Friday, 30 November 2012 20:01

The 2012 Pillar Award for Community Service

The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, presented by Smart Business, honors businesses of all types and sizes that make outstanding contribution to their community. Its purpose is to encourage a charitable enviroment, recognize creative efforts that make a difference and demonstrate the ties between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

This year's winners will be honored at a special banquet on December 5 at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake, OH.

Take a look at how these kind and selfless individuals and companies do what they do:

An introductory letter from Rick Chiricosta, President and CEO, Medical Mutual

Pillar Award for Community Service finalists:


ArcelorMittal Cleveland

BlueBridge Networks

Brand Muscle, Inc.

Enzoco Homes dba Handyman and a Hammer for Our Troops

GE Capital Retail Bank

Home Instead Senior Care

Huntington National Bank

Improve Consulting & Training Group, LLC

InfoCision Management Corporation

Majestic Steel USA

Nordson Corporation Foundation

Olympic Steel, Inc.

PartsSource, LLC

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Sequoia Financial Group, LLC

Smith Medical Transportation Systems, Inc.

SS&G, Inc.

University Hospitals

Nonprofit Board Executives Of The Year:

Debby Zanglin, Guidestone

Tom Laird, Jr., ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland

Doug Weintraub, Jump Start

Mike Crislip, New Directions, Inc. & Crossroads

Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Directors Of The Year:

Mary Alice Frank, American Red Cross

Kathleen Crowther, Cleveland Restoration Society

Steve Friedman, Ph.D., Cleveland Sight Center

Elizabeth Fowler, Cleveland Zoological Society

Kathryn Kazol, Emerald Development Economic Network & Eden, Inc.

Dennis Allen, Hattie Larlham

Youth Supporter Of Philanthropy:

Cal DiJulius & Taylor Banc, All Kids Relay for Life Team

Tara Coury, The Safe House


A list of our fine sponsors


Published in Akron/Canton

Dan Doyle Jr. wanted his father to be a partner in his new business venture. So naturally, he brought the proposal to the breakfast table. One morning, over egg whites, he thoughtfully laid out his plan, all the while preparing for the possibility of a tough sell. What he wasn’t prepared for though were Dan Doyle Sr.’s terms.

“In order to get him out of retirement, he made me commit a third of our profits to local not-for-profits,” says Doyle, co-founder, president and CEO of Tampa, Fla.-based Dex Imaging Inc. “He didn’t take a paycheck. That’s what he wanted.”

Doyle knew giving away a third of the company’s profits would be a tall order to fill. But he also felt confident that with his and his father’s expertise in the office imaging industry — Doyle Sr. sold a previous business for $3.5 billion — they could build Dex Imaging into a high-growth document imaging dealership.

So he accepted his father’s terms. In fact, he took it a step further, agreeing to distribute another third of top line profits back to the company’s noncommissioned employees.

After all, “It’s not easy to negotiate with your father,” Doyle says.

Since the duo co-founded Dex in 2002, they’ve successfully fulfilled their commitment to giving two-thirds of its profits to employees and local not-for-profits. And in the meantime, they’ve still managed to grow the business from $1 million to $100 million in revenue, spreading its footprint to 24 locations across five states and 560 employees.

Here’s how Doyle keeps Dex Imaging profitable while taking care of its employees and the community.

Make it more than money

Starting out, it was pretty easy for Dex Imaging to meet financial commitments to employees and not-for-profits, Doyle says. For one, the company had just 14 employees. But also, Doyle and his father had been involved in the Tampa community and done business there for some time. The area’s recent struggles motivated them to take on a bigger role with Dex.

“It was during a time when the banks were getting all rolled up and moving to Charlotte County in the Bay Area as well as other areas in Florida,” Doyle says. “So Tampa banks used to support all the not-for-profits, and that kind of diminished as the banks moved their headquarters.”

However, as they opened new offices in other cities, not everyone understood the giving back philosophy and its significance for the organization. Profit-sharing was an easy concept for people to grasp. But Doyle wanted the community involvement to be equally valued by employee and the company culture.

“In the beginning, people kind of questioned us,” Doyle says.

“What our management learned is it’s easy to sit there and say, ‘Yes,’ and find people and not-for-profits that are looking for money. But then we would quiz them on ‘OK, well why did we support this cause?’”

