Plymouth Team Motivates for Twin Cities in Motion

Authored by: Kayla Clark, Corporate Finance

Last Saturday, 13 of our Plymouth-based employees participated in the Twin Cities in Motion 5K Run/Walk on the State Capitol Grounds in St. Paul, Minn. Despite it being a chilly October morning, all who participated enjoyed themselves and either met or exceeded their personal goals! A portion of each racer’s entry fee benefited Twin Cities in Motion, a nonprofit organization that supports youth and professional athlete initiatives. Congrats to our team for placing 16th out of the 50 teams who participated in the corporate 5K challenge.

Back row (l to r): Andrew Deutsch, John Treacy, Joe Schmitt, Chris Brandt, Chris Jerry. Front row: Cynthia Arends, Stephanie Phan, Karen Braun, Kayla Clark, Annie Ly, Kathryn Lindley and Sarah Schmitz. (Missing from photo: Jessica Parrucci.)

Additionally, Tammy Placzek of our Plymouth-based Financial Services group ran in the Twin Cities in Motion Marathon the following morning. She ran with Team World Vision and raised money to support clean water initiatives in Africa.  Thanks in part to a generous donation from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, Tammy raised enough money to provide clean water for 40 people.  Plus, she finished the marathon in great time!

Table Tennis Team Competes for Charity

Recently, a few of our Boston and Canton, Mass. office members teamed up to participate in the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) ping-pong fundraiser. Held at Blazing Paddles in Boston, this annual event brings together industry professionals to enjoy a night of table tennis and networking. While they didn’t take home the trophy, their competitive efforts were for a good cause. All proceeds from the event are used to fund grants awarded to local nonprofits identified by the IICF. Learn more about the IICF, a charity funded and directed by insurance industry professionals.

(l to r) Operations’ Chris Marini; IMU’s Russ Bond; OneBeacon Surety’s Miguel Ferreira; Actuarial’s Aaron Fong; Catastrophe Modeling’s Bill Andruskevich

Foursomes Join the Fight Against T1D

Sunny Sacramento was recently the host city for a charity golf tournament benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Sponsored by a local marketing agency, this event typically raises over $60,000 from sponsors, donations and auction items, all directed to help fight type 1 diabetes (T1D).

OneBeacon volunteered at the event and also fielded two golfers, who teamed up with their local Wells Fargo partners. The foursome turned in the second lowest score of the tournament — a great result for a great cause that we were happy to support through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

OneBeacon Community Giving

Pictured (l to r): Tyler Van Spanje from OneBeacon’s IMU division, Tim Costello from OneBeacon Technology Insurance, and Vince Juarez and Nick Nelson from Wells Fargo.


Sundae School

Authored by: Laura Kenney, Human Resources

Recently we held a back-to-school supply donation drive at our Plymouth, Minnesota office. From 350 pens to 89 spiral notebooks, we collected an impressive array – and amount – of items to be donated to the Minneapolis school district.


Supplies stacked up for the Minneapolis school district.

In appreciation of employees’ generous contributions, we held an ice cream social at our office. Refreshing treats offered to employees included root beer floats and ice cream sundaes. Many happy helpers were kind enough to volunteer their time to scoop ice cream for others. The fun summer gathering was the “cherry on top” of our successful donation drive.

Pictured scooping ice cream (l to r): Sean Duffy, Chief Claims Executive; Paul Brehm, Chief Risk Officer and Actuary; and Tom Schmitt, Chief Human Resources Officer

Back-to-School Spirit

Our Boston office recently hosted a back-to-school donation drive to benefit The Home for Little Wanderers (“The Home”). We were inspired to organize the activity after representatives from The Home, including Development’s Rick Houpt, visited our office. We learned about how this 200-year-old nonprofit impacts the lives of 7,000 children each year through a network of services such as behavioral health, special education and adoption and foster care.

Together we exceeded our target donation goal and collected over 400 school supplies and 20 gift cards for The Home! It was a great demonstration of community spirit in support of a meaningful local cause.

