From the hearts of our sponsors Featured

7:00pm EDT December 26, 2009
Rea & Associates Inc.

Supporting our community is an integral part of our firm’s culture. We are active in the 11 communities in which our offices are located, providing volunteer support as well as monetary support.

Rea & Associates Inc. has a value statement, called “The Rea Way,” In part, it reads: “Invest in your family, your community and your future.” Giving back is one of the values upon which this firm was founded, and our employees continue to embrace that sentiment. The firm also has a foundation in which it puts money each year and then makes charitable donations to local communities from that fund.

Annually, our team members collect food during an annual holiday food drive and then we donate that food to a local charity in each office’s community. The food drive features a friendly competition between the offices for bragging rights and a dress-down day. The initiative is in process right now, and we’re hoping to top the 12 tons of food that was collected and donated last year. We also held a “Rea Goes Red” day to raise money for cancer, in which each team member wore red clothing (and jeans) in return for a donation.

Most importantly, our team members are encouraged to become involved in their local communities. Because they not only work but also live in the area, these individuals have a vested interest in helping their communities. Really, we don’t have to use a hard sell for philanthropy here at Rea — it’s a big part of our culture.

McDonald Hopkins LLC

Philanthropy is a very important part of our company’s culture. We recognize that we have a responsibility to help make a difference where we live and work. Accordingly, we encourage all of our people to develop and apply their talents to serve not only our clients and firm but our communities, as well. Our people devote significant volunteer hours, and the firm consistently contributes considerable financial resources to help ensure the strength of our communities.

We have an ongoing commitment to supporting a variety of important community service projects and nonprofit organizations. The challenging economic environment has not changed our commitment to community service. The needs are greater and we continue to contribute both financially and with volunteer hours to more than 150 nonprofit organizations. In addition to group projects, McDonald Hopkins places its attorneys on boards where they are passionate about a need in the community and can make a positive impact. We typically support organizations that have some relationship to our firm, our employees, our clients or organizations in which our attorneys play a meaningful role.

It is important for other organizations to have their own commitment to giving back to the community because the more we give to the community, the more we get back. The power of giving is that it returns unquantifiable dividends.

CVS Caremark

Corporate philanthropy is a hallmark of CVS Caremark. One example is the CVS Pharmacy Foundation’s focus on children with disabilities through the “All Kids Can” campaign, a five-year, $25 million commitment to making life easier for children with disabilities. The program supports nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs and services in local communities focused on helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life.

In addition to the foundation, CVS sponsors individuals and stores in charitable giving. That is, an individual who volunteers can get a grant or a store can receive a larger grant amount.

Also, CVS Caremark subscribes to corporate responsibility and encourages giving in multiple ways, including allowing managers in different markets the latitude to respond to their community needs. CVS Caremark strongly supports the foundation’s work, which has national partnerships with organizations such as Easter Seals. Such partnerships multiply the dollars and maximize the effectiveness more than an individual company effort.

Further, employees are encouraged to give to the United Way. We believe it’s is important for other companies to give back to the community, as well, because the problems in communities are so large that just one company or organization cannot do it alone. Developing partnerships with nonprofit, faith-based and other civic organizations allows companies to increase the availability of resources exponentially.

Creekside Conference & Event Center

Creekside Conference & Event Center is proud to host the inaugural Pillar Award for Community Service recognition banquet and help honor organizations and individuals who embody giving back to the community. If you’re looking for the perfect conference center to host your company’s next holiday banquet, planning your wedding or other special event in Columbus, or you want to add a touch of unique sophistication to this year’s executive leadership conference, look no further. The Creekside Conference & Event Center and its expertly trained event catering staff are the perfect choice to meet all of your special event needs.

The 9,000-square-foot facility offers an understated, classic sophistication combined with a touch of metropolitan flair: a perfect setting for corporate meetings and special events in Columbus. With an atmosphere of exquisite elegance that is perfectly suited for the most magical days of your life, whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or an extravagant affair, Creekside’s professional staff will transform your vision into reality.

Think Media Studios

Think Media Studios is honored to support the Pillar Awards. Brian Glazen opened the doors to Think Media only four years ago and quickly the community opened its doors to this young thriving company. Think Media encourages giving back to the community that has so warmly welcomed them. Brian and his employees believe that growth comes from a spark within and so, it is their philosophy to make a positive and lasting change in the community by not only sharing their expertise and resources but also their time. Among the organizations they have worked with to impact change are the Cleveland Clinic, Progressive and ICI Paints.

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 who 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. Over the past few years, we have contributed to companies in the Greater Columbus community through volunteerism and financial support. They, in turn, have been able to help people in need, and for that, we are grateful.