To connect people to the why, Doyle asks each branch of the company to choose which not-for-profit they want to support with the third of their profits. And recognizing that every branch operates somewhat differently, he also leaves how they decide up to them.

Some offices meet weekly to discuss organizations they’re interested in supporting, while others get together monthly or quarterly to talk about their plans and criteria.

“We don’t dictate how we should do it and how they should look at each not-for-profit,” Doyle says. “I just want to know that they’re involved with it, they understand it and that they’re willing to commit themselves to it.”

For Doyle, the main concern before committing the money is whether or not people have done their due diligence. So he likes to ask staff as each branch questions to make sure they’ve dug deeper. For example, “How many dollars end up back in the local community’s hands?” and “What support is the organization most in need of?”

“See if they can give you a little background besides just the title or the name,” Doyle says. “If they said Boys and Girls Club, do they say, ‘Oh, they help boys and girls,’ and kind of waffle on it? Or do they say, ‘They get into this particular cause and they’re finding matches, or we’re supporting the program that helps grandparents that are taking care of grandchildren because the parents are deadbeats?’”

As a leader, asking the tough questions helps employees understand their reasons for getting involved with a not-for-profit. By making them dig deeper, you encourage people to choose missions or causes that speak to them personally and will motivate them to make a bigger impact.

That’s certainly the case at Dex, where many employees give back their time to their chosen organizations beyond  the profit contribution, whether it’s serving on boards and committees, getting involved in events, or just reaching into their own pockets to support a cause, Doyle says.

“The only way to really get into it is to understand that particular organization,” he says.

“It wasn’t just that somebody sent them a letter and they agreed to it.”

It’s also a point of pride when employees see your company’s name linked to organizations they feel benefit their local communities.

“People come in with their son’s or daughter’s soccer league, asking can we sponsor that — all the way to their church or their school, to bigger events that are hosted by whatever city,” Doyle says. “And it’s pride. They see our company’s name associated with these things and people are proud of it.”

Give more to get more

Today, Dex has minimal employee turnover. But the company’s people philosophies don’t just help it retain employees. They’re also a way to attract new talent to the company.

“We know we’ve done a good job when people say, ‘Hey, are you hiring?’” Doyle says. “When we’re hiring people, we tell them the story and they’re hooked on it.”

But making big commitments to people can’t just be a story. You also have to follow through.

During the economic recession, many of Doyle’s employees wondered whether the company would stick with its commitment to distribute two-thirds of its profits to employees and their not-for-profit causes.

“In 2009, I was nervous because — especially in Florida — it wasn’t the best financial year for anybody,” Doyle says. “We’d made some commitments to some local not-for-profits. But it would have been great to have the money sitting in our bank as a reserve.”

Despite the challenges, Doyle says the decision to stick with the commitment was a no-brainer.

“I was brought up under the philosophy that the more you give, the more you get,” he says. “So it keeps your pencil sharp, but it motivates you and it pushes you.

“When we stretched ourselves when we gave a third back to employees — and actually we gave them a little more than a third because we didn’t want anybody hurt — it took everybody by surprise. And once they realized that we were sticking to that and making sure that they were receiving their checks, they realized that we were going to stick to the other third going to not-for-profits.

“It was just another one of those moments where they go to raise their head above some other companies that either went by the wayside or turned the other way.”

The key is view community giving as an investment rather than a donation, Doyle says.

“The theory behind it was if we can support our local community and make it stronger, businesses will thrive,” he says. “And if businesses thrive — our business is very dependent upon other businesses thriving — we will thrive.”

The same goes for employees. Investing a third of your profits back into your people obviously has a positive impact on employee morale. But it also gives Dex a competitive advantage. Much of the company’s business is service-related. So when its service technicians have a real vested interest in retaining customers, it creates a better experience for customers.

“Having control of their financial destiny also empowers employees to take on bigger roles in decision-making — something the company already encourages with its hands-off management style.

“So we try to push them to make a decision today,” Doyle says.

“If they think the customer is right, they should give them that credit. And don’t wait and tell the customer, ‘I’ve got to look into it. I’ll call you back.’ That’s the thing people hate the most. People hate being put off.”

