The Sun, The Moon and The Kids

On Monday, August 21st, people all over North America gathered outside to experience the celestial event of the solar eclipse. This was the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States in 38 years.  Our Georgia-based Technology team spent the historic moment volunteering at a local elementary school helping local students enjoy the experience.

As you can see, the kids were well-prepared with their protective sunglasses!  Our volunteers also live-streamed Oregon’s view of the eclipse, which was one of the best places to see the eclipse live. The kids asked many questions, wondering if it “will it mess up the iPhones?” and “will it buzz?” Kudos to our Technology colleagues for their community-spirit! (And we hope you were able to see the eclipse locally as well!)

Another Successful Salem Relay

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky on May 13th as our Salem office participated in its 14th Relay for Life event! Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path for 24 hours to show support for cancer patients.

To help raise money this year for Relay for Life of Salem, the team held yard sales, a paint night, received generous donations from the Salem staff and raffled off a wine basket from the Kegs and Barrels Wine and Craft Beer Festival. Sponsored by OneBeacon, the Kegs and Barrels Wine and Craft Beer Festival was held earlier this month, and brought in $405 for Relay for Life.

All of Salem’s fundraising efforts for Relay for Life amounted to a grand total of $7,558, including a contribution from OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. A job well done to the Salem Relay team and everyone who contributed for this amazing cause!

Peanut Butter & Charity Sandwiches

For the third year in a row, our Salem, VA office participated in the Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s (FASWVA) 4th annual “Peanut Butter from Heaven” food drive. FASWVA specifically collects peanut butter because of its versatility and nutritional benefit.  The Salem office hoped to slightly exceed its donation from last year, but they far surpassed it! They actually increased their donation by 158 jars over 2016, donating a total of 430 jars! In addition to employees donating peanut butter, the office also hosted a successful bake sale allowing them to purchase even more jars for this worthy cause.

Since participating in this food drive, the Salem office has donated 919 jars of peanut butter. Great job team!


2017 OneBeacon Scholarship Winners Announced

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 14th annual college scholarship program! Eight of these $2,000 scholarships were awarded to our employees’ children, and eight to our producers’ children.

Winners were selected based on criteria including their academic performance, leadership roles and participation in school and community activities. The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a nonprofit scholarship program administrator, and funded by our Charitable Trust.

Congratulations to our 2017 winners:

Scholarship Recipient Company (Parent’s Employer) College Attending
Nathan Bosch Hays Companies of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ryan Coulter OneBeacon Insurance University of Massachusetts Amherst
Katherine Dane Dubraski & Associates University of California, Berkeley
Kelsie Dwyer OneBeacon Insurance Springfield College (Massachusetts)
Megan Geelan OneBeacon Insurance St. Olaf College (Minnesota)
Timothy Gong OneBeacon Insurance University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kahlia Gonzales OneBeacon Insurance University of Vermont
Trevor Goodwin RPS ISG International Christopher Newport University (Virginia)
Jordan Henderson Harmon, Dennis and Bradshaw Mississippi State University
Ryland Lillibridge Dubraski & Associates University of Maryland, College Park
Garrett Mccullum Marsh & McLennan Agency Baylor University
Alaina Sanders Marsh & McLennan Agency Kettering College (Ohio)
Thomas Sauer OneBeacon Insurance St. Mary’s University (Texas)
Jordan Stream OneBeacon Insurance New York University
Dustin Van Kirk OneBeacon Insurance Rochester Institute of Technology
Matthew Willis Moreman Moore & Co. University of Arkansas


Just Keep Running, Plymouth!

It was all smiles on a rainy and chilly May morning in Plymouth, MN! Despite the weather, a OneBeacon team participated in the annual Autism 5K at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis last month. No matter speed or ability, anyone could participate in this motivational charity event to benefit Children with Autism Deserve Education (C.A.D.E.), a volunteer run non-profit supplying grants to local families and research.

OneBeacon was a sponsor of the event by way of a generous donation through the Charitable Trust. As you can see in the photos below, the team had a great time! Some OneBeacon team members brought their family to join in on this inspirational cause. With an average of over 1,500 participants, the proceeds of this 5K helped many families in need.

Canton Gets Creative For Charity

Another year, another successful fundraiser basket raffle at our Canton office! And the baskets keep getting bigger and better. Several departments participated in the event by creating fun and unique gift baskets. This year had 10 gift basket themes: Red Sox tickets, a Tupperware Basket, a Money Tree (yes, a tree filled with money), a Fire Pit Basket, an Auto Basket, a Picnic Basket, a Bird Basket, a Treasure Chest Basket, a Margarita Basket, and Concert Tickets.

The event raised $1,500 in ticket sales, which has been matched through OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. A grand total of $3,000 will be donated to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) this year!  As always, we are thrilled to support this nonprofit. Awesome job team!

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.