The 2018 Medical Mutual Central Ohio Pillar Award for Community Service

Recognizing those who improve our communities

On behalf of everyone at Medical Mutual, along with our co-founding partner, Smart Business, we welcome you to the 9th annual Pillar Award for Community Service.

For nearly a decade, we have honored many great companies and organizations whose employees have gone above and beyond to invest their time and resources in supporting our community. At Medical Mutual, we strive to live up to that responsibility in everything we do and have a strong commitment to improving Central Ohio and the communities that we serve.

One of the Pillar Awards that will be presented at the event is a special honor given to a company whose employees best exemplify the values of Medical Mutual’s own Employee SHARE Program. SHARE stands for serve, help, aid, reach and educate.

What started as a small committee of generous employees more than 21 years ago has grown to become the heart and soul of Medical Mutual’s charitable giving effort. Today, through employee-led volunteer projects, SHARE committees in each of our business resource groups and our new volunteer paid-time-off initiative, every one of the company’s 2,400 employees has the opportunity to engage in numerous community events each year.

It’s truly an honor to be in the company of such outstanding organizations that exemplify the theme of “improving the communities we serve” by encouraging a charitable environment and directly supporting the communities in which they live and work. On behalf of Medical Mutual and Smart Business, we congratulate all our 2018 Pillar Award recipients.

Rick Chiricosta
Chairman, president and CEO
Medical Mutual of Ohio



Pillar Award Honorees

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Fran Horowitz, CEO

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. associates are “hooked on the magic of camp” through SeriousFun Children’s Network, which provides medically safe and free camping experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families.

Since Fran Horowitz joined A&F in 2014, she has been integral to growing its philanthropic partnerships. She became CEO in February 2017.

A&F Gives Back has grown from 600 volunteer hours in 2013 to over 20,000 hours in 2016, while the total amount donated increased from $2.35 million to $6.64 million. In 2016, A&F announced a five-year partnership with SeriousFun that provides $1.5 million in cash and $1.5 million in goods and services each year. Horowitz-Bonadies serves on the nonprofit’s national board.

Through the camp counselor program that has grown to 100 people, associates also are selected to spend a week at camps within the network without cost or using vacation days. Many of these associates continue to volunteer afterwards.

Locally, during the past six years, A&F has contributed over 7,000 hours of volunteer time and more than $1.8 million in cash and goods to Flying Horse Farms.

A&F also provides a volunteer day off to full-time associates; hosts biannual philanthropy fairs; and sends out quarterly newsletters that highlight philanthropy opportunities. The company gives to Operation Warm, does an anti-bullying campaign through Hollister Co., and donates to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Acloché LLC
Kimberly A. Shoemaker, CEO

For nearly 50 years, Acloché LLC has given back to the communities that its clients and associates live and work in.

Acloché, led by CEO Kimberly A. Shoemaker, is part of mentoring programs to help students hone their interviewing and job-seeking skills. The company regularly sponsors career workshops and gives presentations on job search processes, interviewing tips, dressing for success and resume writing. In 2017, Acloché was a member of the Shark Tank judging panel for the NAWBO Columbus Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Acloché employees regularly partner with workforce development centers to provide free training for resume writing, job search, interviewing and employer expectations/work behaviors. Acloché also has offered free resume writing and career counseling to veterans in November and put on community career expos.

Each year, Acloché sponsors a school supply giveaway to help hundreds of employees with back-to-school costs.

Acloché coordinates several company-sponsored volunteer events, and its employees are active in Central Ohio organizations. These include the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, FireFighters 4 Kids, Faith Mission, Food Pantry Network of Licking County, March of Dimes, Run Down the Demons, Wounded Warrior Project, Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio and many Central Ohio humane societies.

The company also has formed and continues to build upon partnerships with Lifetown Columbus, She Has a Name and Jewish Family Services.

Cardinal Health
George S. Barrett, chairman

Each year, hundreds of nonprofit organizations around the globe benefit from Cardinal Health employees’ service and commitment to community. Each leadership development program at the company, from interns to vice president-level leaders, includes opportunities to volunteer. As a result, more than 70 percent of the company’s employees volunteer.

Cardinal Health is a global, integrated health care services and products company, and its employees are actively engaged in education initiatives, fighting hunger and homelessness, ending poverty, fighting substance abuse, and supporting medical research, animal rights organizations and numerous arts organizations.

The Cardinal Health Foundation commits to matching personal contributions of up to $2,000 per employee per year, and awards leadership and team grants as well. In 2016 alone, employees’ gifts, combined with the match, amounted to nearly $3 million in donations. Employees’ scope and reach have continued to expand internationally to include most of the countries in the Cardinal Health footprint.

