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Nonprofit names Twilight Shining Star

November 15, 2016
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John Patrick White
John Patrick White. Courtesy Varnum

A local attorney has been recognized by a nonprofit for his outstanding service to the community’s seniors.

John Patrick White, an attorney at Grand Rapids-based Varnum, was honored with the Twilight Shining Star Award by Senior Neighbors, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit serving the needs of seniors in Kent County.

The award was presented to White by Sara Smolenski, chief judge of 63rd District Court, at The Twilight Shines benefit gala at Watermark Country Club this month.

White was selected as the honoree for his “giving spirit and community leadership.”

“Pat White has been a long-time supporter of Senior Neighbors and the community, serving Senior Neighbors as past board chair, long-time board member, advisor and close friend,” said Bob Barnes, president, Senior Neighbors. “In his leadership role on the board, he provided invaluable wisdom and excellent judgment on a variety of important issues.”


White is a partner in Varnum's labor and employment group, where he represents employers on civil rights issues, including race, gender and disability, and free speech and electronic privacy issues in the workplace.

In addition to his service with Senior Neighbors, he serves on the board of Community Rebuilders, a nonprofit providing housing assistance for the homeless.

Senior Neighbors

Senior Neighbors is focused on enhancing the lives of seniors.

The nonprofit's mission is to help older adults stay healthy and independent in their homes, by providing a range of services: transportation, Medicare and Medicaid counseling, prescription assistance, home maintenance, meals, case management and senior center activities.

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