Chia-Chia Chen, an Alamo resident who founded the Culture to Culture Foundation for mental health for Asian-Americans, was named a fellow of the Purpose Prize and attended the Purpose Prize Summit recently for three days at Stanford University. There she learned about the Encore Center, which recognizes people who take on society's biggest challenges during the second half of their lives. The center received more than 1,000 applicants and they offered $100,000 to six winners; $10,000 to nine winners; and named 53 fellows.
The Encore Careers Summit drew about 400 attendees from all over the country. Chen is also founder of the Senior Volunteer Awards given in October to recognize and encourage volunteer by seniors throughout Contra Costa County.