Aging Together to honor Five Over Fifty
Aging Together to honor five over fifty
BY RHONDA SIMMONS
Joan Proctor wears many hats.
The 65-year-old Culpeper native is involved in her church. She’s been a volunteer for UVa Culpeper Hospital’s Auxiliary for 20 years. She’s also a member of the Red Hat Society and a chief officer of election for the Pearl Sample precinct in Culpeper County. Proctor also served as co-leader of a community 4-H club for 14 years; is currently volunteering at the Free Clinic of Culpeper and serves food at the annual Camp Fantastic event, a summer camp for pediatric cancer patients.
“I enjoy the camaraderie, but especially the mission of caring,” said Proctor, who has served or currently serving on a laundry list of committees and boards.
Proctor is one of five area residents who will receive recognition as a Five Over Fifty honoree from Aging Together on April 16. Karen Hughes White of Fauquier County, Jack and John Fray of Madison County, Robert Hall of Orange County and Lillian Aylor of Rappahannock County will also receive awards during the ceremony inside the State Theatre in downtown Culpeper.
The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. A benefit concert featuring James 3 and Clare Sukley will follow inside the theater. The duo will perform Cash Unchained: A musical tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter. Tickets range from $10 to $30.
“Many people may not know that [Proctor’s] so passionate about what she does with the auxiliary that she’s been asked to give inspirational speeches to other auxiliaries or to other groups. Or how the stories of the people she’s helped at the Culpeper Free Clinic touch her so much,” shared Aging Together director Chris Miller. “Quiet leaders and doers are how we experience the Five Over Fifty awardees. Once we met Joan, we knew she fit right in with this year’s group of Five Over Fifty.”
Asked how the nominations work, Miller explained that Aging Together receives recommendations from the various county teams and folks in the community.
“When selecting the Five Over Fifty, we look for people who have been giving to the community over the course of their lives through both volunteerism and through their professional work,” explained Miller. “We also like that the Five Over Fifty acknowledges people who might not be right in the public eye. Their own organizations probably know how much they are doing, but does the community at large? Joan Proctor really fits this in Culpeper.”
Reached by phone Sunday, Proctor said she’s surprised by the acknowledgement
“Between T.I. Martin and Ludwell Brown, I’m in really good company,” said Proctor, referring to previous Five Over Fifty recipients from Culpeper. “I’m still overwhelmed.”
For more information, call the State Theatre at (540) 829-0292.
Rhonda Simmons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 825-0771 ext. 125.