Gilbert Awards 2008: Ceremony

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Three Outstanding Programs Receive Their Awards!


"California Work and Family Coalition was so honored and excited to receive this award. We know that expanding family leave is important for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's. We will continue to advocate to expand these policies to more families so it is so encouraging to us to be acknowledged for this work!"

—Netsy Firestein
California Work and Family Coalition


"On behalf of Apoyos Para Los Cuidadores I want to express our gratitude to The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and Family Caregiver Alliance for recognizing our work. This award enables us to extend our outreach and services to family caregivers and Alzheimer's individuals living in what is a very private world. The award breakfast was an excellent opportunity to share our program with those outside our Taos community and feel their support. It was an amazing experience filled with wonderful people!. Muchos gracias!"

—Kathleen Burg
Apoyos Para Los Cuidadores


Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation celebrated the recipients of the 2008 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards at a breakfast event held at the annual joint conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) in March 2009 in Las Vegas, NV.

The event, organized by FCA and sponsored by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, marks the conclusion of the first year of the Awards that recognize excellence in Alzheimer's care and caregiver support in three categories: Creative Expression; Diverse/Multicultural Communities; and Policy & Advocacy. The Awards program was announced in the Spring of 2008 and attracted instant attention from Organizations and programs from all across the US.

Three outstanding programs rose to the top of a highly competitive pool of applicants and were determined as the first year's winners by a distinguished panel of judges with expertise in Aging, Family Caregiving, Policy and Alzheimer's disease. The award recipients are:

Category: Creative Expression

  • PROGRAM: Culture Bus Inside and Out
  • ORGANIZATION: CJE SeniorLife - Chicago, IL
  • Program Representative: Judy Holstein, Director of Adult Day Services


Category: Diverse/Multicultural Communities

  • PROGRAM: Apoyos Para Los Cuidadores
  • ORGANIZATION: Chesed Project at Taos Jewish Center - Taos, NM
  • Program Representative: Kathleen Burg, Chesed Project Director


Category: Policy & Advocacy

  • PROGRAM: California Work and Family Coalition
  • ORGANIZATION: Labor Project for Working Families - Berkeley, CA
  • Program Representative: Netsy Firestein, Executive Director

The event was attended at capacity by ASA/NCOA conference attendees, colleagues and friends of FCA and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director FCA, and also the MC for the event, and Marty H Blank Jr., COO and Co Director of The Gilbert Foundation spoke about their Organizations, gave a brief history of the Awards program and presented the recipients with their certificates. The amount of $ 20,000 had been presented to each Organization earlier in the year.

The three program representatives gave presentations highlighting the achievements of their programs and their impact on the communities they serve. They were received with warm applause and much enthusiasm by the audience who also expressed great interest on next year's awards.


Wednesday, December 31, 2008