Watch: Philip J. Smith Receives Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award at Virtual Encore Ovation: A Celebration of Aging Through Art

Encore Community Services is presenting the second annual Encore Ovation: A Celebration of Aging Through Art, which will air virtually on December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Philip J. Smith, Chairman Emeritus of The Shubert Organization, Inc. will receive the Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award. The event will feature special appearances by Annette Bening, Brian Stokes Mitchell and André De Shields, who received the 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award. To purchase sponsorships, tickets or to donate to the event, click here.

André De Shields receives the 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award from his THE FULL MONTY AND IMPRESSIONISM director Jack O’Brien. Photo by Lia Chang

Click below to watch the program.

Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards

Encore was founded in 1977 by Father George Moore, the pastor of St. Malachy’s Church. He, along with Sisters Elizabeth Hasslet and Lillian McNamara, and members of the Broadway community (including The Shubert Organization, Sardi’s and the theatrical unions) turned the old Actor’s Chapel in the basement of St. Malachy’s into the Encore Senior Center, where it still thrives today. Father Moore was a dynamic and charismatic leader, a tireless champion for the homeless and elderly, as well as an integral part of the Broadway community. He received an honorary Tony-Award posthumously (in 1991), for his visionary work, his dedication to the arts and his commitment to the people of the Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen and Broadway communities.

Encore Community Services Since 1977, Encore has provided seniors in the midtown Times Square/Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen communities of New York City with a range of caring and quality services to help them live independent and dignified lives. For this reason, Encore has earned the reputation as “Broadway’s Longest Running Act of Loving Care.”

The mission of Encore Community Services is to provide care and service to the elderly of the Clinton/Times Square/Midtown communities, and to any elderly person who comes to us; to assist those who are vulnerable and frail, poor and homeless, homebound and lonely, frequently desperate, most often ignored; to help them with their daily needs that they might live as independently as possible, with dignity and decency, in a non-institutional manner, in a safe and caring environment. We believe we are all part of the human family and have an obligation to love one another. By nurturing, respecting and enabling, Encore hopes to improve the quality of an older person’s life, in an approach that emanates from the core of Encore’s commitment: we believe that what we do comes from the heart, and the heart is the center of all. www.encorenyc.org

Multimedia: André De Shields, Philip Pearlstein and Sandra DiPasqua Receive Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness andWhen the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The CactusThe Language LessonThe Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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