Stork Award Winner Announced

Keuka College Honors Dundee Couple as 2024 Stork Award
Tickets are available for an Aug. 13 luncheon celebrating the community service of
lifelong Dundee residents Alan and Lew Ann Giles.
From the food pantry to the library to school plays to their beloved Baptist Church, there aren’t
many corners in the Yates County village of Dundee that haven’t been touched – and elevated –
by Alan and Lew Ann Giles.
The couple, lifelong Dundee residents and graduates of Dundee Central Schools, are being
honored by Keuka College for their extensive community spirit and selfless public service with
this year’s Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service.
The award will be presented on Tuesday, Aug. 13, during a noon luncheon in the Geiser Dining
Commons, inside the Dahlstrom Student Center at Keuka College.
“We are surprised and amazed to receive this award for doing things that bring us joy,” said Lew
Ann. “It is a humbling honor to be named when we are merely part of a larger community of
like-minded people each doing our best for our church, the village of Dundee and the Dundee
School District.”
The couple’s list of community service is extensive. Alan, a former Starkey Town Council
member, has been a Rotary member for more than 45 years and led the community’s “Bookcase
for Every Child” project for a decade. He is also a longtime volunteer with the Dundee-area
health improvement project Our Town Rocks.
“My father and mother built a good grocery business in Dundee, and taught me that, ‘if you
take good care of your customers, they will take good care of you,’” said Alan. “We found that to
be true. The Dundee community took very good care of us, so we strive to continue to serve
them as we can.”
Lew Ann, a former Cornell Cooperative Extension-Yates County board member, has also been
active with Our Town Rocks and volunteers weekly at the Dundee Library. She serves on the
Council of Churches and has assisted at numerous plays and other events in the Dundee
The couple have also volunteered with local food pantries and have served in a variety of
capacities with the Dundee Baptist Church, at which Lew Ann is a lay minister.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say that if you want something done, if you need help with any
project, or if you know a family in need, all you need to do is ask,” said Penn Yan resident Lauren
Snyder, who nominated the Gileses for the award. “Alan and Lew Ann will be there in a
heartbeat to help in any way they can.”
In doing so, they epitomize the Stork Award, which is given annually by Keuka College to
recognize outstanding community members who exemplify the College’s commitment to
promoting individual initiative for the common good.
“Alan and Lew Ann have been integral members of the Dundee community for decades, readily
offering their time, resources, and expertise to various causes and initiatives,” said Keuka
College Director of Field Period® Program and Community Relations Kathy Waye. “Their
selflessness, generosity, and willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need make them
true champions of community service and deserving recipients of this year's Stork Award.”
Tickets for the luncheon are $17. Seating is limited, so advanced reservations are advised.
Register online before the reservation deadline of Monday, Aug 5.
For additional information, contact Kathy Waye at (315) 279 5602 or email