AARP recognizes Purpose Prize winners

Five $50,000 awards were presented Nov. 2 by AARP in recognition of the recipients’ “outstanding work by people age 50 and over focused on advancing social good,” according to an AARP release.

Five $50,000 awards were presented Nov. 2 by AARP in recognition of the recipients’ “outstanding work by people age 50 and over focused on advancing social good,” according to an AARP release.

The winners of the AARP Purpose Prize Award included Amazing Girls Science founder and CEO Cynthia Barnett, iFoster co-founder and chief financial officer Reid Cox, The Petey Green Program executive director James Farrin, Days for Girls International founder and CEO Celeste Mergens, and Weaver & Concerned Citizens of Aiken/Atlanta Now founder Mike Weaver.

“The AARP Purpose Prize Award recognizes and rewards individuals who, in an encore career, are creating new ways to solve tough social problems,” AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said in the release. “All over the country, millions of older adults with fresh ideas and big hearts are finding unique ways to help people in their community, and we are proud to highlight some of the very best examples of that phenomenon.”

In addition, AARP said 10 AARP Purpose Prize Awards Fellows were honored at the event, which was held at The Field Museum.

The fellows included Addario Lung Cancer Foundation founder and chairman Bonnie Addario, Music & Young Initiative CEO Gary Eichhorn, The MAVEN Project founder/president and CEO Laurie Green, Ripple Effect Images executive director Annie Griffiths, Ryan’s Case for Smiles founder/CEO Cindy Kerr, Mercy Beyond Borders’ Sister Marilyn Lacey, The Ninash Foundation founder/president Ashok Malhotra, Crossing Point Arts Inc. executive director/founder Anne Pollack, Camp to Belong founder Lynn Price, and My Sistah’s Place/Golden Generations Inc. president Juanita Suber.

Former White House senior official David Axelrod gave the keynote address at the gala, and broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien was the emcee.

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