AARP today announced the five winners of the AARP Purpose Prize™ which recognizes outstanding work by people age 50 and over that is focused on advancing social good. In recognition of their outstanding community-focused work, each winner will receive a $50,000 cash award from AARP at the AARP Purpose Prize Award Gala, to be held in Chicago November 2. Additionally, AARP announced 10 AARP Purpose Prize Fellows who will be honored at the Chicago gala for the community-focused work of the organizations they each lead.
"The AARP Purpose Prize Award recognizes and rewards individuals who, in an encore career, are creating new ways to solve tough social problems," said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. "All over the country, millions of older adults with fresh ideas and big hearts are finding unique ways to help people in their community and we are proud to highlight some of the very best examples of that phenomenon with the AARP Purpose Prize Award."
One of the winners of the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize Award is our President Jim Farrin. AARP said of him and the program:
In 2007, former business consultant Farrin gathered 20 students from his alma mater Princeton University to tutor prison inmates studying for the GED. The Petey Greene Program — named for a former inmate-turned-activist and popular 70s- and 80s-era radio/TV host — has flourished, with students from 30 colleges now tutoring 1,500 individuals in 34 facilities.
Jim donated his prize to the Petey Greene program in Princeton. Remember that the program is the recipient of our Class Service Initiative.