Ohio officials are set to honor 12 people with inductions into the state Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
The hall recognizes the impact of the contributions of leaders in their fields, community activists and others who have benefited the state. The induction ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse will follow a legislative reception Tuesday afternoon.
This year's nominees range in age from 72 to 95.
The Ohio Department of Aging says the Hall of Fame highlights the important roles of older Ohioans as they continue to contribute later in life. The hall is for native Ohioans or residents of at least 10 years who are 60 or older. Since 1977, more than 400 individuals have been inducted into the hall.
Former 10TV broadcaster Chuck White will be part of the 2014 class.
Chuck White was the first African American on-air television broadcaster in Ohio, and has had a long and illustrious career with WBNS 10TV in Columbus. For more than 25 years, Chuck was executive producer of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, which has raised more than $10.3 million for Nationwide Children's Hospital of Columbus.
Here's the list of all of the 2014 inductees
Kay Lavelle, Austintown – A 30-plus year veteran of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s office, she founded the Senior Services Unit and is program coordinator of the Austintown Senior Center.
Donelda McWilliams, Defiance – Donelda works with state and local agencies to promote public policy to help older adults continue to be respected as vital members of society.
Dr. Harvey Sterns, Akron – As a researcher and teacher, Dr. Sterns led research that paved the way for innovative and responsive approaches to adapt to our aging population.
Dr. May Wykle, Solon – A pioneer in the nursing profession, Dr. Wykle has provided her expertise on race and gender in health care and opened the door for diversity in nursing.
Carol Vanek, Parma – Carol has served the Donna Smallwood Activities Center in Parma for more than 31 years, developing many of its key programs, including the Support Services Program.
Dr. John Blocher, Oxford – During his long career in chemistry, Dr. Blocher was world expert in vapor deposition. In retirement, he has been one of Oxford, Ohio’s prominent conservationists.
Dr. Jeri Milstead, Dublin – Dr. Milstead is an internationally recognized expert in nursing education and public policy, with more than 50 years in the profession.
Rocco Scotti, North Ridgeville – Rocco Scotti is internationally known for his renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner.” He was the official anthem singer of the Cleveland Indians for nearly 20 years.
Chuck White, Worthington – Chuck white was Ohio’s first African-American on-air television broadcaster and produced the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon for 25 years.
Jim Lorimer, Worthington – Jim Lorimer co-founded and continues to direct the Arnold Sports Festival, which brings nearly 200,000 visitors to central Ohio each March.
Harriette Ramsey, Burlington – As founder of the Concerned Citizens of Burlington, Harriette Ramsey has led a community response to pressing issues like public safety and preservation.
Betty Jo Weiser, Canal Winchester – Nearly 60 years ago, Jo Weiser helped establish Canal Winchester Human Services and remains very involved in the agency today.
Learn more about all of the nominees at the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame website.