Central VA MS Society Names Lisa Schaffner 2013 Woman on the Move

Top Quote Lisa Schaffner receives annual award with custom-made pin from Vera's Fine Jewelry at the 2013 Women on the Move Luncheon. End Quote
  • Richmond-Petersburg, VA (1888PressRelease) October 29, 2013 - Lisa Schaffner, Public Relations Director at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), was awarded the 2013 Woman on the Move Award on September 19th at the Central Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society's Women on the Move Luncheon. Presented at the Richmond Marriott, the award honors a woman who has made a significant impact in her community. After 23 years in broadcast journalism with WRIC-TV8, Schaffner joined UNOS in 2008 and has been helping to spread awareness of organ donations in Virginia and across the country ever since.

    Schaffner has also dedicated her time to multiple non-profits, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, the National Kidney Foundation, the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Central Virginia Foodbank, Easter Seals Virginia and Maymont. She currently sits on nine non-profit boards and writes a column for Boomer Magazine, featuring different non-profits in the area and the best ways for people to get involved.

    Schaffner was awarded the 2011 National Philanthropy Day Volunteer of the Year by the AFP of Central Virginia and is now a recipient of the "Wipe Out MS" pin for this year's Woman on the Move Award. Because of her energy, enthusiasm, and philanthropy, Schaffner will represent the National MS Society at events as a volunteer leader and supporter of the 5,300 people living with MS in Central and Eastern Virginia.

    The "Wipe Out MS" pin was custom designed by Vera Caniglia and custom made by her husband, Mike Caniglia, of Vera's Fine Jewelers. The pin was presented to Schaffner by the 2012 Woman on the Move honoree, Lisa Germano. Next year, Schaffner will pass the pin along to the 2014 honoree at the Women on the Move Luncheon on June 12th.

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