The 2017 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service was presented to Penn Yan residents Dean and Grace Knapton Aug. 15.

Keuka College established the award to recognize those individuals who exemplify its historic commitment to the value and benefit of using individual initiative for the common good.

The award was named after the first recipients of the award, Penn Yan residents Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork, in 1991.

In addition to the receiving the 26th annual award, the Knaptons were recognized by officials serving in federal and state government for their outstanding community service. Andrew Wilbur, who serves as a constituent services specialist at Congressman Tom Reed’s District Office, presented Dean and Grace with a proclamation acknowledging their service to their community.

In addition to the recognition from Congressman Reed, New York State Sen. Tom O’Mara and State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano also sent citations congratulating Dean and Grace for the thousands of hours of devoted service to their community.

All aspects of theatrical performances at Penn Yan Elementary, Penn Yan Middle School, Penn Yan Academy, and Penn Yan Theatre Company have benefitted from the time and talents of Dean and Grace Knapton. From directing productions to set design and construction, from creating costumes and building props to fundraising—and everything in between—the couple are first to volunteer.

Other organizations that benefit from the Knaptons’ efforts include Little League, the Girl Scouts, Penn Yan’s 2020 Vision committee, and the Penn Yan Central School District Music Boosters.