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GlassBaby First Federal Savings and Loan Peddlers Pond Heritage Distilling

OLYMPIA…Four Washington companies, ranging from a Port Angeles savings and loan to a Spokane business that provides IT resources for companies, have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Corporations for Communities award, which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make helping the community a priority.

First Federal Savings and Loan in Port Angeles and Seattle-based GlassyBaby are the two winners of the large-company category. Heritage Distilling Company in Gig Harbor and Spokane-based Peddlers Pond are the two companies receiving the small-company honors.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman will present the four companies with a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award during a ceremony in her office on Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m. The Medallion Award recognizes civic engagement, voter education efforts, government services and a commitment to giving back to the community.

“We are fortunate as a state to have many companies that give back to their communities,” Wyman said. “I’m pleased and excited to honor several of these caring corporations that make a difference.”

First Federal Savings and Loan was nominated for giving back to the regional communities from its Port Angeles branch. The company allots eight paid hours per employee per year for community service. It also provides a wide range of monetary contributions and employee involvement.

GlassyBaby was nominated for its partnership with Veterans Affairs partnership programs. The company gives 10 percent of its revenue to nonprofits, a practice that goes back to 1995. During that span, it has contributed more than $3 million to nonprofits. It has partnered with the Chelan Valley Fire Fund to raise money for wildfire victims.

Heritage Distilling was nominated for contributing to more than 80 local nonprofits, participating in numerous events, hosting tasting events as fundraisers, and allowing employees to participate on the clock with charitable activities. In addition, its owners volunteer on several nonprofit boards in the region.

Peddlers Pond was nominated for donating time and training for the YWCA’s Women’s Opportunity Center and for the owner’s commitment to volunteering and helping educate children and teachers on a variety of IT resources. It also pays for its employees’ volunteer work.

During the Dec. 16 ceremony, six additional nominees will receive honor roll certificates for their community efforts. These companies include Black Bear Diner restaurants in Olympia and Federal Way, Toledo Telephone Communication Co. in Toledo, US Martial Arts Center in Olympia, Seattle-located West Monroe Partners LLC, Windermere Real Estate Services Co. in Camano Island, and Shree Investments, Inc. in George/Moses Lake.

Corporations for Communities is a recognition program within the Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division.