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, Oct. 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. On Thursday, Oct.26, you'll 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, Oct. 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 your choice of a tour of either Plains - President Carter's hometown, or Andersonville National Historic Site. The Gala Awards Banquet will be held in the GSW 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 be 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.
We hope you'll join us for all of the events, but we understand time may be limited due to work or caregiving obligations. You can certainly register for any of our events individually as they pertain best to you and your schedule. We are confident there is something that will interest you. This is going to be a historic celebration and we are excited to share it with you!