Community Involvement

To grow and prosper, communities require care. It is the work of many hands ... sharing many talents, many hours, and many gifts. One generation teaches the next the importance of healthy minds, bodies, and spirits. Northwestern Mutual of Washington, D.C. and Managing Partner Leo Tucker recognize the importance of giving back to their community.



Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Recognizes Northwestern Mutual for its Support of Childhood Cancer Research

It’s with heartfelt gratitude that we say thank you to Northwestern Mutual for raising critical funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Together, Northwestern Mutual offices raised more than $515,000 through its Race for Research. These dollars will support 10,300 hours of childhood cancer research. Thank you Northwestern Mutual for joining us in the fight. You are making a difference!

Liz and Jay Scott
Co-executive directors, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Northwestern Mutual holds 'Impact Day' across D.C. communities

JUNE 23, 2015 -- Northwestern Mutual's D.C. network office and surrounding district offices took part in a community 'Impact Day'. Combined, our 82 volunteers contributed more than 235 hours of service to our community. We volunteered with the following organizations: 

Volunteers from our network office in D.C. stuffed 1,267 care packages and hygiene kits at Fort Belvoir in VA for the troops. The mission of the USO is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  Steve Ibarra, USO Warehouse Manager, motivated our office by telling us that the troops just want to know that people care about them. We produced hundreds kits and had fun showing our troops gratitude for all they do. 

Our Fairfax Office assisted the Ronald McDonald House by providing lunch and dinner to the families who are staying there while their children are in Fairfax Hospital.  The Ronald McDonald House works to improve the lives of children and their families, providing programs that strengthen families during difficult times.  The Fairfax Office had a lot of fun volunteering with the Ronald McDonald house and look forward to serving them more throughout the year!

Our group in McLean chose to volunteer at SOME in DC. With the support of volunteers SOME serves a hot breakfast and lunch to hungry men, women and children in DC daily. SOME also provides hot showers, free clothing, and restroom facilities. The NM-DC volunteers worked in SOME’s dining room serving lunch and cleaning the facility.  They enjoyed interacting with the dining room guests and the incredible team at SOME. 

In Rockville, we worked with Rebuilding Montgomery County to improve the exterior of a townhome occupied by an elderly woman who is unable to make improvements on her own.  They painted shutters, mowed her lawn, painted and improved a railing and planted flowers.  The Rockville Office was proud to partner with Rebuilding Together who provides free critical home repairs, energy efficiency upgrades, and accessibility modifications to Montgomery County’s most vulnerable residents. 

Our Reston Office was proud to partner with Reston Cornerstones, a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.  Our group completed a landscaping project, organized on-site storage sheds, and provided a fresh home cooked dinner to those staying at Cornerstones.  The team had a lot of fun working with this wonderful organization which is based in the community where they live and work.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Announce Leo Tucker & Jeana Foster as 2013 Man & Woman of the Year
19 Candidates Set Another National Capital Chapter Record with $1.145 Million Raised

(Washington, DC)  - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) celebrated the close of the 2013 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign on Saturday evening at the event’s Grand Finale Gala. Leo Tucker, Managing Partner at Northwestern Mutual, and Jeana Foster, Sr. Manager of Special Events & Corporate Social Responsibility at MorganFranklin Consulting, were revealed as the night’s big winners. Through 10 weeks of fundraising and relentless dedication to the mission, Tucker and Foster led 19 candidates who collectively raised $1.145 million, a new record for the National Capital Chapter.

Leo Tucker, of Mclean VA, was inspired to participate in the campaign in honor of his niece Yannick, who has been battling lymphoma for the past five years. While he did not entirely know what he was getting into when he signed on to the campaign, he shares that the journey has been a gift that allowed him to help his niece and experience tremendous amount of support for the cause.

“I have been involved with charitable causes my entire life and I must admit I have never worked with such a focused and passionate group of volunteers,” said Tucker. “The alignment the LLS team shares around the mission is nothing less than remarkable. With my niece and so many others fighting blood cancers this was my opportunity to join in the fight. I believe with all my heart that all those suffering are the real winners because of the research dollars that will hopefully find the cure for this dreadful killer.  However, the best part of winning was the ability to use that win to honor all the dear friends who tirelessly support this effort.”

