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.”
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
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.