To show people he walks the talk, Doyle also subscribes to the management philosophy of leading by example. He knows that employees want to be a part of companies that have leaders who look out for their best interests and the interests of their community.

Sometimes that requires stepping back, for example, when it helps to empower employees. When he sees one of his managers getting overly involved in their people’s decisions, he likes to remind them that micromanaging goes both ways.

“I always ask them if they’d like me to get more hands on,” he says. “If I feel like they might be micromanaging, I’ll say, ‘Do you want me looking at every decision you make every day? And they always say, ‘Well, no.’ And that works doesn’t it?”

Other times it’s about modeling the values he wants to instill in the organization. Doyle serves on numerous not-for-profits boards as well as committees to support causes that inspire him — showing his people that even the CEO can take time to give back.

“I’ve explained to our management that ‘Look, I’m willing to sacrifice my time and my family time to do this,’ and I expect the same from them,” he says. “But they also see what it gets back.”

Admit what you can do

A big concern with giving away a percentage of your company’s profits is what happens if you don’t have the money. What if I need to fund an acquisition, hire new staff or cut costs during a recession? Doyle knows these challenges all too well.

“I don’t think any of us would have predicted what happened at the end of 2008 and 2009,” Doyle says.

“The fear always is that you give away a third of your profits and that’s a third of your profits you could have had as a nest egg, just in case you do end up in a financial crisis.”

But instead of avoiding profit-sharing initiatives, Doyle simply advises businesses considering these kinds of people strategies to be realistic. Don’t overcommit.

“Obviously, the more people see your name out there supporting local causes, the more local causes come to you, which is good and bad,” he says. “You get to learn a lot about local charities that might be small that are underfunded and have a tremendous impact on our community. But it also comes to a point where you have to turn down certain not-for-profits, which is always tough.”

People involved with not-for-profits are typically pretty passionate. And obviously, you don’t want to destroy anybody’s dreams or hopes. But you also need to make sure you don’t promise more than what you can deliver.

“You have to keep in mind that there are things out of your control that might have a financial impact on your organization,” Doyle says. “We took a philosophy that we’re going to push ourselves by donating a third, and even if we give away that third, we can still survive any storm. Obviously, it’s been tested just going through 2009. So just keep that in mind. Don’t overextend yourself.”

One way the company stays accountable to its commitments is by being incredibly transparent about its financials. Three times a year, Doyle convenes all of Dex’s employees at a town-hall meeting, where he goes over the company’s financials.

By letting employees know exactly where the company stands, you show them that everyone is in it together. So the better you do as a company, the bigger impact the company can have for them and their community.

Every now and then Doyle may have a branch overcommit to a not-for-profit. But in these cases, the company has always been able to back up their donation from corporate.

How did Doyle know a third would be a doable percentage for Dex? Well, he didn’t.

“To be honest with you, that was a total crapshoot,” he says. “That was just a deal I cut with my dad.”

So how should you set your goals for community giving? Doyle suggests coming up with a figure that you can stick to as you grow. That way you’ll be able to see your company’s success pay off.

“When we started, we were very small,” Doyle says. “So the impact locally wasn’t big. Now, you look at it, and the last year, we gave away almost $4 million.”

How to reach: Dex Imaging Inc., (800) 886-2329 or


  • Connect people to the organizations they’re helping.
  • View giving back as an investment.
  • Don’t overcommit.


The Doyle File

Dan Doyle Jr.

Co-founder, president and CEO

Dex Imaging Inc.

Born: Baltimore, Md., but has lived in Florida since he was five.

Education: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

What would you do if you weren’t doing your current job?

I would probably work in the marine industry. I love boats.

What is one part of your daily routine that you wouldn’t change?

I meet my father for breakfast every morning.  This is where the two of us have time to talk about whatever is on our minds with no disruptions.

What do you to regroup on a tough day? 

I walk the seawall behind my house with my 6-year-old son. He loves the outdoors and all living creatures and loves to talk about them.

What do you do for fun? 

I hang out with my family. My wife and I both love having our kids around. We go out for dinner every year on our anniversary with all of them. It’s just fun to spend time with them and hear what they have to say.

Where would you like to go that you’ve never been? 

I would love to go to the Galapagos Islands.

Published in Florida

Medical Mutual, along with our co-founding Pillar Award partner SBN, proudly presents the 15th annual Pillar Awards.

