Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Division of Aging Director Faith Laird of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration presented Humbert Lopes, of Fishers, with the Golden Hoosier Award. A ceremony recognizing 24 individuals and two couples was held yesterday at the 4-H Exhibit Hall on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
An Air Force veteran of WWII and the Korean War, Humbert Lopes now spends his retirement volunteering in many different capacities. He is the director of the Hamilton County Money Management Program and trains volunteers to assist people who are unable to manage their finances independently. He has also been a member of the Indiana Commission on Aging since the 1990s.
“Our Golden Hoosiers provide inspiration to citizens all over Indiana,” Lt. Governor Skillman said. “From our smallest towns to our biggest cities, Indiana is a better place for our children and grandchildren because of their countless hours of service.”
The Golden Hoosier Award is a collaboration between Lt. Governor Skillman and FSSA that began in 2008. It is considered one of the highest honors given by the state to seniors, and recognizes individuals who have never received a state award before.
“Simple words of gratitude don’t begin to convey the depth of appreciation the Division of Aging has for the selfless generosity of our Golden Hoosiers,” said Director Faith Laird.
Candidates for the award were nominated by Area Agencies on Aging and local organizations.