A Cause for Applause
About the Event
Aging services providers, healthcare professionals, activists, and LGBT older adults and allies came together at Rodeph Shalom on October 18th, 2018 for A Cause for Applause! The event was a celebration of the eight-year anniversary of the LGBT Elder Initiative, as well as the resilience, activism, and strength of our LGBT older adult communities.
Over 150 people turned out to celebrate with us and to applaud the great work taking place to improve the lives of LGBT older adults. The program included inspiring remarks shared by Richard Webster, President of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals; Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health; and Dr. Kate Galluzzi, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA). The evening allowed us to build community, reflect on our past successes, and to look ahead toward a very bright future.
We were also honored to recognize Holly Lange, President and CEO of PCA with the Edwin J. Bomba Memorial Award for Advocacy. Under Holly’s leadership, PCA has committed to developing an aging services network that will effectively meet the unique needs of LGBT older Philadelphians. Holly’s tireless efforts to ensure all older Philadelphians, regardless of sexual or gender identity, are served with dignity and respect made her a most deserving recipient of this award!
We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, listed below, for their support of the LGBT Elder Initiatives and our LGBT older adult communities in the Delaware Valley and beyond!