Stepping Forward to Fight Cancer

For the past 11 years, members of our Salem office have supported the American Cancer Society by participating in its annual Relay for Life event. This early spring fundraising activity is a great way for our teammates to gather for an important cause and support those affected by cancer. As a corporate sponsor of the event, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust is proud to support their efforts.

“Despite some wind and rain, this year’s Relay for Life turned out to be a very successful event,” says IT’s Clarke Grasty, team leader. “We’ve raised $1,700 so far and expect to raise more at our upcoming flea market/yard sale event.”

Hats off to the Salem folks for stepping forward each year to fight cancer!

OneBeacon Puts AbilityFirst!

It can be tricky to juggle both volunteering and participating at an event, but that’s just what OneBeacon Technology’s Elizabeth Marazzo did on a recent Saturday morning. The AbilityFirst Stroll & Roll is a fundraiser hosted on the Universal Studios Backlot where participants can run, walk or ride the course while enjoying visits with studio characters. California-based AbilityFirst provides programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities to help them reach their full potential throughout their lifespan.

OneBeacon was introduced to this event several years ago through key producer Bolton & Company. Our Technology Insurance team on the West Coast has consistently supported this opportunity backed by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. We look forward to hearing if this year’s $800,000 fundraising goal was achieved. Way to give, Elizabeth and team OneBeacon Technology!

2016 event participants stroll through the Universal Studios backlot.

2016 event participants stroll through the Universal Studios backlot.

 

Father-Son Duo Fight Children’s Cancer

OneBeacon Technology’s Eric Rush and his son Nicholas got ready to beat the summer heat by shaving their heads for a cause. For the second consecutive year, the father-son duo participated in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event to support children’s cancer research. Eleven-year-old Nicholas first began participating in the event three years ago, when his friend was diagnosed with leukemia. “Because children with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, this is a way for their supporters to stand proudly bald beside them,” said Eric, an Underwriting Consultant based in Illinois.

With support from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, the pair raised $2,715 for St. Baldrick’s.  In total, the event raised over $15,000 for children’s cancer research.

 OBTI’s Eric Rush and son Nicholas are shown before, during and after they “braved the shave.”

Helping to Cure MS One Step at a Time

Each year the Multiple Sclerosis Society organizes walks around the country to help raise funds and awareness of this hard to diagnose and potentially crippling disease. Called Walk MS, this charity walk series takes place in over 550 locations with more than 330,000 people participating annually.

This year, the Farmington office participated in one of the local walks in West Hartford, CT. It was a crisp but sunny morning as 14 employees and their families gathered to walk 2.5 miles in support of this charitable cause. The team walked in honor of their friends and family members who have been affected by this disease. While employees did some fundraising on their own, the Charitable Trust also contributed to Team OneBeacon, in total raising more than $2,000 for this worthy cause. Check out the photos below of the team and their families!

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Reminder: OneBeacon College Scholarship Applications due April 15!

If you are a OneBeacon producer or employee with a high-school senior at home, consider applying for a college scholarship funded by our Charitable Trust! Simply download the application and program brochure for details. Applications along with a complete transcript must be submitted by April 15 to the following address:

OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Questions should be directed to the program administer, Scholarship Management Services, at 507.931.1682. Final decisions will be announced in early June, with eight $2,000 scholarships awarded to employees’ children and another eight to our producers’ children. Good luck and congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Brackets for Charity

The Farmington office recently held a fundraising event to coordinate with the NCAA March Madness basketball championship. Playoff brackets were distributed to each employee for completion. While a $5.00 donation was encouraged for each bracket entry, it was not required. To make it enticing for all to participate, all the money raised would be donated to a charity, with the person with the best bracket choosing which charity receives the funds.

It worked! There were 71 brackets entered, and over $400 raised. On Monday April 4, Villanova won the championship game at the buzzer, crowning Tony Stephans the winner in the Farmington office. The charity he chose to support is My Sister’s Place. This not-for-profit is 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. The OneBeacon Charitable Trust will match funds raised by Farmington employees.

Tony Stephans is shown in front of the NCAA tournament leaderboard in the Farmington office. Tony had the most successful bracket, and chose to donate funds raised to My Sister's Place.

Tony Stephans is shown in front of the NCAA tournament leaderboard in the Farmington office. Tony had the most successful bracket, and chose to donate funds raised to My Sister’s Place.

 

Shaving for a Cause!

Authored by: Brian Latimer, OneBeacon Government Risks

OBGR’s Christina Phelan, her husband Dave (Team Captain), their son Aidan and I along with 4 friends (including one woman!) represented team Dylan Strong in honor of Dylan Vega (soccer mate and friend of Aidan’s) who is currently battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is thankfully doing well after a recent scare. I also was honored to shave on behalf of IT’s Richard DeHart in remembrance of his cousin Susan, who passed shortly after her 12th birthday. While St. Baldrick’s is still tallying the paper checks, our team raised over $9,000 for our 2016 event!  We had many generous sponsors including family and friends, but especially our OneBeacon family including an amazing $2,000 contribution from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust!!  Our original goal was $5,000, so we totally blew it away this year.

Our event included 17 teams with approximately 125 “shavees” who raised nearly $100,000 locally here in San Antonio!  Numbers are still climbing as there was on-site fundraising, beard selling, silent auction, etc.  Dave and Aidan have participated the last 3 years and this was my 2nd year and we are already looking forward to doing it again in 2017, with the hopes that Christina and my girlfriend, Carol, will shave with us. Dave and Christina’s youngest son Keegan is going to be our moneymaker next year!

St. Baldrick’s tidbits: The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is focused on childhood cancer and funding research for finding a cure.  Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.  In the last 20 years, only three new drugs have been approved that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer and sadly, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research – this is where St. Baldrick’s works to fill that gap.

 

Slopes & Coats to Help Needy Kids

Authored by: Melissa Belgrave, IMU

On February 22, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, along with IMU and broker partners Hull & Company and Rockhill, hosted the first annual Northern California Insurance Professionals Ski Day & Coat Drive, benefiting Lilliput Children’s Services.  It was a beautiful ‘bluebird’ day on the slopes with approximately 32 skiers, with a nice lunch and après ski event.  There was representation from retail brokers, wholesale brokers, MGAs and insurance carriers.

A special thank you to Tyler Van Spanje of IMU and Jeff Case of Hull & Company for their direction and leadership planning the event, Melissa Belgrave of IMU for hosting check in, and to Myra from Ad Plus/Dysl for the great banner and promotional materials.

We raised $1,800 for Lilliput Children’s Services, with a special thank you to the One Beacon Charitable Trust and MJ Hall & Company, and an additional 20 new coats for their foster children!

Lilliput Children’s Services is a local Northern California nonprofit specializing in foster care, adoptions, counseling and training.  They are among the few child welfare agencies in California to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation and have been named one of the Best Places to Work by the Sacramento Business Journal.  More information on Lilliput can be found at www.lilliput.org.

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Representatives from Lilliput Children’s Services along with IMU’s Tyler Van Spanje (third from left) receiving their coats and donations.

2016 College Scholarship Applications Available!

We’re excited to announce that we are once again awarding 16 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year funded through our Charitable Trust. Graduating high-school seniors who are children of our employees or producers are eligible to receive a one-time, $2,000 award. Applying is easy – simply download the application and review the program brochure!

Completed materials, including a transcript, must be submitted and postmarked no later than April 15. Materials should be mailed to the following address, and questions should be directed to the program administer, Scholarship Management Services, at 507.931.1682.

OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Recipients will be announced in early June, and the awards will apply toward the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Good luck and congratulations to the Class of 2016!