Struttin’ the Riverwalk

Come fall, many of us take our place along the sidelines to watch our kids or friends compete in team sports. But in Kansas City, OBPI’s Tamara Johnson will be joining her 30 “Struttin for Scott” teammates for their seventh annual walk to support ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. These walks are taking place across the country, with an overall goal of raising $22 million dollars for the ALS Association this year. Team Struttin’ has collectively raised over $70,000 over their past walks along the Berkley Riverfront in Kansas City.

“My family will be walking in this event, in honor of our dear friend Scott Cart, who was diagnosed with ALS seven years ago,” said Tamara. “It’s a great event and we look forward to walking along with Scott and his family each year.” So far, 800 walkers have signed up to participate in this event, with pledges of $165,000 to date.

The OneBeacon Charitable Trust is very pleased to support Tamara’s efforts, and we’ll be thinking of you come September 29!

Question: When is Fruit a Code Word for Music?

If you happen to live in Hopkins, Minnesota, the answer would be easy! The Raspberry Festival has been hosted for nearly 100 years to celebrate the area’s designation as America’s raspberry capital. More recently (meaning about 25 years ago!), it’s also become an opportunity to showcase community bands from the Twin Cities area. The festival was recently hosted, featuring an afternoon of music and a full day of arts and crafts, food and family activities.

OneBeacon’s Susan Witcraft has been an event champion and organizer, focused on the band festival. “This year, my role was to work with the bands on scheduling and logistics. And on event day, I organized the companion activities including balloon twisters, magicians, face painting and the like,” said Susan. She also recruited and organized volunteers to help showcase the local talent.

Sometimes community giving is about giving back to your hometown through volunteerism, just like Susan. If you have a similar story you’d like to share, just let us know.

In the meantime–Way to give, Susan!  Not only did she help ensure another successful Raspberry Festival but she helped entertain the crowd firsthand! (P.S. that’s her band in the photo below)

Salem Striders

For most of us, when the calendar approaches summer, our thoughts turn to lazy vacation days. But for our Salem colleagues, this is when they focus on endurance walks as they anticipate their annual participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fund raiser. This year’s event took place over the weekend of June 15-16 at  Salem High School and fortunately for the team, featured excellent weather.

OneBeacon’s team was 19 strong and took honors as the second highest fund raiser, with contributions nearing $8,000. Reports team leader Clark Grasty, “The overall total for Salem was $108,700. However, this will go up somewhat as more money comes in and gets counted.”

The American Cancer Society made a OneBeacon banner in support of team Salem. The event featured special guests, including NFL player Mark Huerzlich, a linebacker for the NY Giants. He was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was a student at Boston College but quickly recovered and was cleared as cancer-free. He visited Salem’s event and spoke with many of the walkers

Congratulations to team Salem for supporting cancer research and survivors once again!

16 College Scholarships Awarded by OneBeacon

Drum roll please….. The winners of the 9th annual OneBeacon College Scholarship program have been announced!  The OneBeacon Charitable Trust awarded sixteen high-school seniors with a $2,000 scholarship, a $500 increase from prior years. These recipients are all children of OneBeacon employees or children of our distribution partners. Our 2012 winners were chosen and recognized for their exemplary achievements in academics, leadership and participation in extra-curricular and community activities. The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®.

As these future engineers, doctors and hopefully a few underwriters go forth, all of us at OneBeacon wish them well and offer our congratulations!  This year’s scholarship winners are listed below: 

