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


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Julie Larson, a member of our Finance team, recently participated in her sixth consecutive Susan G. Komen (SGK) Twin Cities 3-day event. Benefiting the world’s largest breast cancer organization, the event entails a 60-mile, three-day walk in which each participant raises at least $2,300. All proceeds support SGK’s research/training grants and public health outreach programs for people facing breast cancer.

While she previously participated as a walker in the event, Julie has been a member of the event crew for the past few years. The OneBeacon Charitable Trust was proud to support her fundraising and volunteer efforts this year, which included four consecutive days maintaining camping and dining areas for all walkers and crew. Rainy weather conditions forced the crew to move the campsite to a local high school, a new experience for Julie.

“My crew leaders were from San Diego, and we worked together so well that they invited us to join their team at the San Diego 3-day event in November,” said Julie. “I’m really hoping that I can make that work, because I just love being part of an effort that makes a world of difference for those affected by breast cancer.”

According to Julie, the photo of her and a new friend at this year’s event illustrates the instant camaraderie between participants.

Canton Fundraising Event Benefits Industry Charity

Recently, members of our Canton group hosted a fundraiser raffle event at their office. In addition to enjoying popcorn and Italian ice, participants entered for a chance to win a variety of creatively themed gift baskets (pictured below).

Thanks to various OneBeacon teams who donated a total of 12 prizes, the event raised over $1,400 in ticket sales. And with a full donation match from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, we will be donating a grand total of $2,800 to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).

Whether it’s through our volunteer efforts or community giving, we are always pleased to support the IICF, a national nonprofit that coordinates our industry’s efforts to give back through volunteering and grants.


Rallying for Marsh’s Charity Challenge

It’s always nice to support the charitable initiatives of our industry colleagues and especially those of our producer partners. Earlier this month, OneBeacon Technology’s Cecilia Young, David McKenzie and Beth Edgerton teamed up with our Charitable Trust to rally behind Marsh & McLennan Agency’s (Marsh) annual Charity Challenge fundraising event.

As part of challenge, Marsh sets a fundraising goal and asks its partners and employees to contribute to three nonprofit organizations. Marsh then provides a 30% match to all contributions made. This year’s beneficiaries – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MinnesotaCollege Possible and St. David’s Center – focus on the health and development of young people in their community.

With Marsh matching the Trust’s contributions, we were proud to have helped raised nearly $6,000 for these three nonprofits!

Piles of Peanut Butter for Salem-Area Charity

Recently, our Salem, Virginia-based office held a donation drive to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWVA) food bank. While the Salem team hosts donation drives for FASWVA various times throughout the year, this summer’s event focused on supporting the “Peanut Butter from Heaven” initiative.

In total, our Salem team piled up 217 jars – or 255 pounds – of peanut butter, a shelf-stable, protein-rich food. Courtesy of Bobby Wirsig, their “heavenly” pile is pictured below. The OneBeacon Charitable Trust was happy to support their efforts with a donation to the FASWVA.

Tech, IMU Team Up for Bolton’s Charity Cornhole Tournament

Recently, members of OneBeacon Technology (OBTI) and International Marine Underwriters (IMU) teamed up to support their producer partners and local California charities at the Bolton Foundation’s “Throw Down” event.

Held on a sunny summer day at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, the fundraising event featured a cornhole bean bag toss tournament to benefit underprivileged youth in the local community.

“Although our team didn’t fare so well in the tournament, we had fun while supporting a good cause and are already practicing our skills for next year!” said Technology’s Michelle Stream.

(L to R) OBTI’s Pam Pearson, Bolton’s Ken Turknette, OBTI’s Tushar Nandwana, IMU’s Larry Rasmussen, Bolton’s Bill Lewis and OBTI’s Michelle Stream

(L to R) OBTI’s Pam Pearson, Bolton’s Ken Turknette, OBTI’s Tushar Nandwana, IMU’s Larry Rasmussen, Bolton’s Bill Lewis and OBTI’s Michelle Stream

At left: Tossing is underway! At right: IMU’s Larry Rasmussen takes a turn

At left: Tossing is underway! At right: IMU’s Larry Rasmussen takes a turn

The OneBeacon Charitable Trust was happy to support our team and partners at the event, which raised $80,000 for charities including Boys Republic, Danny’s Farm, Hopeful Hearts, Lincoln Training Center and Ronald McDonald House.

Announcing Our 2015 College Scholarship Winners!

We’re excited to announce the winners of the annual OneBeacon college scholarship program! Sixteen deserving recipients – including eight children of our employees and eight children of our distribution partners – were awarded $2,000 college scholarships funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. The high-school seniors were selected based on their academic performance, leadership roles and participation in school and community activities.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! We wish you great success in your college years and beyond.

Scholarship Recipient Company (parent’s employer) College Attending
Sarah Bond OneBeacon St. Olaf College
Claire Del Sorbo AmWins Brokerage NY Fordham University
Lauren Dobrolinsky Assurance Agency, Ltd. Indiana University Bloomington
Katelyn Furrow OneBeacon University of Virginia
Brennan Hale Integro USA, Inc. University of Georgia
Tanner Hansen OneBeacon St. Cloud State University
Alexandra Kish CRC Insurance Texas Christian University
Alexa McCue OneBeacon Quinnipiac University
Kendall Monson Wells Fargo Insurance Gonzaga University
Taylor Phillips OneBeacon Oklahoma State University
Meagan Sundstrom OneBeacon University of Connecticut
Mason Tannenbaum OneBeacon Rice University
Auburn Terry J. Smith Lanier & Co Faulkner University
Matthew Treacy OneBeacon Georgetown University
Samantha Trimble CRC Insurance University of Tennessee
Jessica Williams Marsh & McLennan Duke University

Since the program’s inception in 2003, OneBeacon has granted college scholarships to over 220 students. The program is managed by Scholarship Management Services®, a nonprofit scholarship program administrator.