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Senior Hall of Fame

2024 Senior Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 | 5:30 p.m.
Mahaffey Theater
400 1st Street S. St. Petersburg, FL 33701


For more information,
contact the Sunshine Senior Center at 727-893-7101

Shining a Light on Seniors

In 2024, the City of St. Petersburg will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Senior Hall of Fame, a cherished tradition in the community. The Senior Hall of Fame awards ceremony began in 1983 as a way to honor our community’s senior volunteers who have made noteworthy contributions toward improving the lives of the residents of St. Petersburg. Every year, organizations and individuals nominate exceptional candidates from the pool of volunteers within their organizations. Without these charitable volunteers, many nonprofit organizations could not survive.

The Senior Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony is the City of St. Petersburg’s premier recognition event highlighting senior volunteers who dedicate their time, talent, and resources to others as they serve the community. Since its inception, the Senior Hall of Fame has inducted over 300 volunteers who have made a difference in the missions of a wide variety of organizations. The inductees have participated in a history of service in education, music, agriculture, wellness, animal rescue, church, government, nonprofits and many more areas.

Nominees embody positive aging and serve as role models, indicative of leading meaningful, dynamic lives. The inductees and honorable mention nominees have dedicated not only their time but their talents as leaders and organizers to keep important businesses and entities successful. Their inspiring stories showcase their commitment to causes, organizations, and the community at large. Their stories will motivate you to continue the spirit of volunteerism and to give back to society.

Nominate a Senior Volunteer

Participants standing in the Sunshine Center garden.

We all have that one person in our lives who goes above and beyond for others without expecting anything in return. Consider recognizing their tireless efforts by nominating them for the St. Petersburg Senior Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor is an excellent way to spotlight the contributions of exceptional volunteers in our community.

To qualify for this award, nominees must initially meet the following criteria:

  • • Be 62 years of age or older.
  • • Be a year-round or seasonal resident of Pinellas County.
  • • Perform outstanding community service benefiting residents of St. Petersburg.

Each nominee receives acknowledgment and a certificate during the ceremony. Individuals who have been selected for induction receive an award and are invited to an additional ceremony to meet the mayor and be honored by the members of City Council. Inductees are also awarded a key to the city, the highest honor the City bestows, in recognition of their outstanding contributions and service.


Senior Hall of Fame Ceremony

Senior Hall of Fame plaque surrounded by balloons

This year’s induction ceremony will be held at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg on April 17, 2024. Over the past 40 years (except for 2020), the Senior Hall of Fame has inducted volunteers with a history of service with organizations such as The Florida Orchestra, the Christmas Toy Shop Project, Road Rangers, St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Sunshine Senior Center, animal rescues, schools, churches, libraries, and many more.

About the Sunshine Senior Center

The Sunshine Senior Center, hosts of the annual Senior Hall of Fame awards, is a nationally accredited multiservice center where seniors gather for support, socialization, fitness and other services provided for older people. The resources and activities available at this center help many older people remain a vital part of their communities.

It’s the Sunshine Senior Center’s mission to celebrate aging by partnering with the community to provide creative programming, advocacy and resources that promote vitality, independence and wellness for adults ages 55 or better.