Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2011) — The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants awarded Battelle & Battelle LLP, a CPA firm in Dayton and Troy, Ohio, the 2010 Public Service Award for Firms for its commitment to the community. The annual award honors one firm that has demonstrated outstanding public service.
“It’s extremely difficult to make a choice, since so many CPA firms make significant contributions to their communities,” said Kathy Eddy chair of the awards committee, who presented the award at the spring meeting of the Institute’s Governing Council, which begins today in Washington, D.C. “It is our position that all of these firms should be recognized. But this year’s winner, Battelle & Battelle clearly stands out.”
Battelle & Battelle’s partners and employees have served in pivotal roles in community organizations throughout southwest Ohio, since the firm’s founding nearly 100 years ago. Beginning in 2000, the firm has been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and has donated funds and a countless number of volunteer hours. A member of Battelle & Battelle has served on its board for the last 11 years and has served as chair of its Annual Walk, which generates over $400,000 in annual donations. A member of the firm’s professional staff served as chair of JDRF’s 2001 Annual Gala and helped raise more than $150,000. The firm members’ fundraising and volunteer time also has helped provide Bags of Hope, which assists parents who have children that have recently been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
For the last 6 years, the firm has been the sponsor of Daybreak’s annual breakfast/lunch to raise funds to help end child homelessness in Dayton. Firm and individual contributions have exceeded $150,000. They have had an employee on Daybreak’s board of trustees for the past 25 years. Their efforts have helped provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling, safety and stability to more than 200 youth annually.
In addition, Battelle & Battelle has a long history of supporting The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. Dayton Children’s is a 155 bed independent pediatric hospital focused on providing pediatric care to children throughout the greater Dayton community regardless of ability to pay. Several Battelle & Battelle partners have served as Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Battelle & Battelle has worked with the Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services to host three blood drives per year. Since 2002, the firm has donated nearly 500 units of blood, which have helped save approximately 1,500 lives. Members of the firm’s professional staff have served in the capacity of trustee or board member with the following organizations in the Dayton area: American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Miami County Free Dental Clinic and We Care Arts, to name just a few.