Uppuluri and Row Provide Portrait of Positive Aging
Shigeko Uppuluri and Tom Row have something new in common. They’ve both been framed.
The Oak Ridge
residents posed with picture frames as part of a photo shoot for the Covenant Platinum Awards, a program that honors senior citizens for their achievements after the age of 65.
Both Uppuluri and Row are previous winners, and their photos are featured along with other past recipients’ in this year’s publicity campaign for nominations. Both are featured on the cover of the nomination brochure. “We invited them all to the Tennessee Theatre for a little reception,” says event coordinator Tonya Stoutt-Brown. “We neglected to tell them we were going to frame them and print them after the petit fours and sausage rolls.”
The publicity campaign calls for nominations of “Picture Perfect” seniors who “provide a portrait of positive aging,” hence the picture frames.
Stoutt-Brown says she was a little afraid the seniors might be agitated at the surprise photo shoot, but they all “got into it.”
“These seniors were like a rolling comedy show,” says Stoutt-Brown. “They were cracking jokes and singing – it was hard to get them settled down enough to get pictures and video.”
Stoutt-Brown, who has worked with Row on past promotion for the awards, says this was the first time she’d had a chance to work with Uppuluri. “What a sweet and gracious lady,” Stoutt-Brown says. “It’s always great when you find award winners who are so humble.” Uppuluri is one of the most recent award winners, receiving the Covenant Platinum Award in 2008. Row won the award in 2003.
Nominations for the 2010 awards will be accepted through June 30. Nominators are asked to submit a typed essay about why a senior or senior advocate is a portrait of positive aging. Awards will be presented at a gala luncheon on September 15 at the Knoxville Convention Center
. All nominees receive a complimentary lunch, award pin, certificate, and gift.
More information is available at www.covenanthealth.com/platinum
or by calling (865) 541-4500.