GETTYSBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Aging recognized six outstanding programs and individuals last week for their service to older Pennsylvanians. The BRAVO awards were presented at the APPRISE Annual Conference.

Among those honored was Mary Bennett, Northumberland County APPRISE coordinator, who received the Collaboration Award for "showing excellence in her collaborative efforts with local programs, government entities and health care systems," the state Department of Aging reported.

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. APPRISE counselors voluntarily spend dozens of hours being trained and offering counseling to others on health insurance options.

The BRAVO Awards honor local APPRISE program coordinators for their exceptional leadership in areas of client service, program performance, collaboration with community partners and innovation.

Other BRAVO winners were Terri Hilderbrandt, Lebanon County, Performance Award; Hollie Irvine, Bradford Sullivan Susquehanna and Tioga counties, client service award; Sue Holliday, Somerset County, Innovation Award; Lois Thomas, Washington/Greene/Fayette counties: Delta Award; and Karen Berry, Allegheny County: Secretary Award, the most prestigious award for an APPRISE coordinator.