OneBeacon in the Kitchen

Earlier this month, members of our Boston office volunteered at Pine Street Inn in their kitchen! Pine Street Inn is a local homeless shelter that provides services to support those in need. Services include supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach.

The team began their morning by chopping, cutting and dicing onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc. They helped prep meals for over 2,000 people in need throughout the city of Boston and its surrounding communities. OneBeacon has always been a huge supporter of Pine Street Inn, as we try to volunteer a couple times a year and donate through way of our Charitable Trust.

No tears were shed this time while chopping onions, but we’ll have to see what happens next time we visit our friends at Pine Street Inn!

From left to right, Carmen Duarte, Jane Crapo, Meredith Paton, Jeanne Conneely and Keith Champagne.

Uniting to Fight Poverty

On May 16, several members of our OneBeacon Technology Insurance team started their morning by attending the Life Science Cares Impact Breakfast in Cambridge, MA. The fundraiser celebrated the industry’s commitment to end poverty in the greater Boston area. Through uniting the human and financial resources of life science companies and industry leaders, Life Science Cares works hard to fight poverty in the community.

Representing the OneBeacon Technology team were several of our East Region’s staff pictured below, along with President Mary Fisk-Bieker. The group was joined by its partners from Marsh Boston, another Life Science Cares supporter. Kudos to the life sciences community for coming together to help end local poverty!

From left to right, Mike Campbell, Peter Pedro (Marsh), Teodor Dhami, Kathleen Gonzales, Ted Fitzgerald (MMA, LLC), Ty Howe (Marsh), Roger Loftis.

Cornhole for a Cause

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition, especially when the games are easy and the cause is worthy. That’s exactly what motivated our southern California IMU and OneBeacon Technology colleagues on Tuesday, May 9. The group formed four teams to compete at the third annual Bolton “Throw Down” charitable event. Bolton & Company is a key partner to these business units and their Foundation organized and hosted this industry-wide cornhole fundraiser at the historic Rose Bowl.

All in, there were 120 teams and the event raised $110,000 for various California nonprofits supported by the Bolton Foundation. Kudos to our own cornhole champions and their industry friends for supporting their local community nonprofits!

Team OneBeacon participants included:  OneBeacon Technology’s Elizabeth Marazzo, Pam Pearson, Beth Lopez, Tisha Nandwana, Michelle Stream and Todd Sorenson, and IMU’s Larry Rasmussen and Joel Buffa.

Team OneBeacon is all smiles after a day of friendly competition!


Stroll and Roll

Most of us are curious about movie-making, so an opportunity to take a “behind the scenes” walk through a major film studio sounds exciting! Recently, several members of our southern California team were able to participate in such an experience, while raising money for a wonderful cause. The annual “Stroll and Roll” fundraiser benefiting Ability First took participants on a great walk through the hills and back lots of Universal Studios. Representing team OneBeacon Technology were Maria De La Torre and Michelle Stream, joined by friends and family. The team collected over $3,000 in donations, with Maria setting the pace as top fundraiser, with over $1,000 in contributions!

Way to stroll, team!


Congratulations team! Maria De La Torre is pictured in the center wearing the dark sweater, with teammate Michelle Stream in the white cap to her right.

Animal Lovers Dance the Night Away!

Below is a guest blog post authored by OneBeacon’s Kristin Chisholm

On March 25th I hosted a sock hop at the Avon (Massachusetts) VFW to raise money for an organization I am involved with – the Animal Rescue League of Boston (“ARL”).  About 60 people came to the event including current and former OneBeacon employees.  Many guests came dressed in their 50s finest. We had oldies music for dancing, refreshments and some really great raffle prizes, and ultimately raised over $4,000 for the ARL. I am calling it a success!

I look forward to hosting future events and appreciate that the OneBeacon Charitable Trust is willing to help employees with their philanthropic endeavors.

Below are a few photos from the event.

A photo of me with OneBeacon’s Kathy Dahlstrom.

