SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 15, 2017 –The MassMutual Foundation has awarded $225,000 to eligible nonprofit organizations through its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) program. These charitable contributions – which include two $25,000 awards, fifteen $10,000 awards, and five $5,000 awards – are given in honor of MassMutual financial professionals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to nonprofit organizations in their local communities.
“We are stronger when we come together as a community, and our Community Service Awards program recognizes a group of MassMutual financial professionals who embody this spirit, working with members of their respective neighborhoods, towns and cities, helping nonprofits with which they are involved grow and thrive,” said Dennis Duquette, Head of MassMutual Community Responsibility and President of the MassMutual Foundation. “We are pleased to provide grants to organizations across the country that our financial professionals strongly support – their dedication is truly inspiring.”
This year’s two $25,000 CSA grants are being awarded to Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids, on behalf of Mark A. Keating, a MassMutual general agent in Grand Rapids, Mich., and to For Love of Children (FLOC), on behalf of Colin W. Kimpel, a MassMutual financial professional in Vienna, Va.
The Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids enables all young people to reach their full potential as responsible citizens through education, recreation and other positive community experiences in partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department. Keating has devoted both his time and personal and professional resources to help the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids and the youth they serve. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Resource Development Committee and has sponsored several signature events including Rising Stars – where he served as a keynote speaker, the annual Thanksgiving dinner, and Be Great Tailgate – an annual fundraising event.
For the Love of Children (FLOC) provides educational services beyond the classroom to help students succeed – from first grade through college and career. FLOC brings together students, volunteers, families, and community partners in proven programs that teach, empower, and transform. Kimpel has been a strong advocate, fundraiser, volunteer and board member of FLOC since 2012. His connections and leadership skills have helped FLOC increase its visibility in the community and provide more students with the educational tools they need to succeed.
Additional CSA grants have been awarded to the following nonprofit organizations on behalf of the referenced MassMutual financial professionals:
$10,000 Community Service Award Recipients
- Access Sports Experiences (Bruce H. Sham, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.)
- American Diabetes Association (Jeffrey Rotman, Weston, Fla.)
- Baystate Financial Charitable Foundation, Inc. (David C. Porter, Boston)
- Chosen Ministries Corporation (Russell Ford, Indianapolis)
- Concordia Place (Richie Marrero, Chicago)
- Habitat for Humanity International/Loudoun Habitat for Humanity (James M. Wehr, Lansdowne, Va.)
- Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids, Inc. (C. Anthony McDonald, Newark, Del.)
- I Care San Antonio, Inc. (Douglas C. Radcliffe, San Antonio)
- Manchester NH Salvation Army (T.J. Shaughnessy, Bedford, N.H.)
- Navy SEAL Foundation, Inc. (David S. Kates, New York)
- Notre Dame College Prep (Paul Tokarz, Chicago)
- Players Committee, Inc. (Scott Lingrell, Lawrenceville, N.J.)
- South Huntington Educational Foundation (Charles T. Ciravolo, Syosset, N.Y.)
- Wonders & Worries, Inc. (James Lawrence Barnard, Austin, Texas)
- The Woodland Hills Foundation (Timothy F. Cummings, Pittsburgh)
$5,000 Community Service Award Recipients
- Camp Fatima of New Jersey, Inc. (Donald T. Brown, Iselin, N.J.)
- Foundation for Life, Inc. (Joseph D. LoPresti, Shelton, Conn.)
- Mary Cariola Children's Center, Inc. (Marlene A. Dattilo, Rochester, N.Y.)
- Wildflower Camp Foundation, Inc. (Jeffrey S. Baron, Wayland, Mass.)
- YMCA of San Francisco (Joseph V. Guevara, San Francisco)
2017 marks the 21st year for Community Service Awards. The CSA program is just one of a variety of philanthropic programs sponsored by the MassMutual Foundation in support of nonprofit organizations that operate where MassMutual’s financial professionals live and work. Last year, MassMutual and the MassMutual Foundation provided nearly $20 million in charitable contributions throughout the United States.