OneBeacon Community Spreads Holiday Cheer

In the spirit of the holiday season, the OneBeacon community teamed up to give back to those in need. From Minnesota to Connecticut, our employees displayed support for those nonprofits that matter most to our communities. Here’s a look at some of the meaningful causes we supported during this special time of year.

Toys for Tots: Both our Canton, Mass. and Plymouth, Minn. teams collected gifts for less fortunate children through the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots Drive.

(Above) Plymouth collected 170 toys and $250, which was augmented by a $3,000 donation from our Charitable Trust. They presented the check on a local TV station.

(Above) The Canton office collected over 220 toys.

The Village for Families and Children: Farmington, Conn. employees collected, wrapped and delivered several car loads of gifts to The Village for Families and Children, a nonprofit that provides housing for at-risk children and families in the Greater Hartford region.

(l to r) Covenant to Care’s Pat Mackenzie-Clampson teamed up to coordinate the drive with OneBeacon’s Nikkole Nelson. At right, The Village collection room.

Pine Street Inn: Our Boston, Mass.-based employees volunteer at this urban homeless shelter throughout the year. Before their final volunteer event in December, OneBeacon Healthcare’s Susan Angelo organized an office-wide donation drive for items to benefit those transitioning into new housing.

Boston volunteers prepared to deliver plentiful gift baskets.

Feeding America Southwest Virginia: Our Salem, Va. team held a donation drive to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia. They collected 279 pounds of non-perishable items and $515, which will be used to fight hunger in their community. Our Charitable Trust supported their efforts with a $3,000 donation.

OneBeacon’s Jeff Greene presented the donation check to Feeding America’s Amy Morgan.

(l to r) Feeding America’s Amy Morgan accepted the donation check from OneBeacon’s Jeff Greene.

Coats of Kindness: Our Plymouth, Minn. office piled up around 150 items of winter clothing to outfit those in need. And with the help of our Charitable Trust, they donated $3,100 to this nonprofit.

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Californians for a Cause

Earlier this month, our International Marine Underwriters (“IMU”) and OneBeacon Technology Insurance teams from southern California were out on the golf course in support of key agency Barney &Barney’s charitable efforts. The agency’s Orange, Cal. location initiated a golf tournament in 2012 to support the local children’s hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. By partnering with their carriers and others in the local community, the Barney & Barney Foundation has raised over $200,000 to make a profound difference in the lives of hundreds of babies and their families.

Through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, our area colleagues have been sponsors of this event since its inception. This year, we sponsored the event’s beverage cart. Pictured below are Beth Lopez and Michelle Stream from OneBeacon Technology, who joined with IMU’s Larry Rasmussen on event day, both as supporters and competitors.

Kudos to Barney & Barney for their support of the Orange County Children’s Hospital –and for team OneBeacon for showing their support!

 

OBTI's Beth Lopez and Michelle Stream help out at the sponsorship table.

OBTI’s Beth Lopez and Michelle Stream help out at the sponsorship table.

 

 

Networking for a Cause

Most of us are familiar with the importance of professional networking. But back in 2009, a group of New England insurance women felt they could use their industry connections to support those in need. They decided to host a golf outing to support a local charity, an event that laid the foundation for Women in Insurance in New England, or W.I.N.E.

The group now boasts hundreds of area supporters including IMU’s Meredith Atwood and OneBeacon Technology’s Kathleen Gonzales, who have participated for several years. The showcase fundraiser is the fall “Nine and W.I.N.E.” where a friendly nine holes of golf are played, followed by a group dinner featuring a plentiful raffle to raise additional funds. As well, all participants are encouraged to bring supplies that will be donated to the group’s beneficiary, The Women’s Lunch Place (WLP) located in Boston. WLP provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food and support services for women experiencing homelessness or poverty.

Over the years, the group has raised over $100,000 for the WLP, including support from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. We applaud Meredith and Kathleen’s commitment to this cause and for joining with industry colleagues to support those in need. Now that’s networking!

Pictured (l to r): Yin Luu and Janice Clifford from Arthur J. Gallaher; OneBeacon’s Kathleen Gonzales; Jennifer McRae and Maureen Higgins also from Gallagher; Jinal Patel from OneBeacon Technology; and Sarah Sullivan from Sullivan Insurance.

Pictured left to right: Ann Butterworth from Arch Re, IMU's Meredith Atwood; and Rebecca Parslow  with FM Global.

Pictured (l to r): Ann Butterworth from Arch Re, IMU’s Meredith Atwood and Rebecca Parslow with FM Global.

 

 

 

Raffle items were a great fundraising feature.

Raffle items were a great fundraising feature.

A view of some of the supplies generously donated by event participants.

A view of some of the supplies generously donated by event participants.

#WhyOneBeacon Video: Our Culture of Giving

At OneBeacon, our employees often give back to the communities where they live and work. Whether it’s through their dedicated volunteer efforts or generous financial contributions, members of OneBeacon support a broad range of charities across the country.

Recently, our Boston team volunteered at the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter, and participated in a fundraising event held by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF). Both of these events are highlighted in our #WhyOneBeacon video, which offers insight about the ways we give back, why it matters and how the OneBeacon Charitable Trust offers additional support.

