continued The foundation has been a “labor of love” for the entire family—aunts, uncles, cousins, children—and this year, 11-year-old cousins Ben Crandall and Jack Cheney will get to help out in a familial rite of passage.
“It’s just finally getting to realize all the stories that my sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts, parents talked about all these years and just finally live them,” said Jack, of Loudonville.
Cheney has spent his whole life watching family members get dressed up and party at Emerald Eve, but this year he’s finally old enough to get a piece of the action.
“It’s just a celebration for all of the work we’ve done throughout the years and all the money and people’s lives we’ve touched,” said Cheney.
Ben Crandall, of Saratoga Springs, is also looking forward to surrounding himself with family on Nov. 19.
“We raise money and stuff and at the event we have a silent auction, sell raffle tickets and at the end watch the video we made,” said Ben Crandall.
Cheney and his cousin are “inseparable” and appeared in a video to promote the foundation, educate about CF and introduce guests to Donna.
“It was a video of people with CF explaining what it was and me and my cousin telling about who Aunt Donna was,” said Ben Crandall.
They never met their Aunt Donna but they feel like they know her, said Cheney.
“I think she would have loved it and been so proud of all of us,” said Cheney. “I just want to follow in my family’s footsteps and try to make Aunt Donna happy.”
Tickets are $120 per person and can be purchased by contacting Lisa Cheney at 453-6369.
Emerald Eve will include a cocktail hour featuring a raw bar and passed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, silent and live auctions and live musical entertainment. For more information about the foundation visit www.donnacrandallfoundation.org.