2011 Corporate Citizenship Summit
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2011 Corporate Citizenship Summit

Grand Circle named one of Massachusetts' Top Charitable Contributors at the event, which is hosted by Boston Business Journal

On September 9, 2011, hundreds of guests and honorees gathered at Boston's Renaissance Waterfront Hotel for the annual Corporate Citizenship Summit, hosted by Boston Business Journal and sponsored in part by Grand Circle Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the event celebrates Massachusetts corporations that have made philanthropy a core tenet of their business philosophy. Grand Circle Corporation, where giving back is deeply ingrained in the company culture, epitomizes this model—making this event an important one for Alan and Harriet Lewis, co-chairs of both Grand Circle and Grand Circle Foundation. The company was recognized at the event as one of Massachusetts' Top Charitable Contributors, joining the ranks of several much larger companies including IBM, Procter & Gamble, and Staples.

In addition, Grand Circle Foundation Vice President Maury Peterson presented the 2011 CEO Social Leadership Award to Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. "In 2006, Alan and Harriet established the award to honor a local CEO who is passionate about social change, willing to roll up his sleeves to make things happen, and able to encourage and inspire his employees to become actively involved in our community," says Maury. "Andrew Dreyfus has led by example, engaged his employees to give back, and has demonstrated a tangible commitment to social justice issues." In addition to the award, Andrew Dreyfus received a $25,000 grant from Grand Circle Foundation, half of which he donated to the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, and the other half to the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization to help promote health care affordability.

Overall, the day was an inspiring celebration of business leaders who care about their communities—and a serious reminder that there will always be more to be done. In an entertaining yet poignant speech that kicked off the event, Babson College President Len Schlesinger shared his belief that philanthropy should be naturally ingrained in every company's philosophy. "If you have a business in the community, you owe it," he said. Andrew Dreyfus echoed this sentiment in his award acceptance speech, proclaiming that Boston's corporate sector "must do more… and with greater urgency and generosity."

As always, the summit served as a welcome reminder that good business and good deeds don't have to be mutually exclusive—in fact, they often go hand in hand. The Foundation is grateful to Boston Business Journal for hosting this important event.

Featured in our September 2011 E-Newsletter. Read the full issue here.