From building houses to building Web sites, this year's nominees for the Medical Mutual of Ohio 2000 Pillar Award for Community Service feature a wide array of philanthropic efforts.
These companies, representing the eight-county region of Northeast Ohio, are dedicated to making their communities better places to live. Winners will be announced next month in SBN and honored at a banquet on Dec. 7, 2000.
Astro Model Development Corp., Mike Watts Jr.
Astro fosters community involvement by offering tours of its high-tech facility for educators and students to provide a broader understanding of skills needed to be successful in business and life.
Barnes Wendling CPAs Inc., Jeffrey D. Neuman, president and director
The accounting firm volunteers accounting services to numerous organizations, including the Malachi House, the Society for the Blind and the Cleveland Opera.
BruceAir Co., Bruce Bene, president
The industrial air compressor firm contributes funds to the Salvation Army and City Mission.
Cleveland Financial Group, Larry Kronick, CEO
The financial planning and investment company promotes a free choice system for employee volunteerism and financial contributions. Of Cleveland Financial Group's 100 employees, 66 participate.
Cleveland Live, Eliza Wing, CEO
Cleveland's online guide to local news and events helped more than 2,300 nonprofit organizations build free Web sites with Cleveland Live's Community Connection program.
Cooperative Resource Services Ltd., Edward J. Davidson, CEO
The employee relocation assistance service firm contributes time and financial resources to charitable and cultural organizations. Its CRS REACHOUT program rewards employees for volunteerism with time off and other incentives.
Diversified Concepts, Tracee McAfee-Gates, president
Diversified Concepts, a marketing services company, provides subcontracting work to Goodwill Industries, which allows Goodwill to train individuals with special needs.
Dix & Eaton, Scott Chaikin, CEO
Employees volunteer for more than 100 social service, civic, cultural and educational organizations, including Cleveland Healthcare for the Homeless and Bellflower Center for Abused Children.
Fairchild Chevrolet, Bob Fairchild, owner
The dealership donates funds and volunteer time to "H20," Help To Others, which is Lakewood's youth volunteer program. Fairchild helps the Lakewood Toy Lending Library and Lakewood City Schools.
Family Heritage Life Insurance Co., Howard Lewis, CEO
Family Heritage focuses on fighting the battle against cancer and cancer-related diseases. Since 1989, it has raised more than $400,000.
Hergenroeder Orthopedic Clinics, Dr. Patrick Hergenroeder, president
Dr. Hergenroeder, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, donates 500 footballs a year and other autographed memorabilia to underfunded athletic organizations.
Hershman Architects, Jerry Herschman, president
Among other contributions, the architectural firm designed an architectural education program for the Cleveland School for the Arts to create interest in the field of architecture among young people.
International Center For Environmental Arts, David Jakupca, executive director
ICEA promotes awareness of environmental and humanitarian issues by using touring art exhibits and interactive displays.
James J. Roop Co., Jim Roop, president
The public relations and graphic design firm's employees annually donate about $40,000 worth of services to organizations such as Care Alliance and Urban Community School.
Jenniffer & Co., Jennifer R.S. Pealer and Joseph Sullens, owners
Employees of the beauty salon volunteer time and services for the American Cancer Society's wig replacement program, which helps those who have lost their hair due to illness and treatment.
Kinetico Inc., Keith R. Tompkins, president
Officers and employees of the water processing equipment manufacturer donated $2 million toward the construction of the Geauga YMCA at Heather Hill.
Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Day Spa, Nancy and Edward Brown, owners
The salon and its employees have a long tradition of community service, especially through the Lake Metro Parks, supporting Earth Day events and charities.
Main Street Gourmet, Steven L. Marks and Harvey S. Nelson, co-CEOs
The Cuyahoga Falls-based frozen bakery products manufacturer founded the "Muffins for Mammograms" program in partnership with the Akron General Women's Health and Cancer Center. It raises money for women who cannot afford mammograms.
Meister Publishing Co., Gary T. Fitzgerald, president
The communications company formed the Team Meister Outreach Committee to help organize fund-raisers for local charities and volunteer for community improvement events.
The MinuteMen Group, Jay Lucarelli, CEO
The temporary staffing firm helps the homeless by giving away more than 500 turkeys for its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. It also sponsors events for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.
National Association of Letter Carriers, Dan Rupp, president, Branch 40, Richard Clark, U.S. Postmaster Cleveland
Cleveland letter carriers' one-day annual food drive collects more than 400,000 pounds of food for the city's food banks and shelters -- the largest one-day drive in the city of Cleveland.
Parma Community General Hospital, Thomas Selden, CEO
Parma Community General Hospital founded the Parma Health Ministry in 1995, which includes a free clinic to provide medical care to needy families in the Parma and North Royalton School districts.
Pasco Inc., Peter A. Spitalieri, president
The Hudson-based information processing company founded Corporate Charity Program to devote financial and time resources to one charity in Northeast Ohio, preferably in Summit or Portage counties.
Rysar Properties Inc., Ken Lurie, president
By developing partnerships with many of the city's Community Development Corporations, Rysar Properties has helped revitalize some of Cleveland's neglected urban areas.
Things Remembered, Suzanne Sutter, president
The personalized gift store chain has donated $2 from every seasonal ornament sold at its stores to Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the three years of the program, Things Remembered has raised more than $250,000.
UNB Corp., Roger L. Mann, CEO
The Canton-based financial services holding company provides financial support, sponsorships and contributions to hundreds of local organizations.
Western Reserve Brewing, Gavin Smith, CEO, and Andrew Craze, president/brewmaster
The brewing company donates gift packages to silent auctions to help charitable and cultural organizations raise money.
Yopko Communications, Betty Weibel, president
Hiram-based Yopko Communications volunteers its services to the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic and helps secure new sponsors for the event.