The Joslyn Center announced the premiere of its first televised fundraiser, Joslyn in Motion: Staying Strong – Moving Forward to air on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The half-hour presentation will be simultaneously broadcast on NBC Palm Springs and Facebook Live.
Hosted by Sandie Newton from NBCares and Dale Johannes, the program will showcase The Joslyn Center’s work and raise critical funds to meet the increasing needs of the senior community because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also feature a special appearance by the incomparable performer Ann Hampton Callaway.
Presenting sponsors are Patti and Jack Grundhofer. Producing sponsors include Steve Tobin, Johnny Krupa and the Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation and Margo Handelsman and Barry Kaufman. Entertainment sponsors are Dennis Flaig-Moore and Saks Fifth Avenue. Co-host sponsors include: Beverly & John Fitzgerald, Kathleen Kelly, Palm Desert Mayor Pro Tem, Barbara J. Mitchell & Michael Tennies, Sanya L. Mulhern, CFP®, CRPC®, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management, U.S., Jack Newby & Pete Parker and Howard & Eileen Packer, Limo4U. The televised fundraising event is produced by Frank Goldstin and MOMENTOUS.
The center, which closed to the public on March 17, 2020, has found creative ways to continue to bring programs and activities to its members. While it still operates its essential nutrition services Meals on Wheels, and Penny’s Pantry community food bank, along with a growing counseling service, programs including chair yoga, calisthenics, meditation, Brain Boot Camp, and others have moved online.
A new initiative, Tech Untangled, a tutoring service to help familiarize seniors with the latest technology and get them comfortable with being online has been added as has a Zoom chat group and virtual book club to keep members connected. The Joslyn Center is even producing its own original content with a weekday variety show and standing ‘Blingin’ Bingo’ games on Facebook Live.
“Life changed for our over 2,000 members when we had to suspend on-site services in March,” said Joslyn Executive Director Jack Newby. “But our mission to provide support and services to seniors and older adults in the Coachella Valley has not. This fundraiser showcases the work we are doing to help alleviate social isolation during this new normal.”
Viewers will be encouraged to donate by texting JOSLYN to 44321, online at JoslynCenter.org or by calling the center directly at 760-340-3220 where volunteers will be ready to take calls.
“The Joslyn Center is leading the way in the Coachella Valley for providing a wide array of virtual programming for seniors and older adults in our community,” said Newby. “No other organization even comes close. Seniors can depend on us for their regular meals, food to stock their pantry and for vital programming to reduce isolation and loneliness.”
About Joslyn Center:
The Joslyn Center has been an essential part of the local senior community since 1981. It is a nonprofit community organization providing programs, services and activities for seniors and older adults in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, and neighboring communities. Each day The Joslyn Center has between 250 to 400 visitors and boasts 2,200 plus members ranging in age from 50 to 105. The Joslyn Center members have access to the center’s free activities and clubs as well as receiving discounts to select fee-based programs. All adults, 50 years of age and older, are eligible for membership. Joslyn Center is also the home of the Arthur Newman Theatre.
For more information or to learn how The Joslyn Center is staying strong and moving forward, visit www.JoslynCenter.org or call 760-340-3220.