Giffords to be honored with Stork Award by Keuka College

Gretchen Parsells, Keuka College
Wendy & Jeff Gifford

The presentation of the Stork Award and Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates are on the community’s fall schedule after being delayed by the pandemic.

KEUKA PARK — After a year’s hiatus as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, two of Keuka College’s most anticipated events, the presentation of the yearly Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service and the annual county-wide day of service, Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates (CSCY), will mark their return to campus during the Fall 2021 semester.


The 2021 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service will be presented to Jeff and Wendy Gifford on Thursday, Dec. 16. They were nominated for inspiring youth in the community and their continuing efforts to make their corner of the world a better place.

Jeff serves as president and CEO of Birkett Mills and has served on the Wayne Bank Board. A long-time basketball coach at Prattsburgh Central School, he took his love for local sports and turned that into a mission to help kids in any way he could. Wendy, a member of the Keuka College Class of 1978, worked as a nurse manager of the Family Birth Center at Geneva General Hospital and as a nurse in the Prattsburgh Central School District. Now retired, Wendy volunteers at the Keuka Comfort Care Home and numerous COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the area.

The College established the award to recognize individuals who exemplify its historic commitment to the value and benefit of using individual initiative for the common good. It was named after the first recipients of the award in 1991, the late Donald and Corinne Stork.


Celebrate Service... Celebrate Yates

Another long-held college tradition delayed by the pandemic, CSCY, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24. CSCY is a joint collaboration between the Yates County Chamber of Commerce and the college. The event supports non-profit agencies across Yates County and is meant to foster stronger relationships between members of the college community and its neighbors.

More information will be available on the College’s website,, in advance of both events.