The Cardinal Health Foundation, for example, began generously donating to Flying Horse Farms in 2010 and hasn’t stopped, most recently funding psychosocial services and child life specialist training. Other services include a workplace-giving program, sponsoring fundraising events, donating more than 300 volunteer hours in 2017 and assisting with staff recruitment and professional development. Cardinal Health Chairman George S. Barrett has co-chaired the annual Campfire event, served on SeriousFun Children’s Network’s board of directors and supported the camp personally.

Discover Financial Services
Michael Daverio and Keith Carroll, vice presidents of operations

Discover Financial Services is committed to being a good corporate citizen and making a difference. The 2,300 employees at the New Albany campus, under the direction of Michael Daverio and Keith Carroll, vice presidents of operations, actively support local nonprofits and have volunteered more than 2,190 hours this past year.

In New Albany, Discover adopted Marburn Academy as part of its Success in Schools program. This support helped purchase furniture and fund renovations and improvements enabling the school to accommodate students with learning disabilities. In addition, Discover helps fund programs that offer a place for children to stay before and after school. As part of Discover’s partnership with the National Hockey League, the company brought the Stanley Cup to the academy in March 2017 and employees also helped with school beautification projects.

Discover partners with Junior Achievement for financial education workshops. More than 25 employees volunteered at eight schools. Discover also has supported Habitat for Humanity MidOhio for nearly 10 years, helping build 15 homes.

Discover has a long-standing relationship with Make-A-Wish, sponsoring local children’s wishes and hosting parties to enhance their wish experience. With company funding and support, employees also participate in local JDRF walks to fund research for a Type 1 diabetes cure and volunteer at the Children’s Hunger Alliance.

Beyond volunteerism, Discover provides ongoing support to the Plain Township Fire Department and the New Albany Police Department’s DARE program.

Grange Insurance
John Ammendola, president and CEO

One of Grange Insurance’s five core values is to “do the right thing.” This drives the company’s commitment to serving the communities in which it operates, including dedicating resources to dozens of Central Ohio nonprofits annually.

Grange is known for its multi-faceted community relations program that includes financial support, in-kind donations, nonprofit event space donation and volunteerism. Grange supported more than 60 community organizations in 2016 alone with approximately $684,000 in donations. Employees volunteered over 6,400 hours — more than doubling volunteer hours from the previous years.

For several years, Grange has “adopted” Fairwood Alternative Elementary School, sending associates to tutor third graders in reading. Grange associates also teach Junior Achievement programs, take on Meals-on-Wheels routes for LifeCare Alliance, participate in company-hosted American Red Cross blood drives and partner with the YMCA on community cleanup projects. Additionally, approximately half of its executives serve on the boards of more than 40 Central Ohio nonprofits.

In 2016, Grange set an all-time United Way campaign record after more than 50 years of hosting campaigns and partnered with The Columbus Foundation to launch Grange Insurance Gives, a donor-advised fund that will better leverage company resources.

Grange also administers ongoing support to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. An initial contribution of $4 million from Grange paired with community support transformed the area into a beautiful facility and natural oasis.

Health Giving
William “Bill” Mountcastle, president

President William “Bill” Mountcastle believes businesses should act socially responsible, which is why Health Giving supports local and national charitable organizations. Its small team of Columbus-based employees receive two paid days out of the office to volunteer with a nonprofit.

Mountcastle founded the Powell company in 2013. Health Giving helps nonprofit hospitals and health care organization raise philanthropic investment to advance medical science, health education and patient care. It has worked with more than 50 organizations.

The company funds a full education scholarship to the Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy conference and provides a discounted rate for all Ohio AHP members to attend Health Giving’s annual Health Philanthropy Summit, a day of intensive educational training. At a national level, Mountcastle puts on an annual pro-bono education workshop through the AHP Foundation to help fundraisers and grant-makers advance their knowledge about philanthropy and charitable giving.

Health Giving also supports the YWCA Family Center in Columbus with donations, and employees have volunteered to prepare and serve meals, unloaded supplies and organized an ongoing toiletry drive.

The company has been involved with other Central Ohio philanthropic initiatives, such as Pelotonia, Mount Carmel Foundation and Goodwill Columbus. It supports national nonprofits and programs that positively impact patients and health care like the National Patient Safety Foundation and Patient Advocate Foundation.

Huntington Bancschares Inc.
Stephen D. Steinour, chairman, president and CEO

Huntington Bancschares Inc., under the direction of Chairman, President and CEO Stephen D. Steinour, has a long history of community support. Huntington believes that developing relationships and investing in local nonprofits builds healthy and vibrant communities. Regional and community executives meet monthly to evaluate charitable grant requests.