Scholarship Recipient Company (parent’s employer) Office Location College Attending
Caitlyn Baker First Niagara PlymouthMeeting, PA La Salle University                   
Elysa Bond OneBeacon Boston, MA St. Olaf College                      
Bernadette Burke OneBeacon Philadelphia, PA Rutgers University
Lauren Burnette Burnette Insurance Suwanee, GA Freed-Hardeman University             
Bess Glanton J. Smith Lanier Carrollton, GA Auburn University                     
Tyler Hoover J. Smith Lanier Columbus, GA Auburn University       
Lauren Johnson OneBeacon Zionsville, IN University of Southern Indiana
Kathryn            Le Claire OneBeacon Minnetonka, MN University of Wisconsin-Madison       
Marshall Lougee Corcoran & Havlin Wellesley, MA College of the Holy Cross             
Connor McCarl IMA of Colorado Denver, CO Chapman University                    
Deirdre Murphy OneBeacon Canton, MA Lehigh University                     
William O’Connell Hub International of NE Wilmington, MA Northeastern University               
Jillian Spinney OneBeacon Canton, MA Trinity College                        
Tyler Van Kirk OneBeacon Farmington, CT University of Maine                   
Liam Wallace Starkweather & Shepley East Providence, RI Haverford College                     
Lindsey Womac OneBeacon Cumming, GA University of Georgia                 

A Perfect 10!

2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the annual fund-raising walk benefiting Boston Children’s Hospital.  Legal’s Ginny McCarthy and her team have earned a perfect score, having walked this event each year since its inception. On Sunday, June 10 they joined nearly 5,000 walkers for the two-mile stride along the Charles River. The team has raised close to $4,000 this year, and a very impressive $80,000 over the ten years they’ve participated in this fund raiser.  

“Will’s Walkers” (Ginny’s team) is pictured below and includes kids who’ve been treated at Children’s Hospital—and their very appreciative parents! The Charitable Trust has been a supporter of Ginny and her team, and applauds their commitment to this cause!


Springing into Action

A sure sign of springtime is the annual season start for America’s pastime—major league baseball. This year, it also provided an opportunity to raise funds for a cancer research foundation long tied to the Boston Red Sox, namely the Jimmy Fund*. In both Canton and Farmington, game tickets were raffled off, with all proceeds donated to the Jimmy Fund. And to stretch those dollars even further, both fundraisers were matched by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

Thanks to the generosity of employees in these locations, nearly $3,000 was presented to the Jimmy Fund recently. Hats off—or should we say caps off?—to the baseball fans (and those who simply supported a great cause!), whose donations made this contribution possible!

* — Founded in 1948, the Jimmy Fund supports cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Red Sox have supported the Jimmy Fund for the past 50 years.

Something Worth Singing About

Finding a common ground as a life lesson; enhancing access to the arts; giving less privileged kids a chance. These themes and more are what gave birth to the Boston Children’s Chorus nine years ago, an organization with ties to OneBeacon. CFO Paul McDonough and Investor Relations VP/Treasurer Todd Mills have volunteered with the BCC in leadership roles for the past few years. Paul was a Board member, and Todd currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Said Todd, “It’s been great to bring a little of what I do day to day to help such a worthy nonprofit. The Boston Children’s Chorus organization helps kids be much more accepting of differences at an early age, all through something they all love to do—sing. And by the way, they are really good!”

Another great cause that the OneBeacon Charitable Trust was happy to support based on our colleagues’ committed involvement. And if you want to hear more, visit:

Running for Readers

On Monday, April 16, Admin Services’ Paul Newman will be one of 27,000 runners converging in Hopkinton, Massachusetts for the 115th running of the Boston Marathon. While Paul is an avid triathlete (training for his second Ironman competition this summer!), he is running Boston for a cause; a literary one at that!

In that same town of Hopkinton, a group has formed to fund expanding its public library. In these days of e-books and tablets, public libraries are often still the information heartbeat of many local communities and uniquely serve multiple generations. Noted Paul, “As the proud father of two young children who’ve benefited greatly from programs and materials available in our town’s newly renovated public library, I jumped at the chance to help Hopkinton’s library fund-raising efforts.”

We wish Paul all the best as he completes his 26.2 mile trip from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, and are glad the Trust was available to support his worthy cause!

Walking the Talk: Joan & Kelly Geddes

Community giving means a lot more when you get involved for very personal reasons. That’s just what happened in the Geddes household, when Joan and daughter, Kelly, decided to “Walk for Hospice” to honor a family friend who lost his battle with cancer. The Walk, which took place last Saturday, March 24th, benefited the South Shore Hospital Hospice where their friend received his final care.

