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Community Service

At Adams and Reese, we take pride in giving back to our communities and believe our success is directly related to the prosperity and the quality of life within the communities we serve.  Our corporate philanthropy program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, and Support) was founded in 1988 by Partner Mark Surprenant. Since its inception, the firm has devoted financial resources and thousands of volunteer hours to offer assistance to those in need.


A fundamental commitment to volunteerism is a deep-rooted characteristic of our firm. Although many of our faces have changed over the years, our employees have a sense of community spirit that keeps our HUGS program alive.


Some of the organizations and philanthropies touched by our employee volunteer program throughout our regional footprint include: Boys Hope, Big Buddy Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan B. Komen Foundation, National Conference for Community and Justice, United Way, Charter Schools, St. Vincent De Paul, Junior Achievement, My Sister’s Closet, YMCA, YWCA, Camp for All, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics, Star of Hope,  Adopt a Family, Gateway Rescue Mission, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Operation Shoestring, Stewpot Ministries, Wingard Home, Happy Hearts, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Child Advocacy Center, St. Mary’s Children’s Home, Community Foundation, Hands on Nashville, Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army,  Ronald McDonald House,  Children’s Bureau, Children’s Hospital, Disabled Adults with Needs, Domestic Violence Donate a Phone Project; Dress for Success, Odyssey House, St. Andrew’s Village, St. Michael’s Special School, ARC of St. Tammany and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Adams and Reese is proud of our employees who make a difference in the communities where we work and live.  Our firm's position as a recognized community leader is due to their commitment to volunteerism and helping those in need:


  • Community Award - Corporate Citizen Finalist,
    Birmingham Business Journal Nonprofit Awards 2016
  • Community Award - Business of the Year (Sarasota),
    Goodwill Manasota 2016
  • Community Award - Among the 50 Most Generous Workplaces in Sarasota,
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune 2014
  • Community Award - Corporate Philanthropy Award,
    Tampa Bay Business Journal 2013, 2012
  • Community Award - Good Samaritan Award,
    STARC 2012
  • Community Award - United Way Community Partnership Award,
    United Way of Sarasota 2012
  • Blue Ribbon of Recognition at "Soup's On" Hunger Awareness Luncheon,
    St. Petersburg Free Clinic 2012
  • Community Award - Corporate Philanthropy Award,
    Nashville Business Journal 2010
  • Community Award - Cumberland Gold Volunteer Award,
    United Way Nashville 2008
  • Urban Forest Recognition - Replenishment of trees along Gulf Coast,
    Mississippi Urban Forest Council 2009
  • Business Partner of the Year,
    Goodwill Industries of Greater New Orleans 2007
  • Chamber Member of the Year,
    Jefferson Chamber of Commerce 2007
  • Cumberland Volunteer Award and Gold Award,
    United Way Nashville 2008
  • Chamber Member of the Year,
    Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce 2007
  • Community Award - Innovator of the Year Adams and Reese Partnership with Louisiana Appleseed and ConocoPhillip, New Orleans CityBusiness 2007
  • Education Partner of the Year,
    WDSU-TV 6 and UNO Business Alliance 2003
  • Corporate Volunteer Effort Award,
    WDSU-TV 6 and UNO Business Alliance 2003
  • Excellence in Corporate Community Service, Points of Light Foundation,
    Washington DC 1993
  • Corporate Philanthropist of the Year,
    Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New Orleans Chapter 2006
  • Distinguished Partner of the Year Award, Louisiana Department of Education,
    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education 1995