Friday, February 12, 2016
|Shoreline resident Karen Beauchamp holds her award,|
presented by Symetra CEO Tom Marra
Symetra, a national provider of employee benefits, annuities and life insurance, announced that Karen Beauchamp is the recipient of the company’s fifth-annual CEO Service Award. The award recognizes Symetra employees for exemplary community service. A Shoreline resident, Beauchamp is a senior buyer and corporate travel manager at the company’s Bellevue headquarters.
“Community involvement and a spirit of service are core values at Symetra,” said Symetra CEO Tom Marra, who selected Beauchamp for the honor. “Karen’s passion and enthusiasm for helping others is part of her DNA and clearly evident in every project she tackles. I'm proud to present her with the 2015 Service Award.”
As part of the CEO Service Award, Symetra donates $1,000 to the nonprofit organization of the honoree’s choice. An active member — and past chair — of the Symetra Service Squad employee volunteer team, Beauchamp is committed to causes that focus on cancer treatment and awareness, and improve the lives of children. Beauchamp is directing her award to the American Cancer Society and Ronald McDonald House, where she is a longtime volunteer.
“I am incredibly humbled and proud to receive the CEO Service Award — and grateful that I have another opportunity to support the causes that mean so much to me,” said Beauchamp.
|Karen posing with ‘Ronald McDonald’ during a volunteer event at Ronald McDonald House in Seattle.|
Ronald McDonald House provides housing to seriously ill children and their families during treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. With more than 80 guests per night, the organization relies heavily on volunteers to provide and prepare meals for 40 to 50 individuals a day.
Beauchamp and her team of Symetra volunteers create different dishes each month and often try to include fun themes. For the last nine consecutive years, they have received the Ronald McDonald House President’s Award for completing 200 hours of community service annually.
“The families we serve are often far from home and under a lot of stress due to the health status of their child. Little things like a home-cooked meal offer one way for them to spend time together in a more relaxed setting,” said Beauchamp. “The patients and their families continually inspire me, and I’m blessed to have built so many great relationships over the years.”
To help raise additional funds and awareness, Beauchamp also participates in Ronald McDonald House’s gala, sidewalk sale and leads a volunteer project each summer during the annual Symetra Week of Service.
Symetra Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors.