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February 24, 2017
In keeping with the La Posada tradition of enhancing lives through exceptional cultural experiences, the resort-style life care community hosted a special event featuring Henry Winkler. More than 200 guests enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Winkler discuss his diverse career, which extends far beyond his most well-known role as "The Fonz" on Happy Days. Winkler has been involved either as an actor, director, producer or all three in dozens of TV and film productions, including his role as a co-star in the NBC reality series that premiered this year, "Better Late Than Never." He won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards and three Emmy nominations. The event at La Posada gave those who attended the rare opportunity to see, hear and meet an iconic entertainer who has made a huge impact on the entertainment industry.
"We were pleased to welcome Henry Winkler as part of The Art of Living Well Speaker Series," said Brad Cadiere, executive director of La Posada. "It was a true delight to hear stories from his diverse and successful career. We all learned a lot about his childhood and how he became the famous man he is today. La Posada values presenting its residents and special guests of the community with remarkable opportunities to learn more, share experiences and enjoy incredible events. Through The Art of Living Well Speaker Series, La Posada brings in captivating personalities and distinguished individuals. Henry Winkler was just one of the speakers in this series coming to La Posada this year."
While he has earned Golden Globe Awards, Emmy nominations, the prestigious Humanitas Prize and credit for his Broadway performances, Winkler deeply cherishes the opportunities his visibility and popularity afford him to help others. His personal commitment to raising awareness for various causes has been recognized by multiple organizations through international awards and titles. Winkler is particularly motivated to help children, and he is the honorary chairman of United Friends of the Children, founding member of the Children's Action Network and National Chairman of the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded him with an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services involving children with special education needs. He and his wife Stacey were recognized for their relentless devotion to the "improvement of the human condition" with the Peace Prize by the United Nations and The Women in Film's Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award. The iconic leather jacket his character wore on "Happy Days" is hanging in The Smithsonian.
"As a Kisco Senior Living community, The Art of Living Well philosophy is in every aspect of community life. Unique social and wellness opportunities strengthen the mind, body and spirit," said Cadiere. "The residents and guests particularly enjoyed hearing from Henry Winkler. They also participated in a private meet-and-greet session and book-signing, during which he discussed his love for writing children's books."
Winkler began writing a series of children's novels more than a decade ago with co-author Lin Oliver. These have made the best seller list of both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and were inspired by Winkler's struggles in school due to his unidentified dyslexia. The stories offer hope to readers who have felt overwhelmed or experienced difficulty with learning, giving them the chance to find a sense of resilience and belonging.