Five Outstanding Fairfax County Volunteer Caregivers to Receive Awards

Five Outstanding Fairfax County Volunteer Caregivers to Receive Kudos for Community Caregivers Awards at September 26, 2011 Event

Best Selling Author, Lecturer and Journalist, Gail Sheehy, Set to Join LifeCircle Alliances for Kudos Awards Event as Keynote Speaker   

Gail Sheehy, best-selling author, journalist and lecturer to join September 26th Kudos for Community Caregivers Awards Breakfast as Keynote Speaker. The author of 16 books, Ms. Sheehy is world-renowned for the revolutionary Passages, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in 28 languages. A Library of Congress survey named Passages one of the 10 most-influential books of our time.     As a literary journalist, Ms. Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America. Ms. Sheehy is currently a bimonthly columnist for USA Today and regularly blogs for The Daily Beast, and writes for Newsweek and Harper’s Bazaar  For Kudos Awards event and tickets, visit www.lifecirclealliances.org or call 571-321-2018.

 

LifeCircle Alliances, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of their Kudos for Community Caregivers Awards.  Award recipients will be recognized at the charity’s Second Annual Kudos for Community Caregivers Awards breakfast set for September 26th at the Mason Inn Hotel & Conference Center on the campus of George Mason University, Fairfax.  This is an annual awards program which will recognize outstanding volunteer caregivers/groups and organizations in the Fairfax County area. Tickets are $35 and include a buffet breakfast. Organizers expect a sold out audience and suggest those interested in attending to purchase their tickets now online at www.lifecirclealliances.org.  The event runs from 8:00 AM — 9:30 AM.  Registration: 7:00 AM.  A book signing by Gail Sheehy will follow the event.

Five Fairfax County volunteer caregivers/groups/organizations have been chosen through an application and selection process by the nonprofit earlier this year.  Each award recipient will be recognized and receive the Kudos for Community Caregivers Award during the event.  The selected volunteer caregivers are among some 50 million Americans in a family caregiving role, providing non-paid assistance for a family member or friend who needs support, physical aid and/or guidance with health and medical decisions.

 

2011 Kudos for Community Caregivers Award Recipients:

  1. Inas Eldarwish. Falls Church Nominated by Donna Goldbranson, Executive Director SPARC (Specially Adapted Resource Clubs) for young adults with life-long disabilities
  2. The Belvoir Woods Healthcare Center Family Council  Nominated by Lisa Knock, Belvoir Woods Healthcare Center, Fort Belvoir
  3.  Linda Walthall and Family, Vienna  Nominated by Carol Bracey, Center Nurse Coordinator, Lewinsville Adult Day Health Care Center, McLean
  4. Colonel Christine Ingle (Ret.), Woodbridge Nominated by Lynn Nestor, DeWitt Army Hospital, Preventive Medicine, Fort Belvoir
  5. Deborah Dodge, Herndon Nominated by Mrs. Mary K. Stine, Reston

LifeCircle is a 501c(3) nonprofit charitable organization in Fairfax County, Virginia. The mission of LifeCircle is to partner with the community to create independent living solutions for older adults and young adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Expected Attendees of Note, to Date

  • Dr. Bill Hazel – Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Gail Sheehy – Keynote Speaker best-selling author, journalist and lecturer
  • Dr. Allen Merten — President George Mason University
  • Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu — Director of Health/Fairfax County Health Dept.
  • John Foust;  Catherine Hudgins; John C. Cook — Board of Supervisors
  • Sharon Bulova — Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • VA Delegates Kenneth Plum; Jim Scott;  Mark Keam; Kaye Kory; Vivian Watts
  • George Braunstein, Executive Director Fairfax Falls Church Community Service Board

Kudos for Community Caregiver Awards is sponsored, in part, by Lead Sponsor, Coordinated Services Management, Inc. of Roanoke.  Additional Sponsors include Inova Health System; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Thomas West Financial Services; Reston Hospital Center; Needham, Mitnick & Pollack, PLC; Vista Wealth Strategies; MVLE, Inc.; Virginia Spine Institute; The Special Care Team of the Washington Group; Buckley’s for Seniors, LLC; Virginia Hospital Center; JSSA; Graceful Care; Jeanne Galloway Ball, PLC; Comfort Keepers; Fairfax Innovation Center and the Mason Inn Hotel & Conference Center.  Sponsorship Opportunities are available online or call Irma Gennaro 571-321-2018 igennaro@lifecirclealliances.org.

The Kudos Award Selection Committee consisted of Eileen Ellsworth, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Community Foundation; Steve Gurney, Publisher, Guide to Retirement Living; Andy Carle, Assistant Professor, George Mason University and Betty Moorman, Regional Director of Quality Assurance for Nursing, Coordinated Services Management, Inc.

Scheduled Keynote Speaker will be, Gail Sheehy, best-selling author, journalist and lecturer. The author of 16 books, Ms. Sheehy is world-renowned for the revolutionary Passages, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in 28 languages. A Library of Congress survey named Passages one of the 10 most-influential books of our time.     Ms. Sheehy has a particular interest in caregiving.  In 2010 she took on the most challenging and personal issue in her latest book: Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence, chronicling the inspiring story of her own journey of 17 years caring for her husband.

LifeCircle works within a public-private partnership with the 45 members (agencies, individuals, universities, government entities, including the Board of Supervisors) of Fairfax County’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC).   LifeCircle identifies, showcases and raises funds for the most creative and cost-effective ideas that come from the community.  By developing these collaborative partnerships they build community capacity, create innovative long term care initiatives and enhance existing programs which will enable Fairfax County’s older adults and young adults with disabilities to live independently in their communities of choice. LifeCircle also supports the needs of their families, caregivers and service providers.

To learn more about LifeCircle Alliances’ programs for young adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults and caregivers, contact Christine Hyland, Executive Director, 571-321-2018 chyland@lifecirclealliances.org or visit their website at www.lifecirclealliances.org.

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