(LOUISVILLE) - The winners of Republic Bank & Trust Company's second annual We CARE Awards were announced on Thursday, September 21st at an awards ceremony at The Olmsted on Frankfort Avenue, emceed by WAVE-TV reporter Charla Young.
Nominations were accepted from companies who met the We CARE criteria, and were judged on how they encourage employees to become involved in volunteer activities either during or after work hours. They were also evaluated on how they support community-based initiatives through philanthropic efforts and neighborhood assistance. Of the 42 finalists, three companies were selected as winners.
In 2005, Republic Bank launched the first We CARE Awards as a way to give recognition and appreciation to local companies whose employees are doing great things for the community. The Award was created to publicly congratulate companies who stress the four elements contained in the CARE name itself - Community Activity Recognition Enterprise.
The Republic Bank We CARE Awards are open to all companies, associations, and government agencies in Metro Louisville, Southern Indiana, Shelbyville and Elizabethtown.
The 2006 winners in each category are .....
Small Business Category (1-100 employees)
Mountjoy & Bressler, LLP
Mountjoy & Bressler, LLP has grown to become the largest accounting firm based in Kentucky. Since the firm's inception in 1980, community involvement has been at the heart of each strategic plan. Each employee outlines their own community involvement objectives in their annual goals. The firm's support of "Angel Tree for Life" is one of their many outstanding significant community contributions. Each year families in need are sought out and all are provided for with gifts. In addition, as a corporate member of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Mountjoy & Bressler has helped over 300 area agencies that are devoted to improving the lives of all citizens in our community.
Medium Business Category (101-500 employees)
Whole Foods Market® Louisville
Whole Foods Market is the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with stores throughout North America and the United Kingdom. The Louisville store assisted over 60 organizations last year alone through a variety of partnerships and product donations. Among the many outstanding examples include Whole Foods Market Louisville collected clothing and donated food for homeless families for Project Women; partnered with Race for the Cure to raise research funds by selling a Bouquet for the Cure in the Louisville store; and sponsored new programs focused on kids and healthy eating during the Kentucky Derby Festival.
Large Business Category (501 or more employees)
GE Consumer & Industrial
GE Consumer & Industrial delivers innovative technologies to deliver comfort, convenience, and electrical protection and control in more than 150 countries. Here in Louisville, GE Consumer & Industrial has been a part of the community for more than 50 years. In 2005, GE volunteers completed over 200,000 hours of community service and its employees and retirees gave $28.5 million in charitable contributions and appliances. From building playgrounds in disadvantaged neighborhoods, to mentoring students, to assisting the elderly, the people at GE make a difference year-round. Last year GE awarded the Jefferson County Public Schools a $25 million College Bound District Program grant aimed at improving math and science achievement and increasing the number of students who attend college.
"The Republic Bank We CARE Awards have again brought to light the quality and variety of volunteer work done by so many companies in this our community," said Steve Trager, Chairman and CEO of Republic Bank & Trust Company. "All of us at Republic Bank recognize the employees of the nominated companies for the community efforts they put forth that contribute so much to making this such a great place to live and raise our families."
"I'm so proud of the way employees of Louisville area companies reach out into our neighborhoods and communities every day," said Steve Langford, general manager of WAVE-TV. "There's an obvious growing culture of caring that the Republic Bank We CARE award is nurturing. Caring is contagious. It gets results. I'm particularly impressed with the way many of last year's award nominees continue their efforts, and the quality of the employee volunteer efforts made by the newly nominated companies for this year's award. Louisville is indeed a warm, friendly, giving community and WAVE-TV is proud to be part of recognizing the wonderful spirit of giving represented by these awards."
Winning companies received a handmade glass sculpture award designed by Architectural Glass Art Inc. and media partner WAVE-TV will produce and broadcast video vignettes highlighting each winning company.
Last year's winners were Bedrock Inc./USA Cares and Elite Homes, Inc. in the Small Business Category, Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op in the Medium Business Category and UPS in the Large Business Category.
In addition to WAVE-TV, affiliated business partners for the Republic Bank We CARE Award include Greater Louisville Inc., The Chamber Jeffersontown and One Southern Indiana.
For more information on how your organization can obtain a nomination for 2007, contact Allison Pogue at firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 560-8696 or visit www.republicbank.com.