Local Office on Aging Honors Citizens for Philanthropy and Passionate Volunteerism

Dr. Trinkle and Ron Boyd.

Dr. David Trinkle and Judy Dickerson celebrated at LOA Annual Meeting.

The Local Office on Aging (LOA) recognized two dedicated individuals during its Annual Meeting for their leadership and commitment to helping seniors remain independent for as long as possible in the environment they choose.

The Babe and Sidney Louis Memorial Award honoring outstanding philanthropy was awarded to Dr. David Trinkle, while the Helen I. Phelps award for volunteerism was presented to Judy Dickerson. “These two citizen leaders have given selflessly of their time and resources to enhance the lives of older persons throughout the region,” said LOA chief executive officer and president, Ron Boyd.

The Babe and Sidney Louis Memorial Award, established in 1994, was created in honor of two gentlemen from Botetourt County who left $50,000 to fund an LOA Meals on Wheels program endowment fund. These successful farmers were known statewide for their business sense and farming techniques. They believed strongly in philanthropy, contributing to many local charities during their lives. This year’s award recipient, Dr. Trinkle, is widely known for his passion to help seniors in our community through various community organizations including the LOA, as well as his leadership efforts with the Geriatric Psychiatry Program and Fellowship, and the Carilion Clinic Center for Healthy Aging.

Norma McCroskey and Judy Dickerson.

The Helen I. Phelps Volunteerism Award is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group.  This year’s recipient, Judy Dickerson, currently assists the LOA in a variety of volunteer roles.  Dickerson has led by example on the LOA Soup for Seniors committee for the past six years. Additionally, Dickerson has volunteered at various LOA functions, such as the Diner’s Club Christmas Party, the Meals on Wheels volunteer appreciation luncheon, and the Let’s Do Lunch charity event.

The Local Office on Aging (LOA) is a non-profit organization serving Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke counties, as well as the cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem. Their mission is to help older persons remain independent for as long as possible in their chosen environment. Through 25 community-based services, the LOA effectively carries out its mission by providing nutrition, education, advocacy and socialization. Learn more at www.loaa.org.

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