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Pillars of the community Featured

9:34am EDT July 22, 2002

On Dec. 7, 2000, a new group of businesses will join the prestigious ranks of recipients of the Pillar Award for Community Service.

These business owners, employees and volunteers have answered that all important question: Does your company make a difference in the community?

The Pillar Award, sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio and presented by SBN magazine, honors companies of all sizes for giving back to the community. Past winners include Arnold & Co. Communications, Cleveland Grand Prix Charities Inc., Restaurant Developers Corp. and John Robert's Hair Studio and Spa.

Also sponsored by Xerox Connect, Mars Employment, Renaissance Worldwide, COSE and The Cleveland Foundation, a group of companies which knows the importance of community giving, the Pillar Award's purpose is to encourage a charitable environment and recognize creative efforts that make a difference through a four-pronged effort to:

  • Publicize the issue of community service as it applies to the realities of today's competitive business world;

  • Share creative ideas about how companies of all sizes are having a positive impact in their communities;

  • Honor companies that go well beyond the minimum expectation of community service;

  • Create a sustaining fund, administered by the Cleveland Foundation, to aid local nonprofit organizations in their mission to serve the people of Northeast Ohio. To date, the sustaining Pillar Fund contains in excess of $20,000.

This marks the third year of the Pillar Award.

Nominations are judged by an independent panel that includes one former Pillar Award winner; Lee Fisher, president & CEO of the Center for Families and Children; John Palmer Smith, executive director of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University; Stephen W. FitzGerald, founder of the Nonprofit Newswire; and Judy Barker, senior vice president of civic affairs and corporate contributions for KeyCorp.

Individual tickets and tables for the Pillar Award banquet Dec. 7, 2000 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven are available by calling (216) 228-6397.

>So who are those winners? Find out next month in SBN. Dustin Klein (dsklein@sbnnet.com) is editor of SBN.