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Northwestern Mutual gives $285,000 in grants to 16 nonprofits across the United States

Outstanding volunteers celebrated during 20th anniversary of Community Service Awards

MILWAUKEE, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Volunteers are rallying their communities across the country in support of nonprofits that are shaping the world for the better. Northwestern Mutual financial professionals are active participants in these efforts, making an impact in the lives of others where they live and work. 

To honor this commitment, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is recognizing 16 financial professionals with the company's 2014 Community Service Award. The accolade highlights the exemplary service volunteers have demonstrated and awards three winners per region with a $15,000 grant for their nonprofit. Additionally, one winner per region is named most exceptional and receives $25,000 for their organization.

"Something special happens when you combine hope with action," said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "These 16 professionals have demonstrated their deep commitment to their communities. Each of them is an inspiration to others through their transformative work that enriches the lives of those around us."

Since 1995, the company has donated more than $4 million to nonprofits on behalf of its representatives.

Watch the YouTube videos of most exceptional winners Bradley S. Vick, Rebecca McSwain, Sharon Zimmerman and John J. Carr.

2014 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award Winners

Community Service Award Winners – Most Exceptional



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Bradley S. Vick, CFA, CASL

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Minnesota chapter

Mendota Heights, Minn.

Rebecca McSwain, CLU

YoungLives of Manatee County

Tampa, Fla.

Sharon Zimmerman, CLU, ChFC, CASL

Social Advocates for Youth

Santa Rosa, Calif.

John J. Carr, CLU, ChFC, CASL

Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Moosic, Penn.

Community Service Award Winners

Jamie Garard

WITS – Working in the Schools


Sean B. Pickett

Near West Little League


Richard L. Durnwald, MBA, CLU, ChFC

Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida

Fort Myers, Fla.

Roy Jordan, CFP

The Green Hills Family YMCA and Restore Ministries

Nashville, Tenn.

John Tripoli, CLU, CFP

Center for Developmental Services

Greenville, S.C.

Chau Le, CLU, ChFC, CLTC

Starlight Children's Foundation

Los Angeles

Ernie J. Medina, CLTC

Website for Heroes (Purple Heart Baseball)

Irvine, Calif.

Randy Riley, CLU, ChFC

Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County

Irvine, Calif.

Brad Alderfer, J.D., CFP, RICP

Manchester Community Music School

Manchester, N.H.

Douglas J. DiCerbo, CLU

James F. Farr Academy, Inc.


Scott J. Taylor, Sr.

The First Tee of Raritan Valley

Princeton, N.J.

About Northwestern Mutual Foundation
The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is to improve the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation has given more than $250 million since its inception in 1992 and is designed to create lasting impact in the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. We accomplish this by combining financial support, volunteerism, thought leadership and convening community partners to deliver the best outcomes. Our efforts are focused nationally on curing childhood cancer, and locally on education, neighborhoods and making our hometown of Milwaukee a great destination.

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has helped clients achieve financial security for 157 years. As a mutual company with $1.5 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income 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; Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

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