Do you know a special senior? Of course you do.

Well now’s your chance to let the wider world recognize that person through nominating her or him for Suffolk County’s Senior Citizen of the Year Award for 2017.

The award recognizes a senior citizen who has significantly contributed to other seniors and residents in a meaningful and important way – either as an advocate, role model, leader or volunteer, according to the county’s office for the aging, which is now accepting nominations.

This impact can be felt either countywide or in one of Suffolk County’s local communities.

“I encourage our residents to take the opportunity to nominate a senior they know that has made a difference throughout our region,” Suffoly County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement announcing the award.  “The Senior of the Year is a special opportunity to highlight the contributions and commitment of those who are deserving of this recognition.”

Click here for the nominating form.

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and a resident of Suffolk County.  Nominations should be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Senior Award

Suffolk County Office for the Aging

PO Box 6100

Hauppauge, New York 11788-0099

Fax # (631) 853-8225

Employees of federal, state, county or local municipalities engaged in providing services to senior citizens are not eligible. Previous award recipients are also not eligible. 

Nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

This award will be presented at the Senior Celebration Luncheon sponsored by the Suffolk County Office for the Aging and Suffolk County Senior Citizen Advisory Board. The luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2017, at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.

Last year’s award was presented to Irene Grzegorczyk of Brentwood for her involvement in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Community Computer Connection Program.