Better Business Bureau serving Dayton and the Miami Valley recently held its annual Eclipse Integrity Awards at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center to honor area organizations and business leaders.
BBB received nearly 650 nominations recognizing the outstanding performance of Miami Valley businesses and nonprofits.
Eclipse Integrity Award Winners
The Eclipse Integrity Awards are presented to businesses featuring strong leadership and team members. Their leadership is committed to ethics, building a culture of high character ethics and unifying team members around ethical practices. The team is dedicated to performance management practices, ethical human resource practices and committed to the community as demonstrated by their community service and support of the BBB ideals.
Lavender Home Care Solutions, the Eclipse Integrity Award winner in the 0-50 employees category, began as a dream a mother and son had to improve the quality of life for seniors through a well-trained family of caregivers. The team takes a personal interest in each client and caregiver. They know honesty and strong moral principles, as well as being “whole and undivided” are what’s needed to build trust. They are constantly learning and growing. The company is involved in many community organizations, such as the Alzheimer’s Association and SICSA. These relationships help raise awareness of seniors’ health and improve the overall quality of life in our community.
James Cox founded Cox Media Group Ohio, the Eclipse Integrity Award winner in the 100+ employees category, with the intention of pioneering a new type of journalism. More than 120 years later, today it’s an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company. Through the years, its adapted to the changing market and practiced the highest in journalistic and ethical standards of integrity. It’s also a model for others in the industry as it has a variety of media platforms operating under one roof. The company not only shares information about the great things happening in our community, but it also donates millions of dollars and media to community projects and organizations.
The Nonprofit Eclipse Integrity Awards are presented to nonprofits or charities, which demonstrate outstanding community service through their mission and accomplishments, demonstrate excellence in programs and fiscal stewardship, operate with integrity through ethical leadership and a strong team, are transparent in their communications and value the power of collaborations/partnerships. Their actions make a positive impact on the vitality and overall health of our community while supporting the ideals of BBB.
Crayons To Classrooms, the Nonprofit Eclipse Integrity Award winner in the 0-50 employees category, provides free school supplies to teachers of students in need. In fact, it’s distributed over 17 million in free school supplies across the Greater Miami Valley. Today, it serves more than 3,000 teachers in 110 schools with enrollment of over 40,000 students. The organization’s employees are passionate about the work they do and the lives they help. They are committed to the success of the organization, teachers, students and each other. They understand that Crayons To Classroom’s continued success depends on the trust clients, supporters and community have in it.
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Nonprofit Eclipse Integrity Award winner in the 75+ employees category, offers assistance to people in need. Programs include early childhood education, pregnancy and parenting support, refugee resettlement, senior services, poverty alleviation services and more. Today, it serves more than 20,000 clients annually in a 10-county service area. The staff provides excellence through professional expertise and the balance of a caring spirit. Collaboration and creativity are valued and welcomed because they help the organization better meet challenges faced by clients. The team delivers quality services, invites volunteerism and financial support and is a trustworthy steward of funding, making it an organization that’s gained the public’s trust.
STUDENTS OF INTEGRITY WINNERS
Grace Bradley from Archbishop Alter High School is highly motivated by volunteerism. She plans to attend Notre Dame, study medicine and work for Doctors Without Boarders.
Nicholas Fischio from Botkins Local School is an academic and athletic student leader. He plans to attend Tiffin University, study criminal justice, join the Navy and eventually serve on a major metropolitan police department.
Stephanie Shewhart from Archbishop Alter High School is vice president of the National Honor Society and Wounded Warrior club. Stephanie plans to attend the University of South Carolina and major in Accounting and International Business.
Christian Starrett from Piqua High School is president of theNational Honor Society, varsity golf team captain and secretary of Student Council. Christian is planning to attend Belmont University in Nashville, study Commercial Music and then work in the music industry.
Zheying Wei from Butler High School is treasurer of Interact, secretary and chair of Student Congress and a member of the National Honor Society. Zheying plans to attend the Fischer School of Business at the Ohio State University and study finance, accounting or international business.
COMMUNITY HONOR RECIPIENTS
The Community Honor Award, sponsored by Voss Auto Group, was presented to Dayton Metro Library and The Foodbank, Inc.
