From the hearts of our sponsors Featured

7:00pm EDT December 26, 2010
Rea & Associates Inc.

Supporting our community has been an integral part of our firm’s culture ever since Richard Rea founded the firm in 1938. In the 11 communities in which our offices are located, we provide both volunteer and monetary support.

Rea & Associates Inc. developed a value statement called “The Rea Way,” which reads, in part, “Invest in your family, your community and your future.” Our employees have always embraced the sentiment of giving back as a value upon which our firm was founded. The firm also established and maintains a foundation into which contributions are made and charitable donations are drawn from annually to benefit our local communities.

Our team members are encouraged to become involved in their local communities. Since philanthropy is such a big part of our culture, we don’t have to use a hard sell. Because our team members work and live in the area, they already have a vested interest in helping their communities.

In addition, our firm promotes a firmwide holiday food drive called “Help Can Hunger.” Each office collects food in a friendly competition between the offices, and the food is donated to a local charity in each office’s community. Last year, members of the firm raised a total of more than 12 tons of food for our local community charity programs, and we hope to top that total this year since the need is greater than ever.

We work with our various office locations to determine which organizations have the greatest need. Like most donors, Rea & Associates faces greater accountability for each dollar we donate, so we now place a greater emphasis on those organizations with which we have professional ties. We use this process to review scholarship donations to accounting programs at universities around the state and donations to foundations within our professional associations, as well.

McDonald Hopkins LLC

At McDonald Hopkins, 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. Once we identify local needs, we take action. Whether we are performing pro bono legal work, undertaking public service functions — such as board service for not-for-profit entities — or becoming involved in charitable campaigns, we focus always on serving those in our communities who need us most.

The needs of the communities we serve guide and frame what we do. 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. For example, McDonald Hopkins is a United Way Pacesetter company. 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 are also particularly proud of our pro bono program.

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 United Way. We believe it 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.

Charles Penzone

Our employees at the Charles Penzone Family of Salons offer their time and talents to a multitude of charitable efforts in Central Ohio. But the effort to fight cancer has always been near the top of our priority list. Among the biggest events are the Pretty in Pink Weekend held each October, during which employees raise money for a selected breast cancer awareness fund by paying to wear pink and jeans. The event also enables a group of cancer survivors to enjoy a day of indulgences by salon professionals.

And we support Wigs For Kids, which provides hair replacement solutions for children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, burns or other medical conditions.

But it’s not only those who are suffering from disease who receive our attention. We also work to empower women through our Dress for Success program, giving local women the tools they need to thrive at home and work. Clients of the program receive hair and cosmetic makeovers and take part in a runway show to show off their new fashion stylings. The program is critical for economically disadvantaged women who need the support to make a good impression on those who are in a position to hire them.

Think Media Studios

Think Media Studios is honored to support the Pillar Awards, not only through helping tell the stories of our honorees but also by recognizing the nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to fulfill their missions.

Think Media encourages giving back to the communities that have so warmly welcomed them. Owner Brian Glazen 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.

Ohio.net

Ohio.net has a history that extends more than 100 years, and as part of that, it has been deeply engrained in the communities where our clients and customers live as well as where our employees live and work.

Established by Doylestown Communications Inc., Ohio.net is part of a communications consortium, including local phone companies, cable television companies and other Internet providers. We have leveraged this background and experience to stay ahead of the technology curve and make development decisions that form steady growth.

Ohio.net’s mission is to consistently offer the highest quality Internet experience that our abilities can offer. We base our company on a strong infrastructure of “Our Customers, Our Employees and Our Technology.” A key part of that is corporate philanthropy and getting involved to help give back — whether it is a financial contribution, in-kind donations or employee volunteerism.

Our philosophy is simple : Each Ohio.net customer adds value to our organization, from a single dial-up customer to our largest dedicated connections. We approach each interaction with our customers with integrity, honesty and a willingness to do what it takes to provide the proper level of service.

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 Central Ohio community through volunteerism and financial support. They, in turn, have been able to help people in need, and for that, we are grateful.

Creekside Conference & Event Center

Creekside Conference & Event Center is proud to host the 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, 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.