Nominations for the Pillar Award for Community Service were judged by a distinguished panel of experts, who analyzed and determined the nominees’ commitment to community service. Judges were asked to level the playing field among nominees to equalize opportunities for recognition. In this manner, companies of all sizes were considered for the awards.
Judges voted for nominees based the organization’s overall philanthropic efforts, including financial, pro bono and volunteer contributions, as well as involvement by executives and staff members on the boards of nonprofit organizations.
The judging process ran from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15, 2002. The panel consisted of:
Alice Korngold, president and CEO, Business Volunteers Unlimited
K. Michael Benz, president and CEO, United Way Services
Steven Minter, president, The Cleveland Foundation
Kent Clapp, president and CEO, Medical Mutual of Ohio
Fred Koury, president and CEO, Smart Business Network
Paul Garofolo, president and general manager, The Cleveland Force (2001 Pillar honoree)
Edward Stevens, president and CEO, Stevens Baron Communications (2001 Pillar honoree)
Steve FitzGerald, president, Nonprofit Newswire