It was a night for honor, generosity and celebration as Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA) held its annual Janet L. Witkin Awards Gala at the spectacular Casa del Mar in Santa Monica on May 8, 2014. The event, which raised more than $400,000, was filled with joyful and poignant moments.
ALA honored two powerful leaders for their comprehensive and thoughtful work to empower seniors and improve the lives of aging adults.
Mr. Jeff Roos, Regional President of Lennar Homes, received the Sheldon W. Andelson Award for Lennar’s groundbreaking housing product, NextGen: The Home Within a Home. The NextGen Home accommodates the way people are already living – and provides a level of flexibility that reflects changing demographics and lifestyles.
Mr. Paul Irving, President of the Milken Institute, received the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award. ALA identified Paul as an outstanding leader in the aging community and recognized his efforts for developing "Best Cities for Successful Aging,” an index, which measures, compares, and ranks the performance of 359 U.S. metropolitan areas in promoting and enabling successful aging.
It was the seminal moment of the evening, when two of ALA’s homesharers, Tosia and Lois, got on stage to share their experience as ALA housemates. This was especially exciting given the recent national media coverage on ALA’s successful roommate matching and shared housing program. The dynamic duo does an amazing job spreading the word about ALA’s program and the benefits of having an ALA housemate.
The theme of this year’s annual Gala was Age Abilities – the state of envisioning new possibilities as we age. At ALA, we believe that everyone has the capacity to achieve difficult and amazing feats at any age, however, not everyone can do it without a little help.
We are so grateful to all of our supporters for making it such a memorable gala. Be sure to check out the photo gallery from the evening on the ALA Facebook page and photo gallery!