In this issue, we honor 31 finalists representing a diverse group of companies and organizations of varying sizes. While they may be different in many ways, one thing that they all have in common is their commitment to strengthening the bond between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

There is also a new Pillar Award category for 2012. We will present our first Youth Philanthropy awards, which demonstrate how philanthropy reaches well beyond the traditional corporate sector.

It occurred to us many years ago that few things are more meaningful and important than investing time and resources in supporting our community, and we felt the need to honor companies and their employees who have gone above and beyond the call. While support and direction come from management, companies are only as great as their employees.

For that reason, we are quite proud to present the Medical Mutual SHARE Award. This unique award was founded to recognize companies whose employees best exemplify the ideals of Medical Mutual’s own employee SHARE Committee. SHARE stands for serve, help, aid, reach and educate, and it is the heart and soul of Medical Mutual’s charitable giving effort.

The SHARE Committee, made up of Medical Mutual employee volunteers, helps coordinate more than two-dozen community events involving nearly half of the company’s 2,500 employees.

On behalf of Medical Mutual and SBN, we hope you enjoy reading about these great companies and we offer congratulations to all of our Pillar Award recipients.

Rick Chiricosta is president and CEO of Medical Mutual.

Published in Akron/Canton

Kevin Goodman has jumped into his support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with everything that he can give. He joined the charity’s Northern Ohio Board of Trustees in 2009 and is now a vice president on the executive committee.

Since his first day with the group, Goodman understood his role and how much he could bring to the charity’s effort to help those with leukemia or lymphoma.

Through his role as managing director of business development and partner with BlueBridge Networks, Goodman can leverage his contacts and bring in resources to help with the cause.

He can take the stories that he hears from meeting people with various forms of blood cancer and share those stories with others to raise awareness. His kind heart and sense of doing whatever he can to help people serves him well as gives those touched by the disease a glimmer of hope for the future.

But as valuable as that cause is, it’s not the only one to which Goodman gives his time and talents. BlueBridge is also a big supporter of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland.

The company and charitable organization recently worked in partnership to increase awareness for emergency preparedness, something that has proven to be incredibly timely given the effects of Hurricane Sandy in late October.

But once again, that’s not all. Goodman has joined with Greater Cleveland Partnership, the largest private-sector economic development organization in Ohio, to give the agency the means to be an even better toward creating jobs and helping businesses grow in Northeast Ohio.

Goodman brings passion, excitement and energy to everything he does and takes great joy in seeing the difference that he and BlueBridge have been able to make in their community.


How to reach: BlueBridge Networks, (216) 367-7580 or

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Tara Coury began her volunteer work at the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center of Cleveland when she was a freshman at Magnificat High School and used her skills as an artist to work with an art therapy group. She soon became more interested in the work at the center to help the children deal with the stresses of domestic violence and was inspired to find a way to make more of an impact.

Coury realized she could blend her passion for art with her goal to impact the organization. She developed a group of characters who had psychological profiles similar to the children she worked with at the center and wrote a story around them. She painted pictures and hand-lettered text to accompany them. Her book was a hit with the children and adults at the center.

Tara decided to turn the story into a real children’s book to raise money for the center. She found a local publisher, and the paintings and text were turned into a hardcover children’s book. An initial print run of 1,000 full-color books was completed in October 2011.

Her efforts to market the book were more successful than she dreamed. She and her book were featured on television, radio and in a variety of publications in Northeast Ohio. Sales of her book, “The Safe House,” have helped Tara generate more than $14,000 — all of which has been donated to the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center of Cleveland.

Today, one year later, Tara is a freshman at Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City. She has been using the book as a platform for her cause — to promote awareness of domestic violence.

Her book is available on, as well as numerous bookstores — including the Barnard bookstore.


How to reach: Tara Coury, (440) 821-5821 or

Published in Akron/Canton

You can tell who is involved in the All Kids Relay for Life Team just by looking at the name. The team is all children, but they are not just any children — they are well-rounded, driven kids who would do everything in their power to better their society.

“Our teammates are considered the brightest students and most down-to-earth individuals,” says Cal DiJulius, team co-captain with Taylor Banc. “All Kids gives children the chance to better their community, build their personalities and work with others in an innovative way found nowhere else.”

