence in Community Service Luncheon Co-Chairs Mary Suhm and Veltta Lill are joined by former Awards recipients Gail and Bob Thomas as 2016 honorary co-chairs for the Thursday, November 17, luncheon at the Fairmont Dallas.

According to Dallas Historical Society Chairman of the Board of Directors William C. Helmbrecht III, “The Dallas History Society is honored to recognize this class of notable award recipients. Their service to the community in their varied fields has contributed greatly to the history of the city.”

If you don’t know one of these folks, here’s your opportunity to meet, greet and get to know ‘em.

JUST IN: Cortney Nicolato Named President/CEO Of The Senior Source

Back in 1976 the Tall Ships and fireworks celebrated the country’s bicentennial, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg won Wimbledon and a gal by the name of Molly Bogen joined The Senior Source. Some might have wondered what a 20-something knew about the older crowd and their needs. They were soon to learn that Molly not only recognized the problems facing the Greatest Generation, but she also rolled up her sleeves and tackled them … the problems, that is.

Molly Bogen (File photo)

Molly Bogen (File photo)

After “40 years at the helm of the 55-year-old organization,” Molly officially retired yesterday.

And, like any great leader, Molly wasn’t about to walk away from her 40-year-old baby unless the right person was in place to take over. That person is Cortney Nicolato, who assumes the role of The Senior Source president/CEO today.

Cortney Nicolato*

Cortney Nicolato*

According to The Senior Source Chairman of the Board Gregg Ballew, “The Senior Source has a long and proven history of maintaining the highest of professional standards while adapting to meet the needs of an ever-expanding adult population. We believe Cortney’s background and experience in the business and nonprofit sectors make her a natural fit to lead the organization’s life-changing work.”

Cortney’s resume reflects Gregg’s statement with her 16 years of professional experience in marketing and business strategy. Before joining The Senior Source, she was most recently the senior advisor and director of New Business Initiatives at the National Center of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. She has also written about patient engagement and health technology trends.

A DFW resident, Cortney said, “I am so thrilled to be joining The Senior Source. The programs that The Senior Source offers seniors impact lives significantly each and every day. I am proud to lead such an amazing party of our community.”

As the baby boomers swamp the resources and services in the years ahead, The Senior Source will become even more important.

And if history repeats itself, Cortney’s retirement party will be in 2056.

For a full rundown of Cortney’s resume, follow the jump!

* Photo provided by The Senior Source

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Baylor Scott And White CEO Joel Allison Accepted 2015 Spirit Of Generations With Humility And Compassion Despite A “Blow”

‘Twas the Monday before Thanksgiving and the Anatole was busy, busy, busy. While out-of-towners were hustling out the door to awaiting buses for tours of Dallas, locals were heading to The Senior Source’s 2015 Spirit of Generations Luncheon.

This luncheon tends to be the daytime version of the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner because the honoree never knows what to expect.

Gregg Ballew, Molly Bogen, Boone Powell Jr, Elizabeth Gambrell, David and Elaine Nelson and Joel Allison

Gregg Ballew, Molly Bogen, Boone Powell Jr, Elizabeth Gambrell, David and Elaine Nelson and Joel Allison

While nearly 900 checked in at the Grand Ballroom, patrons gathered for a private reception with honoree Baylor Scott and White CEO Joel Allison. Despite his being an old hand at hosting such gatherings, Joel seemed a little overwhelmed at the attention given him by the likes of Boone Powell Jr., Becky Bright, Elaine and David Nelson, Bob White, Randi Halsell, Barbara Stuart, Debbie Oates, Suzy Gekiere, Caren and Pete Kline and loads of Baylor types (Robin Robinson, Lindalyn Adams, Jennifer Coleman and husband Brad Stribling and, of course, Joel’s “bride” Diane Allison).

Debbie Oates

Debbie Oates

Jennifer Coleman and Brad Stribling

Jennifer Coleman and Brad Stribling

Sara Lee Gardner

Sara Lee Gardner

Pete and Caren Kline

Pete and Caren Kline

Diane Allison

Diane Allison

On the other hand, The Senior Source President/CEO Molly Bogen was all smiles despite this luncheon being her last to oversee. After 40 years, Molly was retiring. Little did she know that Luncheon Chair Elizabeth Gambrell and The Senior Source team had a surprise up their silk sleeves.

By 11:45 the patrons were headed to the Grand Ballroom.

As the head-table guests took their place promptly at 11:55, Community Partners of Dallas VP Joanna Clarke told that her support of The Senior Source came through her learning about the organization through her Junior League of Dallas days.

At noon sharp The Senior Source Board Chair Gregg Ballew introduced the table, and Baylor Scott & White Health Chief Mission and Ministry Officer Mark Grace gave the invocation.

But before the lunch commenced, Elizabeth thanked her committee and the underwriters. She then added that all but two of the past 21 luncheon chairs were present.

Luncheon (assorted Fall greens, drive cranberries, candied pecans, red and green applies, shaved Parmesan and Balsamic vinaigrette; herb crusted breast of chicken, wild mushroom sauce, webani rice with scallions, braised red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots and asparagus; and pear tart with dried cherries) was served with the talk of the day being Thanksgiving. Sharon Popham was flying with the rest of the family to their place in New Mexico, while husband Roy Popham was driving with all the food and stuff. Sharon was thrilled that there was already snow on the slopes…After orchestrating many past Thanksgiving feasts, Carol Seay was “just showing up.”

Following lunch, Molly introduced a video on the Elder Financial Safety Center shedding light on the ugly side of seniors “being victims” of financial abuse. According to the video, $37B is lost annually by older citizens due to financial abuse and “roughly 37% of seniors are abused financially.” Luckily, thanks to a collaborative effort by The Senior Source, the Dallas Country District Attorney’s Office and Probate Courts, the Center was providing “prevention, protection and prosecution services” for older adults. In the video Molly seemed to almost appeal that this program was her parting wish for the organization that she had grown and grown up with for 40 years.

Gregg returned to the podium encouraging guests to volunteer and support the organization’s efforts.

Then he announced “a little deviation from the agenda here.” To his far right, Molly looked startled. She didn’t know of any “deviation.” And she wasn’t supposed to. Gregg gave a tip of the hat to Molly, saying that like any great leader, she was leaving her organization better than she found it.  But despite her years of working with seniors, she might need some help adjusting to retirement. With that a video was shown featuring Mayor Mike Rawlings, Molly’s son Joseph Bogen (“Hey, Mom, now you can fulfill your lifelong dream of running for public office”), retired WFAA anchor Gloria Campos, retired Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow and The Ticket’s George Dunham (“Clear up those felony warrants you have”). With that Molly was given a standing ovation.

Molly Bogen, Debbie Oates and Joel Allison

Molly Bogen, Debbie Oates and Joel Allison

Before the guests could take their seats, Steve Blow himself appeared on stage in scrubs telling Molly, “This retirement gig is great!”

He told the audience that despite his outfit he hadn’t launched into a second career: “Healthcare has not gone that crazy.” The reason for the scrubs was his doing research on honoree Joel.

Steve Blow

Steve Blow

A video described Joel as the “most earnest man in the world” with such statements as

  • “Compared to him, Boy Scouts seem kind of shifty.”
  • “His groupies include the Pope, the Dali Llama, Oprah.”
  • “In college, he refused to play offensive tackle because it was …offensive.”
  • “Even his competitors list him as their emergency contact.”
  • “He once urged Mr. Rogers to be kinder to the people in his neighborhood.”

Steve admitted that he had undertaken “Operation: Find A Fault” to “dig up some dirt” on Joel. It was unsuccessful, but Steve dug up some “turkeys” like

  • “A Big Sleep” — Working out before 5 a.m. every day at the Tom Landry Center, Joel was given his own key because nobody could get up that early to open the center. He thought it would be a good idea for all the Baylor staff to work out and sent out a memo. The next morning at 4:45 a.m. the place was packed with doctors, nurses and staff. While an invigorated Joel carried on the day’s duties, his teammates looked a little worn out.
  • “Unnecessary Roughness” — His dedication to Baylor University football is renowned. He thought it might be just the thing to “broadcast Baylor games throughout all the medical centers.” However, hearing Joel and the senior leaders hollering, “Rip ’em up. Tear ’em up; “Sic ’em, sic ’em!” was a bit “unsettling.”

Steve told the group that Joel’s favorite comedian was Jeff Foxworthy and how Jeff’s understanding of medical terms didn’t quite sync with the Oxford Dictionary of Medicine. Examples:

  • Benign — “What you be after you be eight.”
  • Morbid —”Dang, a higher bid than mine.”
  • Fibula — “Well, that’s just a little old lie.”
  • Barium — “That’s what doctors do when patients die.”
  • Dilate — “To live long.”
Joel Allison and Margo Goodwin

Joel Allison and Margo Goodwin

Steve then turned the program over to The Senior Source’s Honorary Lifetime Director and Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board Chair Margo Goodwin, who got down to business and told of his dedication, his integrity and his accomplishments.

She recalled when Boone Powell Jr. hired Joel over 40 years ago he recognized Joel’s humility and compassion and “those core traits have stayed with Joel forever.”

Upon receiving his award, Joel displayed the “core traits” that Margo spoke of. He graciously thanked Margo, Steve, Gregg, Elizabeth, Elaine and David Nelson, Boone, his family and described The Senior Source as “the most outstanding organization in this community.”

In typical Joel fashion, he accepted the award “on behalf of the men and women of Baylor Scott and White Health that I have the privilege of serving every day. And it’s because of their dedication, their commitment, their compassion and their passion for delivering health care that I stand here before you.”

Joel Allison, Elizabeth Gambrell and Boone Powell Jr.

Joel Allison, Elizabeth Gambrell and Boone Powell Jr.

He also thanked the volunteers including the Baylor board and publicly saluted Molly.

Joel then turned his remarks to his just joining the “senior ranks” and said, “I’m looking forward to receiving the services” of The Senior Source. According to Joel, 10,000 other baby boomers are joining that status daily.

As an aside, he told the audience that he was going to go to The Senior Source “and have them help me understand the Medicare bill that I’m going to be receiving.”

The Senior Source’s Molly Bogen To Receive The 2014 Carmen Miller Michael Legacy Senior Communities Award At The Yes Event

­­There are those people who simply do not age. They simply thrive with each passing birthday combin­­ing youthful exuberance with earned experience. Despite what their birthday certificate may register as their age, they are as hopeful and energetic as a second grader on the first day of school.

They’re people like Ebby Halliday and T. Boone Pickens. Younger folks envy their intelligence and generosity of sharing wisdom. Older folks snort and envy the mojo in their genes.

Molly Bogen (File photo)

Molly Bogen (File photo)

So, the Legacy Senior Communities will salute one of “those kind of people” with the “First-Ever Carmen Miller Michael Legacy Senior Communities Award.” That person knows the word “senior” like most folks know the word “I”. She is Molly Bogen, the executive director of The Senior Source.

Molly admitted, “I was surprised and quite honored to hear that I would be the first to receive such an award in Dr. Carmen Miller Michael’s name. The same issues that drove her to do such amazing work drive me. I am passionate about impacting the lives of Texans who are aging, those who face cognitive challenges and those who may need direct services to improve their lives.”

Having “been leading The Senior Source as the executive director for 38 years, Bogen has chief of staff responsibility for administration and management of the agency with its 63-member staff and just completed her 10 years of service on the board of trustees for the Baylor Specialty Health Center.”

That’s the official word. The reality is that Molly and her team have faced the daunting situation of seniors and their needs growing at catastrophic speed. They have helped with job searches, nursing homes advocacy, money management, safety and protection, volunteer opportunities and counseling regarding aging issues and proving a “service delivery system on a continuum with 10 programs.” All that means that Molly has been on the frontline of the silver tsunami facing society.

Adding to the youthful feel of the occasion will be special guest speaker Jane Pauley. Dadgummit, but that gal never seems to age.

Adlene Harrison (File photo)

Adlene Harrison (File photo)

Chaired by Madeline Unterberg , the committee making the choice was comprised of Adlene Harrison, Shirley Tobolowsky, Julie Lowenberg and Freda Gail Stern.

Molly will receive the award at the “The Yes Event.” on Wednesday, November 19, at the Winspear.

Here’s to growing young in the years ahead like Molly, Ebby and Boone!

If you want to hang with a bunch of youthful people with the hope of its rubbing off, here’s where you can get ticket and sponsorship info.