WA Secretary of State announces the 2011 Corporations for Communities award winners


by Patrick Reed, WA Secretary of State's office


Posted on October 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Spokane, Tacoma companies receive prestigious civics award

Photos available at:  http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/corpsforcommunities/

A Spokane-based bank and a Tacoma construction company have been chosen as the latest recipients of the state’s most prestigious civics award.
Sterling Savings Bank and Korsmo Construction will receive the 2011 Corporations for Communities award, which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make community a priority. Sterling is the winner of the large-company category and Korsmo took 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 Nov. 2 at noon. The Medallion recognizes voter education efforts, civic engagement, government services and a commitment to giving back in the community.

“Once again, there were outstanding companies nominated, but Sterling Savings Bank and Korsmo Construction stood out thanks to their impressive records of community involvement,” Reed said. “Both are very deserving of this honor as a result of their dedication to volunteerism and their communities,” Reed said.

Sterling Savings Bank is the prime sponsor of the Spokane Symphony Labor Day Comstock concert, which was rescued from elimination. Sterling employees in 2011 already have donated more than 27,000 hours to Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, United Way, and regional food banks. The bank also is a major sponsor of the KXLY Coats 4 Kids drive. Its employees participate in Emergency Food Network of Pierce County’s repacking of 10,600 pound of food, volunteer more than 40 company advisers to Washington Business Week, and provide grants through its Community Reinvestment Act program. Dozens of Sterling employees serve on boards and local chambers, and Rotary Club organizations.

Korsmo Construction held the fifth annual Billy Stocking Special Olympics swim meet that served more than 200 special needs athletes; built and donated dozens of wooden bunk beds to the Tacoma downtown YWCA shelter; and coordinated with Lakewood Police Department, Forza and other contractors to donate time and materials to build the “Fallen Officers Memorial.”

Dozens of Washington companies were nominated for the Corporations for Communities award. Other nominees that will receive honorable mention for their efforts include Gary Manuel, a Seattle-based hair salon; Guidant Financial in Bellevue; McGregor Company in Hooper; Port Gardner Bay Winery in Everett; Rants Group in Olympia; Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman; South Towne Auto Rebuild in Tukwila; Toray Composites in Frederickson; Town Auto Group in Wenatchee; Wal-Mart; Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in Wenatchee; and Wilcox Farms in Roy.   
Corporations for Communities was launched in 2009 by Reed as a recognition program within the Secretary of State’s Corporations & Charities Division.

Read more at http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/corpsforcommunities/