Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home Celebrates Its Spring Fundraiser and Reception with Wine and Art

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Michael P. Akin of LINK Strategic Partners to receive Laura Lisner Award for his service to DC's elderly

"[Michael's] genuine love for caring for seniors in the DC community is evident in the work that he does everyday," said Ward Orem, CEO of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home.

The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home will host its Spring Fundraiser and Reception on May 25th, opening the doors of its historic Western Avenue Home to donors, patrons and community members in support of the organization’s charitable mission.

The celebration – hosted on National Wine Day – will feature wine tasting; music by Washington’s premier Latin jazz trio, Trio Caliente; and a silent auction and viewing of the remarkable artwork created by the Home’s residents. All proceeds from the event go toward supporting health and life care services the Home provides to low and modest income seniors in the District of Columbia.

Tickets are available for purchase at, or for more information, please visit the Home’s website at

This year, Michael P. Akin, president of LINK Strategic Partners, will receive the Laura Lisner Award in recognition of his contributions to the senior community of the District of Columbia and to the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. Akin has been a personal representative of two of the Home’s residents, and has supported the Home and its mission for many years. In addition, Akin has served in various capacities, from volunteer to board member, of several senior-focused organizations in the District, including St. Mary’s Court and Emmaus Services for the Aging. While leading the George Washington University’s community relations office, Akin supported the University’s annual Senior Prom, which annually brings together 200 seniors from across the District for an evening of dancing and festivities with GW students. In his civic role, Akin currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Greater Washington Urban League, having served as Board Chair for three years.

“Michael has been a great friend of the Home for years, and we are honored to give him the Laura Lisner Award,” said Ward Orem, CEO of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. “His genuine love for caring for seniors in the DC community is evident in the work that he does everyday. He is definitely deserving of this award.”

The Home established the Laura Lisner Award to recognize the outstanding achievements of an individual or group who has enhanced the quality of life for underserved populations of the District of Columbia. Named after Laura Lisner, the wife of Abraham Lisner, the award symbolizes her efforts to care for those District of Columbia seniors and other vulnerable individuals often times forgotten.

The Home is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity by the Internal Revenue Service and all donations are tax deductible.

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