Thirteen outstanding Broward County Seniors, both men and women, were honored at the “34th Annual Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame Breakfast”, which took place in May at the Renaissance Fort-Lauderdale Plantation Hotel during “Older American Month”.
The anticipated event was presented by The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County (ADRC) and sponsored by the Area wide Council on Aging of Broward County and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Hollywood resident, Karen Caputo, was one of these honorees.
Over 325 community advocates, elected and appointed officials joined the Aging and Disability Resource Center in celebrating the achievements of the group whose exceptional local volunteer efforts merited their selection for the unique recognition.
Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief joined Master of Ceremonies, Manuel Synalovski, AIA, and Aging and Disability Resource Center Executive Director, Edith Lederberg, in welcoming the new Hall of Famers whose names are inscribed on a commemorative plaque, which hangs in the Broward County Government Building.
The new electees included: Karen Caputo, Hollywood; Vera Chuck, Miramar; Patricia Crowley, Oakland Park; Antoinette Galleta, Pompano Beach; Barbara Gordon, Pompano Beach; Norman & Sharon Saphier Grad, Margate; Gwen Major, Deerfield Beach; Roberta Nazimovitz, Pembroke Pines; Dorothy & John W. Ruffin, Jr., Coral Springs; Addie Sanders-Owens, Lauderhill; and Barbara Beasley Williamson, Ft. Lauderdale.
Karen Caputo has been a resident of Broward County for 42 years. During this time she has proved to be a valuable citizen with an infinite amount of volunteer efforts in the community. She is an educated and devoted volunteer and role model for humanity. Her long time service to the residents of Broward County is why she was elected to the Broward Senior Hall of Fame.
For 21 years, she transported persons with special needs for the Florida Medicaid Program as well as transported disabled and elder persons for the Broward County TOPS Program. She still continues consulting services for transporters of persons with disabilities.
For over 20 years, she has been a member of the Broward Emergency Services Council, and is Chair of the Review Committee of applicants for the Ambulance and Non-Emergency Transporter Certification. She is also a member of the Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation Disadvantaged.
In 2015, Caputo became a member of the Complete Streets Technical Advisory Committee which develops policy to provide a safe, efficient transportation network that promotes the health and mobility of all residents and visitors by providing high quality multi-modal pedestrian, bicycle, transit and automobile access throughout Broward.
In 2014, Caputo founded, and is currently the Director of Friends of Hollywood Florida, Inc., a non-profit organization planned to raise awareness of the significance of our natural lands, and advocates for restoration and protection of our natural heritage to promote smart growth for our communities.