Citizenship Award Winners Honored in Metro Washington, DC

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Precision Tune Auto Care, Inc. and Vehicles for Change Receive the Washington Business Journal and MassMutual Citizenship Award

The Washington Group, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual),, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., sponsored the Washington Business Journal’s 2011 Corporate Philanthropy Awards on Thursday, May 12. These awards honored the region's most active and inspirational companies and nonprofits that have made a difference in the local community through both financial and volunteer philanthropic work.

“The Washington Group is passionate about giving back to greater Washington and encouraging our financial advisors to volunteer their time to local causes,” said Jim Van Eperen, General Agent of The Washington Group. “As a MassMutual agency, we are proud to support the Washington Business Journal awards which showcase the important local community giving initiatives.”

Van Eperen and Washington Business Journal publisher Alex Orfinger and editor Douglas Fruehling co-presented the award to Precision Tune Auto Care, Inc. for its partnership with Vehicles for Change, which sells cars at low cost to families in need in MD, VA and DC to increase their access to better employment opportunities.

Other finalist partnerships for the honor were Choice Hotel International, Inc. and Rebuilding Together, Inc., and Excella Consulting and Homestretch, Inc. For a complete list of award winners in additional categories, visit

About The Washington Group
With offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including Fairfax, Va. and Annapolis, Md., The Washington Group’s highly trained professional financial associates have experience in estate planning, life insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, pension and retirement plans, business insurance, executive compensation, employee benefits, and asset accumulation. For more information, visit

About MassMutual
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB. Securities offered through qualified registered representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC. member FINRA and SIPC. The Washington Group is located at 6500 Rock Spring Dr., Suite 400, Bethesda, MD 20817, 301-581-7293. For more information, visit

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives.


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