In his thank-you email, Rick said: “We’re filled with gratitude for your efforts. The supplies will go directly to kids in need, and the gift cards will allow our clinicians to respond to last-minute supply needs as the school year kicks off. On behalf of the kids, we thank EVERYONE at OneBeacon for your generosity and commitment.”

Donations piled inside a spare cube included 15 backpacks, 75 folders, 68 notebooks, 54 glue sticks, 36 marker sets, 31 boxes of crayons, 22 rules, 23 colored pencil sets and much more.

Salem Stacks Peanut Butter to Fight Hunger

Our Salem, Va. team recently held its second annual summertime food drive to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWVA). During FASWVA’s “Peanut Butter from Heaven” initiative, the office teams up to collect jars of peanut butter. This protein-rich, shelf-stable food is then used to feed those in need.

This year they collected 272 jars, an increase of 55 jars compared to last year’s total. Bravo to Salem our teammates for donating 326 pounds – or one hearty portion – of peanut butter!

Taking Care of Our “Best Friends”

Many of us who have pets consider them part of our family, and it can be difficult to see when an animal is unwanted or abused. Recently the Farmington, CT office held a pet supply drive to benefit a local shelter. Generous donations of cat and dog food, gently used blankets and towels, toys and medications were donated to The Little Guild. The Little Guild of Saint Francis for the Welfare of Animals, Inc. is the only no-kill shelter in Northwest Connecticut. Their mission is to save unwanted, abused and neglected cats and dogs; provide medical care and enrichment to make them more adoptable; and, through its pet adoption center, match them with homes where they can thrive. The current facility accommodates 20 dogs and 40 cats at any time. Thanks to the generosity of our employees, the shelter animals will be a little more comfortable until they find their forever home.




Alumni Reunion – In and Out of the Office!

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. boasts a student population representing nearly 60 countries. Well within our Plymouth office you only need to walk down the hall to find UST alumni, who are well-represented in various groups, particularly Finance and Actuarial. However, our colleagues don’t just share an alma mater. This group strongly believes in giving back to their school through occasional internship and mentoring roles at OneBeacon, on-campus networking and education, and supporting UST financially.

Recently, a team participated in the annual alumni golf tournament hosted at the Edinburgh USA golf course in Brooklyn Park, Minn. OneBeacon could be seen both on the course and at the volunteer tables. And the OneBeacon Charitable Trust was there to provide support as well.

Community-minded both regarding where they’ve been and where they are; we like that spirit!

Pictured (l to r): Katelynn Doherty, Ben Markowski, Kevin Kelly, Jeff Bellmont and Josh Boomgaarden.

Pictured (l to r): Katelynn Doherty, Ben Markowski, Kevin Kelly, Jeff Bellmont and Josh Boomgaarden.


Scoring for Charity at Annual Soccer Tournament

Last weekend, Team OneBeacon laced up its cleats to participate in the  SCORES Cup charity soccer tournament held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. This is the third consecutive year we’ve entered a team in the tournament thanks to a generous sponsorship from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

This year’s event drew 40 teams from Boston-area companies and raised over $300,000 for America SCORES Boston. This local nonprofit provides soccer, enrichment and community engagement activities to more than 1,400 inner-city Boston youth.

Although they didn’t take the Cup, the team enjoyed a fun day outside with colleagues and friends. A few OneBeacon employees even showed up to cheer our team on from the stands!

Members of OneBeacon’s IT, Operations and Marketing & Communications groups were part of our team.

Our Charitable Trust logo (center) is displayed among other company sponsors.

Salem Hosts Flea Market Fundraiser

Authored by: Deanna Sowers, Operations

Our Salem, Virginia-based Operations team recently hosted their annual flea market fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS). There were various booths set up and a stream of buyers stopped by throughout the day. Those OneBeacon employees who donated items were able to sell many of them, raising $200 in total for the ACS. The group additionally raised $1,700 for the ACS back in May when they participated in the Relay for Life event.