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There are many companies in Washington that make it a priority to give back to their communities and beyond. Secretary of State Sam Reed has honored several of these companies for their good deeds.
Reed hosted the 2012 Corporations for Communities awards ceremony in his office in Olympia Wednesday afternoon. TreeTop Inc. of Selah was the winner in the large-company category. Jim’s Pharmacy of Port Angeles earned this year’s small-company honor.
Reed presented National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Awards to TreeTop President and CEO Tom Stokes and Jim’s Pharmacy owner Joe Cammack during the ceremony. The Medallion Award recognizes civic engagement, voter education efforts, government services and a commitment to giving back to the community.
“A number of deserving companies were nominated this year, but TreeTop and Jim’s Pharmacy truly are deserving of this honor,” Reed said. “TreeTop’s commitment to helping those in need both locally and globally is impressive. Jim’s Pharmacy has stood out in many ways, including programs to provide vitamins for kids and college scholarships to high school graduates. Both recipients exemplify the ideal of volunteering and helping their communities.
Thirteen other nominees also were lauded by Reed for their community efforts. Large-category companies honored include Alaska Airlines (based in SeaTac), HomeStreet Bank (Seattle) and Weyerhaeuser (Federal Way). Honorable mention small-category companies include Associated Industries (Spokane), Brown & Brown of Washington (Tacoma), W.G. Clark Construction (Bellevue), Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle), Erik Dyrland Insurance (Bellingham), Esprit Graphic Communications (Kennewick), Fauntleroy Chiropractic (Seattle), McClain Insurance Services (Everett), Ruddell Auto Mall (Port Angeles) and Vista Engineering Technologies (Richland).
Corporations for Communities was launched in 2009 by Reed as a recognition program within the Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division.