The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $215,000 to community service programs across the U.S. through the Community Service Award program.

The annual competition, open to the more than 7,500 Representatives of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, recognizes exemplary volunteer involvement and dedication to charitable organizations and philanthropic projects.

Each year, nineteen "Outstanding Volunteers," are recognized and honored for their achievements with a grant of $10,000 to each organization they represent. Additionally, a "Most Exceptional Volunteer" is recognized and honored with a $25,000 grant to the designated non-profit. In total, Northwestern Mutual will donate $215,000 this year to community service organizations through this program.

"The Community Service Award program was designed to underscore and foster our commitment to volunteerism," said Edward J. Zore, Northwestern Mutual President and CEO, when asked about this award.

Now in its seventh year, the Community Service Award is open to any full-time Financial Representative who is actively involved in a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Representatives may submit entries themselves or be nominated by another colleague.

A panel of judges selects the winners based on their commitment, dedication and hands-on volunteer involvement. The program is funded by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, which has contributed more than $40 million to community betterment in the past five years, both locally and nationally. For decades, the Company has been committed to improving quality of life by concentrating its charitable investments in the areas of health and human services, education, and arts and culture.

  The following are this year's Community Service Award winners:

  Winner's Name             Organization Represented     City, State

  David J. Casper           Ronald McDonald House
                             Charities, Upper Midwest    Edina, MN
  R. Michael Condrey        Oak Ranch                    Raleigh, NC
  Douglas A. Dawson         FCA Southeast Texas/Greater
                             Houston - One Way To Play   Houston, TX
  Patrick A. Di Cerbo       Center for the Disabled      Latham, NY
  Paul W. Fitzgerald        Safe Haven Family Shelter    Nashville, TN
  Katherine M.A. Forrester  University Good Samaritan    Eden Prairie, MN
  Robert T. Frieling        Juvenile Diabetes Research
                             Foundation                  Wellesley, MA
  Edward T. Hempstead       Cardinal Glennon Children's
                             Hospital                    St. Louis, MO
  Donald Holzhammer         United Cerebral Palsy of
                             Ulster County, Inc.         Newburgh, NY
  Max C. Jong               Big Brothers of Greater
                             Los Angeles                 Los Angeles, CA
  Kurtis L. Kidder          Chicago Association for
                             Retarded Citizens           Chicago, IL
  James B. Kirkpatrick      Literacy Volunteers of
                             America-Rhode Island, Inc.  Warwick, RI
  David J. Lionett          Big Brothers Big Sisters
                             of Worcester County, Inc.   Northboro, MA
  John F. Marston           Pride of Kinston, Inc.       Kinston, NC
  Amy J. McQuaid            The Women's Fund of Western
                             Massachusetts               Springfield, MA
  Robert E. Muzikowski      Near West Little League      Chicago, IL
  Paul R. Pigman            March of Dimes Birth
                             Defects Foundation          Pittsburgh, PA
  Christopher C. Poe        I Have a Dream Foundation -
                             Charlottesville, VA         Charlottesville, VA
  Robert M. Rhyme           Sun Valley Youth Center      Denver, CO
  Steven D. Walker          Black Swamp Area Council,
                             Boy Scouts of America       Defiance, OH

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SOURCE: Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

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