Shaving for a Cure

Guest post by OneBeacon Government Risks’ Brian Latimer

Once again, my San Antonio colleague Christina Phelan, along with her husband, Dave, and son, Aidan, and I were proud to participate in the annual St. Baldrick’s Shave For A Cure.  While this was my third year to participate, Dave and Aidan marked this up as year number 4!

While representing Team DylanStrong, our team of 8 was able to raise over $8,500 for the cause, including another very generous contribution from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.  The team was formed to help garner support and recognition in honor of 11-year old Dylan Vega (soccer-mate of Aidan’s) who is thankfully in remission from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (In the group photo Dylan is the one WITH hair!)  Overall, this San Antonio event will be very close to hitting it’s $100,001 goal and will help St. Baldrick’s hit over $30,000,000 nationally – all of which is dedicated to funding research for a cure for juvenile cancer, which sadly is one of the most underfunded of all cancer research.

Thanks to generous donors, volunteers and organizations like OneBeacon, St. Baldrick’s can continue to fight for our kids!


Pictured far left is OneBeacon’s Brian Latimer with his Dylan Strong teammates

Christina Phelan and Brian Latimer happy to present the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donation.

Helping Turn Kids Luck Around

Guest Post by  Brian Latimer, OneBeacon Government Risks

Lisa Marsalis and I had the distinct honor of visiting the Clarity Child Guidance Center in San Antonio, Texas and spending some time with Rebecca Helterbrand, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Resource Development and Jessica Kelley, Development Assistant. Rebecca described the culture, history and mission of Clarity and we were pleased to be able to present a contribution from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. In return, Lisa and I were humbled to each receive a pinwheel featuring the art of their residents.  At Clarity, the pinwheel signifies that this is the place where kids can “turn their luck around.” Clarity adopted the pinwheel to represent childhood, the innocence of the patients they treat, and of the recovered freedom they wish for their children. As we walked through the campus, we noted an uplifting pinwheel theme.

OneBeacon Government Risks has partnered with Clarity for several years to help bring assistance to children ages 3-17 who are experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties. Through the use of three campuses, Clarity is able to provide dedicated care to children consisting of outpatient care, acute/emergency care and 24-hour on-campus treatment. In addition, Clarity has partnered with the Northside Independent School District so that their patients can keep up with their school work and help maintain a feeling of “normalcy”. Clarity also partners with The University of Texas Health Science Center for educational and research purposes.

All of this great work is done as a nonprofit organization and no child or family is turned away for financial reasons.

Pictured (l to r): Clarity’s Rebecca Helterbrand and OneBeacon’s Brian Latimer and Lisa Marsalis

2017 College Scholarship Applications Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that we are once again awarding college scholarships for the upcoming academic year funded through OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. Eligibility for eight of these $2,000 awards is exclusively available to the agencies, brokers and wholesalers doing business with OneBeacon.

Applying is easy – just complete the online application
 by April 15.

Final decisions will be announced in early June. The program is funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust and administered by Scholarship Management Services.  Please refer any questions to them at 507.931.1682.

On behalf of everyone at OneBeacon, congratulations to the Class of 2017!


A Soup-er Food Drive for the Big Game

For the second year in a row, the Farmington office held a non-perishable food drive in conjunction with the Super Bowl. During the week leading up to the game, two boxes were placed in the lunchroom. One had the New England Patriots logo, and the other had the Atlanta Falcons logo. Employees were asked to bring in canned/nonperishable food items and place them in the box of the team they thought would win the Big Game. Even though the Falcons lost the game in the fourth quarter, they won this contest. They had nearly twice as much food than the Patriots! All donations will go to Foodshare, which provides food for organizations in the greater Hartford, CT area.

A collection of nonperishable food items collected by the Farmington office.

A Look Back: 2016 Community Giving

The totals are in! Last year, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donated to 126 nonprofits in support of our employees and producers partners. We also sponsored 4 insurance education programs and matched 28 gifts our employees made to schools.

