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Monday, October 18, 2004
Beacon Mutual Employees Hold Fundraiser for Florida Hurricane Victims

WARWICK, RI With many Florida residents still reeling from the devastating effects of the worst hurricane season in years, employees of The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company joined forces to raise money for the American Red Cross - Florida Relief Fund.  To participate in the October 8th Jeans and Sneakers Day, Beacon employees raised $904.00, with the company increasing that donation for a grand total of $2,500.00 contributed directly to hurricane victims.

Pictured left to right:Jennifer Quirk (Beacon Mutual), Kristin Wieber Naragon (Chief Philanthropy Officer, Red Cross), Jeffrey Johnson (Vice President Community Relations, Beacon Mutual), Amy Gallagher (Beacon Mutual) and Linda Durocher (Beacon Mutual).

"We are always so proud of how our employees rally to help those in need.  Each time we ask them to lend a hand, whether through donations or volunteer time, they have come through with flying colors," said Jeff Johnson, Vice President of Community Relations for The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company.

Representatives from the American Red Cross were on-hand at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company in Warwick on October 19th to accept the donation, along with members of the Beacon Mutual staff.

"The outpouring of support from employees of The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company and other residents and companies in Rhode Island has been a tremendous help to the victims of the recent hurricanes. We can't thank everyone enough," said Kristin Wieber Naragon, Chief Philanthropy Officer of the American Red Cross of Rhode Island.

"I know first-hand the trauma that these hurricanes have caused so many Florida families.  My sister-in-law, her husband and her two small children have been completely displaced their home is destroyed and they will need to basically start over.  My hope is that more companies come to understand the true devastation and recognize how giving a little can truly help a lot," said Linda Durocher, Sr. Claims Representative for Beacon Mutual.

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