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CenterLight Health System Honors 99-Year-Old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at First Ever Impossible Dreamers Achievement AwardS Benefit Gala

Proceeds to Enrich and Empower New York Seniors In Need Via The Friends of CenterLight Foundation

 NEW YORK CITY (Oct. 17, 2017) – CenterLight Health System, a non-profit leader in home and community-based healthcare and services for older adults throughout the New York area, will host the inaugural Impossible Dreamers Achievement Awards, a gala celebration taking place on October 17, 2017, at City Winery in Manhattan. Fox 5 News Anchor and Author Dari Alexander will serve as the evening’s emcee. The proceeds of the benefit will support elderly New Yorkers in need through The Friends of CenterLight Foundation.

The Impossible Dreamers Achievement Awards will honor the accomplishments of 99-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, a world-renowned inspirational figure, and CenterLight/Hometeam Home Health Aide Caela Marc, for her exceptional patient care.

A native of Pondicherry, India, Tao Porchon-Lynch is a Guinness World Record holder as the world’s oldest living and active yoga master. Featured in The New York Times, Oprah Magazine and America’s Got Talent, Ms. Porchon-Lynch is the author of a memoir entitled Dancing Light, The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, which details her remarkable life as visionary teacher, entrepreneur, activist, wine connoisseur and competitive ballroom dancer. Over her 75-year professional life, she was a couture model, actress, film producer, international film distributor, television executive, publisher and a co-founder of the American Wine Society. She marched with Mahatma Gandhi in 1930, helped Jews escape the Nazis as a French Resistance fighter during World War II, and walked with Martin Luther King in the 1960s. Her mantra, “There Is Nothing You Cannot Do,” is also the title of her popular TEDx Talk.

“Ms. Tao embodies our wish for the older adults that we serve, as well as the CenterLight community as a whole – that there should never be an expiration date on our dreams,” says Benjamin Duster, Chief Executive Officer at CenterLight. “We salute both Ms. Tao, and Caela, for making a positive impact in the lives of others, each in their own unique way.”

According to Duster, the idea for the awards program was inspired by “The Impossible Dreamers,” an acclaimed documentary which features individuals in their 70s, 80s and 90s – including Ms. Porchon-Lynch – performing remarkable athletic feats.

“For me, watching The Impossible Dreamers sparked the realization that there were many remarkable stories to share that would inspire not just our participants, but the communities we serve as well,” added Duster. “The ‘impossible dreams’ represent the inspirational goals of our participants. With the support of our foundation, we’ll help them make their aspirations a reality.”

In keeping with CenterLight’s mission to enrich the lives of New York’s indigent elderly, the proceeds of the event will benefit The Friends of CenterLight Foundation, which provides educational, cultural and other enhanced programming to enrich and empower the participants of CenterLight TeamCareä, its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. These programs include:

  • An expanded alternative therapeutic intervention program bringing together a team of creative arts therapists to offer such modalities as dance therapy, art therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy and pet therapy. These therapies have helped ease suffering related to anxiety, depression, dementia and other illnesses, among program participants. In many instances, these modalities have also decreased the participants’ need for medications.
  • A new multi-media program to foster greater connection and self-sufficiency among participants via the use of new iPads, laptops and iPod Shuffles, as well as classes offering training in Skype, Instant Messaging, Facebook, e-mail and other web platforms. The program is intended to ease social isolation among seniors by empowering them to stay informed and remain connected and engaged with family and friends.
  • A farm-to-table dining experience for participants via partnerships with local farmers. Fresh, local, in-season produce will enhance the participants’ dining experience with freshly made meals. The program will engage seniors with nutritious and delicious cooking classes and encourage them to apply their new culinary skills and knowledge of nutrition at home.
  • Opportunities to share their wisdom and experiences, through memoir writing and story sharing programs.

About CenterLight TeamCare™

The debut of Friends of CenterLight follows the company’s recent rebranding of its flagship Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to CenterLight TeamCare. An alternative to nursing home care, CenterLight TeamCare, a program of CenterLight Healthcare, empowers older adults to continue to live independently, at home and in their communities. Individualized care plans are carried out by a dedicated interdisciplinary team (IDT) of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other professionals working in concert to provide care as unique as the richly diverse participants enrolled in the plan.

“The new name of the program highlights the interdisciplinary team at the foundation of the PACE program offering,” says Duster, “But even more important, it emphasizes how individual talents and strengths are multiplied – and health outcomes are improved – when staff members, participants and their families, all collaborate as a team.”

Learn more about TeamCare at

Event Details

Located at 155 Varick Street, City Winery is Manhattan’s only fully functioning winery, offering intimate concerts in its acclaimed performance space, as well as food and wine classes, fine dining and private events. The gala will kick off with cocktails at 6pm, followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m., and the awards program. Learn about tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Impossible Dreamers Achievement Awards here