Growing Bolder Awards

There will be nothing OLD and everything BOLD about the Growing Bolder Awards, the first ceremony of its kind in Central Florida. This event will shine the spotlight on local seniors who, as valuable members of our community, are pursuing their passions and living lives of purpose while making a difference in the lives of others.

The first-annual Allegro presents the Growing Bolder Awards, brought to you by Senior Resource Alliance and Winter Park Health Foundation, will honor the men and women who inspire those around them and who have gone largely unrecognized. Their example serves as a powerful reminder to all of us that we can enjoy lives filled with passion and purpose at any age.

GB Award statue

The event will be held at the state-of-the-art venue Full Sail Live, on the campus of Full Sail University, on the morning of December 8, 2016. Attendees will walk a red carpet entrance into the breakfast awards ceremony, where 20 awards in a variety of categories will be given out. Some of the morning’s awards include: the Power of Positivity Award; the Adventurous Spirit Award; the Hero of Hope Award; and the Geriathlete¬Æ Award.

Allegro, which owns and operates senior living communities throughout Florida and Kentucky, is the title sponsor the event. Other sponsors include: AARP Florida, the Celebration Foundation, Cornerstone Hospice, Florida Assisted Living Association, Florida Hospital, Florida Power & Light, Full Sail University, Home Care Assistance, NeuroSpine Institute, the Pabst Foundation, Vitas and Woman’s Worth¬Æ.

GB Awards - sponsor logos

“Aging is not a disease; it’s an opportunity. The gift of extra years is one of life’s greatest blessings, and we can’t wait to celebrate and salute those who are smashing the stereotypes of aging for the rest of us to follow,” says Growing Bolder Founder and CEO Marc Middleton, who will host the Growing Bolder Awards. “We’re honored to partner with the Senior Resource Alliance and the Winter Park Health Foundation to produce this extraordinary event that promises to unlike any other ‘senior’ awards show ever. It will be a rock and roll celebration that will leave everyone feeling inspired and encouraged about their own futures.”

With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, a growing number of seniors live in isolation, in declining health with limited resources. Through events like this and its platform of television and radio shows, magazine and social media channels, Growing Bolder is committed to not only addressing these needs but to inspiring people of all ages to smash the many demeaning and debilitating ageist stereotypes that have plagued our culture for generations.

After the Growing Bolder Awards on December 8, all winners’ photos and inspirational stories will be posted to

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES, including details on attending, please contact:
Jackie Carlin
Executive Producer, Growing Bolder
[email protected] | 407-488-9558

WHEN: December 8, 2016

8:00AM Doors Open
8:30AM Breakfast Served
8:45AM Awards Ceremony Begins

Media is invited to attend the red carpet entrance, beginning at 8:00am, where winners may be available for interviews, photos, video and more.

WHERE: Full Sail Live at Full Sail University, 141 University Park Drive Winter Park, FL 32792

About Growing Bolder
Growing Bolder, the world’s first active lifestyle brand for the 50+ audience, is one of the world leaders in health and wellness content creation and delivery across all major media platforms. Launched in 2006 as the nation’s first-ever social networking community for the 45+ market, Growing Bolder has since grown to a multi-platform media network, with a portfolio that includes Growing Bolder TV and radio shows, the Surviving & Thriving TV show, Growing Bolder Magazine, a network of community websites anchored by and a documentary film unit whose first film was the Emmy Award nominated Conquering Kilimanjaro. In addition, Growing Bolder produces custom-branded, internet delivered video content channels for the healthcare and retirement community industries and provides branded video production services and editorial style video stories for corporate, healthcare and retirement living clients.

About Allegro
Allegro specializes in the development and management of luxury senior living communities. They currently manage 11 communities throughout Florida and Kentucky, with a home office in St. Louis, Missouri. They specialize in independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Allegro provides seniors with services and amenities to live an inspired life. More information on Allegro can be found at

About Senior Resource Alliance
The Area Agency on Aging of Central Florida, Inc., also known as the Senior Resource Alliance, Aging and Disability Resource Center, helps seniors access the services they need to remain healthy and independent. Local contractors receive federal and state funding to provide home and community-based services in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County. Older adults, the disabled, and their caregivers can access valuable resources and determine eligibility for programs by calling the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96ELDER (3-5337). For more information about the Senior Resource Alliance visit

About Winter Park Health Foundation
The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) is a private, not-for-profit organization supporting programs that improve the health of youth, older adults and the community-at-large in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville, Florida. It also conducts research and provides education on health issues affecting these groups. A long-trusted leader on health care issues, the Foundation has been inspiring healthy communities since 1994 and it serves as a catalyst for information gathering, research and collaboration on health issues impacting Central Florida. Its mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives by creating the healthiest community in the United States. For more details, visit

About Full Sail University
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the 2016 “Top 25 Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. Full Sail was named the 2016 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by

Full Sail University is a Graduate and Undergraduate degree-granting institution offering on-campus and online degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, Sports, and Web & Technology. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.| |