The team was created in 2008 in memory of a dear friend of the Aurora community who lost his battle with cancer. A group of children decided they needed to do something to help the American Cancer’s Society search for a cure for cancer. Ten children got together and formed “All Kids.”

Today, that number has grown to 35. For the past five years, the team has participated in the American Cancer Society-Aurora, Ohio, Relay for Life event, raising funds that are directly donated to the society.

But the largest fundraiser is The Spa Day Event, an opportunity to receive luxury spa services while donating to the society. Local Cleveland salon John Roberts Spa donates its staff and sets up an on-site spa. The event also offers a large variety of displays from local retailers. Merchants come from all around to set up stores as they sell to donors. They also agree to donate a percentage of their proceeds to The American Cancer Society.

The team partners with some of the country’s biggest names in business including Saks Fifth Avenue, Akron General Hospital, Ohio State Waterproofing, Nordstrom, ClearChoice Custom Lasik Centers, The DiJulius Group, John Roberts Spa and many others.


How to reach: All Kids Relay for Life Team, (330) 998-5504 or

Published in Akron/Canton

Leading Clevelanders had community service at the forefront of their minds when they met a century and a half ago to establish what would become University Hospitals. But even the most civic-minded among them could scarcely have imagined the scope, impact and creativity of the community service they seeded in 1866.

With its health care network of physicians, hospitals and outpatient facilities, University Hospitals and its flagship academic medical center are renowned for producing clinical research and innovations and educating the next generation of physicians, nurses and health care professionals.

Guided by CEO Thomas F. Zenty III, University Hospitals contributed more than $267 million in services and funding to benefit its community in 2011. These benefits include nearly $140 million in free and subsidized medical care for Northeast Ohio’s neediest residents. Yet today, UH’s community impact extends far beyond its traditional role as a charity-care safety net.

UH trains tomorrow’s medical professionals. It conducts life-saving research to discover therapies and cures for society’s most vexing illnesses. It uses its resources to reach out to its communities to improve health. And University Hospitals is using its civic and economic power as an anchor institution in new ways to revitalize its community and create prosperity.

UH’s board and leadership have emerged as national leaders in local community service. This is enlightened self-interest. Promoting the most vibrant and livable region and the strongest possible economy makes Northeast Ohio more appealing to residents — who are University Hospitals’ customers — and to professionals that UH seeks to recruit and retain.

University Hospitals also sees this work as an extension of its historic civic commitment and an extension of its mission: to heal, to teach and to discover.


How to reach: University Hospitals, (216) 844-1000 or

Published in Akron/Canton

SS&G is committed to making its communities a better place to live and work. As a firm, SS&G understands that its success would not be possible without these communities and their businesses and residents.

Led by managing directors Gary Shamis and Mark Goldfarb, SS&G donates thousands of hours to pro bono work, providing accounting services to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations. In addition, more than a quarter of SS&G’s staff members serve on nonprofit boards in a leadership capacity, and three-fourths of the company’s staff volunteer for a nonprofit organization or one of its committees.

In addition, SS&G is dedicated to helping its many nonprofit clients by doing more than providing accounting and tax services. Among the organizations SS&G supports are Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the ALS Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the Arthritis Foundation, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Annual Tax Call-In, Community Shares, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, local domestic violence shelters, local food banks including the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Cleveland Foodbank, Harvest for Hunger, local humane societies including the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village, Juvenile Diabetes, the Ohio Society of CPAs’ Accounting for Kids Day, Recovery Resources, the Akron Marathon, Stewart’s Caring Place and the United Way.

Examples of SS&G’s hands-on community participation include American Red Cross of Summit County Community Dinner, the Caring for Kids Inc. Program, St. Vincent DePaul’s Adopt-A-Family, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, The Littlest Heroes, Huckleberry House, the Ohio Society of CPAs “Operation CPA,” the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes, the OSCPA’s Accounting for Kids Day, Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, and the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon.


How to reach: SS&G, (440) 248-8787 or

Published in Akron/Canton
Friday, 30 November 2012 19:00

2012 Pillar Awards: Sponsors

The sponsors of the 2012 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service support the program because they believe in its mission — to recognize the critical tie between the for-profit and nonprofit communities. Here is a little bit about each of this year’s sponsors.


Rea & Associates Inc.

