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Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to Announce Inaugural “Encore Career Prize” Awardee Nov. 6 at an Evening of Encore

October 23, 2013


Foundation, Nonprofit, Local and National Business Leaders Share Wit and Wisdom on How to Effect Social Change by Engaging Baby Boomers in Their Encore Years

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Experience Matters are pleased to present An Evening of Encore. This November 6th event will celebrate the Piper Trust Encore Career Prize Awardee.  In its inaugural year, the award recognizes an inspiring encore career leader who is addressing a major social need in Maricopa County. The awardee’s innovative and inspiring work exemplifies how each of us can positively impact the lives of others in our community.

In addition to highlighting the first recipient of the Piper Trust Encore Career Prize, who will receive a $50,000 award, the event will feature Harvey Mackay (New York Times bestselling author and syndicated columnist) and Marc Freedman (CEO and founder of and a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement). Drew Brown (Chairman and founder of DMB Associates) will offer insights about the lifestyle needs of baby boomers and his company’s support of Experience Matters and Piper Trust’s Encore Career Prize. The three will inspire us with wit and wisdom on how boomers are transforming society through their encore careers and reinventing lifestyles and communities in what are traditionally the retirement years.

Speakers include: Judy Jolley Mohraz (President/CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust); Nora Hannah (CEO, Experience Matters); Drew Brown (Chairman/Founder, DMB Associates); Marc Freedman (CEO/Founder,; Harvey MacKay (national columnist and author); Piper Trust Encore Career Prize Awardee.

Title Sponsor: DMB Associates & Victory Verrado District (DMB’s first 55+ community)
Event Sponsors: MetLife, SCF Arizona, Arizona Lottery, Magellan Health Services of Arizona, Hensley Beverage Company

The event is open to the public. To attend, tickets can be purchased at All proceeds will benefit Experience Matters, a 501c3 that connects skilled boomer talent with social sector organizations.

Members of the media: to cover and attend the event, contact Sara Bresnahan ([email protected]) or Karen Leland ([email protected]). Advance and post-event interviews are available.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
6:00 –7:00 p.m. – Registration, Networking, and No Host Bar
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Program

Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue in Phoenix, Steele Auditorium

By 2020, almost one in four Arizonans will be in the age group of baby boomers, thus, it is critical to understand this population’s great potential for positive impact on the region’s communities (U.S. Census Bureau, 2005). Nationwide, millions of boomers want to apply their experience to make a difference for others—often called the encore movement—and most are looking to combine aspects of work, paid and unpaid, with elements of service through encore careers.

Speaker Interviews
Video of Piper Trust Encore Career Prize Awardee
Backdrop of Heard Museum

About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
A private independent foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust honors Virginia Galvin Piper’s philanthropic commitment to changing lives and strengthening community in Maricopa County (Arizona). A place-based philanthropy, Piper Trust works to be more than a grantmaker. The Trust convenes groups to address community issues, brings national thought leaders to meet with nonprofit executives, and fosters collaboration in the philanthropic sector. Piper Trust’s grantmaking areas are healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations. A significant focus area for the Trust is discovering pathways for experienced older adults to remain productive community members through civic engagement. To date, Piper Trust has invested more than $312 million in local nonprofits and programs.

About Experience Matters
Recognized nationally as a groundbreaking initiative, Experience Matters’ vision is to effect lasting social change via a movement that changes the face of civic engagement and has the potential to transform the structure and sustainability of hundreds of nonprofits throughout Maricopa County. Experience Matters is connecting passionate individuals with nonprofits and preparing the organizations to receive the talent and leverage the skills of this highly skilled and energetic talent force.


Sara Bresnahan, Experience Matters
602-667-0436 / [email protected]

Karen Leland, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
480-556-7125 / [email protected]