Second Leadership in Aging Awards gala, sponsored by Episcopal Senior Ministries

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Celebrates Magical Moments
With journalist and broadcaster Bob Levey as EMCEE

Washington, D.C., May 2, 2008. . . . A gala reception to present Washington’s second Leadership in Aging Awards will be held Thursday evening, June 5, 2008. The event, titled Magical Moments 2008, will benefit Episcopal Senior Ministries’ community programs, which house homeless and low-income senior citizens, enable elderly low-income adults in Washington, DC, to stay in their homes through the Age-in-Place services, and provide care management social work services to DC-area seniors and their families.

This year Episcopal Senior Ministries (ESM) presents Leadership in Aging awards that recognize the important and challenging work being done to secure housing, dignity and hope for seniors at all income levels. Our honorees are AARP, the national organization for Americans more than 50 years old; and Elizabeth Fox, a Washington-area activist in senior rights.

AARP celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and since its inception the organization has attracted members and worked on behalf of seniors throughout the nation. The award this year particularly honors AARP in its recent partnership with ESM, refurbishing a group home for low-income seniors in Northeast Washington with a highlight on accessibility through “universal design” principles. AARP’s CEO Bill Novelli will attend to receive the award.

Elizabeth Fox has spent 30 years in Washington working in the field of senior activism. In 1979, Ms. Fox founded the Christian Communities Group Homes, a model housing program for formerly homeless and other low income seniors, which she ran as its director until 1982. She then spent 16 years as the Executive Director of IONA Senior Services, where among her accomplishments was the creation of the $9.5 million community center in Northwest Washington. Since 1999, she has been active with Experience Corps DC, which she founded and ran, to create meaningful volunteer opportunities for senior citizens and solve social problems.

The gala, featuring a silent and live auction, and a cocktail and dessert reception, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Fannie Mae Building, located at 3900 Wisconsin Avenue in northwest Washington, DC. Entertainment will be by singer Emily Levey, a young rising star who has performed onstage at Signature and Studio Theatres in the DC area.

Bob Levey, former columnist for The Washington Post, will be the master of ceremonies.

The gala offers many opportunities for donor support. Tickets are $125 each, $175 each for Friend’s tickets, and are available through or by phone: 202-414-6313. Sponsorships include several levels from $300 up to $5,000 and above.

Proceeds will provide food and shelter for homeless seniors in DC, help prevent displacement of low-income and minority seniors, support care management services and programs on health, wellness, and other senior-related topics, train volunteers, and maintain a website used as a resource by more than 50,000 visitors per year.

ESM (started in 1924) is a private, independent nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, providing services to all seniors regardless of religious affiliation. Its affiliates and programs include ESM Cares Geriatric Care Management Service, Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, and Christian Communities Group Homes (CCGH).

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