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Honoring our Local Senior Champions

Recently, the Council on Aging held their second annual Senior Breakfast of Champions, emceed by Mix 96.5’s Ken Ulmer with keynote speaker, award-winning novelist, Tommy Hays. The event recognized and celebrated the contributions of eight seniors nominated by the community and chosen by a panel of sponsors. These “Champions” spend their lives giving to others, they are:

~Becky Anderson, named by US News and World Report as a top 20 visionary for her community development initiatives.

~Julie Bantin, facing health issues herself, crochets for the homeless community.

~Dr. Mel Skiles mainstains the sanctity of the Appalachian Trail and other wild places.

~Roy Harris, a master storyteller, is dedicated to uplifting the underserved and marginalized.

~Dr. Robert Yearout, as a retired airborne Lieutenant Colonel has been inspiring and mentoring students since 1987.

~Janet Ledder, a licensed massage therapist volunteers her healing touch for Homeward Bound and Senior Opportunities.

~Louise Jones, at 87 remains extremely active in her church assisting with food programs and parents in need of child care services.

~And Dr. Julia Capps, leading the way in education, has served Buncombe County for over 50 years as an educator and school administrator. 

Congratulations to all the nominated and recognized seniors on their tireless efforts to improve their community. The Asheville Social Security Administration Office, Moose Café and Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging were also honored for their contributions to area seniors.  Proceeds from the event support Senior Dining and Wellness and Medicare Education and Counseling services. To find out more or get involved with the Council on Aging of Buncombe County visit or find them on facebook. To watch more of the festivities click here.