The Latino Center on Aging celebrates the 37th Golden Age Awards

DORAL, FL – The Latino Center on Aging (LCA) celebrated last Saturday May 18, 2024, one of the year’s most significant senior community service events: the Golden Age Awards Gala.

In its 37th version, that as always excelled in attendance and support, the organization welcomed its guests and award recipients at the Pullman Miami Airport Hotel for a night of celebration that started with cocktails, was followed by a dinner to then recognize the hard work of important Latino personalities in South Florida. The evening was sealed with a dance. 

The event had the participation of banquet co-chairs, Hon. Josefina Carbonell and María A. Hidalgo; commemorative journal co-chairs, Sissy Miranda, Stephanie De la Piedra and Lupe Bruneman; a gala committee of 23 members; and LCA’s President and CEO, Mario E. Tapia, among others. 

The Latino Center on Aging awarded the following recipients: 

– Hon. Katherine Fernández Rundle, State Attorney for Miami-Dade County in Florida, with a Public Service Golden Age Award

– Hon. Christi Fraga, City of Doral Mayor, with an Effective Leadership Golden Age Award

– Silvia Quintana, CEO of Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, with a Lifetime Achievement Golden Age Award

– Sandra Lozano Barry, CEO of Light of the World Clinic, with a Humanitarian Golden Age Award

– Dr. Alex Fiuza, Outreach Manager of Mount Sinai Eldercare PACE, with a Corporate Golden Age Award

– Gabriela Macoto, Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center, with an Advocate for Seniors Golden Age Award

– Jay Shechter, Primary Care and Specialty Services, with a Community Leadership Golden Age Award

The Latino Center on Aging was founded in 1991 with the purpose of advocating for improved services for Latino seniors, while also educate the seniors about the different options at their disposal that sometimes they don’t take advantage of due to lack of knowledge and inability to access them. 

LCA fulfills its mission through the media, testimony at public hearings, and the organization of conferences addressing the issues affecting Latino elderly such as poverty and isolation, which makes it urgent for the over a half million Hispanic elderly residing in South Florida to have a proactive social life, health service assistance and the support and awareness of the community. 

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