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The George H. Nettleton Foundation is pleased to announce the seventh annual
Elbert C. Cole Jr. Legacy Award

Beginning in 2011 each year an individual will be chosen to receive the Elbert C. Cole Jr. Legacy Award honoring an individual that exemplifies the values and vision personified by Dr. Cole throughout his life. Dr. Cole inspired all to look at aging as a time of opportunity to continue learning and to give back. Dr Cole was particularly well known for his belief that some of life’s best, most important work takes place in the later years. This award is initiated to honor and recognize an individual who personifies this value by demonstrating the importance and present use of their knowledge, talents, skills and passions in their work or volunteer service. The awardee will be chosen from candidates nominated by organizations or individuals throughout the greater Kansas City metro area.
The awardee will receive a $5,000 monetary award. Nominations should be based on the following criteria.
A candidate:

  • Must be 65 years of age or older.

  • Should be an undeniable role model – their story should inspire others.

  • Should demonstrate social innovation and leadership

  • Should demonstrate a significant impact on the community

  • May be a volunteer or employed in an encore career

  • Candidates must demonstrate that they are making a big difference, creating a significant impact in the community and serving as a role model for others.

Allen Matney

Eighty years young Allen Matney, of Don Bosco Senior Center, is the 2017 recipient of the Elbert Cole Award. Growing up, Allen lived in a Christian sponsored orphanage, which later became a children's home, in Kansas City, KS, until the age of 22. Throughout his life, he has maintained the selfless nature that the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative recognized with their 2011 Local Hero Award.  

As a 12 year volunteer at Don Bosco, his dedication is an understatement. Despite a limp, he walks the six blocks from his house to the center, 5 days a week, and rarely misses a day. Allen is committed to serving others and always with a smile and a good sense of humor. He also sings to the congregation and leads the daily blessing before meals. Allen is a Kansas City treasure, as was Elbert Cole, and we are proud to present him with the award this year.


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