CNO Financial Community Spirit Awards


Annually CNO Financial honors seven associates who make an extraordinary social impact in their communities, demonstrate strategic involvement and dedication to getting results, and maintain a compelling and enduring commitment to the agencies they support.

Since 2010, we have awarded $160,000 to organizations where our employees volunteer their time and talent.

Each winner receives a Jefferson Award for Public Service, and a donation is made on their behalf by CNO Financial to their charity. One associate is selected to represent our company at the annual Jefferson Awards Foundation National Ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

CNO Financial proudly sponsors the Jefferson Awards Foundation locally in Indianapolis.

Pictured from left to right: Gerardo Monroy, Matt Brown, Hilary Kluczynski, Allison Brown, Ed Bonach, Ashley Drees, Kathy Ward and Dave Dennie. Letitia Koch was unable to attend.


The Award of Excellence was given to Matt Brown, Chicago, for his work with the Alzheimer's Association (Greater Illinois Chapter). A $10,000 donation was made to the chapter and Matt represented CNO at the 45th annual National Jefferson Award Ceremony held in Washington, D.C. in June 2017.

The Award of High Achievement was given to Letitia Koch, Carmel, for her work with the Special Olympics (Hancock County). A $5,000 donation was made to the charity.

Awards of Merit were given to the following associates. $1,000 was donated to each of their charities.

- Allison Brown, Chicago, Alzheimer's Association (Greater Illinois Chapter)
- David Dennie, Carmel, Joseph Maley Foundation
- Ashley Drees, Carmel, PrimeLife Enrichment
- Hilary Kluczynski, Chicago, Meals on Wheels Chicago
- Kathy Ward, Chicago, Southern Indiana Save-a-Pet