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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

18th Annual AGE Awards Dinner To Benefit Austin Groups For The Elderly

At 73 years old, Jody Kelly is a grandmother, a triathlete and an entrepreneur.  She has competed in dozens of triathlons and runs a personal training business for senior citizens, but she is best known as the oldest contestant to ever participate in CBS’s hit reality show, “The Amazing Race.” 

Photo Credit: Austin Groups for the Elderly

Kelly describes herself as a former “couch potato” who became interested in fitness to help her mother maintain her strength.  Together, the pair began strength training and wrote Feeling Good: Strength Training with Your Significant Elder, the first guide for older adults and their caregivers to do the same.  Her interest grew into a passion, and she now owns Strengthmobile, a personal training program that helps older adults maintain strength to prevent falls and remain independent.

“No” is not in Jody’s vocabulary,” says Joyce Lauck, Executive Director of Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE).  “She inspires people of all ages to take charge of their health and dare to achieve their goals.  Jody is an inspiration and we are honored to call her a 2012 AGE Award honoree.”

On Friday, April 20, 2012, Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) will host the 18th Annual AGE Awards Dinner at The Renaissance Hotel.  The event will celebrate Kelly and the following Central Texans who make the community a better place for older adults and people with disabilities.

  • Willie Kocurek Vital Aging Award – Vincent DiNino
  • Bert Kruger Smith Vision Award – Celia Hughes
  • Community Service Award – Assistance League of Austin
  • “Rose” Professional Spirit Award – Jody Kelly

AGE is a non-profit organization that has been serving Austin’s elderly, their families and caregivers since 1986.  Their programs include Austin Computer Learning Center, Caregiver Resource Center, Elderhaven Adult Day Centers of Central Texas, H.E.L.P. (Health Equipment Lending Program), New Connections and the Historic AGE Building.  For more information, please visit the organization’s website.

WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759
Ph. 512-343-2626

TICKETS: Individual Ticket – $85.  Bronze Sponsor (includes 2 tickets) – $500.  Silver Sponsor (includes 4 tickets) – $1,000.  Gold Sponsor (includes 6 tickets) – $1,500.  Platinum Sponsor (includes 8 tickets) – $2,000.  Community Sponsor (includes 8 tickets) – $3,000.  Premier Sponsor – Request Information.

DRESS: Cocktail Attire

PARKING: Valet parking.  Complimentary self-parking.

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