OneBeacon Attends Miniature Golf Tournament

Last month, members from our Western region IMU, Inland Marine and Specialty Property teams participated in the Norm Jacobi Memorial Miniature Golf Tournament in San Francisco! Hosted by Marsh, a key OneBeacon producer, the tournament was held right at their office. Proceeds from the event went to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. OneBeacon Charitable Trust sponsored a hole, where our teams were able to designate a theme to the hole. OneBeacon’s theme was Candyland!

From left to right: Ben Potter (IMU), Vanessa Cool (Inland Marine), Kim Cochran (Specialty Property) and Marie Meadows (IMU).

OneBeacon Celebrates IICF’s Week of Giving

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Week of Giving was held last week, October 14-21. The IICF unites the collective strengths of the insurance industry in providing grants, volunteer service and leadership in the communities where we live and work. Each year they host the Week of Giving, a week-long, industry wide volunteer initiative during which we bring together insurance professionals for volunteer projects and service with community nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and United Kingdom. OneBeacon offices aim to celebrate each year by getting together with their colleagues to volunteer at local charities.

Members of our Boston office spent the morning at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys and Girls Club, where they painted fences and furniture for their members. Each day, the club sees around 300 children of all ages from the community. The club is committed to helping young people succeed academically, live healthy lifestyles and practice good citizenship.

Canton employees spent their volunteer day a little differently; they built a home in Duxbury, MA with Habitat for Humanity! Communities partner with Habitat for Humanity in the U.S. and internationally in effort to build better lives for families and individuals.

Both groups enjoyed their time with their projects. Check out the photos from the events!

OneBeacon in Motion

It was another successful year for our OneBeacon runners in the Twin Cities in Motion 5k! Having participated year after year, a few members from our Plymouth office ran for Twin Cities in Motion, a nonprofit focusing its resources on creating healthy lifestyles for youth through various exercise events and activities. A portion of each racer’s entry fee, along with a donation from the Trust supported this organization.

The team finished in 5th place out of 21 teams, with a combined time of 2:04.50!

From left to right: Chris Jerry, Mike Kuhnly, Kayla Clark, Brandon Kjelland and Andrew Deutsch.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. And last month, Alice Pourali and Lucy Diluiso of our Canton office participated in this event held at Gillette Stadium. Both ladies walked and donated, alongside friends and family. Lucy has walked for several years now, in honor of her father. We always enjoy seeing community involvement within OneBeacon.

Kudos to you ladies, and a job well done! Check out some of the photos from the event!


OneBeacon’s Builders

Earlier this month, members from our Plymouth office were builders and painters for the day! They helped build a house in North Minneapolis with Habitat for Humanity. Their duties included working both inside and outside. While inside, they primed and painted almost every room, in addition to putting up beams and brackets on the garage roof and front porch roof while outside.

There was outstanding participation from the OneBeacon community. They also had Americore staff assist them with the project, as well as one of the potential homeowners. Alongside the volunteer day, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donated $2,000 to Habitat for Humanity.

Great work team OneBeacon!

Potential homeowners!

First row from left to right: Melissa Newman, Stephanie Mosley-Cummings, Mandaly LaMere, Cathy Hajicek, Shannon Lauby-Wolf and Jake Rath. Second row: Karen Braun, Annie Ly, Jennifer Geelan, Allison Robshaw and Mark Schmidt. Back row: Doug VonBank, Emma Wheeler and Mike.

Salem’s Annual Peanut Butter Drive

The Salem, VA office participated in the Feeding America Southwest Virginia annual peanut butter drive again this year – their 4th year in a row! The team was challenged to meet or slightly exceed their totals from last year, and once again they exceeded their target – this year by 115 jars! The peanut butter bake sale was another resounding success, contributing to the increase in the number of jars team Salem was able to purchase and donate.

The Charitable Trust matched 545 jars at an approximate cost of $2/jar and a $25 donation from various Salem employees. Additionally, per the food bank, this year Kroger Supermarkets is also matching monetary donations dollar for dollar – so the donation will essentially be doubled! Check out the totals from year-over-year below, and a photo of the collected peanut butter!

2015 Number of Jars: 217

2016 Number of Jars: 272

2017 Number of Jars: 430

2018 Number of Jars: 545 (Increase of 115 jars over last year)


2015 Weight Donated: 255 lbs.

2016 Weight Donated: 326 lbs.

2017 Weight Donated: 520 lbs.

2018 Weight Donated: 604 lbs. (Increase of 84 lbs. over last year)

Canton’s Annual Basket Raffle

Last month, Canton held their annual basket raffle fundraiser! They had 13 baskets donated this year by the various departments in the office. Participants were asked to vote on one of three charity organizations for where they’d like the funds to go to. The winning charity was Horizons for Homeless Children, so all proceeds, including a match from the Charitable Trust, will support children and their families in need.

And congratulations to members of the IT Data Services team for donating the basket that collected the most tickets (picnic basket). Their prize was a coffee and donuts party compliments of the Canton Events Committee!

Another successful basket raffle event in the books for the Canton office! And it couldn’t have been done without those who contributed the amazing themed gift baskets.

Check out some photos from the event, and congratulations to all the winners listed below:

Gift Basket Theme

Red Sox Tickets Lisa Antrim
Tupperware Basket Sue Coulter
Day in the Life of OB Employee Betsy LeBlanc
Games N More Dave Jeffery
Picnic Bill Bailey
Back to School Lauri McGuinness
Dunkin and Scratch tickets Peter Rancort
Local Brew Bash Dimitri Kalogerakis
Tailgating Patrice Frazier
Pizza Dough Jen Guthenberg
Night at the Movies Frank Tirrell
Craft Brew Shruta Kadge
Happy Camper Siva

OneBeacon Technology’s Victory Lap

Joined by other members of the insurance and local business community, and funded by the Charitable Trust, OneBeacon Technology’s Edgar Germer participated in the V Foundation’s Victory Lap 5k Fundraiser earlier this month. All proceeds went to the V Foundation, an organization that supports cancer research. This was the foundation’s first annual 5k, and it featured a race in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, a silent auction and a post-race celebration with food, beverages and live music.

Check out the photos below of Edgar and his family taking their victory lap!

Lending a Helping Hand

For the third year, the Plymouth office held their annual Feed My Starving Children volunteer event last week. The organization hand-packs meals specially formulated for malnourished children, which are shipped to their partners around the world including orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs.

During their shift, the group packed food for shipment to children in need in Haiti. In total, the team helped pack 196 boxes or 42,336 meals. Their efforts will feed 116 kids in Haiti for one year. In addition, the group presented a $2,000 donation funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

Once again, Plymouth had a great turn out this year with participation for this event. It’s always great to see teamwork and collaboration, while volunteering for a good cause. Great work Plymouth!

OneBeacon Entertainment Shops for Back to School

Our Overland Park based Entertainment team collected school supplies to donate to The Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City for the upcoming school year. Rose Brooks Center is a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. The center houses about 40 children and is always in need for school supplies.

This fundraiser is an office favorite, as they’ve contributed to this wonderful organization in the past. The office collected a variety of supplies for children of all ages—from infant to high school age.  Once the items were delivered, there was a back to school “shopping” day for the kids to pick out their supplies. The kids were very excited to see everything that was donated!