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Zurich holiday events raise money for Make-A-Wish, IICF

Randy Charity

New York City and Chicago events celebrate our valued relationships with brokers and thank them for their contributions.

We value our broker relationships all year long, but the success of the recent holiday fundraiser for Make-A-Wish of Metro New York and Western New York brings an even deeper level of appreciation for what can be achieved together, noted Randall Clouser, Head of Marketing, Distribution & Regional Management for Zurich North America. (Clouser is pictured, right, at the event with Ed Lopes, East Zone executive.)

The annual Make-A-Wish fundraiser for the Metro and Western New York chapter brings together senior brokers with Zurich leadership to celebrate the holiday season and our mutual business success with the larger goal of giving back to the New York community. The event, held December 11, 2018, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, raised $241,109 for Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“We started this event in 2009, a time when holiday celebrations were being cancelled and charitable giving was being cut due to economic conditions,” Clouser said. “We saw a need to make a difference and begin a new tradition with our brokers that would bring us together and touch hearts. The event continues to grow in amazing ways.”

This year’s benefit was the most successful yet. To date, this event has raised over $1.7 million for Make-A-Wish and has helped nearly 250 children and their families. (Click here for more information on how to support Make-A-Wish.)

“We are proud to support the Make-A-Wish foundation alongside our colleagues at Zurich,” noted one of the participating brokers. “Helping a child and family have a wish granted is truly something special, and reminds all of us what is most important in life. Congratulations to Zurich on nine years of making an incredible impact in the lives of so many Make-A-Wish families.”

This wasn’t the only broker-Zurich collaboration that made a difference during the holiday season. Sabrina Hart, Central Zone executive, held her fourth annual Broker Appreciation event at the Chicago Cultural Center on November 29 and selected the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) as the charity of choice for the event. In honor of our broker colleagues, Zurich made an honorarium to the IICF. At the event, Kelly Hartweg, Executive Director of IICF’s Midwest division, shared information about the foundation, which provides grants, volunteer services and leadership to nonprofit organizations in the areas where we live and work. Attendees were provided the opportunity to contribute online following the event. (Learn more about the IICF here.)

“We couldn’t have done this without the significant contributions of our broker business colleagues,” Clouser said. “On behalf of Zurich, I want to extend a sincere thank you for their deep commitment and generous response.”