Jan 16, 2017Stemilt receives Wenatchee civil rights award
Stemilt Growers and its founding family, the Mathisons, were given one of three 2017 Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards. The award was given by the City of Wenatchee and its Diversity Advisory Council during its annual Multicultural and Martin Luther King Jr. Festival held in Wenatchee, Washington. This is the 13th year that the Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards have been given out.
Stemilt was selected as the winner in the business category for its impact in the lives of children and families, migrant workers, the homeless, and other underserved or disadvantaged groups in the greater Wenatchee area. The company has a long-time program offering its employees with free, on-site English classes through the Wenatchee Literacy Council and recently made a $150,000 donation to Lighthouse Christian Ministries to aid in the building of a new community soup kitchen.
The company was also praised for the Stemilt Family Clinic, a medical clinic and pharmacy located at its Euclid Street facility that offers free, primary care services to all Stemilt employees and their dependents. For the past four years, Stemilt’s employees have joined together to provide every child in foster care in central Washington with a gift from their holiday wish list.
Tate Mathison (pictured above with Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz), director of sales at Stemilt, accepted the company’s nomination late last week, and his wife, Lauren Mathison, was on site to accept the award on Saturday.