Medical Mutual 2014 Pillar Award for Community Service
On Jan. 16, 2014, Smart Business and Medical Mutual presented the 2014 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service event to a well-deserving group of honorees.
The evening event, held at the Statehouse, not only recognized corporate philanthropy in many forms and the special relationship between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, but it also award grants to worthy causes.
“If you aren’t familiar with the Pillar awards, you may view it as another night away from home for people who are already very busy. But that couldn’t be less true,” says Mark Pizzi, president and COO, Nationwide Insurance. “This night is very special. It’s a truly inspirational evening that provides a respite from the often negative and tumultuous news we hear each day. The Pillar awards recognize individuals who make this world a better place through sheer will and commitment. I can’t think of a more satisfying and inspirational evening.”
Nine organizations and seven individuals were honored with Pillar Awards throughout the night.
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For corporate philanthropy in all its forms, The Crane Group, Diamond Hill Investments, Fifth Third Bank, Franklin International, Molina Healthcare of Ohio Inc., OhioHealth, Sequent and White Castle were all honored.
The Medical Mutual SHARE Award for the organization that best represents employee-driven philanthropy went to Delta Energy Services.
The Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Directors of the Year are:
The Nonprofit Board Executives of the Year are:
- Mark A. Pizzi, president and COO of Nationwide, for his work on the board of The Buckeye Ranch.
- Thomas H. Welch, president and CEO of Grange Insurance, for his work on the board of LifeCare Alliance.
- Laura Yaroma, division manager, administration, at Honda of America Manufacturing, for her work on the board of YWCA Columbus.
The final honoree of the evening was Tom Feeney, CEO of Safelite Auto Glass, who received the 2013 Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award.
In addition, The Pillar Foundation, established within the past year by Smart Business, reached its fundraising goal of $150,000, thanks to matching a commitment from Medical Mutual. At the event, the foundation seeded a new Pillar Fund at The Columbus Foundation with a $10,000 check, and $3,000 match from The Columbus Foundation.
Medical Mutual also presented a $25,000 grant to YWCA Columbus’ shelter program.