A continuing community commitment

Welcome to the 2009 Pillar Awards.

On behalf of everyone at Medical Mutual of Ohio and our Pillar Award co-founding partner, Smart Business Network, we are proud to present these annual awards for Community Service for the 12th consecutive year.

I personally want to congratulate this year’s recipients for their understanding of “commitment to community.” That is what the Pillar Award is all about — leading by example and helping to improve the quality of life for Northeast Ohioans.

As we celebrate our 75th anniversary at Medical Mutual this year, our company has long understood the commitment to improve Cleveland and the communities we serve. We strive to live up to that responsibility in everything we do.

You will notice that one of the annual Pillar Awards is a special award given to the company whose employees best exemplify the values of Medical Mutual’s volunteer employee S.H.A.R.E. committee.

S.H.A.R.E., which stands for Serve, Help, Aid, Reach and Educate, is the heart and soul of Medical Mutual’s charitable giving effort. Each year, this committee helps coordinate more than two-dozen community events involving nearly half of the company’s 2,500 employees.

“Improving the communities we serve” is a common theme for all of the Pillar Award recipients over the past 12 years, and once again, Medical Mutual of Ohio is honored to be in such outstanding company.

Rick Chiricosta is president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio.