Plymouth Helps Feed Needy Kids

Last week, over 50 of our Plymouth teammates spent Tuesday afternoon volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in nearby Chanhassen, MN.  Founded in 1987, this 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 two-hour shift, the group packed food for shipment to needy children in Nicaragua. In total, 129 boxes of food, or 27,864 meals, which is enough to feed 76 children for a full year was packed! They also presented a $2,500 donation on behalf of the group funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.  Way to Go team Plymouth!

Our Plymouth, MN volunteers supporting Feed My Starving Children.

Our Plymouth, MN volunteers supporting Feed My Starving Children.

 

Leaning In for a Cause

On May 20, members of our Technology Insurance team were proud to attend the East Los Angeles Women’s Center’s 40th Anniversary Awards Celebration. They joined 400+ attendees to honor and celebrate those that have ensured a safe haven for abused women. The East LA Women’s Center also provides women and their families with access to health services and social support, with an emphasis on the local Latino community.

For the past several years, our West Coast Technology team has joined with other industry colleagues to support this nonprofit.  The OneBeacon Charitable Trust has also been proud to sponsor the Center. With advocates like OneBeacon’s Beth Lopez, Maria De La Torre, Elizabeth Marazzo, Michelle Stream and Ana Ochoa, we are confident the Center will continue to succeed at empowering their less-fortunate neighbors during their times of need.EastLA

Canton Rallies for Industry Charity

For the third consecutive year, members of our Canton office held a fundraiser raffle event to benefit the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF). Participants entered for a chance to win creatively themed gift baskets displayed in the atrium of their office.

In total the event raised over $1,500 in ticket sales. And with a full donation match from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, we are donating a grand total of $3,000 to the IICF!

In the three years they’ve hosted this event, the Canton office (along with support from our Charitable Trust) has raised over $10,000 for the IICF! We are pleased to support this nonprofit, which coordinates our industry’s efforts to give back through volunteering efforts and grants.

Manning the ticket booth (l to r): Claims' Lucy Yundt, Recruiting's Amanda Wall and Operations' Lisa Antrim

Manning the ticket booth (l to r): Claims’ Lucy Yundt, Recruiting’s Amanda Wall and Operations’ Lisa Antrim

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.