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Annual Superhero Celebration, November 7, 2017

The Pension Rights Center held a Retirement Security Superhero event to celebrate its 41st year. The event was a huge success with 150 people attending and 54 sponsors. The event featured syndicated journalist Michelle Singletary as our “Retirement Security Superhero” awardee. Michelle, who writes the syndicated “Color of Money” column for the Washington Post, was honored for her succinct and homespun journalism and her ability to explain complex retirement income issues, such as the fiduciary rule, multiemployer plans, and pension advances. PRC board member Deb Whitman, AARP’s Chief Public Policy Officer, introduced Singletary saying, ”She is part Wonder Woman and part Green Lantern because she has a passion for telling the truth  and then she shines a light on subjects that otherwise could be pretty opaque, making them transparent to millions of readers.”
 
The Center also honored retiree and worker activists for their work to stop pension cuts and to work toward a solution to solve underfunding in multiemployer plans and protect retirees’ benefits. In speaking about the activists, Karen Friedman, the Center’s Executive Vice President, called them “supermen and superwomen and some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met. They truly represent democracy-in-action.” Friedman went on to say that “Many of these individuals, shy at first, have become fearless warriors, first-rate financial analysts and lobbyists. They have created an unstoppable movement and have inspired legislation. I am convinced their efforts will help stop pension cuts and save multiemployer plans.”

View photos from the event.
All photos provided by Liz Lynch

Pension Rights Center Superhero Award For Outstanding Contributions to Retirement Security

  • Michelle Singletary, Syndicated Financial Columnist for The Washington Post

Activist Superheroes

  • Bernard Anderson, Wisconsin Committee to Protect Pensions
  • Davey Grubbs, North Carolina Committee to Protect Pensions
  • Dennis Kooren, North Dakota-Fargo Committee to Protect Senior Rights
  • Adam Krauthamer, Musicians for Pension Security
  • Sherman Liimatainen, National United Committee to Protect Pensions
  • Cynthia McDaniel, Missouri-Kansas City Committee to Protect Pensions
  • Kenneth Stribling, Wisconsin Committee to Protect Pensions

Event Sponsors

Super Sustainers

  • AARP
  • Cohen Milstein, Sellers & Toll PLLC
  • National Nurses United

Cosmic Contributors

  • The Altman Fund
  • Cheiron
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Keller Rohrback LLP
  • Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP

Dynamic Donors

  • American Academy of Actuaries
  • Bailey & Glasser LLP
  • Financial Engines
  • Henry Rose
  • Ian Lanoff
  • Jackson National Life
  • John Mudd
  • Keightley & Ashner LLP
  • Marion Mudd
  • National United Committee to Protect Pensions
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • Overlook Foundation
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Stephen R. Bruce Law Offices

Spectacular Suppporters

  • American Retirement Association
  • Anonymous
  • Association of BellTell Retirees, Inc/Protectseniors.org
  • Benefitslink
  • Bolton Partners, Inc.
  • Charlie McBride and Peggy DeBell
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Daniel Halperin
  • Ellen A. Bruce and Richard Segan
  • Fred Reish
  • Harry Conaway
  • Hertz Schram PC
  • National Chrysler Retirement Organization
  • Pensions & Investments
  • Rita Lewis
  • Slevin & Hart, PC
  • Trucker Huss, APC
  • Winston & Strawn

Fantastic Friends

  • Alicia H. Munnell and Henry S. Healy
  • Block & Leviton LLP
  • Charles and Ellan Spring
  • Charles L. Brennan
  • Daniel Mudd
  • Diane Oakley
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
  • Judy Mazo
  • Laura Einstein and Helene Madonick
  • Lincoln and Renee Andrews
  • Musicians for Pension Security
  • North Carolina Committee to Protect Pensions
  • Richard Salvia
  • Sandals & Associates, PC
  • Teamsters Alliance for Pension Protection
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