Joan and Kelly have a history of team fund raising, having participated in the Best Buddies cycling fund raiser for several years. This year, they decided to keep their feet firmly on the ground and formed Team Destiny, named after their friend’s boat. He was an avid sailor who loved his boat, so all agreed it was a fitting tribute to his memory.  

On Saturday, Team Destiny joined nearly 3,000 others Walking for Hospice. We were pleased to hear that the event met its goal of raising $230,000 due to the support of people like the Geddes family. Way to Give, Team Destiny and its Captain, Joan!

2011: A year of giving!

Are you wondering which organizations OneBeacon supported through Charitable Trust sponsorhips? We’ve made that easy by preparing an Annual Report that lists all the nonprofits, schools and colleges that received a donation. Most Trust sponsorships came about due to employee requests to support the charities you are involved with. Donations to colleges and universities were the result of our education matching gift program.

In all, we donated to 90 nonprofits and 31 schools, again in support of your generous gifts of volunteerism and financial support. View the full list below.


OneBeacon Charitable Trust – 2011 Annual Report

The following lists the various nonprofits that received a financial donation                                     from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust during 2011, based on employee or producer requests.
—Charitable Contributions to Nonprofits—
Accion USA
AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City
ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association
American SCORES New England
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
America’s Vet Dogs – Veteran’s K-9 Corps
Annapolis Area Ministries, Inc.
American Parkinson Diseases Association – Connecticut Chapter
Arbor Day Foundation
Bike and Build
Boomer Esiason Foundation
Boston Children’s Chorus
Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
Boy Scouts of America – Narragansett Council
Boys Hope Gils Hope of Illinois
Boy Scouts of America – Troop 410
Buffalo Greyhound Adoption
Calvary Children’s Home
Canton Area Helpline
CatholicC harities Livingston County – HOPE Youth Mentoring Program
Children’s Foundation
Children’s Hospital
Coalition to Affirm Real Estate Ownership
Collectors Foundation
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation
Connecticut Humane Society
Cystic Fibrosis – Connecticut Chapter
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dana Farber Marathon Challenge
Eliot Community Human Services, Inc.
Feed My Starving Children
Food Bank of the Rockies
Food Bank of Western New York
Food Share
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Golf Fore the Kids
Haws Avenue Soup Kitchen
HealthScience Center Foundation at Syracuse, Inc.
Heifer International
Holy Trinity Parish Food Pantry
Interfaith Food Pantry
Joslin Diabetes Center
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kids In Crisis
Leelanau Conservancy
Lucky’s Place
Make A Wish Foundation – Northeast Ohio Region
Manomet Elementary School HAS
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Neighborhood House
North Attleboro Middle School PTO – Odyssey
NorthShore and Greater Boston Hospice
Northern Stage
Northeast Bone Marrow Transplant Fund
Personal Best Charities
Pine Street Inn
R.F.Kennedy Center for Justice & Humanity
River Heritage Foundation, Inc.
San Francisco Food Bank
Small Army For A Cause
Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, Inc.
Teach For America
The Brooklyn Autism Center
The Center for Grieving Children
The Community Center of Eastern Connecticut
The Craig School
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk
The Lustgarden Foundation
The Salvation Army
The Seat Swap, Inc.
ThriveWell Cancer Foundation
Touch A Person In Need (TAPIN)
Twin Cities Jewish Chorale
United Way
Washington Legal Foundation
Whitinsville Christian School
Williams Syndrome Association, Inc.
WTHS Minutemen Bank
—Matching Gift Contributions to Educational Institutions—
Babson College
Bates College
Bentley University
Boston College
Bowdoin College
Bucknell University
Deerfield Academy
Dennison University
Harvey Mudd College
Harvard Law School
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hollins University
New York University
PitzerC ollege
Princeton University
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
Saint Joseph College
Servite Fathers-Servite High School
Suffolk University
The CraigS chool
The Waynesburg University
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
University of Mary Washington
University of Massachusetts Amherst
U.S. Catholic Conference – Malden Catholic High School
Washington & Lee University
Wesleyan University
Xaverian Brothers High School