Dayton Metro Library is committed to continually being innovative and re-imagining how it approaches services. Today, the library changes lives by providing unparalleled access to advanced technologies, imaginative storytimes, opportunities to watch theatrical performances, programs that connect job seekers to the workforce and public art that inspires. In 2018, it welcomed more than 2.3 million visitors, loaned over 5.7 million items and provided more than 537,000 in-branch computer sessions. It has many innovative programs and strives to make our community a better place by providing Opportunity Spaces, which are meeting places for nonprofit community partners, and coordinates programs like New Americans, which aids those striving for American citizenship. It also opens its doors during the summer to serve as meal sites for area children, offers homework support and family engagement after-school and during the summer and donates thousands of new and used books to partner organizations and creates “Take It and Read” stations throughout our region. Its new buildings are providing access to enhanced resources to help people across the region.
The Foodbank, Inc. team believes “No one should go hungry” and acquires and distributes food with excellence. It’s a member of Feeding America, which provides food and support services to more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations throughout the US, and it’s been named #2 in the nation for Best Food Banks in America in 2018. In 2018, it distributed nearly 13-million pounds of food to those in need as part of its dedication to creating a community that ensures equitable access to food for all, regardless of socioeconomic status. The Foodbank works with 100 agencies in the Miami Valley to alleviate hunger. It’s piloted many innovative program, including a veteran-focused food pantry, prescription food box program, drive-thru food pantry and an e-pantry. It also actively works with Ohio Means Jobs, CareSource and Montgomery County to hire people in our community who were previously incarcerated. The initiative is part of its commitment to stabilize lives and shorten the food line. Team members also serve on a number of boards including Learn to Earn, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Tedx, emergency management VOAD and Preschool Promise.
TORCH AWARD RECIPIENT
During the evening, the 2018 Torch Award recipient, McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc., represented by Greg McAfee passed the torch to the 2019 honoree, The Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball Team, represented by Brandy Guinaugh. The Dayton Dragons have worked tirelessly for the last two decades to provide a world-class, sports-entertainment experience to everyone it comes into contact with. As a result, it’s been the #1 attended team in all Class-A baseball for 19 years and has routinely finished in the top ten of all attendance out of 160 Minor League Baseball teams. The organization takes giving back to the citizens it serves very seriously and has supported many community-related projects. A few examples of this stewardship include its Hometown Heroes program, which hosts nearly a hundred military families at games, to Home Run For Life, a program that treats those that overcame significant medical events to a VIP experience at a game. It even hosts various health-focused nights on its plaza, hosts multiple charity walks and supports over 500 charity groups throughout the community. The Dragons are members or sit on boards of the following groups: Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Dayton Partnership, Dayton Development Coalition, Walk To End Alzheimer’s Committee, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, BizWomen Insider’s Club, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and 16 local chambers.
Dave Donaldson Award Of Distinction - The “3D”
This year’s recipient of the Dave Donaldson Award of Distinction – the “3D” – is Bob Reynolds from Brady Ware. The award honors an individual volunteer who, through his tireless efforts, has helped to launch BBB to become its next best version of ourself. Bob Reynolds provided expertise, time and staff to help BBB revamp the entire finance department. He spent countless hours working through numbers and providing vision for a new direction. The BBB serving Dayton/Miami Valley is a stronger and more efficient organization because of his leadership and dedication.
Leading by example, transparency, trust and guidance of mentors are key elements contributing to the success of Catapult Creative. The company culture is about setting workers up for success, creating a supportive atmosphere and inspiring them to do their best work passionately and authentically. In fact, Matthew Sliver says, “I just surround myself with people who are smarter than me and I learn from them…” The company participates in many projects that help grow and revive our community from its Dayton Inspires initiative to sponsoring PechaKucha Nights to serving on boards and committees, such as Keep Montgomery County Beautiful, Adopt An Area program and Levitt Pavilion.
The leadership of Goldfish Swim School fell in love with the business at first splash: the bright colors, warm pool, fun events, exciting atmosphere, even the fact you could wear flip flops to work. They adopted the mantra “We got this” in good times and bad. The company nurtures a culture that provides WOW! Customer Service to clients and employees. They do the right thing, make the right decisions and treat people with integrity, compassion and trust. Wanting ALL children to be safe in and around the water, they strive to provide the best swim lessons, offer free W.A.T.E.R. Safety programs and work with the USA Swimming Foundation and its Make A Splash initiative to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.
Learning, development and growth are the gears that drive the Scratch by Justin Tyler business model. The company staff work as a team and a family. Justin Livingston says, “We all have so much fun each day, let’s have fun and do a great thing each day.” But, that sense of family extends beyond the walls of the bakery to the community of Tipp City. Justin serves on The Downtown Tipp City Partnership Board, raises funds for the Goon Brothers, a nonprofit that uses social media to inspire generosity, even drums up financial support for a fellow Tipp City business devastated by a fire.
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