House of Cards Star Michael Kelly got a chance to honor his mother Maureen Kelly at this year’s Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement (WISER) Awards Banquet on Tuesday, September 20. Maureen took home the Hero of the Year award for her role in advocating for older people and her 16 years of working with WISER. She is the founder and president of the Thanks Mom and Dad Fund which supports programs and services for people of advanced age. According to Maureen, “There are going to be almost double the number of older adults by the year 2030 and yet public funding and support has not kept pace with the anticipated growth in the population.”
Michael Kelly gave a heartfelt introduction to his mother who he calls “the most selfless and inspirational woman I know, someone who I have always been proud to call my mom.” Kelly also brought his mother along that evening to the Samuel J Heyman Service to America Awards which he emceed along with MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle.
You can find out more about Maureen Kelly’s work and the WISER awards in the video below.