From our sponsors Featured

6:58am EDT November 26, 2002
Medical Mutual

Kent Clapp, CEO

Medical Mutual is proud to call Cleveland home. Since its founding in 1934, Medical Mutual has been a dedicated partner to the city and its residents.

Our sense of caring goes beyond extending financial support in the way of corporate contributions. In fact, the heart of Medical Mutual's charitable giving lies in the employee volunteer committee, S.H.A.R.E., which stands for Serve, Help, Aid, Reach and Educate.

This year alone, the committee helped coordinate more than 25 events through the effort of nearly half of the company's 2,700 employees. As part of USA Initiative Volunteer Service Project to honor victims of the Sept. 11 tragedies, the committee organized a book collection to support a home library literacy program. Employees donated 1,200 new and slightly used children's books, which were distributed to five elementary schools on the near west side of Cleveland.

As a participant of the Make-a-Wish Foundation's "Adopt-a-Wish" program, S.H.A.R.E. held a number of fund-raising events that raised $5,000 to fund the wish of a child with a life-threatening illness.

More than 100 employees raised $8,700 for Junior Achievement of Northeast Ohio to help expand its economic education and dropout prevention programs. During the Harvest for Hunger campaign, employees donated more than $1,400 and 1,026 pounds of food to feed the area's hungry.

Medical Mutual employees also donated money and time to the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Applewood Centers of Cleveland.

I take pride in the volunteer spirit of Medical Mutual employees. This same spirit is present at many companies in Northeast Ohio, which is why we, along with SBN, created the Pillar Award for Community Service five years ago.

As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we wish to thank the 2002 winners for their outstanding volunteerism, as well as the previous years' winners. Your contributions to the citizens of Cleveland do make a difference.

Administaff Inc.

As a leading provider of human resource services, Administaff is committed not only to serving its clients, but also to supporting the communities where we live and work. In addition to contributing funds to education, youth, social services and medical care, the company encourages and supports the many volunteer efforts of its corporate employees -- both locally and nationally -- to help build stronger communities.

A primary goal of Administaff's community service programs is to equip youth and families with the skills and tools necessary to become ready for the work force. Toward this end, the Administaff Caring Employees (ACE) program -- which has been recognized with a Points of Light Foundation Citation for Excellence in Corporate Community Service -- provides corporate employees with up to four hours per month of paid volunteer time.

Administaff is the nation's leading Professional Employer Organization, serving as an off-site, full-service human resources department for thousand of small and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States. It ranks No. 376 on the Fortune 500 list and is included on Fortune's list of America's Most Admired Companies.

BrownFlynn Communications

"All of us want to do well. But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough." -- Anna Quindlen

The spirit of opening our hearts and doing well by doing good is something Greater Clevelanders should embrace, especially during tough economic times. When done correctly, giving back is a value-added benefit that helps an organization weather ebbs and flows while maintaining its positive reputation.

As a strategic communications firm, BrownFlynn specializes in community relationship management. Devoted to its clients, employees and the community, the firm is dedicated to improving the quality and integrity of both work and life for adults and children.

We are proud Greater Cleveland ranks among the top 10 most philanthropic communities in the nation. However, many organizations don't see the correlation between giving back to the community and business performance.

When appropriately designed and communicated to internal and external audiences, modest social investment budgets, including charitable contributions, employee time and other resources, can be expended to the long-term benefit of the organization.

Organizations should follow the example set by the Pillar Award winners and make social investing a business practice that not only provides personal satisfaction but also is good for the bottom line. When we embrace the philosophy of doing well by doing good, we create a sense of community.

That sense of community encourages companies, adults and our children to stay in this region. Now, more than ever, we need that staying power.

Roetzel & Andress

Roetzel & Andress has served the community for 125 years, and its attorneys and legal staff are dedicated to providing excellence and the highest level of service, both at work and in the community. One of Ohio's oldest law firms, we have developed countless partnerships in the community and are proud to conduct business with some of Cleveland's most benevolent establishments.

Charity begins at home, and we couldn't be more pleased with our work force. Our employees support each other by participating in the fund-raisers of children and grandchildren. Others donate time in the civic realm, from holding public office to serving as board members of institutions and charities. Individual acts of generosity inspire an altruistic spirit and compassion that infuse the firm's larger philanthropic goals.

Roetzel & Andress takes great pride in our commitment to serve the Greater Cleveland area and beyond. Our past and continued dedication to public service remains steadfast. We congratulate this year's Pillar Award recipients.

Hughie's Audio Visual

It is our philosophy at Hughie's Audio Visual to support and give back to the organizations and companies that have helped us grow. Whether in the form of equipment donations or monetary contributions, it is our way of saying thank you to those that have put their trust in us to professionally handle their presentation needs.

We also recognize that, by supporting community projects and activities, we can enhance our community's reputation and, in turn, help stimulate new business from which we all can benefit.

This year, we have contributed to companies in the Greater Cleveland community through volunteerism and financial support. They, in turn, have been able to help people in need, and for that, we are grateful. Special thanks to those organizations, including Playhouse Square Foundation, Tremont Arts, COSE, Police Officers Memorial, Taste of the NFL, Our Lady of the Wayside, Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland, Cleveland Orchestra, International Women's Air & Space Museum, Cleveland Advertising Association and the Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau.