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MassMutual Foundation honors dedication of financial professionals with $275,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations for 25th year

July 11th, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 11, 2022 – 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. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the CSA program.

“In 2021, participating financial professionals in our CSA program donated more than 15,000 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 The Base in honor of John Navien with BayState Financial and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas in honor of Daniel Drabinski with BlueCrest Financial Alliances. The Base leverages youth sports to connect with urban young people around their passion point, and then engages them in robust academic, career, and wellness programming. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ mission is dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community. With a commitment to nurturing youth development, energizing healthy living, and inspiring social responsibility.

Additional CSA grants have been awarded to the following nonprofit organizations on behalf of the referenced financial professionals:

$10,000 Community Service Award Recipients

Financial Professional

Nonprofit Organization

Office Location

Jeffrey Baron

Wildflower Inc.

Boston, MA

Hannah Butler

Rise 2 Thrive Family Resource Center

Charlotte, NC

Adam Bukowski

Du Page Senior Citizens Council

Chicago, IL

Luke Chapman

Sean Locke 24 Foundation

New Castle, DE

Michael Dimaggio

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts

Boston, MA

Craig Eppy

Unicorn Village Academy Inc

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Neal Faught

Martha Obryan Center Inc

Brentwood, TN

Faivel Folger

Borough Park Volunteers of Hatzolah

Brooklyn, NY

Dawn Landino

Broadway Cares-Equity Fights Aids

New York, NY

Alejandro Mendieta

South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Gregory Olsen

Star Track Cycling

New York, NY

Dan Rosales

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Seattle, WA

Darren Scrimpshire

Special Olympics Texas

San Antonio, TX

Michelle Taylor

Chance 2 Dance

Ocoee, FL

Ron “Woody” Woodmansee

The Union League Legacy Foundation

Marlton, NJ


$5,000 Community Service Award Recipients

Financial Professional

Nonprofit Organization

Office Location

Michael Book

Circle of Care for Families with Cancer

New York, NY   

Eric Bottolfsen

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Phoenix, AZ 

Jeffrey Carey

Gnome Inc

Boston, MA

Adam Cherney

American Heart Association

Wantagh, NY

Christopher Cocores

Pennsylvania State University Philanthropic Fund

Mechanicsburg, PA

Paul Davis

Fleece & Thank You

Southfield, MI

Robert Hall

Project Elect

Tupelo, MS

Richard Hamilton

Martha Obryan Center Inc

Franklin, TN

Thomas Kunkle

Legacy Leaders

Chicago, IL

Moses Lipschitz

Hatzolah Emergency Medical Services

Lakewood, NJ

Joseph Scheid

100 Club of Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ

Dhilan Shah

India Association of Central Connecticut

Glastonbury, CT

Manjeet Singh

Free Meals on Wheels

San Jose, CA

Michael Wimmer

We Defy Foundation

Pensacola, FL

Michael Yoken

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston

Boston, MA

Since the program’s inception 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.

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