IICF Midwest Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with Blazing the Trail Benefit

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CEO panel headlines virtual benefit to support regional nonprofits and communities in need

CHICAGO, IL (Feb. 16, 2021) – The Midwest Division of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a unique nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities and enriching lives, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a panel of distinguished insurance industry CEOs during its annual Blazing the Trail Benefit on March 4. This year’s event will virtually convene industry professionals and leaders, as well as representatives of local nonprofits, to recognize the philanthropic achievements of the industry and give back to those in need throughout the Midwest.

The CEO panel will feature four senior executives from leading global companies discussing critical current challenges and opportunities in the industry, and the future of the business workplace in the wake of 2020. Panelists include Lori Goltermann, CEO, Aon US, Commercial Risk Solutions, Health Solutions; Peter Eastwood, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance; Kara Raiguel, President & CEO, Gen Re; and Kristof Terryn, CEO Zurich North America; and moderated by Bonnie Boone, EVP, Healthcare, Gallagher.

“As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, the IICF Midwest is proud to gather the insurance community and offer this unique opportunity to hear from such respected industry leaders, and reflect on an extraordinary year of giving,” said Sabrina Hart, Executive Vice President/Central Zone Executive and Chair of the IICF Midwest Division Board of Directors. “Our nonprofit partners are relying on our support more than ever as they struggle to meet the increasing demands in underserved communities, particularly so during the pandemic. Through our Blazing the Trail Benefit we raise vital funds for those in need – and inspire giving and hope.”

Proceeds from the Blazing the Trail Benefit will benefit IICF’s Midwest Community Grants Program, through which grants are awarded to local nonprofit and charitable organizations focused on education, safety and health. Last year’s event raised $465,000 and grants were presented to fourteen Chicagoland nonprofits. Since its founding in 2011, IICF’s Midwest Division has granted more than $3.5 million to over 150 nonprofits. IICF Midwest is one of five divisions, four based in the US and one in the UK, of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, which has granted a total of $42 million globally since its inception in 1996.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of the insurance community in the Midwest,” said Kelly Hartweg, Executive Director the IICF Midwest Division. “The IICF Community Grants we’ll award in 2021, to nonprofit organizations serving Chicago and many other Midwestern communities, will help make a real difference in the lives of so many facing food insecurity, homelessness and other life-affecting challenges during these uncertain times.”

This year’s Blazing the Trail Benefit is made possible through generous insurance industry support including the following Platinum Sponsors: Aon, CNA, CRC Group, Great American Insurance Group, RT Specialty, Zurich and all event sponsors.

For more information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the IICF Midwest Benefit Event website or contact Kelly Hartweg at (773) 991-2149 or khartweg@iicf.com.

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) is a unique nonprofit that unites the collective strengths of the insurance industry to help communities and enrich lives through grants, volunteer service and leadership. Established in 1994, IICF has served as the philanthropic foundation of the insurance industry for more than twenty-five years, contributing $42 million in community grants along with 300,000 volunteer hours by more than 110,000 industry professionals. IICF reinvests locally where funds are raised, serving hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations, for maximum community impact. IICF is a registered nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Learn more at www.iicf.org or follow us on social media: @doubleicf.

Media Contact:
Alisa Breese
Vice President, IICF Communications
(949) 412-2143

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