Huntington provides donations to approximately 150 organizations, board service to more than 160 nonprofits and volunteers with about 60 organizations in the areas of arts and culture, community and social services, economic and community development, financial education, and housing and community revitalization.

One example is a program made possible by a $900,000 grant to OhioHealth. A mobile medical home, Wellness on Wheels Primary Care, delivers primary care service to residents of Hilltop and surrounding areas. Hilltop has a lack of primary care physicians, an overuse of emergency departments for non-emergent issues and already had a trusted partner, Hilltop YMCA, to use as a base.

The program started in January 2017 and over the first eight months, the team provided more than 270 primary care visits and completed more than 50 home visits to help patients develop treatment plans to better manage their chronic conditions and overall health. OhioHealth WOW-PC sees patients regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. A community health worker assists patients with access to food, prescriptions and referrals to other community services like substance abuse prevention and treatment.

King Business Interiors
Darla King, president and owner

The core of King Business Interiors’ business is about relationships, reflected in the way it treats clients, employees and friends. Giving back to the community isn’t an initiative or a program — it’s part of the company’s identity.

Each year, the company, led by President and Owner Darla King, hosts a holiday charity event, Create for a Cause, which features and benefits a Columbus nonprofit. The evening includes a silent auction of artistic ceramic plates painted by clients, employees, friends and family of King. All proceeds are donated.

In addition to Create for a Cause, King’s Connecting the Dots program eliminates the cost and headaches of furniture disposal for clients while benefiting organizations with much-needed workplace resources.

The company identifies gently used furniture, equipment and accessories, reaches out to leaders of local nonprofits and invites organizations to view and select the furniture they want. Then employees pack, deliver and install the used furniture at each location, while providing clients with an itemized list of their tax-deductible furniture donation.

Approximately 1,200 furniture items have been donated to 118 Central Ohio organizations.

King is also recognized by the City of Columbus as a GreenSpot, which means an organization-wide commitment to green practices like recycling, tracking monthly waste and complying with local and federal environmental regulations.

Mills James
Cameron James, president and CEO

Mills James supports local nonprofit and community service organizations by donating pro bono services these organizations couldn’t otherwise afford — fundraising videos, recognition events for donors, mission presentations and other media materials. Over the past two years, Mills James has provided support of more than $253,000 to over 25 organizations.

For example, Mills James helped St. Stephen’s Community House, a hub for advancing self-sufficiency in the Greater Linden community, raise funds at its Bravo! for the Children event to support afterschool programming that focuses on STEM education. The video helped make the evening a success and will enable St. Stephen’s to connect people to its mission year-round.

Mills James also donated production services to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute to create a video-based intervention to be shared via text message and social media. It will help promote genetic testing in families that carry a gene mutation that puts them at high risk for ovarian and breast cancer.

Mills James, co-founded by Ken Mills and Cameron James, president and CEO, has a long record of providing nonprofit support over its 33-year history. Today, it’s 100 percent employee owned, and associates are heavily involved in charitable causes like Future Possibilities Inc., Lifeline of Ohio, Byron Saunders Foundation, Honor Flight Columbus, Pelotonia and Salvation Army red kettles.

Ken Freedman, vice president and general manager

In the past year alone, WCMH NBC4 provided support to help raise over $500,000 for organizations such as the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the Cancer Support Community and the American Red Cross. This support stocked more than 650 food pantries across Central Ohio, delivered comfort to individuals and families dealing with the harsh realities of cancer, and provided critical disaster relief support, sending donations and thousands of needed items to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The WCMH team also assisted in collecting toys and gifts for FireFighters 4 Kids so that Central Ohio children can receive holiday gifts.

As an integral part of the community, the NBC4 team has repeatedly demonstrated what it means to turn compassion into action. For example, in June, NBC4 was part of the Founder’s Day of Caring, launched by parent company Nexstar Media Group, where employees could volunteer for up to four hours. The NBC4 team choose to help at Local Matters and Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.

With the encouragement of Vice President and General Manager Ken Freedman, each team member supports causes and initiatives they’re passionate about, which has resulted in hundreds of organizations receiving financial and volunteer support, increased awareness and a voice for important issues. More importantly, the philanthropic actions of WCMH has made a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives in Central Ohio neighborhoods.


Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award

Dwight E. Smith, CEO, Sophisticated Systems Inc.
Governing committee, The Columbus Foundation

Dwight E. Smith is committed to helping others. Currently in his fifth year of a seven-year term on The Columbus Foundation’s governing committee, Smith is deeply engaged in the foundation’s community initiatives. His passion for good and rapport as a civic leader have made him an instrumental force in furthering the foundation’s mission: to strengthen and improve our community for the benefit of all its residents.

