Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Year-End Reflection #1: Money Magazine's Naming of NASGA Director Sylvia Rudek as 2014 Money Hero


Sylvia's dedication to NASGA, its members and our cause, and the time she puts in – all volunteer – defines why she was chosen as a Money Hero. She is thoroughly committed to reform of unlawful and abusive guardianships and conservatorships nationwide so future generations will not suffer as did her family member and many elderly and disabled and their families suffer today. Stopping guardianship abuse has become her life's passion. 

This year, she expanded her attention to legislation in her home state.  Her efforts working with Illinois Representative David Harris (R) and also State Senator Steve Stadelman (D) on their legislative bills targeting guardianship abuse reform resulted in the introduction of one bill (HB5573) and the introduction and passing of another (SB1051); and she will continue to work with both lawmakers in 2015.

Sylvia's award also brought national recognition to NASGA and awareness to the subject of guardianship abuse.  Money Magazine came to NASGA; we did not seek them out. Their choice of an advocate for guardianship abuse reform as a Money Hero is a direct statement that guardianship abuse is on the radar of this esteemed national magazine and that Money Magazine recognizes guardianship abuse as threat to the health and wealth of our elderly. 

NASGA is honored that Sylvia Rudek has been recognized for her hard work and her never-ending efforts on behalf of victims and families of guardianship abuse.  She is a true leader, a champion for our cause and an inspiration for all advocates!























NASGA extends its sincere gratitude to Wells Fargo for sponsoring MONEY HEROS and for the special congratulatory kit they sent to Sylvia (pictured with her above, and including the letter posted above) as a forever remembrance of this special honor.

13 comments:

Finny said...

Everybody agrees, Sylvia Rudek is a hero!

Karen said...

You deserve it, Sylvia. You set an example for the rest of us.

NASGA member said...

Yea Sylvia!

Alison said...

Here, here!

Sylvia Rudek said...

I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude for the unexpected gifts from Money Magazine and Wells Fargo in recognition of my being selected as one of Money’s 2014 Heroes.

I am pleased, honored and humbled to have been discovered and nominated to represent Illinois as a Money Hero.

A very special thank you to:

Tony Haskel, Vice President, Advertising, MONEY

Michael Lacorazza, Executive Vice President, Brand and Advertising
Wells Fargo Enterprise Marketing

Craig Matters Managing Editor
Money Magazine

And, Writer Joan Caplin for her interest in elder and guardianship abuse, in NASGA’s mission for contacting NASGA and to the editors, who supported my nomination.

Your commitment to promote volunteerism is an inspiration to me, to NASGA and to all volunteers to never give up.

Thank you!

Sylvia Rudek

Nancy said...

Well deserved, Sylvia.

Sylvia Rudek said...

I consider it a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to work with Illinois Representative David Harris and State Senator Steve Stadelman on legislation that is needed to better protect the public, the citizens of Illinois.

With deep appreciation and recognition to our organization of volunteers especially, NASGA’s President Elaine Renoire’s tireless efforts, dedication and work ethic.

Sylvia Rudek

Joecitizen said...

You rock, Sylvia! And thank you for being my good friend for so many years.

StandUp said...

I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award.

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Anonymous said...

Nice letter from Wells Fargo too!

Annie said...

What an inspiration to find out there are good people who use their resources and sources to seek out then publicly acknowledge volunteers who are making a difference. Great way to wrap up the past year with much promise for 2015 and the years to follow that change is in the air. I'm motivated to become a fan with intent to purchase the latest edition of Money Magazine. Thanks to the good people at NASGA hey good luck to Sylvia I agree never give up or lose faith.

Anonymous said...

Shannon said,

Thank you, Sylvia for all of your very hard work and dedication to our cause. My loved one is a victim of a financially abusive guardian, lawyers, and judge in Cook County, IL. My appreciation for all of Sylvia's hard work cannot be put into words.

Thank you, Money Magazine, for acknowledging all that she is doing for the elderly and disabled in abusive guardianship situations.