OLYMPIA...A well-known Selah fruit-processing company and a Port Angeles pharmacy have been selected as this year’s recipients of Washington’s most prestigious civics award.
TreeTop Inc. and Jim’s Pharmacy will receive the 2012 Corporations for Communities award, which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make helping the community a priority. TreeTop is the winner of the large-company category and Jim’s Pharmacy earns the small-company honor.
Secretary of State Sam Reed will present executives from the two companies with a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award during a ceremony in his office on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. The Medallion Award recognizes civic engagement, voter education efforts, government services and a commitment to giving back to the community.
“Out of the many outstanding companies nominated this year, TreeTop and Jim’s Pharmacy deserve to receive this award,” 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.”
A grower-owned cooperative with about 800 employees in Washington, TreeTop contributes funds and in-kind products to more than 50 local organizations, and is active in volunteering with United Way and March of Dimes. It also provides extensive food product donations to after-school programs, veterans, food banks and Children’s Village, which serves children with special health care needs. TreeTop has participated in international relief efforts in Haiti and Japan. It recently contributed $250,000 to Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Education program.
Jim’s Pharmacy, which has 34 employees, has a Free Vitamins for Kids program in which more than 3,100 bottles have been distributed. It provides free diabetic and heart health education programs; provides scholarships for local high school graduates based on their community service efforts; hosts various donation drives throughout the year; provides monetary and staff support to local organizations; and encourages staff to participate in regional causes.
During the ceremony, 13 of the nominees will receive honorable mention for their community efforts. Large-category companies being 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.