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Save the Date November 6 2023
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LiLY Legacies Awards Gala 2023
LiLY Legacies Awards Gala 2023

LiLY Legacies Awards Gala 2023

Dr. Richard P. Mayeux,  Rachael Ray,  Dr. Rafael Lantigua

Dr. Richard P. Mayeux,  Rachael Ray,  Dr. Rafael Lantigua

Quinn Lemley
Performance by Special Guest, Quinn Lemley / Rita Hayworth
"The Heat is On"


In Memoriam
Irene Zola
1945 - 2023

LiLY Legacies Awards Gala 2023
This year, the 2023 LiLY Legacies Awards Gala will be in tribute to Irene Zola, our Founder. She was a vital part of so many lives, working tirelessly for our community of elders. Please join us to raise a glass and remember her extraordinary life and legacy.

Zola said, “Caring for elderly seniors also helps families who do not live nearby and gives them a welcome peace of mind; we receive such expressions of gratitude from families all the time”


Irene Zola, Founder and Executive Director, Lifeforce in Later Years, Norm Lewis, Broadway star, and Quinn Lemley, star of Burlesque to Broadway.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/


Irene Zola, Founder and Executive Director, Lifeforce in Later Years, Norm Lewis, Broadway star, and Quinn Lemley, star of Burlesque to Broadway
Nightlife With Rose Billings  / LiLY Gala 2018


Gala Night

LiLY Legacies Awards Gala honors distinguished individuals whose continuing legacies benefit all generations. Guests enjoy a stellar evening with an elegant dinner, celebrated presenters and performers, and one another!
Monday, November 6, 2023

To be held under the Rotunda at  
Columbia University’s historic Low Library 
West 116th Street & Broadway, Manhattan

6:00 PM  Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM  Gala Dinner
Legacies Awards
Performances and Special Guests
Quinn Lemley
 ~ Featuring a Tribute in Memory of Irene Zola ~
8:30 PM  Silent Auction Closes
James McDaniel
LiLY Legacies Awards Gala 2023

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Why LiLY?

LiLY helps communities come together to honor elders - strengthening community connections and ensuring that elders enjoy comfort and friendship while aging in the homes they love. LiLY's free-of-charge programs are centered in Morningside Heights and West Harlem in Manhattan, bringing volunteers, businesses and elders together to foster a culture of care. LiLY's work is recognized nationally - as a community-driven solution to an urgent and growing need and for its innovations in reducing social isolation. LiLY's Legacies Awards Gala helps to support this important mission as we honor renowned individuals whose continuing legacies benefit people of all generations.


Genia Gould, Legacies Manager
Paula Seefeldt, Acting Executive Director
Jenn Beisser, President of the Board
Audrey Wu, Vice President
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Lifeforce in Later Years

LiLY Legacies Awards Gala

November 6, 2023

Columbia University Low Library Rotunda


Celebrate Incredible Individuals and an Organization
 That Make Aging Better


With less than 2% of funds from the nations largest grant makers focused on charity serving aging adults and 25% of adults age 65 and older admitting to social isolation, Lifeforce in Later Years aims to bridge this gap by operating a nationally recognized model to help seniors age safely in their homes with access to volunteers who help them with basic but critical needs as well as companionship and cheer.  LiLY, achieves its mission by coordinating and directing a net work of caring volunteers in community resources toward the help of elderly seniors or committed to aging in the homes they love.


On November 6, Lifeforce in Later Years he affectionately known as LiLY, will be holding its 12th LiLY, legacies gala at the Columbia University Low Library Rotunda.  Each year, they look forward to celebrating three exceptional New Yorkers who make aging in
 New York better.


This year's gala will honor three exceptional individuals; Rachael Ray, American cooking and TV icon, business woman extraordinaire and philanthropist;   Dr. Richard Mayeaux, Neurologist-in-Chief at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and Dr. Rafael Lantigua, Director, Office Of Community Service Programs and Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Vagelis College of Physicians and Surgeons.


LiLY was founded in 2009 by Zola, after witnessing the limitations of the care available to her mother who lived in a nursing home facility, Zola brought a group of neighbors together to consider how they might help their neighbors remain in their own apartments, even at advanced ages. Soon after launching a friendly visiting program, the volunteer-led group saw that a majority of neighbors over 80 years had no family caregiver options and that emotional, social, and community connections were invaluable to improving the quality of living alone in the city. Over time, individualized and deep-levels of care were complemented by social group programs and expansion into new neighborhoods. There are no fees for LiLY programs; rather, a committed group of staff, volunteers, local businesses, and medical partners who contribute to the work.


This year’s event features the nation’s wildly popular cook, and television personality, Rachael Ray. Ray will be celebrated for her impact on the quality of life at home and for her expansive humanitarian initiatives. Because of Ray, nutritious home-cooked meals are again emblematic of home life; numerous generations are empowered with the know-how and inspiration to enjoy cooking with their own families. Rachael Ray’s philanthropy extends beyond cooking to emergency food, shelter and needs response.


Among our three honorees, this year, two of them are pre-eminent neurologists working at the forefront of Alzheimer's research and treatment, and aging:


Dr. Richard P. Mayeaux, Neurologist-in-Chief at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.


Dr. Rafael Lantigua, Director, Office of Community Service Programs and Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Vagelos College od Physicians and Surgeons.


This year is especially challenging for the LiLY organization as we lost our founder Irene Zola unexpectedly in August, after an illness.  There will be a warm tribute to her life and LiLY, at the event.


ABOUT Life Force in Later Years (LiLY)

Lifeforce in Later Years is a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit charity that is committed to serving the needs and interests of elderly seniors who have chosen to age in the homes they love.   LiLY maintains this mission by applying a network of caring volunteers and community resources towards the health of elderly seniors. Proceeds of the gala and affiliated donations are used to fund the social workers of LiLY’s neighborhoods and programs.  LiLY aims to expand into more neighborhoods with chapters they call “villages.”   This  no fee for seniors model has been recognized by many,  and the organization and the founder has been the recipient of the CNN hero
and AARP inspire award.


For more information or to donate online please visit or contact:

Audrey Wu

 Instagram: @lifeforceinlateryears


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