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Griffey Jr., Messier To Speak at, and Aon’s Greg Case to Chair, 2010 Fundraiser for Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

Posted on 21 Sep 10

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) revealed that its 2010 benefit dinner will feature presentations by two famous sports figures: Major League great Ken Griffey Jr. and hockey legend Mark Messier. Further, IICF announced that Greg Case, president and chief executive officer of Aon Corporation, will be the dinner chair for the fundraising event.

Griffey and Messier will speak and present grants to their favorite charities at the December 8, 2010 event, to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Commented Case: “Aon is a strong supporter of the work of IICF, which pools our industry resources to provide grants, volunteer service, and leadership to the communities where we live and work. It is my pleasure to serve as dinner chair and to assist the foundation in raising funds for life-changing community grants.”

At the dinner, the IICF will present Maurice R. “Hank” Greenberg, chairman and chief executive officer of C. V. Starr & Company, with the 2010 ‘Double I’ award for influence in the industry and impact in the community.

Griffey retired from Major League Baseball in 2010 with 630 home runs, fifth all-time. Playing for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox over 22 seasons, Griffey won 10 Gold Glove awards and was a 12-time All-Star.

Messier, the only National Hockey League player to serve as captain for two Stanley Cup championship teams, is second all-time in the NHL for regular season points, playoff points and regular season games played. He won five championships with the Edmonton Oilers and one with the New York Rangers, where he now serves as special assistant to the president and general manager.

Betsy Myatt, executive director of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, commented: “We anticipate record-breaking attendance at our dinner this year. Through that tremendous support from people and firms in the insurance industry, we will be able to provide more grants to deserving charities in the New York tri-state area.”

For gala information, including ticket sales, please contact the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Benefit Office at (212) 763-8597 or

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 and is completely directed and funded by the insurance industry. The foundation seeks to help communities and enrich lives by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Since its inception in 1994, the Industry Foundation has contributed more than $20 million and 120,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations.