Arbella Insurance Foundation Named Presenting Sponsor of 2016 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
The Arbella Insurance Foundation is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 15th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, a two-day event at Fenway Park in support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a world leader in adult and pediatric cancer care and research. Along with its presenting sponsorship, Arbella's Foundation will make a generous gift of $100,000 to the Jimmy Fund.
Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has supported the fight against cancer in children and adults at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dana-Farber supports more than 300,000 patient visits a year, is involved in some 700 clinical trials, and is internationally renowned for its blending of research and clinical excellence. Last year's Radio-Telethon raised more than $3.5 million, and since 2002, the event has generated more than $40 million to help raise the chances of survival for cancer patients worldwide.
Arbella's $100,000 contribution this year is based on several initiatives. Through its "Let's Strike Out Cancer" campaign, the Foundation contributes $50 for every strike-out by a Red Sox pitcher. Additionally, during the month of August, the Foundation hosts a ‘like' campaign on Arbella's Facebook page, donating $5 to the Jimmy Fund for every "like" its Jimmy Fund Facebook posts receive, up to $5,000. Finally, Arbella's Foundation also offers a matching gift program, matching donations from Arbella employees and any of its 500 independent agents spread throughout southern New England. This year's contribution brings the total donation from the Foundation and Arbella Insurance Group agents and employees to $641,000 since 2007.
"As a local company, we recognize how fortunate we are to have a world-class cancer institute here in Boston. Cancer has touched countless members of our Arbella family and we are honored to have a patient partner this year, Jodi Killeffer, who shared her incredible story of receiving treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with us," said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman of the Arbella Insurance Foundation. "Giving back is a big part of our culture at Arbella, and we are proud to partner with our employees and independent agents in support of Dana-Farber because we're dedicated to helping fund research that will help patients like Jodi, right here in our community."
The 36-hour broadcast begins at 6 a.m. on Monday, August 29 and will feature inspirational stories from Dana-Farber patients, doctors, researchers and nurses. The Radio-Telethon also showcases interviews and commentaries by local sports heroes on the WEEI Sports Radio Network, heard in Boston on 93.7 FM, and on NESN throughout New England and nationally via NESN National.
To help drive out cancer during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation, call 877-738-1234. For more information or to contribute online, visit www.jimmyfundradiotelethon.org.
About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with over $850 million in revenue with over $1 billion in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. The mission of Arbella's Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.
Christine Williamson, 617-275-6528