Cherishing Silver - 25th Anniversary Gala, November 5, 2013

Please join us for reception hosted by His Excellency Manuel Sager,Ambassador of Switzerland, and Mrs. Christine Sager with the Host Committee Chair, esteemed artist Bill Dunlap; tributes to Swiss-German artist, scientist, entrepreneur, humanitarian, philanthropist and nonagenarian, AFTA Founder Lolo Sarnoff; presentation of the 5thAnnual Sarnoff Award to Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.) for distinguished philanthropy, community service and engagement in the arts; and a multi-cultural interactive performance of works from cabaret, film and stage with Cabaret Sauvignon, an opera-cabaret group featuring Peter Burroughs, Carlos César Rodríguez, Jennifer Suess and special guest Barbara Papendorp. Online registration and further details are here.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013: V.I.P. reception and tour of the Marden House

Friends of Arts for the Aging spent an intimate evening with AFTA 25thAnniversary Co-Chair, distinguished artist and WETA commentator Bill Dunlap, and Founding C.E.O. and Chairman Emeritus of AOL, Jim Kimsey.  The night was hosted at the Marden House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s gloriously restored masterpiece and photographs can be found here.

MAY 19, 2013: Tennis Tournament for All Ages

His Excellency Jonas Hafström, Ambassador of Sweden, and Mrs. Eva Hafström were Honorary Chairs of another fabulous Annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament — our 23rd for the event, and their 6th year hosting. Though rain washed away most tournament play on Sunday morning,  exhibition matches in the afternoon on the Swedish Embassy Residence court were followed by a fabulous evening dinner reception, award ceremony and silent auction also at the residence. We were wowed by junior exhibition players Lilly Lynham, Shannon Hanley, Lizzie Baker and Valerie Ho in an all-USTA-Mid-Atlantic-ranked face-off and celebrity match players Mark Ein, Richey Renenberg, Dan Waldman and Gordi Ernst.  Much gratitiude to Junior Tennis Champions Center C.E.O. Ray Benton and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein who arranged the exhibitions.  Co-chair of AFTA’s 25th Anniversary WUSA9 anchor JC Hayward gave a warm greeting to guests and toasted AFTA’s mission.  Saluted were Ambassador and Mrs. Hafström for their dedication and commitment to helping ensure the success of this event for AFTA during their time here in the U.S. — they head back to Sweden in June 2013 — and a dedicated tennis committee led by this year’s new event chair Bill Weber and outgoing and long-time chair, AFTA trustee Kuni Matsuda.  Thanks so very much to our sponsors, court hosts, patrons, volunteers and friends who made it all possible.  Coverage can be found at Swedish Scene and at; the evening’s program is available here and more photos can be found on Flickr (by; additional thanks to Kuni Matsuda and Brandi Rose).  Contact if you’re interested in joining the 2014 tennis committee.

APRIL 25, 2013: Celebrating Artful Living

AFTA kicked off its 25th anniversary year at the Embassy of Finland in April, under the gracious patronage of Her Excellency Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador of Finland.  There, friends and supporters of AFTA met honorees the Silver Singers, a chorus of Chinese elders from Family Matters Asian and Pacific Islanders Senior Center who have persevered with AFTA teaching artist Anthony Hyatt through cultural divides and language barriers to create a chorus.  Now they make music together and find courage and delight in performing it.  Reaching one of the highest achievements in the field of creative aging, the arts now live at the senior center even when AFTA is not there!  It was an enchanting evening – we were dazzled by our 97 year old founder Lolo Sarnoff who joined us, and by special guests Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and WUSA9 anchor JC Hayward, co-chair of AFTA’s 25th anniversary year.  Event coverage can be found via Washington Life and Swedish Scene. You can also view photographs here ( and the event program too from the evening.