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.

 

Shaving for a Cause!

Authored by: Brian Latimer, OneBeacon Government Risks

OBGR’s Christina Phelan, her husband Dave (Team Captain), their son Aidan and I along with 4 friends (including one woman!) represented team Dylan Strong in honor of Dylan Vega (soccer mate and friend of Aidan’s) who is currently battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is thankfully doing well after a recent scare. I also was honored to shave on behalf of IT’s Richard DeHart in remembrance of his cousin Susan, who passed shortly after her 12th birthday. While St. Baldrick’s is still tallying the paper checks, our team raised over $9,000 for our 2016 event!  We had many generous sponsors including family and friends, but especially our OneBeacon family including an amazing $2,000 contribution from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust!!  Our original goal was $5,000, so we totally blew it away this year.

Our event included 17 teams with approximately 125 “shavees” who raised nearly $100,000 locally here in San Antonio!  Numbers are still climbing as there was on-site fundraising, beard selling, silent auction, etc.  Dave and Aidan have participated the last 3 years and this was my 2nd year and we are already looking forward to doing it again in 2017, with the hopes that Christina and my girlfriend, Carol, will shave with us. Dave and Christina’s youngest son Keegan is going to be our moneymaker next year!

St. Baldrick’s tidbits: The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is focused on childhood cancer and funding research for finding a cure.  Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.  In the last 20 years, only three new drugs have been approved that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer and sadly, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research – this is where St. Baldrick’s works to fill that gap.

 

Slopes & Coats to Help Needy Kids

Authored by: Melissa Belgrave, IMU

On February 22, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, along with IMU and broker partners Hull & Company and Rockhill, hosted the first annual Northern California Insurance Professionals Ski Day & Coat Drive, benefiting Lilliput Children’s Services.  It was a beautiful ‘bluebird’ day on the slopes with approximately 32 skiers, with a nice lunch and après ski event.  There was representation from retail brokers, wholesale brokers, MGAs and insurance carriers.

A special thank you to Tyler Van Spanje of IMU and Jeff Case of Hull & Company for their direction and leadership planning the event, Melissa Belgrave of IMU for hosting check in, and to Myra from Ad Plus/Dysl for the great banner and promotional materials.

We raised $1,800 for Lilliput Children’s Services, with a special thank you to the One Beacon Charitable Trust and MJ Hall & Company, and an additional 20 new coats for their foster children!

Lilliput Children’s Services is a local Northern California nonprofit specializing in foster care, adoptions, counseling and training.  They are among the few child welfare agencies in California to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation and have been named one of the Best Places to Work by the Sacramento Business Journal.  More information on Lilliput can be found at www.lilliput.org.

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Representatives from Lilliput Children’s Services along with IMU’s Tyler Van Spanje (third from left) receiving their coats and donations.

2016 College Scholarship Applications Available!

We’re excited to announce that we are once again awarding 16 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year funded through our Charitable Trust. Graduating high-school seniors who are children of our employees or producers are eligible to receive a one-time, $2,000 award. Applying is easy – simply download the application and review the program brochure!

Completed materials, including a transcript, must be submitted and postmarked no later than April 15. Materials should be mailed to the following address, and questions should be directed to the program administer, Scholarship Management Services, at 507.931.1682.

OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Recipients will be announced in early June, and the awards will apply toward the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Good luck and congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Soup-er Act of Giving

Our Salem, Va.-based office consistently organizes donation drives to benefit local organizations in their community. Most recently, the team hosted a “soup for seniors” fundraiser. After collecting over 330 perishable items, such as canned food and boxes of crackers, the group donated the items to the League of Older Americans (LOA). The LOA will distribute the items to elder citizens who may not be able to drive, are without family or unable to acquire the supplies they need.

According to Operations’ Heather Robinson, “The LOA greatly appreciated our generous contributions.”

Congratulations on another soup-er act of giving, Salem!

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Farmington Employees Get Excited for the Super Bowl While Helping a Great Organization

During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the Farmington office held a canned food drive. Two boxes were placed in the lunchroom – one with a Broncos logo and the other with a Panthers logo. Participants were asked to bring in canned/nonperishable food items and place them in the box of the team they thought would win the Big Game. The Denver Broncos were the winners, with about 15 more non-perishables in their box. All donations will go to Foodshare, which provides food for organizations in the greater Hartford, CT area.

The Farmington office participated in a canned food drive to benefit Foodshare.

The Farmington office participated in a canned food drive to benefit Foodshare.

2015 Community Giving Tally

Last year we donated to many nonprofits that our employees are directly involved with or that we sponsored in support of our producers partners. We’re excited to share that in total, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust made 146 donations – 101 to nonprofits, 3 to support risk management education and 37 matching gifts to schools. Thank you to all of our generous employees and producers for the work you do to make a difference in your local communities!

Read more to view the full list of organizations and schools the Trust donated to in 2015. The number in parentheses indicates the amount of donations the organization received.

Local Contributions at Work

Steve Spina and Darlene Bailey from the Farmington, CT office recently presented a check for $3,000 from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust to the President and CEO of Foodshare, James Arena-DeRosa. Foodshare is an organization that serves the greater Hartford, CT region, which consists of 42 towns in Hartford and Tolland counties. Last year, Foodshare provided enough food for 12 million meals to 300 partner programs including food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters and Foodshare’s Mobile Foodshare program.

Steve Spina (left) and Darlene Bailey present a check to Foodshare president James Arena-DeRosa.

Steve Spina (left) and Darlene Bailey present a check to Foodshare president James Arena-DeRosa.