A Perfect Round for California Charity

Our partners from Barney & Barney recently hosted their sixth annual Orange County Golf Classic! With the help of OneBeacon and many other sponsors, the Barney & Barney Foundation awarded $75,000 in grants to three local non-profits: Laura’s House in Orange County, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and St. Anne’s in Los Angeles.

Members of our West Coast-based Technology and International Marine Underwriters (IMU) teams were in attendance, as they volunteered throughout the event. And funded through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, OneBeacon was a lunchtime sponsor which helped bring an In-N-Out Burger truck to the course (yum)!

Our Anaheim office always enjoys coming out to the course and hitting the links to support the Foundation. Check out some of the photos below from the fun-filled day!

Spreading Holiday Cheer in Connecticut

As part of this year’s holiday donations funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, our Farmington, CT office donated $2,500 to Foodshare, a Connecticut-based food bank with a vision to increase the amount of food available, while connecting people with resources aimed at improving their quality of life. Our teammates in the Farmington office have worked closely with this organization this year, so the group was thrilled to give back this holiday season!

OBIG’s Vanessa DiVita handing the check to Foodshare’s Steve Hurlburt, CEO Director of Finance and Administration.

‘Tis the Season

From all of us at OneBeacon, we’re wishing all a safe and happy holiday! This time of year is all about giving back and spreading joy. In recognition, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donated $50,000 to nonprofits important to our employees this holiday season.

Spreading Joy to Children in Need

Our Plymouth office held its third annual Toys for Tots drive this holiday season! Overall, they collected 140 toys to donate to local children in need, along with a donation from OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. Our colleagues were even featured on the local news live broadcast, where they brought the collected toys and proceeds! See some photos below of the group and the donated toys.

For the fourth year in a row, the Farmington office supported a gift drive for Covenant to Care. This organization supports Connecticut children who come from very difficult situations of neglect, poverty or abuse. The organization provides gift tags with the child’s name, age and gift wish. Employees always look forward to picking out and wrapping personalized gifts for the children. The office sponsored 29 children.

Additionally, our Canton team also held a Toys for Tots drive! They collected 109 toys, bringing a total of 278 donated toys from our OneBeacon team. Great job, Plymouth, Farmington and Canton! You’ll have many kids smiling this holiday season.

Pictured above: Andrew Deutsch, Cathy Hajicek, Naomi Dearing, John Treacy, Mandaly LaMere, Stephanie Carlson, Stephanie Moseley-Cummings, Kathryn Lindley (and her son Edward) and Teresa Bartholomew.

Plymouth’s toys

Canton’s toys

Farmington’s toys

San Antonio Thinks Pink!

In October, members of our San Antonio Government Risks’ team got festive for Breast Cancer Awareness month! The group held a month-long fundraiser supporting Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving and Sharing (WINGS), a local charity that assists breast cancer patients to bridge the financial gap between the diagnosis and treatment. WINGS offers lifetime comprehensive breast health care services to women in Central and South Texas.

To help raise money, the group got creative and came up with some fun ideas on how to fundraise. They had an office snack bar, offered dress down Thursdays that allowed people to dress casual if they donated to the fund, offered prime executive parking spots to be sold off for $1 per day and sold homemade Frito pies! In addition, the office was decked out in all pink to build awareness all month long.

Kudos to you all for supporting this wonderful cause!

Salem’s Charitable Campaign

In the last few months, many have experienced catastrophic disasters leaving devastating loss.  Through employee participation and donations, our Salem office hosted multiple fundraising events to help victims rebuild. Not only did employees feel good about contributing to a worthy cause, but they had a fun with their charitable efforts!

To kick it off, the office held a bake sale where employees donated a variety of baked goods for purchase. Additionally, they held a 50/50 raffle and raffled off a fall basket containing mums, candy, seasonal knickknacks and gift cards donated by employees. Jan Newey was the lucky winner! Throughout the series of events, the different departments in the office held a loose change contest. Whichever team collected the most change won—IT vs. Operations, Data Management and Enterprise Underwriting. Operations, Data Management and Enterprise Underwriting was the winning team! To wrap up their charitable efforts, the group held a silent auction of baked goods.

Overall, the group raised $2,228.35 for the Red Cross Relief Fund. Great job Salem!

A Hole in One for Charity

In support of our producer partner Barney & Barney, several members from our International Marine Underwriters and Specialty Property teams participated in the 6th Annual Bay Area Barney & Barney Foundation Golf Tournament in Orinda, CA on October 30. With support from the Charitable Trust, OneBeacon was pleased to be a luncheon sponsor for this year’s event.

The Barney & Barney Foundation was able to raise and donate $25,000 to YES Nature to Neighborhoods which grants youth and family access to outdoor activities. In addition, another $50,000 was donated to George Mark Children’s House, a transitional care facility for children who no longer need to be hospitalized but cannot yet be cared for at home.

Although our team didn’t win the tournament, we had a great time on the course supporting an excellent cause!

From left to right: Jim Heitkemper (Specialty Property), Melissa Belgrave (IMU Inland) & Brett Eckert (IMU Ocean)

From left to right: Jim Heitkemper (Specialty Property), Brett Buchanan (Marsh & McLennan) & Brett Eckert (IMU Ocean Marine)

Chop chop, Boston!

During the week of October 14, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) held its annual Week of Giving, an industry-wide volunteer initiative where insurance professionals come together to service their communities and neighborhoods by volunteering. Each fall, OneBeacon always looks forward to participating in IICF’s week-long event.

To celebrate this charitable week, members of our Boston office volunteered in the kitchen at the Pine Street Inn. Pine Street Inn is a local homeless shelter that provides services to support those in need. OneBeacon has always been a big supporter of Pine Street Inn, as we try to volunteer multiple times a year and donate through way of our Charitable Trust.

The group began their morning by chopping, cutting, peeling and dicing. Who needs coffee when you have the scent of onions to wake you up! They chopped nothing but onions this time around, but the chefs told them it was the most important task in the kitchen—onions are the base for almost every meal!

The group had a great time. They helped prep meals for over 2,000 people in need throughout the city of Boston and its surrounding communities. Way to go!


Pictured left to right: Holly High, Sasha Aronson, Linda Parks, Jane Crapo & Meredith Paton

Canton’s Winter Warmth Drive

Earlier this month, our Canton office held a Winter Warmth Drive where employees donated various winter clothing items. Much needed items included: coats, sweaters, gloves, neck warmers, scarves, hats, socks, etc. The drive ran through One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization that works to provide a warm coat to any person in need, while all the proceeds went to Bay Cove Human Services in Boston.

Canton’s results were outstanding! They collected a total of 133 items:

  • 36 winter coats
  • 55 lightweight coats (fleece, sweatshirts, sweaters)
  • 19 pairs of heavy socks
  • 17 scarves
  • 5 pairs of gloves/mittens
  • 1 comforter

A job well done, Canton!

All of the donated items!

Loading up the truck!