The 2018 Medical Mutual Central Ohio Pillar Award for Community Service

From the hearts of our sponsors

The sponsors of the 2018 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service support the program because they believe in its mission — to recognize the critical tie between the for-profit and nonprofit communities. Here is a little bit about each of this year’s sponsors.

Blue Technologies considers it a privilege to help the communities in which we work and live, reinforced at the top by President Paul Hanna, a 2015 Starlight Guardian Humanitarian Award honoree. He advocates that good fortune should be appreciated through the spreading of goodwill to others.

This conviction permeates our culture, motivating our employees to contribute their time and resources to a number of charitable causes.

Particularly dear to Blue Technologies’ heart are those organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children — notably OhioGuidestone, a nonprofit dedicated to the development, physical, and mental health of more than 30,000 individuals and families living at or below the poverty line. Partners since 1996, we are proud to serve as the lead sponsor for the organization’s annual Golf Club and Classic. The 2017 event raised a record-breaking $205,000 to support OhioGuidestone’s services and emergency scholarships for desperate families in need, bringing the total raised from this event in excess of $2.7 million.

Our employees also collect a large number of items to donate to OhioGuidestone’s annual holiday drive, and we sponsor an annual holiday party that serves more than 300 clients of the organization’s inner-city programs with food, games, music, entertainment and gifts for every child.

Blue Technologies proudly gives more than $100,000 annually in donations to various other organizations, as well, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Bellefaire JCB, Children’s Development Center, Cleveland Cavaliers Youth Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cornerstone of Hope, Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, Hattie Larlham, The Gathering Place, Our Lady of the Wayside and Project Love.


Philanthropy is an integral part of Clark Schaefer Hackett’s culture. Our mission is to better the lives of our clients, people and communities, and we take that to heart. By supporting and strengthening the areas where we live and work, we’re building remarkable relationships and investing in the future.

Clark Schaefer Hackett provides opportunities for our employees to participate in firm- and office-wide community service events with local nonprofit organizations. At our most recent company meeting, employees participated in “CAN-opoly” — a team-building activity that resulted in the donation of more than 6,000 canned goods to seven organizations within our local communities.

Our employees also give back by supporting our annual United Way fundraising drive, as well as donating their time and talents on an individual basis to numerous civic, nonprofit and other community organizations. Clark Schaefer Hackett provides each full-time employee with eight hours of volunteer time off every year to serve at a nonprofit organization that is important to them.

We believe that it’s important for all organizations to look at the “triple bottom line,” and evaluate not only their financial performance, but also their environmental and social impact. By focusing on doing well and doing good, businesses can make a positive difference in our communities.



At the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB), advocacy for local philanthropic organizations is a priority. Supporting and giving back to the community is a part of what CSRAB does in the day-to-day operations of the Ohio Statehouse.

The employees of CSRAB assist a number of organizations through the State of Ohio Combined Charitable Campaign. As a state agency, CSRAB’s philanthropic philosophy is different than a privately held corporation’s giving priorities. Our philosophy is aligned with the historical tradition of philanthropic educational institutions.

CSRAB takes the long view as we look to engage and give back to the community. The agency feels that the best way to give back to all citizens of Ohio is to educate and inspire the future leaders of Ohio about state government and the important role the Ohio Statehouse has played in the history of this great state for more than 160 years.

Hughie’s Event Production Services has been Cleveland’s live-event design and production resource since 1953. Hughie’s believes in giving back to the city where it all began and the area that we’ve called home for 60 years.

Hughie’s is a full-service event production company and worldwide supplier of high-definition video projection equipment, concert quality audio systems, intelligent moving lights, staging systems, decor and more to satisfy all your presentation and special event needs.

GREENCREST exists to make a difference in the businesses we serve and to build partnerships where everyone wins. At her core, Kelly Borth, founder and president of GREENCREST and a former Kent Clapp Award honoree, has an innate, firm belief in the value of helping others — both personally and professionally. Borth instills this belief in her entire team, who know they are here to make a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work.

As an organization, GREENCREST has a strong culture and a long history of giving of our time, talent and treasure. Over the years, the professionals at GREENCREST have donated thousands of hours in service to the community through volunteer service and pro-bono initiatives sponsored by GREENCREST, which is a past Pillar Award recipient. The company continues to volunteers its time and provide pro-bono work, and contribute to the community financially through its GREENCREST Living Hope Foundation, a donor-advised fund administered by The Columbus Foundation. Established in 2007, the core mission of the foundation is to give living hope to children and individuals in the community who, due to economic challenges, might not otherwise have the resources to live to their fullest potential.

The GREENCREST Living Hope Foundation supports local charities, collaboratively chosen by the GREENCREST team, where we feel passionate that our contributions will make a difference. In addition, every GREENCREST member is involved in selecting various charitable organizations that help people who need a helping hand.

Since its founding, GREENCREST has demonstrated a commitment to serving the local community, a unique characteristic for a small company. We understand that we all benefit when we can live and work in a thriving, healthy community, and that we all need to do our part to leave the world a better place.

GREENCREST is proud of its history of working with other Central Ohio businesses whose leaders share this passion and vision for being ambassadors for community causes. We all have the opportunity to be great role models. The community as a whole benefits when we contribute to causes that are greater than our ourselves.