Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Hosting 30th Annual Summit in Americus

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

For 30 years, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving has supported family, volunteer, and professional caregivers through efforts of advocacy, education, research, and service. To celebrate this milestone, we will be offering opportunities for networking, skill-building, recognition, and fun at our 30th Anniversary Summit. We hope to bring together caregivers of individuals with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities across the lifespan along with leaders who enable caregiver support including stakeholders, funders, and policymakers. The goal of our summit is to increase visibility of caregiver needs, stimulate connections among key individuals, and drive conversations to address caregiver solutions.

We will kick off the two-day summit on Wednesday, October 25 with a play, "A Journey with Rosalynn Carter", at the historic Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus. Cathy Kaemmerlan's one-woman show will highlight the former first lady's journeys with music, narratives, and costumes. The public is welcome to attend at no cost.

On Thursday, October 26, attendees will have the choice of attending four special topic *workshops during the day that will benefit caregivers and the professionals who support them. A networking reception will take place that evening at the historic Lee Council House with heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and live entertainment from Comedy Bootcamp graduates.

We will hold the summit on Friday, October 27 with an introduction from former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and a special keynote address from Lee Woodruff, Contributing Reporter to "CBS This Morning" and Co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. There will be four *panel discussions from professionals in the field of caregiving and a choice of a tour of either Plains (President Carter's hometown), Andersonville National Historic Site, or our newly added third option, beautiful downtown Americus.

The Gala Awards Banquet will be held in the Georgia Southwestern State University Storm Dome on Friday evening complete with dinner, cocktails, and live entertainment from the GSW Jazz Band and Vince Zangaro, singer/songwriter/caregiver advocate and founder of Alzheimer's Music Fest. We will announce our Caregivers of the Year, the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Scholarship winners, and the Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award. President Jimmy Carter will be among one of the tribute speakers and Patricia Bethune, writer/actress/caregiver advocate, will be our emcee for the evening. And a few other special surprises are in store.

There is still time to register for Friday night's Gala Awards Banquet, however, registration is closed for all other events. (Wednesday night's play is still open as well, no ticket purchase necessary.) We have had an overwhelming response of registration attendees this year and we look forward to celebrating with all of you.