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Korsmo of Tacoma, Sterling of Spokane named as winners of Secretary of State’s community service awards

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Oct. 20, 2011 at 7:22 am |
October 19, 2011 4:26 pm

Two Washington companies – one from Tacoma – have been named by Secretary of State Sam Reed as winners of the state’s most prestigious civics award.

Reed will present the 2011 Corporations for Communities awards to Spokane-based Sterling Savings Bank and Korsmo Consruction at a ceremony on Nov. 2.

The awards honor businesses that demonstrate a commitment to their communities. Sterling was named in the large-company category and Korsmo took the small-company honor, Reed’s office said this week.

The secretary will present executives from the two companies with a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award during a ceremony in his office. The Medallion recognizes “voter education efforts, civic engagement, government services and a commitment to giving back in the community.”

Sterling and Korsmo Construction “stood out thanks to their impressive records of community involvement,” Reed said in announcing the awards. “Both are very deserving of this honor as a result of their dedication to volunteerism and their communities.”

Sterling was recognized as the prime sponsor of the Spokane Symphony Labor Day Comstock concert, and for the fact that employees in 2011 have donated more than 27,000 hours to Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, United Way, regional food banks and other community activities.

Reed’s office noted that 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 a downtown Tacoma shelter; and coordinated with Lakewood Police Department, Forza and other contractors to donate time and materials to build the “Fallen Officers Memorial.”

Other nominees that will receive honorable mention for their efforts include Rants Group in Olympia; Wal-Mart; 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.

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