Local seniors honored for excellence, leadership at charity event

 The 2012 AGE Awards Dinner celebrates Central Texans who make the community a better place for older adults and people with disabilities. Past honorees include The Hon. Gus Garcia, Jackie Leong, Susan Merrick, The Hon. Jake Pickle, The Austin-American Statesman, and more.

The 2012 Honorees include:

  • 73-year-old Jody Kelly, grandmother, triathlete and entrepreneur, will be honored with the 2012 the Rose Professional Spirit Award. Kelly is best known as the oldest contestant to ever participate in CBS’s hit reality show “The Amazing Race.” Currently, Kelly is a member of Team USA, competing as far as France and Hungary, and has brought home several medals on behalf of the United States.
  • Vincent DiNino, the first full time band director and longest serving director of the University of Texas-Austin band, will be honored with the 2012 Willie Kocurek Vital Aging AwardDiNino led the Longhorn Band during some of its most prominent performances, including the Inaugural Parades of President Kennedy and President Johnson, several Texas governors’ inaugurations, and 17 bowl games . At age 93, Vince can still be seen conducting at U.T. football games and The Longhorn Summer Band Concert Series
  • Long-time Austin disabilities advocate Celia Hughes will be recognized with the 2012 Bert Kruger Smith Vision Award. Hughes is the Executive Director of VSA Texas, the state organization on arts and disability, and an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Hughes is a champion for accessibility, and actively campaigns to eliminate barriers prevent people with disabilities from engaging in the arts.
  • Philanthropic organization The Assistance League of Austin will be honored for its dedication to serving older adults with the 2012 Community Service Award. Volunteers with The Assistance League fund and chaperone field trips for isolated and homebound seniors in nursing homes to enhance their quality of life.

Photo and video opportunities are available. The event will be at the Renaissance Austin Hotel on April 20, 2012.

  • Before April 20th:  Photos/ video of and interviews with staff and nominees available by appointment.
  • April 20, 6-9pm: Photos/videos at event and interviews with nominees available.
  • After April 20th: Photos/ video of and interviews with staff and nominees available by appointment.
Contact Nicole Sarkar at 512-451-4611 or at nsarkar@ageofaustin.org.

AGE (Austin Groups for the Elderly) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been serving Austin’s elderly, their families, and caregivers since 1986.  Our programs include the Austin Computer Learning Center, the Caregiver Resource Center, Elderhaven Adult Day Centers of Central Texas, HELP (Health Equipment Lending Program), New Connections, and the Historic AGE Building. Visit our website at www.ageofaustin.org.


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