Palumbo Insurance Associates in Bel Air has earned a 2016 Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its community work with The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC).
The award includes a $4,000 donation to SARC from Safeco Insurance. SARC and Tony Palumbo of Palumbo Insurance Associates also had a story featured on Safeco.com, which awarded the nonprofit an additional $1,000. For the organization to win the extra money, at least 50 different individuals had to leave a virtual “cheer” on the Safeco.com story.
Safeco’s Make More Happen Award recognizes independent agents who demonstrate extraordinary volunteerism for a nonprofit organization. These awards focus on nonprofits in the areas of health and safety, education and civil service. Palumbo Insurance Associates was selected for the Make More Happen Award based on a photo and application demonstrating its commitment to SARC, which serves Hartford County by being a lifeline to victims, potential victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking.
SARC initially came to the attention of Elio Scaccio, an agent at Palumbo Insurance Associates and Tony Palumbo, the president and CEO of the insurance agency, through an organization they founded — the Society of Italian American Businessmen. The organization has given away more than $100,000 to local charities and $20,000 in scholarships, with SARC being a key beneficiary.
The men recently participated in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, where money is raised by walking a mile in high heels. Palumbo was the top individual fundraiser, bringing in more than $3,000, and the Society of Italian American Businessmen raised nearly $10,000.
“Safeco is committed to encouraging agents to make a difference in their local communities and through the Make More Happen program, we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Lori Monsky, Safeco Insurance Bel Air territory manager. “We are thrilled to see so many agents participating in this program, and we’re proud to help them support the local charities they care about most.”
Throughout 2016, Safeco will select a total of 66 independent agencies for the awards and donate up to $330,000 to the nonprofits they support. The Make More Happen Awards are a part of Safeco Insurance’s Agent Giving Program.
About Safeco Insurance
In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.
Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2015 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual is ranked 73rd on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2015 revenue.
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