FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 30, 2018
AARP Announces 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Winners;
Five $60K Awards Will Be Presented at Dec. 5 Gala in D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today announced the five winners of the 2018 AARP® Purpose Prize® award which recognizes outstanding work by people age 50 and over that is focused on advancing social good. In recognition of their outstanding work, each winner will receive a $60,000 award from AARP at the AARP Purpose Prize Award Gala, to be held in Washington D.C. December 5, featuring a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Concurrently, AARP announced 10 AARP Purpose Prize Fellows who will be also honored at the Washington gala for the community-focused work of the organizations they each lead. Each will receive a $5,000 award.
“In just about every community in the country there are older adults who find unique ways to address tough social challenges and help others and we are proud to highlight some of the very best examples of this phenomenon with the AARP Purpose Prize award,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.
The winners of the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize award are:
Sayu Bhojwani, New American Leaders, New York, New York
– New American Leaders seeks to inspire immigrants (first- and second-generation Americans) to run for elected office and provide support and training to those who do.
– Karen Cassidy, Hildegard House, Louisville, Kentucky
Hildegard House provides free end-of-life hospice care for terminally ill people who are homeless or without family.
Susan Cotton, The Lily Project, Westlake Village, California
– The Lily Project provides cervical cancer screening and treatment to women in Nicaragua’s rural villages.
Bettye Perkins, Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers, Elmsford, New York
– Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers mentors high school students from culturally diverse and economically challenged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching, providing financial assistance to attend college and build a career in education.
Monica Kamal Spaeni, Access Ability Wisconsin, McFarland, Wisconsin
– Spaeni, paralyzed after a skiing accident, leads Access Ability Wisconsin which works to make outdoor wheelchairs and sporting equipment available to disabled people free of charge.
The 10 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Fellows are:
Kristy Baxter and Mark Griffin, Understood, New York NY
Patrick Coggins, AskMyBuddy, West Palm Beach FL
Veronica Nora de Hoyos, Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Austin TX
Donna Gambrell, Appalachian Community Capital, Christiansburg VA
Lisa Gualtieri, Recycle Health, Boston MA
Marc Sophos, Media for the Public Good/OutCasting Media, Dobbs Ferry NY
Laura Talmus, Beyond Differences, San Rafael CA
Sheila Warnock, Share The Caregiving, New York NY
Karen Young, Sweet Readers, New York NY
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.