June 23, 2015

    MassMutual Donates $155,000 To Non-Profit Organizations On Behalf Of Financial Professionals

    MassMutual Donates $155,000 To Non-Profit Organizations On Behalf Of Financial Professionals

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 23, 2015 – Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) has awarded $155,000 to eligible non-profit organizations through its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) program. The awards, which include six $5,000 awards, ten $10,000 awards and one $25,000 award, are given on behalf of MassMutual financial professionals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to non-profit organizations in their local community.

    “Volunteerism is an important part of helping community organizations grow and thrive so they can continue to help those who need their services,” said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President of Community Responsibility, MassMutual. “We are proud of the great work that many of our financial professionals do with non-profits across the country, especially the dedication they show to the causes they support which are often near and dear to their hearts.”

    This year’s $25,000 award winner is David Stephens, a financial professional with Stephens & LaRoche Financial Partners, in Virginia Beach, VA. Stephens is recognized for his work with the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, which works on a local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

    Stephens has been a strong advocate, volunteer, fundraiser and board member of the Alzheimer’s Association since 1999. Last fall, he walked 220 miles over 8 days to raise $15,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. His passion and dedication stems from his grandmother and father, who were both diagnosed with the disease.

    “The slogan we have adopted at the Alzheimer’s Association says it all for me, ‘The end of Alzheimer’s starts with me,’” said Stephens. “Unlike cancer, heart disease and AIDS, to date there are no survivors of Alzheimer’s, and I am committed to continue to raise money and awareness until we can say with confidence, ‘There is no more Alzheimer’s Disease.’”

    Stephens is accompanied by 16 MassMutual Financial Professionals, who have provided thousands of hours of support to a wide range of non-profits including those that promote financial education, care for veterans and provide after school programs for children.

    This year is MassMutual’s 19th year presenting community service awards. MassMutual has contributed more than $1.5 million to charitable organizations across the country through its CSA program since its inception in 1996.

    The CSA program is just one of a variety of philanthropic programs sponsored by MassMutual in support of non-profit organizations where its financial professionals live and work. Last year, in total, MassMutual provided nearly $11 million in philanthropic investments throughout the United States of which over $1.1 million supported organizations in honor of our financial professionals. 

    The following financial professionals have been awarded grants for their local non-profit organizations:

    $25,000 Platinum Award



    David Stephens

    Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association

    Virginia Beach, VA

    $10,000 Gold Award



    Laura Elizabeth Riley

    Lifeties, Inc.

    Bridgewater, NJ

    Jeffrey Dollarhide

    Autism Speaks Inc.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    E. Hough Johnson III

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Robert J. Waltos Jr.

    Tiger Woods Foundation Inc.

    Newport Beach, CA

    Andrew Starfield

    Tree House Books

    Bala Cynwyd, PA

    Manuel Amezcua

    Melanoma Research Foundation

    Chicago, IL

    Daniel S. Blake

    Food Bank of Western New York Incorporated

    Orchard Park, NY

    Robert D. Touzeau

    Eastern Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Center

    Center Valley, PA

    Jason H. Feitelberg

    Crossroads for Kids, Inc.

    Weymouth, MA

    Chris King

    Chopticon High School Academy of Finance

    Hunt Valley, MD

    $5,000 Silver Award



    Raymond E. Welsh

    Nebraska Community Foundation

    Omaha, NE

    Timothy W. Powers

    REACH a Child

    Madison, WI

    Kevin Clasen

    Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation Inc.

    Indianapolis, IN

    Eric C. Horwitz

    Active Heroes Inc.

    Farmington Hills, MI

    Paul A. Fox

    Cleveland Music School Settlement

    Cleveland, OH

    Clark Snitko

    Keaton Raphael Memorial for Neuroblastoma Inc.

    Roseville, CA

    About MassMutual

    Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

    MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.