John Knox Village Honors 11 Outstanding Silver Angel Recipients

POMPANO BEACH – 6/17/2015 – On Friday night, June 5, 11 deserving Broward County seniors were recognized during an awards dinner celebrating the “Silver Angels” by John Knox Village for their charitable works in support of their churches.

The Silver Angel Awards were created eight years ago as part of John Knox Village’s 40th Anniversary celebration. The Awards recognize deserving seniors, most of whom are not residents of John Knox Village and who show a true sense of charity in their dedication to a cause or need and have selflessly aided others with his or her time, talents and efforts. This award celebrates people who quietly go about their good works in a true sense of humanitarian charity.

Churches from the Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale area were asked to submit nominations of those deserving recognition as a Silver Angel. In all, 11 nominations were received for the 2015 Silver Angel Awards.

John Knox Village President Robert Scharmann congratulated the Silver Angels for their charitable works.

“Our John Knox Village residents share their volunteerism passion,” he said. “We have more than 400 residents who volunteer in one or more ways on our 65-acre campus and within the greater community. We are proud to recognize the places of worship, which thrive because of caring individuals within their congregations.”

The 2015 Silver Angels are:

Orville Brink was nominated by First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale. Orville is a past member of the John Knox Village Board of Directors and active in his Church’s fellowship. He currently lives in John Knox Village.

Tommy and Joanie DeRosalia, nominated by Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, are active in the Church’s Outreach program and many other benevolent efforts.

Lillie Griffin is active at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and also volunteers her time as a mentor for Broward County Public Schools.

Earl Harris was nominated by First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach for his service to the Church and the community at large.

Janice LaVrar, of St. Martin Episcopal Church, has diligently worked to maintain services offered to Broward County’s homeless.

Victoria Morrill, of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, was nominated for her involvement in every aspect of the life of the Church.

Glenda Pogue was nominated by First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach for her caring heart and amazing talents in service to her Church.

Milton Robinson, of New Presbyterian Church, has overseen the general contracting responsibilities for the remodeling of an older church building that has been gifted to the congregation.

Anita Terraneo was nominated by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. At 93 years young, Anita wants to help, work and stay busy. She inspires everyone she meets with her youthful attitude and willingness to serve others.

Jeannette Verboom of Saint Henry Catholic Church is the consummate volunteer. A retired elementary school principal, Jeannette has dedicated her talents and time to St. Henry’s Church.

Anna Windsor was nominated by The Sanctuary Church. Anna is an active volunteer both at her Church and at Holy Cross Hospital.

In addition to the Silver Angel Awards, each participating church also received a gift from John Knox Village in honor of its recipient(s).

John Knox Village is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that provides a full range of life-care services for those aged 62 and greater. The Village is located at 651 S.W. Sixth Street in Pompano Beach, just east of I-95 and south of Atlantic Boulevard. For more information, contact our Marketing Department, at (954) 783-4040, or visit us at (

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The 2015 Silver Angels are (seated, left to right) Lillie Griffin, Victoria Morrill, Glenda Pogue, Earl Harris, Anita Terraneo and Joanie DeRosalia. Standing are (left to right): Gerry Stryker, Chief Executive Officer; recipients Anna Windsor, John Knox Village resident Orville Brink; Jeannette Verboom; Janice LaVrar; Milton Robinson; Tommy DeRosalia; and Robert Scharmann, President.