Northeast Ohio Pillar Award

Since 1998, The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, presented by Smart Business, honors businesses of all types and sizes that make outstanding contributions to their communities. Its purpose is to encourage a charitable environment, recognize creative efforts that make a difference and demonstrate the ties between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

The Pillar Award for Community Service currently takes place in the cities of ClevelandColumbus and Cincinnati.

The Pillar Award embraces a broad definition of community service. It may consist of charitable giving, volunteerism, pro bono work or other forms of giving back. Service may be limited to a single organization or cause, or spread across numerous organizations and causes. Each nominee will be judged based on impact relative to its size rather than overall size of contribution or effort.

Northeast Ohio Pillar Awards • December 7, 2023

Presented by: Medical Mutual

The Embassy Suites - Cleveland Rockside • 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. (NEW TIME!)

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

Pillar Award for Community Service:

Apex Clinical Research Center

BlueBridge Networks

Cleveland Jewish Publication Company

Cleveland Metroparks


JACK Entertainment

MAI Capital Management, LLC

National Safety Apparel

Taylor Oswald

Rocket Mortgage

WKYC Studios

ZuZu Chocolates

Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award:

Greer Gibbons
President of the Board of Trustees
Youth Challenge

Dianne Vogt
Board of Directors Chairperson
Crossroads Health

Theodore Wagner
Partner and Executive Committee Member
The City Mission

Medical Mutual SHARE Award:

KeyBank Corporation
Christopher Gorman
Chairman and Chief Executive Office

Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year Award:

Flora Brett
Founder and Executive Director
Effective Leadership Academy

Marianne Crosley
President and CEO
Cleveland Leadership Center

Valerie Hillow Gates
Executive Director
American Heart Association

Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award:

Kevin S. Adelstein
President, Publisher and CEO
Cleveland Jewish Publication Company

For more information, contact Suzi Linn at [email protected] or 440.250.7021.

Take a look back at the 2022 Northeast Ohio Pillar Awards held on December 8, 2022, at The Union Club of Cleveland.

CLICK HERE to view the 2022 Northeast Ohio Honorees!

Take a look back at the 2021 Northeast Ohio Pillar Awards held on December 9, 2021, at The Westin Cleveland Downtown.

CLICK HERE to view the 2021 Northeast Ohio Honorees!

Take a look back at the 2020 Northeast Ohio Pillar Awards held on December 3, 2020 was a Virtual Event.

CLICK HERE to view the 2020 Northeast Ohio Honorees!

Take a look back at the 2019 Northeast Ohio Pillar Awards held on December 5, 2019, at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility.

View the Photo Album on our Facebook page.

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 Northeast Ohio Honorees!

View past Pillar Award for Community Service coverage:

CLE Overview

CLE 2022

COL Overview

COL 2023

CIN 2023