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Penn Yan’s Snyder duo honored with Stork Award for Community Service

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Long-time community contributors Lauren and Alan “Herbie” Snyder of Penn Yan, Yates County, have been recognized for their wide-ranging local endeavors. The couple’s commitment, which spans initiatives from raising Alzheimer’s awareness to assisting veterans, has earned them the 2023 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service from Keuka College. The award, to be presented on August 15 at a luncheon on the college campus, acknowledges their dedicated service to the community. “To be part of the community you have to give back, not just take from it,” stated Lauren.

Nominated by local residents Ginny Turner and Jamie Sisson, the Snyders have left an indelible mark on the community through their voluntary work with multiple organizations. Their contributions include time spent with the Council on Alcoholism & Addiction of the Finger Lakes, the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, Yates Christmas Program, and Dundee Mobile Food Pantry. They’ve also held board positions at Mozaic, establishing the Snyder Family Fund to benefit its arts program, and helped found the Rainbow Junction Educational Care Center.

The Snyders’ commitment extends beyond their community work. Herbie, a Vietnam War veteran, assists fellow veterans with transportation to medical appointments, while also serving the American Legion and emceeing for Miss Penn Yan event. Lauren, formerly a Yates County Public Health nurse and department director, holds board positions at local nursing homes and actively participates in the Dundee Rotary Club and the Walk for Alzheimer’s Disease committee. The Stork Award, established by Keuka College in 1991, acknowledges such individuals who embody the college’s commitment to personal initiative for community betterment.