Local volunteer honored at Jefferson Awards National Gala for philanthropic work

    “Within every one of us there is a little creative spark,” Mallory said, which is why it’s her mission to ensure all kids can access their own creativity.

    The Jefferson Awards Foundation, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to powering and celebrating public service, honored this year’s most outstanding public service achievers during its annual gala in Washington, D.C.

    In celebration of her extraordinary contributions and selfless work within the community, Judy Mallory was honored at the 45th Annual National Ceremony of the Jefferson Awards Foundation.

    The ceremony celebrated the 45 years of inspiring and multiplying service for maximum impact, honoring individuals, organizations, and young people making a difference in their communities and across the nation.

    “For 45 years, our mission has been to amplify and celebrate those representing the very best of America – those who see a need and dedicated themselves to meeting it. We’re proud to recognize these great honorees, dedicated to creating change, on both a local and national scale,” said Hillary Schafer, CEO of the Jefferson Awards Foundation. “This ceremony unifies our greatest volunteers and provides a platform for amazing people to multiply their impact.”

    Grassroots recipients are selected through local media partners in markets throughout the country, and FOX 42 chose Mallory.

    Too often the arts are overlooked, underfunded, and undervalued. Mallory has dedicated her life to changing that.

    As executive director of Arts for All, Mallory offers accessible and affordable classes in dance, music, acting, and art.

    “Within every one of us there is a little creative spark,” Mallory said, which is why it’s her mission to ensure all kids can access their own creativity.

    To expand arts programs, Arts for All has partnered with churches, businesses, and organizations throughout the community.

    Mallory has been a pillar of strength throughout her eleven years with the organization, despite facing tremendous hardship with a cancer diagnosis and other health issues.

    Yet Mallory’s passion for art has kept her going and her community buzzing with the sights and sounds of artistic self-expression.

    This year’s honorees also include Sheila Johnson (S. Roger Horchow Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Private Citizen), former Massachusetts Governor and investor Deval Patrick (U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official), Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Joe Torre (Outstanding Public Service in Sports) and Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, founders of the Black Lives Matter movement (Samuel S. Beard Award For Outstanding Public Service 35 Years or Younger).

    This year’s event is sponsored by United Steel Workers, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Citigroup, Vodafone, the National Football League, CNO Financial Group and Clearsight Advisors.

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