For Immediate Release
January 16, 2019
Media Contact: Thomas Thamm
BURLINGTON, Vermont (January 16, 2019)—The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Vermont, received a donation from Vermont Mutual for $11,800 as part of the ‘Cats Win, Community Wins’ initiative between Vermont Mutual Insurance Group and the University of Vermont.
Formed by Vermont Mutual and UVM in 2018, the ‘Cats Win, Community Wins’ program was developed as a way for both institutions to give back to local charitable organizations and support UVM athletics. As part of the multi-year agreement, Vermont Mutual donates $100 for every Catamount win to a local charity. For 2018, Catamount teams enjoyed 118 wins which resulted in the $11,800 donation for The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, VT. This brings the total 2018 donations awarded through Vermont Mutual's Charitable Giving Fund to $352,000 to 115 worthy organizations.
The check was presented at UVM’s Patrick Gymnasium during the January 12, 2019 basketball game between the Vermont Catamounts and the Hartford Hawks. Presenting the check to Tanya Benosky, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club’s, Burlington, VT was Vermont Mutual President and CEO, Dan Bridge and Executive Vice President and COO, Mark McDonnell.
“‘Cats Win, Community Wins’ is an extraordinary program that has provided much fun and opportunity for the kids of the Boys & Girls Club. Both UVM and Vermont Mutual are top notch organizations with generous hearts for the community” said Tanya Benosky, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. Benosky added “It was also a treat for us to be guests of the Cats at tonight’s game, the kids had a wonderful time.”
Vermont Mutual’s President and CEO, Dan Bridge, noted “Vermont Mutual is very proud to support local community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, VT.” Bridge continued “Their commitment and tireless efforts contribute to our community in innumerable ways and helps to create a positive future for our community’s youth.”
The Vermont Mutual and UVM’s “Cats Win, Community Wins” multi-year program will continue; with the 2019 charitable beneficiary being Make-A-Wish, Vermont.
Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® is a trade name of Vermont Mutual Insurance Company, Northern Security Insurance Company, Inc. and Granite Mutual Insurance Company. Chartered in 1828, Vermont Mutual is one of the ten oldest mutual property/casualty insurers in the United States and provides coverage throughout New England and upstate New York. Through more than 400 independent agencies, the Group insures over 300,000 policyholders with a direct written premium of more than $475,000,000. The group is rated “A+ Superior” by A. M. Best and a Ward’s Top 50 performing property/casualty insurer in the U.S. for the past ten consecutive years.