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SAGE to Celebrate '40 Fierce Years' at Annual Awards Gala
2018-10-10

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SAGE, the nation's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, is proudly commemorating its 40th anniversary at this year's SAGE Awards & Gala on October 15 at Cipriani Wall Street. That evening, SAGE will honor actor and activist George Takei, the Speaker of the New York City Council Corey Johnson, Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Wells Fargo's John Lake.

"2018 is a very special year for SAGE as we celebrate 40 fierce years of creating a better world for our community's pioneers," said SAGE CEO Michael Adams. "Anniversaries always are an important moment to remind ourselves of the road we've traveled so far, who led us, and where we need to be going. At SAGE we stand on the shoulders of our elders and we lock arms with them to face the future. We refuse to be quiet, we refuse to let hatred win, and we refuse to be invisible. This year's SAGE Awards honorees show us, by their vivid example, what it takes to build a better and more just world for our elders and for all of us."

The event will be co-chaired by Larry Chanen, Lisa Davis, Char Defrancesco, and Dawn Fischer.

"I've learned so much from our LGBT pioneers by volunteering with SAGE. I am proud to continue my service by co-chairing this monumental event celebrating SAGE's 40 years," says Char Defrancesco. "SAGE allows our elders to age with the dignity and respect they deserve."

WHAT: Please join us at the annual SAGE Awards & Gala, as we recognize our distinguished honorees, and celebrate 40 fierce years of SAGE's work to create a better world for LGBT elder pioneers.

WHO: Michael Adams, Chief Executive Officer, SAGE

George Takei, Actor & Activist

Honorable Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council

Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights

John Lake, Wells Fargo

WHEN: October 15, 2018, 6:00 — 10:00 PM

WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street, New York, NY

WHY: SAGE has been at the forefront of LGBT issues, fighting—and winning—on behalf of older LGBT people across the country for four decades. At this year's SAGE Awards & Gala, SAGE will recognize individuals whose contributions to the LGBT community are paramount in our continued fight for LGBT equality across the nation, and, will celebrate the organization's outstanding achievements over the last 40 years.

HOW: For interviews or additional information, please contact Christina Da Costa, SAGE Communications Director at cdacosta@sageusa.org or 917-553-3328.

—Frpm a press release

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT elders, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE also coordinates SAGENet, a growing network of affiliates in the United States. Learn more at sageusa.org .


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