Many governing committee members serve in ways above and beyond the standard committee obligations. Some serve on additional nonprofit boards; others step up to become engaged community advocates; and a handful have even worked with the foundation and other nonprofits to develop innovative programs that respond directly to community need. Not one to be overwhelmed by opportunities to do good, Smith has done all three.

In 2016, Smith established My Special Word, a program to inspire young people to explore their values and goals through positive words. Implemented through a network of partner nonprofits and financed through a fund Smith established at the foundation, each participant receives a wristband to remind them of their word, their identity and the person they want to become. Since the program’s inception, over 10,000 children have participated.

Smith’s service is more than typical board leadership. Upon encountering need, he responds with innovation, generosity and heart.

He is also the founder and CEO of Sophisticated Systems Inc.

Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year Awards

Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director
Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

It took dedication and persistence for Catherine Harper Lee, a survivor of sexual violence, to see her abuser incarcerated. But at least 15 additional children paid the price for the system’s failure. They were sexually abused by the same offender within the three-year period after Lee reported her abuse to justice officials.

After Lee told her story on “America’s Most Wanted,” she received hundreds of calls from victims across the country. Her case wasn’t an isolated incident.

In 2000, she started the Justice League out of her dining room with no funding. Working cases one-by-one and demonstrating the dire need, she began to gain support. In 2003, she officially launched the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, one of the first organizations and the only one in Ohio where crime victims can report and receive assistance to resolve victims’ rights violations.

Today, it has two offices, 10 employees, including Lee as executive director, and 12 volunteers. The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center has been recognized for its innovative life-changing work at a local, state and national level.

In 2016, the organization launched the Victims’ Rights Toolkit, an intuitive online resource for crime victims and advocates that explains specific rights in layman’s terms for each stage of the process: hospital, investigation, prosecution and post-conviction. After Lee spoke at a national conference in August 2017, 22 states requested assistance to develop their own toolkit.

Lisa Hinkelman, Ph.D., founder and executive director
Ruling Our eXperiences Inc. (ROX)

In 2006, Lisa Hinkelman, Ph.D., a professor of counseling at The Ohio State University, began a research study to address the challenges that adolescent girls face: drops in self-esteem and confidence, navigating difficult friendships and relationships, dealing with unhealthy dating interactions and sexual violence, planning for their future and developing effective leadership skills.

With a team of professionals and graduate students, she sought to determine what actually creates knowledge and behavioral changes in girls so they can live healthy, independent, productive and violence-free.

ROX or Ruling Our eXperiences the research project became ROX the nonprofit in 2011 when Hinkelman took a leap of faith to translate her vision into a structure that she hoped would grow and develop. Hinkelman, founder and executive director, and the ROX team created a sustainable and scalable model. ROX trains and licenses professional school counselors, social workers and educators in its curriculum. More than 160 facilitators implemented ROX in their school and nearly 2,000 girls across the country were in ROX programs this past school year.

Recognizing a lack of representative data and well-established statistics on the thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and perceptions of girls, Hinkelman also set out to conduct the country’s largest survey with girls. The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls, released in October 2017, details findings from surveys with nearly 11,000 girls.

Medical Mutual SHARE Award

Land-Grant Brewing Co.
Adam Benner, president

Community stewardship and involvement is a priority at Land-Grant Brewing Co. In its three years as a company, Land-Grant has donated more than $62,000 to people and organizations. It also tries to make its events zero-waste, diverting compost and recycling as much as possible.

Land-Grant employees often develop individual community involvement with the full backing of the company. Sustainability Manager Vincent Valentino, President Adam Benner and Community Partnership Manager Jackie Kemble have spoken or will speak at state and national conferences on sustainable brewing practices, encouraging community involvement and building community through philanthropy. In addition, Land-Grant donates mentorship hours to aspiring breweries and other companies that want to fit charitable giving into a budget in creative and sustainable ways.

Land-Grant supported over 100 organizations in 2017 through its Community Happy Hour, where 20 percent of proceeds go to a nonprofit. It also has dedicated beers to raise money and awareness, such as One Goal One Rye’d for Pelotonia.

Land-Grant focuses on its home neighborhood, Franklinton, encouraging long-term community sustainability by supporting nonprofits such as Franklinton Farms and the Homeless Families Foundation, hiring local artists to paint a mural and donating 900 hours to pick up litter.

In 2014, when Land-Grant’s facade was vandalized, the company designed a T-shirt that depicted the vandalism and donated all proceeds, $4,000, to the Gladden Community House and Harmony Project.

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.