WhiteSpace Receives Pillar Award for Community Service


Akron, Ohio (Dec. 9, 2016) – WhiteSpace, an Akron-based integrated marketing agency, was recognized last night with a Medical Mutual 2016 Northeast Ohio Pillar Award for outstanding service to the community. Presented by Smart Business, the award's purpose is to encourage a charitable environment, recognize creative efforts that make a difference, and demonstrate the ties between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

WhiteSpace received the award for going “above and beyond in an effort to give back to the community it calls home.” Examples of its philanthropic spirit included the WhiteSpace Pro-Bono Creative Marathon, an event in which the company closes its doors for two full business days and works around the clock (24 hours straight) for select NEO non-profit organizations. WhiteSpace was one of only 10 regional businesses, which included Quicken Loans and ShurTech Brands LLC, recognized for best practices in corporate philanthropy.

“We’re proud and humbled to be recognized among this well-deserving group of honorees, and feel fortunate to be able to give back to a community that has given us so much,” said WhiteSpace President and CEO Keeven White. “Whether it’s through our Pro-Bono Creative Marathon or supporting the many other philanthropic organizations operating throughout NEO, WhiteSpace remains committed to enhancing the quality of life in Akron and beyond.”

Throughout 2016, WhiteSpace has earned multiple awards recognizing the company’s creativity, leadership and pro-bono efforts. Recent accolades include American Advertising Awards (including special Judge’s Choice and Regional honors), International Hermes Creative Awards, a Cascade Capital Corporation Business Growth Award, a Corporate College Smart 50 Award and a recent Weatherhead 100 Award. This is the second Pillar Award for WhiteSpace. It received its first in 2005.

“Community service is a big part of our corporate culture,” said White. “While the ultimate goal is to give back to the community, it also provides a meaningful opportunity for our team to collaborate, strategize and celebrate success by sharing personal values and driving change. WhiteSpace thrives on making a difference.”

The 19th Annual Medical Mutual 2016 Northeast Ohio Pillar Award ceremony was held at the LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake, Ohio. For a complete list of Pillar Award winners, visit the Smart Business magazine website.


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