Bennett Awards created a new, unique custom award for the Eisner Foundation’s 2018 Eisner Prize.
The Eisner Foundation was started in 1996 by Michael D. Eisner, then-Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and his wife Jane in order to focus their family’s philanthropic activities. The Eisner Foundation identifies, advocates for, and invests in high-quality and innovative programs that unite multiple generations for the enrichment of our communities.
The Eisner Prize, which was created in 2011, is an annual award that recognizes excellence by an individual or a nonprofit organization in uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their community.
For this recognition award, Bennett Awards worked with the Eisner Foundation to create a new custom sculpture award design. The design is inspired by the Eisner Foundation’s logo: two hands; one large and one small. The award design is an abstract representation of these two hands. This unique award was created from translucent blown glass. The glass sculpture is mounted on a flat rectangular black marble base with direct silver-fill engraving on the top of the base.
The 2018 recipient of this award was Marc Freedman and Encore.org. Freedman founded Encore.org in 1998, and over the past 20 years has sought to reframe later life as an “encore” – an opportunity to leverage experience to improve society at all levels. Encore.org has pioneered several projects that activate older adults in the service of others, including: Experience Corps, bringing older volunteers into classrooms (now operated by AARP); Encore Fellowships, placing seasoned professionals in high-impact positions at social purpose organizations; and the Generation to Generation campaign, mobilizing older adults to work, in paid and volunteer positions, on behalf of children and youth. Since its founding, Encore.org has activated tens of thousands of adults nationwide through these intergenerational efforts.