The Great Age Movement’s 3rd Annual Jazz Luncheon

Jun 24, 2019 | Social Hour

LCAHouston International Society News Magazine was pleased to attend the Great Age Movement‘s 3nd Annual Jazz Luncheon on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the St. Regis Hotel. The Great Age Movementgoals are to help fund senior playgrounds in green spaces and develop art & exercise programs at The Health Museum.

A jazz performance by Angela Nichols and saxophonist Chris Mitchell started off the luncheon. Local PBS host and emcee Ernie Manouse welcomed guests and introduced co-chairs, Jennifer Pinkertonand Jessica Rossman, followed by Great Age Movement President & Founder Fritz J. McDonald. The organization’s first senior fitness park groundbreaking this month in the Texas Medical Center, and its ongoing commitment to mobilizing the senior population through innovative programs in Houston, were highlighted by Mr. McDonald.

Philanthropist and Mayoral candidate, Tony Buzbee surprised the organization with a $10,000 donation. Mayor Sylvester Turner praised the success of the organization’s initiatives and introduced Honoree Dr. Roderick R. Paige, former U.S. of Education under President George W. Bush. John Bo Nichols dedicated his speech to his father, Honoree John F. Nichols, Sr.

The luncheon concluded with the presentation of the inaugural Vanguard award to First Lady of Philanthropy Dr. Carolyn Farb, for her generosity toward seniors and Great Age Movement.

The senior tai chi troupe from the Chinese Community Center captivated the audience with their performance. A silent auction was held that included Festari fine men’s clothing, hotel getaways, fine dining, beauty packages. Lucky auction winners also walked away with worldwide airline tickets, a luxury ranch vacation, and a John Palmer & Angela Fabbri champagne paint party.

Proceeds raised by the event surpassed last year’s luncheon by 60%, raising more than $80,000 making this its most successful fundraiser in 2 years.

Honored guests, community partners and generous underwriters included: The Health MuseumSt. Dominic’s VillageCarlson WagonlitSt. Regis HotelSenior Resource GuideJennifer & Chad PinkertonStephanie Nellons Paige, Gordon BethuneMichael & Tammy HarrisDon & Anne McAdamsJohn & Mary Beth ArchidiaconoMike & Sophie RydinSam & Tina GovernaleMassoud & Roya TaghtisiAshlee ElmoreMechelle TranEdward SanchezDr. Romy LaurenDr. Rolando MaldonadoJacqueline BaileyScott Duke EnsellJohn Jamail, Jr.Staci HendersonStan PriceKat KearnsAmanda AbiassiBob NowakMaria Ines SicardiKay JoshuaTracy FaulknerGregg HarrisonMargarita WalkerBarbara Reyna, and Carolyn White.

Photo Credit: Charlie Ewing


  The Great Age Movement is devoted to making a difference in the lives of seniors. Our goals include: building senior playgrounds in community green spaces and providing original indoor exercise classes in our museums. Both programs serve to promote exercise for seniors and volunteer service for all ages. After raising close to $100,000 at our first two annual jazz luncheons, we are proud to announce two innovative programs coming to fruition this spring:

  • In February, we launched an original program in partnership with The Health Museum in the Houston Museum District called, “Senior Art & Exercise”.

  • In June, we will break ground on Houston’s first senior playground in the Texas Medical Center, in partnership with St. Dominic’s Village.


President, Fritz McDonald with Frances Moody & Tony Buzbee at 3rd Annual Jazz Luncheon for Great Age Movement

President, Fritz McDonald with Frances Moody & Tony Buzbee at 3rd Annual Jazz Luncheon for Great Age Movement


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Chairs, Honorees, Volunteers & Guests at our 3rd Annual Jazz Luncheon 2019