Nothing But Net in Farmington

Connecticut loves college basketball. To show its support for the game, the Farmington office recently hosted its third “March Madness” fundraiser. Once the Men’s NCAA basketball playoff brackets were set, they were distributed to all employees to fill out. To make it a bit more enticing and competitive, a $5 charitable donation was suggested (but not required) for each bracket entry. The person with the best bracket at the end of the tournament could decide which charity would receive the donated funds.

This year, there were 31 brackets filled out, raising $190. Although many brackets were “busted” early on, Lisa Campbell held on to be crowned the winner. During the office celebration, she announced she chose to support My Sister’s Place. My Sister’s Place is a local not-for-profit committed to ending homelessness by empowering women, families and others in greater Hartford (CT) to achieve independence and stability in their community by providing housing and supportive services.

Congratulations Lisa, and nice slam dunk Farmington!

Reminder: OneBeacon Scholarships Due April 16!

We’re just three weeks away from the scholarship application due date! If you are a OneBeacon producer or employee with a high-school senior, they may consider applying for a college scholarship funded by our Charitable Trust!

Applying is easy—simply complete the online application by April 16. If you have any questions, please contact our scholarship program administrator, Scholarship Management Services at 507.931.1682.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in early June, and the awards will apply toward the 2018-2019 academic year. Best of luck to the Class of 2018!

IICF’s Swing for the Green

Last month, International Marine Underwriters’ Taylor Boyd and Jana Hawkins attended the IICF’s Annual Swing for the Green Charity Challenge! It was a great day for golf in Scottsdale, AZ where the event was held. As a result from their participation, along with sponsorship from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, the event raised $32,000. Funds benefited the IICF Community Grants Program, which helps local nonprofits supporting education, children at risk and human services. Kudos to the IMU team!

Denver Serves the Rockies

Eighteen members of the Denver OneBeacon team enjoyed serving their community earlier this month at the Food Bank of the Rockies. During their time at the Food Bank, they worked together to sort and box items. The group chose the Food Bank because of the impact they have on the community. The organization serves 30 counties in Colorado and the entire state of Wyoming, helping nearly half a million people each year. Our Denver teammates are very passionate about this cause, and they look forward to going back to volunteer later this year. Great work!

2018 Scholarship Program

For the 15th consecutive year, we will be awarding 16 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year to high-school seniors funded through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. Eight of these $2,000 awards will be available to the children of the brokers, agencies and wholesalers doing business with OneBeacon. The remaining eight awards will be available to children of OneBeacon employees.

Applying is easy—simply complete the online application by April 16. If you have any questions, please contact our scholarship program administrator, Scholarship Management Services at 507.931.1682.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in early June, and the awards will apply toward the 2018-2019 academic year. Best of luck to the Class of 2018!

A Perfect Round for California Charity

Our partners from Barney & Barney recently hosted their sixth annual Orange County Golf Classic! With the help of OneBeacon and many other sponsors, the Barney & Barney Foundation awarded $75,000 in grants to three local non-profits: Laura’s House in Orange County, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and St. Anne’s in Los Angeles.

Members of our West Coast-based Technology and International Marine Underwriters (IMU) teams were in attendance, as they volunteered throughout the event. And funded through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, OneBeacon was a lunchtime sponsor which helped bring an In-N-Out Burger truck to the course (yum)!

Our Anaheim office always enjoys coming out to the course and hitting the links to support the Foundation. Check out some of the photos below from the fun-filled day!

Spreading Holiday Cheer in Connecticut

As part of this year’s holiday donations funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, our Farmington, CT office donated $2,500 to Foodshare, a Connecticut-based food bank with a vision to increase the amount of food available, while connecting people with resources aimed at improving their quality of life. Our teammates in the Farmington office have worked closely with this organization this year, so the group was thrilled to give back this holiday season!

OBIG’s Vanessa DiVita handing the check to Foodshare’s Steve Hurlburt, CEO Director of Finance and Administration.

‘Tis the Season

From all of us at OneBeacon, we’re wishing all a safe and happy holiday! This time of year is all about giving back and spreading joy. In recognition, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donated $50,000 to nonprofits important to our employees this holiday season.