Over 220 advocates, partners, supporters, attorneys, friends, and family members joined us at our sold-out award reception, Celebrate Justice in Aging, at City Club Los Angeles. The event was a chance for us to celebrate our new name, recognize shared commitment to fighting senior poverty, and rally together for Justice in Aging for all people. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend! 2015 Spring Honorees
Rigo Saborio, President and CEO of St. Barnabas Senior Services, was honored with the 2015 Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocacy Award. For over 20 years Rigo has worked to improve the lives of older adults in Los Angeles, California and the nation through public policy advocacy, diversity outreach, administration and direct service. As a leader of the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition, Rigo has fostered relationships with aging and disability advocates across Los Angeles and has been a key partner in our efforts to improve the health care system for California’s dual eligibles. We met Lai Mao Zhang in this video—an LA area dual eligible affected by the commitment of advocates like Rigo.
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Bob Johnson, and David Fry
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Bob Johnson, and David Fry were honored for their commitment to pro bono service as recipients of the 2015 Justice Award. Bob has served on the Justice in Aging Board of Directors since 2006 and was chair of the Board from 2010 to 2014. David has served on the Justice in Aging Board of Directors since 2010 and led a team of pro bono attorneys from the firm in the national class action lawsuit Martinez v. Astrue. The case won over $700 million in Social Security and SSI benefits for seniors and people with disabilities whose benefits had been illegally denied or suspended by the Social Security Administration. We met Erroll Barrett in this video—one of the class members whose benefits were restored because of Martinez. The commitment of our guests to helping seniors like Mr. Barrett and Mr. Zhang was unmistakable, both in their presence and in the generous gifts they made that night. We asked a few of them to tell us what Justice in Aging means to them and they gave us some inspiring answers! Another highlight of the night was the touching stories from Rigo, David, and Bob. Kevin Prindiville, our Executive Director, mentioned in his remarks that even as we celebrate good times (as the song goes), we are reminded that it’s not good times for our clients aging in poverty, calling us all to join the fight against senior poverty.
Thank you again to all our guests, our honorees, and our event sponsors—it couldn’t have been a success without you!