Lisa Cheney recognized with “Nobel Prize” of Community Service for DMCF Work

Lisa Cheney, Donna Crandall’s sister-in-law, was honored recently with the American Institute for Public Service’s Jefferson Award, which recognizes volunteers who strengthen the organizations they assist.

Mrs. Cheney was one of seven Capital Region residents to achieve ‘medalist’ status, selected from a pool of 18 finalists. Awards were presented recently at the Century House in Latham.

Considered a “Nobel Prize” for community and public service, Jefferson honorees are recognized for volunteering their time and energy, and contributing their particular talents and experience, to improve the lives of others. The awards recognize ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things, often without the expectation of recognition, and are presented at both the local and national levels.

The Jefferson Awards were founded in 1972 as a “Call to Action for Volunteers” in local communities by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard. In 1977, the Jefferson Awards embarked on a media partnership with local newspapers and television stations to highlight community service in America. Capital Region sponsors are St. Peter’s Health Care Services, NewsChannel 13 and the Times Union.

Past winners of the award include Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan B. Komen Foundation, Elizabeth Dole and Oprah Winfrey.