In an annual program designed to place philanthropy in the hands of its employees, the Montana-based Washington Companies awarded $125,000 Friday to randomly selected employees for donation to charities of their choice.
Employees from Modern Machinery, Envirocon, Montana Resources, Montana Rail Link and Washington Corps. placed their names in a drawing to receive one of 250 “charitable giving” cards worth $500 each. The program, begun five years ago and christened “Pay It Forward,” is consistent with the value placed on grassroots philanthropy by the Washington family and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.
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