SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Lok, a pioneer and world leader in Programs for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), celebrates its 45th anniversary with its annual gala Friday, May 20 at the InterContinental Hotel San Francisco. Hosted by actress Amy Hill, the event honors the contributions of many in the community who have played a role in serving seniors across the Bay Area. Archstone Foundation, MBH Architects, Swinerton Builders and On Lok volunteer Jimmy Ho are among those being recognized for their ongoing support of the nonprofit organization. This year's event also represents On Lok's transition in leadership from Bob Edmondson to Grace Li, who assumed the CEO role earlier this month.
Founded in 1971 by a group of visionaries, On Lok is committed to solving the plight of vulnerable, low-income seniors by creating long-term care options in the community. Today, the organization has expanded to provide a variety of comprehensive, coordinated services, including medical care, transportation services, in-home care, senior centers, social activities, prevention and wellness programs, nutritious meals and more.
"This year's gala represents a milestone moment for On Lok as we celebrate our ongoing mission of expanding and improving the lives of seniors," said Grace Li, On Lok's chief executive officer. "We understand the importance of staying independent and active for as long as possible. On Lok is recognized as a leader in senior care and has inspired innovative care models both nationally and internationally. Looking forward to the next 45 years, On Lok will continue to innovate new ways to care for seniors and allow them to age with dignity in the communities they love."
"This year's gala holds a particularly special place in my heart as my duties transition over to Grace as the organization's new CEO," said Edmondson, who recently announced his retirement after leading On Lok for more than a decade. "The work On Lok does for the community is so vital and important – and it impacts the quality of life for so many people. I have full confidence that Grace will take On Lok to the next level in order to improve the lives of even more seniors across the Bay Area."
About Amy Hill
Amy Hill started her career in San Francisco by working at the Asian American Theatre Company. She is also known in the theater world as a respected performance artist, having written and performed a number of one-woman shows, including the trilogy of Tokyo Bound, Reunion and Beside Myself.
"I lived in San Francisco for many years and have fond memories of On Lok picking up seniors all over the City," said Hill. "I'm proud to participate in this special evening by recognizing so many in the community who make a tangible difference in people's lives every day."
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ON LOK'S 45TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
On Lok celebrates 45 years of service to the community at its annual gala on May 20. The 45th Anniversary Gala, co-sponsored by media partners NBC Bay Area (KNTV) and the Nob Hill Gazette, starts at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Music is provided by pianist Dick Clark, Jeff Wessman (who performs Frank Sinatra songs with his five-piece band) and Desiree Choy, who sings traditional Chinese songs. Open to the public, ticket prices start at $250.
InterContinental Hotel San Francisco – 888 Howard St., San Francisco
Friday, May 20, 2016
- Hosted cocktail reception from 6-7 p.m.
- Dinner and program from 7-9 p.m.
- Amy Hill, actress and writer (emcee)
- Honorees Archstone Foundation (outstanding philanthropist), Jimmy Ho (outstanding volunteer), MBH Architects and Swinerton Builders (outstanding organizations)
- Grace Li, Chief Executive Officer
- Nadyne Orona, Event Chair
- Irene Yee Riley and Elizabeth Y.A. Ferguson, event co-chairs
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For further gala information, please visit http://www.onlok.org/On-Lok-Inc/Events/Anniversary-Gala. For additional information about On Lok, the gala, or for hi-res images or video, please contact David Cumpston at (415) 359-2316 or [email protected].
About On Lok, Inc.
On Lok, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, is a family of nonprofit organizations founded in the early 1970s by a group of citizens concerned about the plight of seniors and the lack of long-term care options in the community. With 45 years of history and experience both creating models and serving diverse senior communities through integrated health and social care, On Lok has a wide-reaching experience base and is a trusted partner in its communities. On Lok serves seniors in the community through its affiliated nonprofits including On Lok Lifeways, 30th Street Senior Center and more. For more information, please visit www.onlok.org/On-Lok-Inc.
SOURCE On Lok