On May 21st, JCA presented the 2017 Sylvia Blajwas Productive Aging Award to Kitty Kelley, and our 2017 Humanitarian Award to the Kursban family, Sandy, Steve,Neal, Mindy, and Julie for their philanthropy and leadership in promoting positive aging.
The gallery below features photos from the 2017 Productive Aging Award Dinner. For better viewing, click on any image to open the photo viewer.
Photos: Harvey and Ira Levine
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Kitty Kelley is an internationally acclaimed writer. Her last five biographies have been number one on the New York Times best seller list. Ms. Kelley is an extraordinary example of a “Productive Aging.” In 2012 she published Capturing Camelot: The Iconic Images of Stanley Tretick, and donated royalties to the D.C. Public Library Foundation. In 2013 she published Let Freedom Ring, her first book written for children, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with all proceeds going to the Children’s Defense Fund. Both books received USA Best Book awards. Ms. Kelley generously donated copies of of Let Freedom Ring to all of the guests of the 2017 Sylvia Blajwas Productive Aging Award Dinner.
The Kursban family is, in many ways, unique. Rarely, do you find an entire family equally committed to collective and separate causes — all of which are founded on kindness and equality.
It was Sandy Kursban’s close relationship with her grandparents growing up that inspired her to dedicate her life to promoting the well-being of aging adults. Sandy founded Family & Nursing Care in 1968 to give aging adults the option to age on their terms, with dignity and respect; Sandy helped pioneer the aginin-place revolution.
Today, Sandy’s son and daughter help run the company. Neal is now President of Family & Nursing Care and Mindy is the company’s attorney. Julie originally started her career with Family & Nursing Care and is now President of her own home care companies, NurtureCare and its sister company Thrive At Home, in Fairfax, VA. Much like their mother, these three individuals are much more than their professions, devoting considerable time and money to charitable organizations in the Washington, DC region.
Click here to download the Program from the 2017 Productive Aging Award Dinner.