The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation's Midwest division will honor three insurance industry employees for their outstanding community involvement with the first-ever Frontier Awards, being presented at the division's inaugural "Blazing the Trail" fundraising event at the Field Museum in Chicago on Thursday, March 1, 2012.
The IICF Midwest's Frontier Awards recognize philanthropic leadership in the categories of health, safety and education:
• Sue Chmura with Encompass Insurance is recipient of the "Heart of the Frontier" award for health. Chmura volunteers for Illinois-based nonprofit organization Clearbrook, working with the "Take a Break" program, a respite volunteer program designed to provide a break to families with young children diagnosed with a developmental disability.
• Pat Hurston of CNA is being recognized with the "Spirit of the Frontier" award for safety. Hurston volunteers for Annie's Legacy, a non-profit that provides resources to women survivors of domestic violence.
• Randall Mauch at Swiss Re America is being honored with the "Minds for the Frontier" award for education. Mauch volunteers at Glenkirk, a nonprofit organization providing quality, lifetime support and services that empower individuals with developmental disabilities to participate fully in all areas of community life.
Additionally, the IICF Midwest division will present its "Trailblazer Award" to Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears, for its work in education, medical research and health awareness.
"The IICF Midwest division works to support and collaborate with partners in the community," explained Kathleen Savio, EVP and chief administrative officer of Zurich North America Commercial and IICF Midwest division board chair. "Our efforts, while nascent, are focused on amplifying the positive impact that philanthropic and volunteer leaders are making on those members of our community who are in need."
J.B. Pritzker will address the event as keynote speaker. Pritzker founded venture capital firm New World Ventures; co-leads private investment firm The Pritzker Group; and is a principal owner of Hyatt Hotels Corp. and TransUnion Corp. He also heads the Pritzker Family Foundation, which focuses on early childhood education and development.
J. Eric Smith, president and CEO of Swiss Reinsurance America Corp., is serving as dinner chair. IICF Midwest division board of directors companies are among the top event sponsors and include ACE Group, Aon Risk Solutions, Chubb & Son, CNA, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Encompass Insurance, Ernst & Young, HUB International Unlimited, Lloyd's America, Macquarie Capital, McKinsey & Company, Milliman, R-T Specialty, Swiss Re, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc., Willis Group and presenting sponsor Zurich.
For information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the IICF Midwest division event, contact Kimberly Saccaro, executive director, at (312) 384-0644 or kbsaccaro@IICF.com.
About Chicago Bears Care
The Chicago Bears Football Club is dedicated to making a difference in our community. Through its charitable beneficiary, Bears Care, the organization seeks to improve the lives of others by investing in initiatives that support education, youth athletics, and medical research and health awareness programs focusing on breast and ovarian cancer. Bears Care programs include an annual "Back to School Fair" and the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign, both which directly impact those in need. Since 1995 they have awarded over $18 million in grants to qualifying agencies that share its mission.
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 helps communities and enriches 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 $17 million and 155,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations. IICF is a registered not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.