We’re proud of the generous spirit continually demonstrated by members of our community and glad to be in a position to reinforce their efforts through Trust sponsorship.

The complete list of the organizations and schools we supported in 2016 is noted below. (FYI – the numbers in parentheses flag those nonprofits with multiple donations.)


A.L.S. Family Charitable Foundation
Ability First (2)
Aidan’s Heart Foundation
AIDS Action Committee
Alzheimer’s Association (2)
American Lung Association
America Scores Boston
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Legion Post #225
American Liver Foundation
Annapolis Area Ministries Inc.
ASU Foundation (2)
Ataxia Foundation
Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts
Barney & Barney Foundation (2)
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boomer Esiason Foundation
Boston Children’s Hospital Trust (2)
Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
Boys Hope Girls Hope of IL
Brent’s Place
Casa of Cook County
Cavalry Children’s Home
Charity Cycling Challenge (2)
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Children’s of Minnesota
Christopher Maki Memorial Foundation
CHUM Therapeutic Riding
Clarity Child Guidance Center
Coats of Kindness
College Possible
Create Inspiring Youth
Cri Du Chat Research Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dorothy Day Center
Eagle Hill Foundation of Massachusetts
East LA Women’s Shelter
Ellie Fund
Eyes Like Mine
Family Promise Organization
Feed My Starving Children
Feeding America
Feeding America Southwest Virginia
First Step Back Home
Food Share
Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne
Free to Breathe
Georgia State University Risk Management Foundation
Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
Granara-Skerry Trust (2)
Grants Ginormous Gift Foundation
Habitat for Humanities of NYC
Heffernan Foundation
Home for Little Wanderers
Hopkins Westwind Concert Band
i4th Robotics 4-H Club
IMA Foundation
In2Vision Supported Employment Programs
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (6)
Interfaith Food Pantry
International Justice Mission
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (2)
Kids in Crisis
LaSalle College High School
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lilliput Children’s Services
Local Office On Aging
Lydia’s House
Make a Wish Foundation of Colorado
March of Dimes
Massachusetts General Hospital
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Mountain Shadows Foundation
My Sisters Place
National Brain Tumor Society
National MS of Greater New England
National MS Society (2)
North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center
Northern Voices
Order of Malta-Wester Association
Park Square Theatre
Part of the Solution
Pasadena Community Foundation
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Personal Best Charity (2)
Piers Park Sailing Center
Pine Street Inn
Pink Ribbon Softball
PLUS Foundation
Podz Memorial Foundation
Prepare & Prosper
Reach out and Read Minnesota
San Diego Zoo
San Francisco Food Bank
Science Museum of Minnesota
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Society of St. Vincent De Paul
South Foryth High School Band Boosters
Special Olympics Maryland
St. Baldrick’s Foundation (6)
St. Columbia Episcopal Youth Group (2)
St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (3)
St. Mary’s Food Bank
Steck PTA Chapter of IL
Susan G. Komen (2)
Teach for America
The Actuarial Foundation (2)
The ALS Foundation
The Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective
The Magic of Life, LLC
The Willis Foundation (2)
The Women’s Lunch Place
Toys for Tots
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
University  of St. Thomas (2)
University  of St. Thomas Actuarial Department
University of Colorado Foundation
Wang YMCA of Chinatown
Worcester County Motorcyclists Survivors
World Vision
Wounded Warrior Project
Yoga Reaches Out (2)
Matching Gifts to Schools
Bentley University
Bishop Feehan High School
College of St. Francis Xavier
Eastern Connecticut State University
Georgetown University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hollins University
Malden Catholic High School
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
North Height Christian Academy (2)
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
Saint Michael’s College
St. Olaf College
St. Patrick – St. Vincent High School
St. Peter’s Prep (2)
The Epiphany School Foundation
Trinity Catholic High School
Trinity College
Tufts University
University of Rhode Island
University of Virginia (2)
Washington and Lee University
Waynesburg University (2)
Webb Institute