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Always an All-Star

Three years ago, the unthinkable happened to Healthcare Group’s Susan Angelo, when her brother Rich passed away while competing in the U.S. Triathlon Nationals. The family was determined never to forget his passion for athletic competition, and ultimately decided to honor his memory by establishing an athletic college scholarship for students graduating from his alma mater, Malden (Mass.) high school. To fund the scholarship, his namesake foundation hosts a 5k road race each fall. 2015 marked the fourth Rich Angelo memorial road race – the “R11A” – and an unseasonably warm November day greeted the 225 runners. Participants included local politicians, high schoolers and troops honoring Rich’s U.S. army service.

Said Susan, “We grew up in Malden, where my brother was a star high-school athlete. It’s been gratifying to help current Malden High students realize their college dreams with these scholarships. In just three years we have already awarded seven scholarships totaling $13,000.”

The Trust has been very pleased to support Susan and her family’s efforts – and congratulates all the deserving winners of the Rich Angelo scholarship.

Pictured below: Susan’s mother, Florence Angelo, and Gary Christenson, mayor of Malden.

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Local troops who served in Afghanistan together ran the race “ruck march” style.

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OneBeacon Design Professionals Help Out In Hartford

Members of the OneBeacon Design Professionals team spent time volunteering in Hartford recently.  Brett Fowler, Brooke Beeman and Alex Chambers worked on building an accessible ramp to the Plimpton House homeless shelter in Hartford.  Plimpton House is part of the South Park Inn transitional living facility.  The Inn provides education, job training, mental health or substance abuse treatment to residents, which increases their skills and their ability to earn income.  Plimpton House offers those with severe limitations and who need ongoing support a permanent housing option.

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Our Week of Giving- 2015

Last week, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) sponsored its annual “Week of Giving,” an eight-day, industry-wide volunteer event where insurance industry professionals dedicate their time to local neighborhood and community nonprofit organizations. We are pleased to report that several teams of OneBeacon employees participated, including those from the Boston and Canton, Massachusetts offices.

In the Kitchen
The Boston office combined its long-standing tradition of volunteering once a quarter at the Pine Street Inn, a city emergency homeless shelter, with this year’s Week of Giving. Over the span of two days, teams of employees spent their morning in the shelter’s kitchen, chopping vegetables and preparing and serving lunch sandwiches to the community.


For the Kids
Employees from our Canton office teamed up with Junior Achievement of Northern New England to dedicate their time at Nash Primary School in Weymouth, MA. There they joined other industry professionals in teaching students of various grade levels, helping with class projects and arts and crafts.

Teaming Up for IICF’s Ping-Pong Tournament

Recently a team from our Boston office joined industry colleagues at a charity ping-pong tournament held in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Hosted by the Northeast chapter of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), the event raised funds for charities in the Boston community.

Sponsored by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, our team supported the IICF through both their volunteer efforts and table-tennis skills. Despite their best attempt (and even after hosting lunchtime practice sessions in a conference room!), our team did not take home the trophy. However, they did have time to enjoy mingling with coworkers and fellow community givers alike.

Rallying for those in need with others in our industry – especially while participating in a friendly competition– made for a truly memorable evening!

OneBeacon’s team included Ye Pan, Russ Bond, Carmen Duarte, Nick DiStefano, Kham Syvilay, Emma Li, Ya Zhang, Julianne Grillo and Todd Lehmann

OneBeacon’s team included Ye Pan, Russ Bond, Carmen Duarte, Nick DiStefano, Kham Syvilay, Emma Li, Ya Zhang, Julianne Grillo and Todd Lehmann

Autism Speaks and OneBeacon Surety Listened

OneBeacon Surety Group recently showed its support for its partners at The Hyde Agency as a sponsor of the Autism Speaks Fall Classic. One of Hyde’s three partners co-chaired this annual fundraiser hosted at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ, home of the 2016 PGA Championship.

Today, one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism and these numbers keep growing. Treatment is generally time-intensive and expensive, costing a family an average of $65,000 a year. The tournament’s fundraising enables Autism Speaks to help children and families affected by autism defray some of their treatment expenses.

John Guglielmo joined with other industry friends at the tournament, which included a sponsorship through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. The photo below showcases our support on the 15th hole of Baltusrol’s Upper Course.

According to John, ”Last year they raised $500k and the turnout this year was far better.” We look forward to hearing the tally soon, and are glad to support a great cause on behalf of our producer partners and OneBeacon Surety.

 

OneBeacon's sponsorship on display on the 18th hole.
OneBeacon’s sponsorship on display on the 15th hole.

Top Chefs

Community giving is as much about volunteering time as offering financial support. All across our company, we see examples of individual and team volunteering efforts, which reinforces OneBeacon’s style of always “doing the right thing.” Our Boston team was the most recent group to offer time for a great cause. Spearheaded by Healthcare Group’s Susan Angelo, six teammates spent a morning on kitchen duty at the Pine Street Inn. This nearly 50-year old organization is New England’s leading provider of housing, shelter, street outreach and job training to homeless men and women. Susan has organized quarterly volunteer mornings for several years. Now with an expanded Boston presence, the team looks forward to continuing this wonderful custom to help those in need. In fact, roughly half the office will return to the Pine Street Inn next month during the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s “Week of Giving.”

Personally, I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my teammates chopping vegetables and prepping meals for those in need. Kudos to Susan for initiating this custom; we all look forward to returning to Pine Street Inn soon!

(l to r) Wendi Boyden, Susan Angelo, Nick DiStefano, Laura Williams, Carmen Duarte and Emma Li

(l to r) Wendi Boyden, Susan Angelo, Nick DiStefano, Laura Williams, Carmen Duarte and Emma Li

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