Jeana Foster, of Gainsville, VA, participated in the Woman of the Year Campaign in memory of her grandmother, Belinda Doheny, who lost her battle to leukemia in 1999. Jeana has walked with her colleagues at MorganFranklin in the area Light The Night Walks, and saw the Woman of the Year Campaign as an opportunity to make a huge impact on the mission of LLS.  She found the campaign to be one of the most rewarding experiences of her life, and is grateful for the opportunity to have been involved.

“Working with the LLS, meeting ‘Boy and Girl of the Year’ Reed and Madison, and knowing that my efforts will bring us closer to finding a cure for them and all those suffering from blood cancers is truly inspiring,” said Foster.  “Words cannot express how I felt when my name was announced as the winner. To share that moment with my family and friends and to honor my grandmother’s memory is a moment I will forever cherish.”

LLS also recognized Tu Tran, of XO Communications, and Roxana Muzzammel of Guident for their fundraising efforts as the 2013 1st Runner-Ups, and Bradley Blanken of Competitive Carriers Association, and Angela Poliskey of Cassidy Turley as the 2013 2nd Runner-Ups.

Boy & Girl of the Year Reed Switzer & Madison Nardi enjoyed the evening with their families and friends, and were honored for their strength through treatment. The children were also  thanked for being the inspiration for the candidates in their fundraising efforts.

“The Man & Woman of the Year Campaign continues to impress and inspire me, as the energy of the candidates and their family and friends drives our mission forward,” said Gabrielle Urquhart, Executive Director of the National Capital Area Chapter. “Thank you to all of the participants for dedicating themselves to LLS for the past 10 weeks. I know for many of you those 10 weeks will stretch into years to come.”

In addition to the fundraising awards, candidates were recognized for their participating through the Citizenship Awards. Tiffany Williams  received the Mission Award, for keeping the mission of LLS at the forefront of her  campaign, while Kate Baltren was recognized for her ability to engage communities near and far with the Community Involvement Award. Tu Tran was the recipient of the Volunteerism Award, for his ability to motivate and engage a strong and committed group of volunteers.

Honorary Chairs, My Fox DC’s Laura Evans and 2006 Man of the Year and 96.1 The Wolf/WKWS morning radio host Brian Egan, served as Masters of Ceremony and had the honor of announcing the winners, while event co-chairs, 2009 Woman of the Year 1st Runner Up- Jennifer Keating of CDWG  and 2009 Man of the Year - Hap Peden of IBM, had the honor of announcing the campaign total of $1.145 million.

The 2013 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign is presented by Northwestern Mutual and Northrop Grumman.  CDWG serves as Platinum Sponsor for the event, while Competitive Carriers Association, Dante Consulting, MorganFranklin Consulting and Middleburg Wealth Management are Gold Sponsors. Washingtonian Magazine continues their long-standing partnership with the campaign as media sponsor.

Leo Tucker Wins Community Service Award from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation

The Tiger Woods Foundation based in Irvine, CA will receive a $10,000 grant in honor of Northwestern Mutual managing partner Leo Tucker's exceptional volunteer commitment as part of the company's 18th annual Community Service Award program. Tucker is one of 25 Northwestern Mutual financial professionals being recognized this year as exceptional volunteers. Since the start of the Community Service Award program in 1995, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has donated more than $3 million on behalf of its representatives to over 300 nonprofit organizations across the country.

Founded in 1996, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached millions of young people by delivering unique experiences and innovative educational opportunities. For scholars in grades 5-12, the Tiger Woods Learning Centers provide hands-on experiences in engineering, math, science, and technology, coupled with college-preparation workshops.

In 2011, Tucker was appointed to the Board of Governors for the Tiger Woods Foundation, which will use the grant money to expand its Earl Woods Scholarship Program. The program provides financial, internship, and mentoring support to under-served college students, of which nearly 90% are first-generation college attendees.

Leo Tucker and the representatives at Northwestern Mutual of Washington, D.C. continue to dedicate their time and support to this influential organization.

Rebuilding Together Project Day
Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit based in Washington, DC that rehabilitates homes free of charge for low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities. Our Disability Specialist Bob Quinn and his wife Liz are pictured below, volunteering with Rebuilding Together in Montgomery County, MD. Bob & Liz have been donating their time renovating houses for over 18 years and Bob was recently elected as board president of Rebuilding Together in Montgomery County.
Redbuilding Together Project Day



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