Leonard Boxer, Stephen Ross, Len Berman, and Kathryn Haslanger (L-R)

JASA celebrated 50 years of serving New York's older adults at a sold-out Gala at Hudson Yards. A record $2.7 Million was raised at the event, including a surprise announcement of a $1 Million gift from the first-ever Visionary Award honoree Stephen M. Ross, Chairman and Founder of Related Companies and former JASA Trustee. Mr. Ross's generous donation is in memory of his mentor Henry Pearce, a founder of JASA.

Ruth Perelson

The evening was co-chaired by Leonard Boxer and Saul Katz, and emceed by New York broadcaster and author Len Berman. Patricia Green and the Green family and Ruth Perelson were recognized with the Legacy Award, which honors a significant long-term contribution to JASA. Over 350 guests attended the event including industry leaders, philanthropists, and government officials. A moving tribute video was played for the captivated audience.

"JASA's 50th birthday is indeed cause for celebration," said JASA Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Haslanger. "The generosity of our donors at this milestone boosts our ability to serve New York's diverse and growing older population well into the future."

Patricia Green

JASA provides life-saving services and a safety net for over 43,000 older New Yorkers each year, many of whom are frail and vulnerable. The annual Gala enables JASA to continue providing invaluable services, including delivering nearly one million meals, providing safe, affordable apartments to 2,400, assisting 1,300 victims of elder abuse, providing free legal assistance to 2,000, and much more. These critical contributions help JASA's crucial and constantly evolving role in a city that's home to a rapidly expanding older adult population with a wide range of needs.

If you were unable to attend the Celebration, you can still support JASA's Give for Good online.

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