Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
Nominees are evaluated for their significant contributions to the community after reaching the age of 60. Those selected for induction are role models for leading vibrant, meaningful lives and enriching the quality of life for others. Their compelling stories demonstrate lifelong commitments to causes, organizations and communities.
Inductees receive a Hall of Fame lapel pin, a framed portrait from a professional photographer, and a personal recognition on stage from county commissioners. A professionally catered reception with family and friends follows the ceremony.
The legacy of the Hall of Fame is to preserve and foster an appreciation for those remarkable individuals who helped to shape the future of our communities. Over 390 individuals have been inducted in the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame since 1975.
Any individual or organization may nominate a resident of Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union County. Nominees must be 60 years of age or older and a legal resident of Ohio for the past five years or longer. A married couple may be nominated for one award if both have been equally involved in the same activities and both meet the eligibility criteria.
For any questions, please contact the Hall of Fame Coordinator at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 614-645-7250; 1-800-589-7277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone submit a nomination?
Yes. Nominations are submitted by friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, volunteers, clubs, businesses, government, elected officials and non-profit organizations. The individual or married couple nominated must live in the 8-county central Ohio area (Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union) but the nominator(s) may live outside the eight counties. Self nominations are not accepted.
How can I check if someone is already in the Hall of Fame?
A list of past inductees appears on the website under Hall of Fame Inductees. Click here to see the list of past inductees.
Can I nominate a group, club, agency or organization?
No. The Hall of Fame only recognizes individuals.
What information should I include in the nomination?
Be as descriptive as possible. A resume or list of activities or memberships is not enough information for the committee to make a selection. Tips for preparing a winning nomination:
- Write your nominee's inspiring story to touch the hearts of readers.
- Describe your nominee's life since reaching the age of 60 and how he/she is a role model for active involvement in the community.
- Be detailed and use complete sentences; your story is the only basis for selection; it will be used for the inductee's page in the program.
- Include some dates / length of time for your nominee’s involvement in activities.
- optional - Enhance your nomination with letters of support from others who know the nominee (maximum of three letters).
- Recognize your nominee for unpaid efforts (not a job).
- Please do not send certificates, news clippings, photos, resumes or memorabilia.
- No posthumous or self-nominations, please.
Can the nomination be a surprise?
No. Obtaining advance permission from the person you wish to nominate is required in case he or she will not be available for the portrait sitting in early April, the ceremony the third week in May, or in case the person does not want to accept the recognition.
How are the winners chosen?
Nominees are evaluated for their special contributions to the community after reaching the age of 60, for positively influencing others as role models, and for leading lives not defined by age. Their achievements may demonstrate commitments to formal organizations, including volunteerism, community service, leadership, church and charitable work, or informal efforts such as caregiving and giving a helping hand to neighbors. The selection committee is comprised of COAAA staff, a representative of the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, and a member of the COAAA Advisory Council.
Will I receive notification when winners are announced?
Yes. Letters are sent to all nominees and nominators. If your nominee is selected for induction, you will also receive a phone call or e-mail message offering you the opportunity to deliver the good news personally and be the first to congratulate your nominee.
What is required of the winners?
Winners must be available for a professional portrait sitting in early April and be willing to participate in the Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Martin Janis Center, Columbus, on the third Wednesday in May at 1:00 p.m.
How are the winners recognized?
Inductees receive a personal recognition on stage from their county commissioners and other dignitaries, an individual portrait by a professional photographer, and a Hall of Fame lapel pin. The keepsake program distributed at the ceremony dedicates a full page to each inductee's story and photo. Friends, neighbors and family celebrate with their inductees at the professionally catered reception immediately following the ceremony. Throughout the year, monthly issues of the Senior Times feature a quarter-page Hall of Fame 'spotlight', with one spotlight devoted to each inductee. A number of local newspapers also cover Hall of Fame news in May with an interview of the inductee from that community.
Do I need an invitation to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony and reception?
No invitation is necessary. The event is open and free to the public.
Can I bring a group to the ceremony and reception?
Yes. Groups are welcomed and encouraged to attend. No invitation or reservation is necessary. The only requirement is for buses or vans to park in the overflow parking section after delivering passengers to the entrance. On-site staff will direct buses and vans to the appropriate parking area.
Where is the Hall of Fame located?
The permanent home of the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is the Martin Janis Center, 600 E. 11th Ave., Columbus. The 'wall of fame' displays plaques with the names and counties of the inductees for each year of the Hall of Fame, along with a display case of group photos from the most recent ceremonies. An historical album provides an alphabetical cross-reference of all inductees, as well as a printed program from each ceremony for the past 14 years. Each program features profiles and photos of the inductees for that year.
Is there a nomination form for the Outstanding Service to Seniors Award?
No. There is no external nomination or formal selection process for this award.
2015 Hall of Fame Ceremony
The 40th annual Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame ceremony honored the accomplishments of 13 older adults on Wednesday, May 20, at the Martin Janis Center in Columbus. The Lenox Avenue Express jazz band performed and Colleen Marshall of NBC4 took the stage at 1:00 p.m. to host the recognition program. A reception followed with solo piano entertainment by Rick Soriano.
Click HERE to watch the ceremony video and see the 2015 inductees!
Photos from the 2015 Ceremony
The Lenox Street Express began the Hall of Fame festivities by putting on a great performance!
The procession of inductees makes their way to the front row. They are greeted with the applause from the audience!
Once the Inductees were seated, COAAA Director Cindy Farson welcomed everyone to the Hall of Fame.
Director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Alan McKnight addresses the crowd.
A special thank you to Colleen Marshall from NBC 4 for hosting another great Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame!
One of the 13 Hall of Fame Inductees, Colleen M. McMurray addressing the crowd during her acceptance speech!
One of the 13 Inductees, John A. Hoskins addresses the crowd.
The guests enjoyed the great spread during the Hall of Fame reception!
Guests were treated to the excellent piano playing of Rick Soriano at the reception!
2015 Outstanding Service to Seniors Award
Congratulations to the Columbus Dispatch on receiving the Oustanding Service to Seniors Award! Pictured is Director of COAAA Cindy Farson and Editor at the Columbus Dispatch Ben Marrison.