Sammons Financial Group Employee Receives Highest Volunteer Honor from Special Olympics Iowa
June 4, 2018
WEST DES MOINES, IA, June 4, 2018 —Sammons® Financial Group Member Companies (SFG) employee, Mary Buscher, was awarded the Knights of Columbus Award at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games held on May 17, 2018. The Knights of Columbus Award is the highest honor given to volunteers of Special Olympics Iowa. Recipients have demonstrated the spirit of Special Olympics through dedication and unselfish efforts. John Kliegl, president and CEO of Special Olympics Iowa, stated, “We are lucky to have a friend like Mary Buscher in our Special Olympics family. I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the Knights of Columbus Award this year than her.”
Buscher, who works in the human resources department at SFG, became involved with Special Olympics after witnessing the amazing opportunities that her younger brother experienced as a participant of Special Olympics. She regularly recruits colleagues to volunteer with her for Special Olympics events. According to Buscher, “I take great pride in how the athletes, coaches, fans and Special Olympics Iowa staff repeatedly comment on the amazing volunteers from Sammons Financial Group.”
Special Olympics Iowa considers SFG a Champion Statewide Partner due to the volunteer efforts of employees and the funds that SFG has donated to Special Olympics each year since 2012. Buscher accredits her receiving the Knights of Columbus Award to the strong partnership between Special Olympics Iowa and SFG. “I am just the lucky one that happened to get the award, but it truly was because of Sammons Financial Group,” said Buscher. At SFG, we care about our communities. That’s why we work hard to give back to many causes and organizations that matter to our employees. Special Olympics is just one example of the numerous groups that SFG supports.