Betty Cash, for 25 years the director of the Bellevue Senior Singers and a Meals on Wheels volunteer, director of the Offutt Air Force Base Chapel Choir from 1968 to 1987, and creator of the Intergenerational Choir that combines Bellevue seniors and Bellevue middle school students, was awarded the Jewel of Bellevue Award Oct. 23.
The award, the highest civic honor the City of Bellevue can confer, was given to Cash during ceremonies held at the Bellevue Senior Center, and recognizes her retirement as director of the Senior Singers.
Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, who presided over the award ceremony, said Cash’s singing career began at the age of 3 when she sang “Away in a Manger” at a church function.
She went on to sing professionally through the 1940s and 1950s with the Houston Symphony and was featured as a classical singer at nightclubs.
The Bellevue Senior Singers, under Cash’s direction, have performed approximately 250 times at Omaha-area churches, senior centers and social clubs.
“We are fortunate that you have made Bellevue your home,” Sanders told Cash. “And we thank you for contributing your time, your talent, blood, sweat and tears, and, indeed, your love.”
The Jewel of Bellevue Award, a mayoral honor, recognizes dedication, excellence and service within the City of Bellevue.