Lansing Online News has named WLNS-TV anchor Jane Aldrich as the first-ever recipient of its Community Service Person of the Year award. The honor is intended to highlight individuals in Lansing who show an extraordinary commitment to improving the lives of area citizens. The annual luncheon will help raise funds to support those efforts.
â€œJane is always the first to donate her time and talents to worthy causes, large and smallâ€ said LON co-publisher Bill Castanier. She is the official spokesperson for the Hospice of Lansing and its Stoneleigh Residence. She also assists in fund-raising for the Greater Lansing Food Bank, the Lansing City Rescue Mission and the Mason School Foundation. For more than two decades, Jane has hosted the local Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for more than two decades.
LON co-publisher Bonnie Bucqueroux notes, â€œJane is someone who uses her media celebrity to help the community. I remember when she spent an entire day emceeing a fund-raiser for a local musician who was struggling with medical bills.â€
â€œI canâ€™t really say Iâ€™m surprised. Anyone who knows Jane knows how much she does for the community,â€ said Jam Sardar, News Director at WLNS-TV. â€œBut it is nice to see Jane be recognized â€“ not just for the work she does on the screen â€“ but for the countless things she does (and stories that arenâ€™t always told) when the camera is off.â€
Luncheon will support the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing
A luncheon to celebrate Jane’s contribution to the community will be held at noon Wednesday, December 29 at the Gone Wired Cafe (2021 East Michigan Avenue). Tickets are $20 each. Jane selected the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing as the charity to benefit from this event. At least $13 of the ticket price will be donated to the Women’s Center, as well a donation from Lansing Online News.
Please visit http://womenscenterofgreaterlansing.org/ to make your donation of $20 or more for the luncheon. Remember to put the words â€œJane’s Luncheonâ€ in the comment area.
â€œIt is an honor to have Jane Aldrich support the work of the Women’s Center. Jane
has featured us on at least two of her ‘Tell Me Something Good’ segments for WLNS-TV,â€ said Executive Director Cindie Alwood. â€œJane has a deep compassion and understanding of the work we do and it clearly shows in her reports.â€