AARP Announces 2023 Purpose Award Winners




PHOTOS BY (LEFT TO RIGHT): PHILLIP CHEUNG, JARED SOARES, KEVIN J. MIYASAKI, DIANA KING, ARTURO OLMOS.

2023 Winners (LEFT TO RIGHT): Bill Toone, Imani Woody, Zerqa Abid, Jamesetta Ferguson, Sharron Rush

Five people ages 50 and older who are using their knowledge and life experience to solve difficult social problems have been named the 2023 AARP Purpose Award Winners, with 10 Purpose Award Scholars also selected. Winners and scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on October 25 in Washington, D.C.

“We celebrate these inspiring individuals who have used their decades of life experience to give back in meaningful ways, to be leaders in their communities, and to create a better future for us all,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of the AARP.

The five winners will each receive $50,000 for their nonprofits, and the 10 scholarship recipients will each receive $10,000 for their nonprofits. All 15 will also receive one year of support from AARP to help expand the reach of their organizations’ work.

AARP will also honor filmmaker, screenwriter, actor and philanthropist Tyler Perry with an honorary Purpose Prize. In 2006, he founded The Perry Foundation, which is committed to turning tragedy into triumph by cultivating individual potential, supporting communities and reaping lasting change. The foundation has partnered with numerous organizations, focusing on education, health, agriculture, human rights, technology, arts, culture, global sustainability and economic development. Through the foundation, Perry has helped people and charities that help others overcome the kind of obstacles he once faced.

Returning for its second year, the AARP Inspire Award, which provides an additional $10,000 to a Purpose Award winner’s organization based on public vote.

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