Each year, Northwestern Mutual recognizes financial advisors who go above and beyond in giving back to local communities through its Community Service Awards program. Earlier this year, through its Foundation, the company announced a donation of more than $310,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations on behalf of the 2020 recipients.
“Our Community Service Awards program honors advisors who have gone above and beyond in an effort to lift up their communities nationwide through action,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Fueled by passion and commitment to service, these advisors continue to better the lives of others through volunteerism.”
As part of the award, 16 company financial advisors are each recognized with a grant to benefit a nonprofit he or she is involved with. Local resident, Eddie Terrell, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual – Greenville, has been recognized as a 2020 recipient of the award, receiving a $20,000 grant for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate.
“Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate saved my niece’s life, and I’m forever grateful,” said Terrell. “Through our fundraising efforts, I want to pay it back and pay it forward to other families that need these life-saving services.”
From primary to specialty care, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate is dedicated to providing outstanding medical care for every child. Terrell was inspired to become involved with the hospital after his two-year-old niece was diagnosed with leukemia. After meeting her oncologist at a golf benefit for the hospital, he joined efforts to raise funds to support the hospital’s specialty programs, including pediatric cancer and autism.
“We are honored to receive these funds in honor of Eddie,” said Robin LaCroix, M.D., Medical Director, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate. “These funds will go to support our specialty medically-based camps.”
Since 1995, the company has donated more than $6 million to nonprofits through the Community Service Awards program. The 2020 winners were announced at the company’s regional meetings earlier this year, with grants to be presented to nonprofits throughout the country.