Giving back to the community isn’t something we do just because it makes us look good. It’s an integral part of the culture at Rea & Associates. Almost all of our team members are involved with their communities in some way, either donating their time for special projects or serving as leaders in organizations that are important to them.

And if you were to stop one of these employees on the street and ask if they could describe the values that this firm lives by, they would all refer to “The Rea Way” — our value statement. Different parts of the statement resonate with different employees, but one of the lines that best describes the attitude and culture of this firm reads: “Invest in your family, your community and your future.”

That mission is top-of-mind in a number of ways. An annual food drive creates excitement and a healthy competitive spirit, as we see which of our 11 offices can round up the most food to donate to community food pantries. And employees get involved by suggesting community outreach projects and requesting donations for particular organizations through the Rea Foundation.

And then there’s a special group of employees who are so dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations succeed that they have dedicated their careers to it. They specialize in providing services to the not-for-profit industry and enjoy the challenge of understanding the increasing demands these organizations and their board members face. We’re proud to be a partner in our clients’ successes.

Congratulations and best wishes for continued success to this year’s Pillar honorees.

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Fairmount Minerals

At Fairmount Minerals, our mission is to conduct business in a way that respects people and the environment while working toward increasing the prosperity of our shareholders, employees, customers, communities and the global environment. Therefore, connecting with our communities and our longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility is vitally important as we ensure that the stakeholders we touch receive the resources they need to live and prosper.

When companies discuss corporate social responsibility, it is often in terms of social or philanthropic efforts — where does the company donate to the community? Do employees volunteer for any organizations? But, for Fairmount Minerals, it is strategic corporate social responsibility. This encompasses a much broader scope of work. We have adopted socially responsible practices — not only investing in charitable organizations, but we have policies and procedures in place that value the employee and all stakeholders. For Fairmount Minerals, the “people” aspect of the “3 P’s” (people, planet and prosperity) translates into respectful business practices, attention to stakeholder needs and responsible operations.

Fairmount’s social investment policy guides our actions with respect to charitable donations and corporate volunteerism. Fairmount Minerals supports community investment through cash grants, in-kind donations and corporate volunteer efforts. Fairmount Minerals commits to donate a minimum of 1.5 percent of its pretax/pre-equity earnings annually through financial, volunteer and in-kind support of not-for-profit organizations.

Our company is only as strong as the communities in which we operate. Thriving communities help pave the way for a brighter, more prosperous future. At Fairmount Minerals, connecting with our communities is vitally important to supporting our business sustainability — and making a difference in the world.

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Ganley BMW

Ganley BMW has been serving Middleburg Heights, Cleveland, Akron, Elyria and Strongsville since 1999, and we have been an official BMW franchise since 1986. Giving back is part of our corporate culture. Last year, Ganley BMW celebrated its 25th anniversary and is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. Since opening our doors, Ganley BMW has maintained a solid commitment to you, our customers, offering the widest selection of BMW vehicles and ease of purchase. Over the past 25 years-plus, we have been in business, we have never been a stranger to philanthropic efforts. Our owner and founder has been involved with Crime Stoppers since its foundation. The dealership chain has also helped wounded police officers and their families in times of need. Philanthropy is truly woven into the very fabric of what we do every day.

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Colortone Staging & Rentals

Colortone Staging & Rentals is a premier audiovisual and staging company with expertise in event design and production. We stage a multitude of events, including corporate meetings, awards banquets, special events, trade shows, concerts, webcasts and videoconferences. CSR also manages audiovisual equipment for hotel properties and operates a full-service equipment rental division. The solutions we provide, combined with our highly trained technical staff, ensure the success of every event. Our quality is unmatched and our attention to detail is unsurpassed.

The staff at CSR consists of the best in the business. Our technicians have an average of five years in the audiovisual and event management business. Their diverse backgrounds allow us to think on our feet, act quickly and provide flexibility and creative problem solving to every situation we find.

The company is also an active member of the community, consistently finding ways to give back where it can.

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LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility

LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility has quickly built a solid reputation as the premier venue for hosting full-service conferences, special events and business meetings. Our world-class facility has embraced elegance, high-tech communications and delectable culinary creations to assure your event is an absolute success. Numerous nonprofit organizations hold their charity fundraisers each year at our facilities, providing their guests with unparalleled ambiance.

