ERIE Earns Community Service Award

May 30, 2012 - Each year the Boys and Girls Club honors an individual or company with the Mary Selden Community Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding philanthropic and volunteer efforts on behalf of Erie’s youth — and this year, Erie Insurance is the recipient.

The award honors not only the company’s dedication to philanthropy but also the many Employees who have volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club throughout the year.

ERIE Employees contributed both their time and resources to organize landscaping and painting projects in the spring, Halloween parties in the fall, and Christmas parties with presents for the kids in the winter. Additionally, ERIE leaders donated a new washer and dryer and four basketball hoops to the club.

Beyond the local recognition, ERIE Board Members Tom and Susan Hagen were honored with the highest award given by the national organization for service to youth and community. Tom, ERIE’s Chairman, received the Man & Youth Award, and Susan received the Woman & Youth Award.

Commitment to community service and corporate philanthropy are deeply rooted in ERIE’s history.

“We are an organization of great people motivated by the common desire to help others,” said President and CEO Terry Cavanaugh. “Founders H.O. Hirt and O.G. Crawford set that in motion, and it has been modeled again and again over the decades by strong advocates like Tom and Susie Hagen. Together with them, we’re honored to earn this recognition from the Boys and Girls Club and to continue making a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

A plaque on display by the elevators in the Home Office atrium lists those Employees whose efforts earned ERIE the Mary Selden Community Service Award.

The award honors the founder of the Boys and Girls Club. In 1895, Mary Selden and a group of her friends were concerned about the young boys who hawked newspapers downtown, so they opened a reading and recreation room over a store on 14th and Peach Streets to get the boys off the street. This was the beginning of the Erie Boys and Girls Club.