July 21st, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 21, 2021 – The MassMutual Foundation has awarded $275,000 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 fifteen $5,000 awards – are given in honor of financial professionals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to nonprofit organizations in their local communities.
“In 2020, participating financial professionals in our CSA program donated nearly 12,000 hours of service to nonprofit organizations across the country,” said Dennis Duquette, president of the MassMutual Foundation. “We are proud to recognize these individuals who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating what it means to live mutual through their volunteer efforts and dedication to the causes they support.”
This year’s two $25,000 CSA grants are being awarded to YMCA of North Shore in honor of Gregory Meahl with BayState Financial and Cost of Freedom Inc. in honor of Deanna Filosa with Charter Oak Financial. The YMCA of North Shore works to strengthen communities and educate as well as nurture children, while promoting healthy living in spirit, mind, and body. Cost of Freedom’s mission is to show appreciation and offer encouragement to our Servicemen and Servicewomen returning from combat.
Additional CSA grants have been awarded to the following nonprofit organizations on behalf of the referenced financial professionals:
$10,000 Community Service Award Recipients
|Mary Catherine Bloodworth||Solomons Temple Foundation Inc.||Atlanta, GA.|
|Christopher Caira||Rancho Los Amigos Foundation Inc.||Cypress, CA.|
|Charles Ciravolo||South Huntington Educational Foundation||Syosset, NY|
|Samantha Clark||American Heart Association||Syosset, NY|
|Katheigh Degen||FIRE Foundation||Kansas City, MO|
|Victor Dupuis||Family Promise of Southern Chester County||Kennett Square, PA|
|Ian Frederick||Special Olympics New Hampshire||Portsmouth, NH|
|Kyler Harder||Guild Incorporated||Plymouth, MN|
|E. Hough Johnson||Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia||Virginia Beach, VA|
|Kerri Melley||United Way of Central Massachusetts||Worcester, MA|
|Brady Murray||Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome Inc.||Lehi, UT|
|David Olson||StolenYouth||Seattle, WA|
|Scott Schuebel||Dyslexia Tutoring Program Inc.||Hunt Valley, MD|
|Nikolas Sellers||Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan||Southfield, MI|
|Jeffrey Snider||YMCA of Greater Flint||Flint, MI|
$5,000 Community Service Award Recipients
|Reva Azeez||Sky High for St. Judes Inc.||Houston, TX|
|James Cleary||Abington Memorial Hospital Foundation||Blue Bell, PA|
|Colin Kimpel||FLOC for Love of Children||Bethesda, MD|
|Peter Lizotte||Friends of the Children (FOTC) - Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA|
|Yin Long||New Jersey Symphony Orchestra||Warren, NJ|
|Francis Naselli||Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia – Anna’s Place||Newtown Square, PA|
|Hyun Joo Park||Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco||Walnut Creek, CA|
|David Patchcoski||Mid Valley Youth Soccer||Peckville, PA|
|Grant Piller||Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota||Plymouth, MN|
|Justin Podbielski||Barnum Foundation for Life Inc.||Glastonbury, CT|
|Dave Porter||Commonwealth Zoological Corporation||Boston, MA|
|Brian Roberts||Cure Sanfilippo Foundation||Chesterfield, MO|
|Chris Scioli||American Cancer Society Inc.||Lubbock, TX|
|Mitchell Starr||We Finish Together Inc.||Ft Lauderdale, FL|
|Frank Viglione||Grace Foundation of New York||Staten Island, NY|
Since the program’s inception nearly 25 years ago, more than 300 grants totaling more than $3 million have been donated to nonprofit organizations through the Community Service Awards program. 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 financial professionals affiliated with MassMutual live and work.
About the MassMutual Foundation
The MassMutual Foundation, Inc. is a dedicated corporate foundation established by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). The MassMutual Foundation activates connections and untapped opportunities within communities, so that all families can build their financial capability and thrive. In support of this mission, the Foundation develops partnerships and provides grants in support of our signature programs. The Foundation also supports anchor institutions in the communities where MassMutual operates.
To learn more about the MassMutual Foundation please visit https://www.massmutual.com/about-us/corporate-responsibility/foundation.