LaCentre’s creativity extends to its technology, atmosphere, capability, flexibility, form and taste. Our dedicated and devoted staff provides clients with a positive and enriching experience with more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate events of nearly any size.

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Clark-Reliance’s corporate philosophy on philanthropy starts from the top down. Chairman Matthew Figgie and President and CEO Rick Solon not only engage employees in corporate philanthropy but lead by example.

A 2011 winner of the Pillar Award, Clark-Reliance has been engaged in numerous awareness and fundraising campaigns including the National Kidney Walk for several years.

A cause close to home, Matthew received a kidney from co-worker Dave McKee in 2009. Not knowing how to thank him, Matthew asked Dave what he possibly could do in return. Dave replied, “Because of who you are, who you know and what you do, you are going to be able to reach hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people. Help them. Heal them. Fix them.”

In 2012, Clark Reliance raised enough money to make Cleveland the second-largest walk in the country, surpassing Baltimore, Silicon Valley and Long Island.

Clark-Reliance employees turned out in record number to support this cause and raise awareness of the importance of awareness and prevention of kidney disease.

A family-environment, Clark-Reliance relies on employees’ suggestions for causes to support and to make a difference. Whether it is giving to the community where they work, or to a cause that is important to an employee or their family member, Clark-Reliance rallies around employees and organizations that are important to them.

Building a culture that embodies a giving heart required building a culture that is like a family. Clark-Reliance cultivates a family environment in which they do extracurricular activities together (such as bowling leagues and outings to Cedar Point). Also, many of the employees have been with the company for an extended period of time, so much that they have a club of employees who have been employed with Clark-Reliance for 20 years or more, some employees for more than 50 years.

Because of the familial environment, employees tend to be passionate about work or any cause relating to work or to the importance of a co-worker. Employees are willing to give of their time, expertise and ideas to impact an organization that needs the engagement of the company.


Hyndsight Productions

Hyndsight Productions is committed to serving Northeast Ohio by using its talents to advance philanthropic organizations throughout the region.

Through authentic storytelling and creative packaging in video format, Hyndsight believes in the power of story to advance philanthropic organizations — their missions, goals and communities.

Hyndsight demonstrates its community service by offering its time and talent to organizations in Northeast Ohio in need of authentic communication of their goals, key messages and impact.

From strengthening the region to helping underserved populations to supporting the strong artistic community in Cleveland, Hyndsight Productions is proud to be a part of advancing and progressing Northeast Ohio.

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Smith Medical Transportation Systems Inc. is the corporate sponsor for the American Red Cross Muskingum Lakes Chapter’s Automated External Defibrillator program, which has so far distributed 200 AEDs. The goal is to provide a defibrillator to every location that has a fire extinguisher in the county.

“Of all the things we do, this is the most important one because it can immediately save someone’s life,” said Robert Smith, CEO of Smith Medical Transportation Systems.

Eight years ago, Smith was also instrumental in negotiating MedFlight operations to Tuscarawas County, which faced an uphill battle trying to locate the service to a rural community. The service remains in a partnership with MedFlight to provide rapid response to critically ill or injured patients.

Among the many organizations that have benefited from Smith Medical Transportation Systems’ service, in addition to the Medflight and the Muskingum Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross mentioned above, are New Philadelphia’s First Town Days community festival; Dover’s Canal Days community festival; Baltic’s Homecoming community festival; Personal and Family Counseling; Tuscarawas County 4-H Youth; and dozens of community benefit golf outings for various fundraising groups.

Smith Medical Transportation Systems’ corporate financial contributions include $25,000 to Garaway Belden Community Center, a multipurpose community center used by the Garaway School District and Sugarcreek seniors and rented privately for community functions; $25,000 to the Twin City Hospital Emergency Room renovation in Dennison; $25,000 to the Pomerene Hospital Emergency Room renovation in Millersburg; and financial contributions to various projects for Union Hospital in Dover.

Smith’s antique ambulance is often driven in local festivals and parades, and the LifeFlight helicopter is often displayed with its crew at community events. “It helps to be able to present our team members to the community during a time when they are not in crisis,” Smith says.


How to reach: Smith Medical Transportation Systems Inc., (330) 602-5180 or

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