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Ruddell Auto Mall at 110 S. Golf Course Road in Port Angeles received an honorable mention in the state Secretary of State’s 2012 Corporations for Communities Award program.
Ruddell Auto Mall was honored for its numerous fundraising and community-building events over the years, said Patrick Reed, operations manager for the Corporations and Charities Division of the Secretary of State’s Office.
The auto mall is one of 10 small businesses across the state given an honorable mention for the Corporations for Communities Award, which honors companies working to improve their local communities through charity programs, Reed said.
Howie Ruddell, owner of Ruddell Auto Mall, said these charity events and efforts include fundraisers to support more than 50 local nonprofits and charities, traffic safety lessons held at the auto mall for children, an annual community Thanksgiving dinner and 100 percent participation from the mall’s 40 employees in local United Way drives.
Ruddell said his employees as a group regularly donate just about $1,000 per month to the United Way.
“It’s pretty fortunate to have some nice, great [employees] who believe in giving back,” Ruddell said.
“Not only do all the employees participate, but all the employees are pretty generous, too,” he said.
Car dealership has been a family business for three generations, with both Ruddell’s father and grandfather involved, and Ruddell said his family always has made a point of giving back to the people with whom they live and work.
“Ruddell has been a name synonymous with community involvement since 1940,” Ruddell said.
Ruddell was pleased to hear that Jim’s Pharmacy of Port Angeles won one of the two top awards in the state program.
Ruddell, who has known Jim’s Pharmacy owner Joe Cammack since they were 12 years old, said Cammack is a generous and giving person.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that [Cammack] would be recognized as that,” Ruddell said.