More than 320 people attended the inaugural Sixty and Better Legends Ball at the Hilton Fort Worth on October 18. Hosted by emcees Kelli and Bob Phillips of TV’s Texas Country Reporter, guests enjoyed performances by Sixty and Better’s own Steppin’ Grannies of Fort Worth Texas of Fellowship Corner and the Dukes of Uke and Uke-a-Ladies of White Settlement.
At the Gala, Sixty and Better honored Tarrant County legends for their vision, big-hearted support, and tireless passion. UNT Health Science Center – Center for Geriatrics was recognized for with the Legendary Commitment Award. Elva Roy of Ambassadors For Aging Well was honored with the Living Legend Award. The Legend Among Us Award went to Bill Ware, Sixty and Better activity center director.
LEGEND AMONG US
Bill Ware, 81, enjoys semi-retirement as a part-time Sixty and Better Activity Center director and as a weekly volunteer at the VA Clinic. A true hero, Bill was awarded The Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, The Bronze Star, and Legion of Merit Medal before retiring as a U.S. Army Colonel in 1989. Sixty and Better honored this Legend for his special service to Tarrant County’s older adults and our nation’s veterans.
Elva Roy, MBA
Elva Roy, MBA, 73, founded Ambassadors for Aging Well to help eliminate the stigma and negative stereotypes that Americans have about aging. With a mission to advocate and educate, the 450-people strong Ambassadors were the energy behind two new affordable senior housing complexes in Arlington. Sixty and Better recognized this Living Legend for her commitment to older adults and her advocacy work.
The Center for Geriatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center is a leader in providing care to older adults in North Texas. Under the leadership of Dr. Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, the Center for Geriatrics works to empower seniors through exemplary clinical service, education, and research in order to lead the best quality of life possible. Sixty and Better recognized this amazing team for their Legendary Commitment to older adults and for longtime collaboration efforts between the Center for Geriatrics and Sixty and Better.
Collaborative projects include the Senior Health Education and Literacy Program – SrHELP, A Matter of Balance coach training and community workshop for physical therapy students, Workforce Enhancement for Healthy Aging and Independent Living – WE HAIL, the Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute, a new Geriatric Certificate pilot at Haltom City, and a joint research project administered at Sixty and Better Activity Centers.
Sixty and Better has benefited from the generosity of the community for five decades to keep older adults active and engaged. We are so thankful for our generous sponsors who helped ensure the inaugural Legends Gala was a success. See a full list of our sponsors below.