NCOA Presents 2014 Achievement Awards to Three Champions of Older Adults
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NCOA Presents 2014 Achievement Awards to Three Champions of Older Adults

June 6, 2014

NCOA President and CEO James Firman presents the 2014 NCOA Achievement Awards. Pictured (from l-r): Stefan and Himali Schwarz, Terri Swanson, Trampas and Anne Whitaker, Ruth Ann Virgil, Joseph Sofia, and James Firman.

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Honors Recognize Contributions to Health, Economic Security of U.S. Seniors

Washington, D.C. – On June 5, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) presented its 2014 Achievement Awards to an outstanding business leader and two outstanding companies championing the health and economic security of older adults.

“NCOA is proud to present our 2014 Achievement Awards to this year’s three distinguished honorees—all of whom are champions of our nation’s seniors,” said James Firman, NCOA President & CEO. “We look forward to continuing to work with them as we strive to improve the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020.”

The 2014 awardees included:

  • Anne Whitaker, President, North America Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi: Whitaker joined Sanofi, a global and diversified health care leader focused on patients’ needs, in September 2011. With more than 20 years of experience, Whitaker is on the boards of the National Pharmaceutical Council, National Association of Manufacturers, and CEO Roundtable on Cancer.
  • Aetna: As one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, Aetna is committed to building a healthier world by working alongside community leaders, health organizations, and providers. Its long tradition of giving and community involvement includes support to many nonprofits focused on the health and well-being of seniors and women.
  • Wegmans: This family-owned supermarket chain is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans values a diverse workforce and is committed to hiring seniors for positions across the company. In addition, it is a leader in community service initiatives, donating 16.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens in 2013.

The NCOA Achievement Awards highlight the work of individuals and corporations that support the NCOA mission to improve the health and economic security of millions of older adults, and whose work sets the standards for community involvement in bettering the lives of others.

The awards were presented at a dinner event at St. Regis Hotel in New York City.

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About NCOA
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them. Our goal is to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. For more than 60 years, NCOA has been a trusted voice and innovative problem-solver helping seniors navigate the challenges of aging in America. We work with local and national partners to give older adults tools and information to stay healthy and secure, and we advocate for programs and policies to improve the lives of all seniors, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, please visit