For Immediate Release
January 27, 2022
Media Contact: Thomas Thamm
MONTPELIER, Vermont (January 27, 2022)—Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® recently presented a check for $15,000 to the Vermont Foodbank as part of their partnership with UVM Athletics and the Cats Win, Community Wins initiative.
The check was presented by Dan Bridge, President and CEO of Vermont Mutual and Mark McDonnell, Executive Vice President and COO. The Catamounts secured 95 wins in 2021, bringing the donation amount to $9,500. However, to further help the Vermont Foodbank efforts, Vermont Mutual “rounded up” and increased the total amount to $15,000.
“During these extraordinarily challenging times, we feel privileged to be able to assist worthy organizations such as the Vermont Foodbank” stated Dan Bridge, Vermont Mutual’s President and CEO.
Mark McDonnell added “We are proud of our partnership with the Cats Win, Community Wins initiative, supporting both UVM athletics and our communities through the invaluable charitable work of organizations such as the Vermont Foodbank.”
John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank’s CEO, remarked “Vermont Foodbank would like to express huge gratitude to Vermont Mutual and congrats to the Catamounts for all of your wins.” Sayles continued “The partnership together is making sure that people are getting fed in Vermont during these very, very challenging times. Thank you again for all the support and…Go Cats!”
The Cats Win, Community Wins is a community-based initiative by Vermont Mutual and UVM Athletics that gives back to local organizations. As part of their multi-year agreement, Vermont Mutual will give $100 to a specified local charity for each Catamount win – inclusive of every team, every sport, home and away victories. Fans recognize this initiative as “Cats Win, Community Wins” and is supported through in-game promotion, social media, broadcast and print.
The Cats Win, Community Wins beneficiary selected for the new 2022 Catamount’s season is the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). COTS advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness and provides emergency shelter, services, and long-term housing for Vermonters who are experiencing homelessness or are marginally housed.
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 315,000 policyholders, with a direct written premium of more than $500,000,000. 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 thirteen consecutive years.