AARP celebrates 2021 Goal Prize® winners on the digital award ceremony on December third
WASHINGTON, 1st December 2020 / PRNewswire / – AARP recognizes recipients and grantees of the 2021 Purpose Prize Award during a live streaming event Thursday 3rd December at the 7:00 p.m. ET. The AARP Purpose Prize is the only national award recognizing people over 50 who use their knowledge and life experience to solve difficult social problems. These winners and fellows are exceptional Americans who use the power of life experience to build a better future for all of us. They create and lead initiatives ranging from efforts for school safety and violence prevention to an organization that helps people with disabilities acquire assistive technology to improve the quality of their lives.
The virtual event will be moderated by an award-winning journalist Lisa Ling and have AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and chairman of the jury for the special purpose award Sherry Lansing. Golden Globe® Award Winning Actor Glenn Close is honored for her work with Bring Change to Mind, a charity dedicated to addressing the stigma associated with mental illness directly. The organization works to normalize mental health conversations and to build the awareness, understanding and empathy needed to encourage action, structural change and the creation of new norms that end stigma and discrimination. The idea for the organization came after Close’s firsthand observation of struggles with mental illness in her family.
Each AARP Purpose Prize winner will receive a $ 50,000 award for their organization. AARP also announced ten AARP Purpose Prize grant recipients who will be honored and recognized for the mission-oriented work of the organizations they lead $ 5,000 Award to promote the mission of your organization. Both winners and fellows will receive a year of technical assistance to expand the scope of their organization’s work.
AARP invites everyone to participate in the free virtual event that is being broadcast from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. To register for the event, visit aarp.org/purposeprize.
The winners of the AARP Purpose Prize 2021 are:
Mark Barden – – Newtown, Conn. – – Sandy Hook promise
- Barden co-founded the company after his son Daniel was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings Sandy Hook promise, an organization that aims to prevent shootings, violence, and other harmful acts to keep schools and communities safe.
Cindy Eggleton – – Pleasant Ridge, Me. – brilliant Detroit
- Eggleton co-founded Brilliant Detroit, an organization that sets up family centers in needy areas for families with children ages 0 to 8. brilliant Detroit Homes provide year-round support to families and the need to be ready for school, healthy, and stable.
Hope Harley – – Bronx, NY – Bronx Children’s Museum
- Harley is President of the Bronx Children’s Museum, which aims to inspire children, their families, and caregivers to discover themselves within the richness and diversity of their surroundings and beyond.
Arturo Noriega – – Pacifica, California – Partner of the Centro Community
- Noriega is the founder and CEO of Centro Community Partners, a not-for-profit organization that provides entrepreneurial education, access to capital, and business advice and mentoring to low-income minorities.
Susan Tachau – – Bala Cynwyd, Pa. – Pennsylvania Assistive Technology
- Tachau is the co-founder and CEO of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities and elderly Pennsylvanians acquire the tools and services they need.
This year’s AARP Purpose Prize scholarship holders are:
Jerilyn Brusseau – – Bainbridge Island, Wash. – Peace trees Vietnam
Liz Fanning – – New York, NY – CorpsAfrica
Patricia Funegra – – ArlingtonGo. – The VA kitchen
Andrea ivory – Miami, Florida – Breast and Heart Initiative for Women
Robin Kelleher – – Springfield, Va. – Hope for the warriors
Sharon love – Cockeysville, Md. – One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley love
Donna Odom – – Kalamazoo, Me. – SHARE (Society for History and Racial Justice)
Ngozi Okaro – – new York, NY – Custom collaboration
Katherine Soll – – new York, NY – Youth for Food Justice
Lisa Thurau – – Cambridge, Mass. – strategies for the youth
AARP is the country’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization that has set itself the task of giving people aged 50 and over the opportunity to choose how they live in old age. With a nationwide presence and more than 38 million members, AARP empowers communities and advocates what is most important to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To find out more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.