2011 Leadership in Aging Awardees Announced

Seabury Resources for Aging has announced that the 2011 Leadership in Aging awards will be presented to The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and David N. Gamse, Executive Director of the Jewish Council for the Aging. 

Seabury Resources for Aging established the Leadership in Aging Awards in 2007 to recognize community and national leaders who have furthered Seabury’s mission to help older adults live with independence and dignity and who have provided leadership in improving the quality of life for all older adults in the greater Washington, DC community. The Awards are presented on behalf of Seabury and the greater Washington, DC community at a celebration on June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Fannie Mae Building in Washington DC.

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local Foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz, one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-60’s and his  wife, Gwendolyn.  In its leadership role within the Washington, DC philanthropic community, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has been instrumental in providing support and leadership for aging services.  They, along with other foundations and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, helped organize and continue to be actively engaged in the Working Group on Aging, raising up the issues of aging as a issue to be address by area philanthropists and community leaders.  Additionally, in the last decade alone, they have invested over $3 million in aging services for Washington, DC area nonprofits.  This funding has provided a backbone of support and innovation for valued programs for older adults.

David Gamse is a gerontologist who has served as Executive Director of JCA – the Jewish Council for the Aging since 1990.  At JCA, he plays a pivotal role in creating and managing innovative and cost-effective programs that help older adults thrive.  More than 60 staff and 500 volunteers rely on his leadership, and together they serve more than 30,000 older adults and family caregivers each year with programs that include transportation services, public information, senior employment, and adult day care.  Over the years, David has led workshops on issues of aging and nonprofit management for a wide range of public and private organizations including the American Management Association, the White House Conference on Aging and the U.S. Department of Labor, and he has represented U.S. policy on aging at international conferences of the United Nations and Israeli Gerontological Society.  He serves on a variety of policy and research boards and commissions and he is a frequent speaker in North America and abroad. He has also authored many articles about productive aging and service delivery.  David is being honored for his vision and leadership at JCA as well as his work to improve the lives of older adults throughout the greater Washington area through his  leadership in the community.

The Leadership in Aging awards will be presented at a celebration on Thursday June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Fannie Mae Building, 3900 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC.   The evening will include cocktail reception, award presentation, and auction and will be attended by leading businesses and industry professionals in the field of aging, clergy, lay leaders of local congregations and committed individual donors.   Proceeds from the evening will benefit the programs and services of Seabury Resources for Aging, a non profit which has been providing services and programs for older adults in the greater Washington area since 1924.  Proceeds will benefit all of Seabury Resources for Aging housing and services and particularly help low income older adults who need care management, meals, housing, care, and help with home maintenance.  For additional information about the event, please call 202-414-6313 or visit www.seaburyresources.org.


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