MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 28, 2010 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $275,000 to 26 nonprofit organizations nationwide through its 16th annual Community Service Award program. The competition, open to more than 11,500 Northwestern Mutual financial representatives and financial representative interns, recognizes exemplary volunteer involvement and dedication to charitable organizations and philanthropic projects.

Melissa Powell, CLU, ChFC is Northwestern Mutual’s "Most Exceptional Volunteer" in 2010 for her support of Feeding America Tampa Bay, FL. The Foundation is awarding a $25,000 grant to the nonprofit in her honor. A Tampa resident, Powell is a financial representative with The Teague Financial Group, based in Tampa, FL.

“Ending hunger and nourishing hope sums up the food bank’s mission,” said Powell. “Feeding America Tampa Bay provides special programs targeting childhood hunger and healthy eating. This furthers the mission of stamping out hunger in our great nation. I am very grateful to Northwestern Mutual for its leadership, corporate responsibility and dedication.”

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is also recognizing and honoring 25 "Outstanding Volunteers" for their achievements with a grant of $10,000 to each organization they represent (see list of winners below). Since the program’s inception, over $3 million has been contributed to more than 300 nonprofit organizations nationwide.

“Around the country, nonprofit organizations are hungry for outstanding volunteers like our award winners to help others reach their full potential,” said Kimberley Goode, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Their passion for volunteerism and commitment to strengthening the community is making a difference now and for future generations.”

2010 Northwestern Mutual Foundation Community Service Award Winners

Full Name  

Name of
Nonprofit

 

Grant
Amount

  Office Name   Office City  

Office
State

Melissa Powell, CLU, ChFC

  Feeding America Tampa Bay   $25,000  

The Teague Financial Group

  Tampa   FL

Michael Torreano, CLU, ChFC

  Association of Graduates, United States Air Force Academy   $10,000  

Northwestern Mutual - Denver

  Colorado Springs   CO

Rebecca McSwain

  Young Life of Manatee County   $10,000  

The Teague Financial Group

  Bradenton   FL

Carl "Vic" Wickman, CLU

  YMCA of the Suncoast   $10,000  

The Teague Financial Group

  Clearwater   FL

Scott Jeffries, CLU, CFP

  Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA)   $10,000  

Goodwin, Wright

  Atlanta   GA

Robert Muzikowski

  Chicago Hope Academy   $10,000  

The McTigue Financial Group

  Chicago   IL

Jason Kirkby

  Lord’s Pantry at Anna’s House   $10,000  

Northwestern Mutual – Indiana

  Indianapolis   IN

J. Daniel Rivers, CLU, ChFC, CFP

  The American Red Cross-Louisville Area Chapter   $10,000  

The Kentucky & Southern Indiana Group

  Louisville   KY

Daniel Schiffman, CLU

  Advocates for Homeless Families, Inc.   $10,000  

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network - Maryland

  Frederick   MD

Robert P. Quinn, CLU, CLTC

  Rebuilding Together Montgomery County   $10,000  

The Washington Group

  Rockville   MD

Peter Kreher, CLU, ChFC

  South Oakland Shelter   $10,000  

The Wilshire Financial Group

  Troy   MI

Scott Wolf, CLU, ChFC, CASL

  Special Olympics Minnesota   $10,000  

The Columns Resource Group

  Edina   MN

Mark Heurung, CLU

  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of MN   $10,000  

The Columns Resource Group

  Minneapolis   MN

Keith Hein, CLU, ChFC, MSFS

  Habitat for Humanity of West Central MN   $10,000  

The Bohannon Group

  Montevideo   MN

Scott S. Niekamp, CLU

  Suburban Journals Old Newsboy Fund for Children   $10,000  

The Qualy Group

  Chesterfield   MO

Glenn E. French, CLU, ChFC, CASL

  Junior Achievement of Montana   $10,000  

The Castronovo Financial Group

  Billings   MT

George Allen, CLU, ChFC, CFP

  Longhouse Council - Boy Scouts of America   $10,000  

The Greater New York Group

  Oswego   NY

Douglas Corn, CLU, CLTC

  BLOC Ministries   $10,000  

The Kelley Financial Group

  Cincinnati   OH

Patrick Whalen, CLU

  Order of Malta - Feder Association   $10,000  

The Guinan Financial Group

  Lancaster   PA

Peter Leone Jr.

  Family House, Inc.   $10,000  

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network - Pittsburgh

  Pittsburgh   PA

Paul W. Fitzgerald, CLU, ChFC

  Northside Neighborhood House   $10,000  

The Pruett Financial Group

  Chattanooga   TN

William Cochran, CLU

  United Way of Metropolitan Nashville   $10,000  

The Pruett Financial Group

  Nashville   TN

James Wendlandt, CLU, ChFC

  Rotary Club of Austin   $10,000  

The Texas Financial Group, Houston - Austin - San Antonio

  Austin   TX

Neal Springer, CLU, ChFC

  The First Tee of Yakima   $10,000  

The Hubbell Financial Group

  Yakima   WA

James Dobrinska, CLU, ChFC, CFP

  Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.   $10,000  

Cornerstone Financial Group

  Milwaukee   WI

Michael Hargarten

  Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation   $10,000  

The Holter Financial Group

  Waukesha   WI

About the Northwestern Mutual Foundation

The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is to build strong, vibrant communities that serve as a legacy to future generations. The Foundation’s giving is designed to create an impact on the communities where the company’s employees and financial representatives live and work. In fiscal year 2010, the Foundation contributed more than $15 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.

About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – the industry leader in total individual life insurance, long-term care insurance, and disability insurance dividends paid to participating policyowners – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. Though dividends are not guaranteed, are reviewed annually and are subject to change, the company has paid life insurance dividends every year since 1872. As a mutual company with over $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual seeks to share its gains with policyowners and deliver consistent and dependable value to clients over time. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.