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October 19, 2016

LGBT Champions and Partnerships at 21st Annual SAGE Awards & Gala

A star-studded evening drew on the classic opulence of the Cipriani Wall Street Building in New York City

[New York, NY] On Monday, October 17, 2016, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) held its 21st Annual Awards & Gala, which celebrated SAGE’s national achievements and honored four leaders committed to improving the lives of diverse LGBT older people.

Outgrowing its former venue, SAGE moved to the grand Cipriani Wall Street, drawing more than 800 influential leaders and allies of the LGBT community, including New York State Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick, New York State Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres and famed Supreme Court DOMA plaintiff and LGBT advocate, Edie Windsor. Windsor was accompanied by her new wife, longtime community activist Judith Kasen-Windsor. Entertainment included the first-ever public performance of the Broadway revival of the musical Falsettos.

Among the night’s honorees were Don Capoccia and his company, BFC Partners, which received the LGBT Pioneer Award for their leadership in SAGE’s efforts to bring LGBT age-friendly housing to New York City. Former Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart received the Ken Dawson Advocacy Award, honoring his trailblazing leadership within the LGBT community. Dr. Yanira Cruz, President of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, (NHCOA) received the Paula Ettelbrick Community Service Award in recognition of NHCOA’s deep commitment to LGBT issues. SAGE also acknowledged Jen Hatch/Christopher Street Financial with the Jack Watters Corporate Advocate Award for their unwavering commitment to SAGE and their continuous support of many LGBT community programs.

Special recognition was given to SAGE CEO Michael Adams on his 10th year leading the organization. "I am thrilled to have celebrated my 10-year tenure at SAGE with the largest SAGE Awards & Gala yet," said Adams. "This year’s record-breaking event is a testament to the growing momentum for a future in which all LGBT elders are valued and have boundless opportunities. Its success a true testament to the generous support of our many partners."

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