First Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year Chosen
Frank Pati, a 78 year old from Mesquite, was chosen to be the very first Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year.
The nominees were considered based on their significant contributions made at the local, state, and/or national level and by excellence achieved through going above and beyond the call of duty, specifically with respect to volunteer work in support of Senior Citizens of the State of Nevada.
Additionally, they were evaluated on the scope and impact of their achievements and the extent to which their efforts benefited and provided inspiration to their community and other Senior Citizens. The achievements considered were not limited to only one year.
The Nevada Delegation of the National Silver Haired Congress (NSHC) in partnership with the Aging Services Directors Organization (ASDO) established the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year Award earlier this year. The first annual award is for the year 2012 and will be presented at the ASDO Annual Luncheon in May, which is the 50th Anniversary of Older Americans Month. They definitely plan on making the award an annual event. The Governor has been invited to present the award.
Mr. Pati is a pioneer in senior softball and is also known as ‘Mr. Senior Softball.’ He is the Founder and Chairman of the Mesquite Senior Games.
Mark Wier, Mayor of Mesquite, summed up Mr. Pati’s contributions like this. “Mesquite Senior Games started humbly with a 50+ softball tournament 18 years ago and progressed into the Mesquite Senior Games in 2002. Frank has single handedly brought teams from 42 states to participate in a number of Senior Games events each year. Through his vision, commitment and tenacity the program continues to grow and has brought hundreds of senior athletes to our community, many who have made Mesquite their home. The Mesquite Senior Games contribute to the economic vitality and tourism of Mesquite. Frank Pati is ‘the Mesquite Senior Games’.”
“You would be hard pressed to find a more beloved and revered man than Frank Pati” wrote Bryan Dangerfield, Director of Athletics & Leisure Services of Mesquite. He continued “In the past two decades, Frank has not only brought distinction to Mesquite and the state of Nevada through his senior softball tournaments and the Mesquite Senior Games, he has changed the lives of many seniors in giving them a vehicle to stay active and to develop new friendships.”
These several tournaments each year include “the CAN-AM Games which draws teams from Canada and throughout the United States.”
Thus, for his many years of selfless service in improving the lives of seniors and promoting their health, wellness, and fun, Mr. Frank Pati was selected as the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year 2012.