Safeco Insurance announces top two Community Heroes for fall

SEATTLE, Wash. (Oct. 29, 2012) — The fall “Vote for your favorite Safeco® Community Hero” contest drew record participation and resulted in such a tight race that Safeco Insurance is declaring two top winners and will be awarding $10,000 to each hero’s charity.
The top two Safeco Community Heroes for fall 2012 are:

  • Justin Peterson of Inland Northwest Honor Flight, Spokane, WA; nominated by Tamara Bowman, producer and office manager, Chewelah Insurance Agency, Chewelah, WA
  • Joseph DeMarco of Wings Flights of Hope, Orchard Park, NY; nominated by Richard P. Schunke Sr., proprietor, Schunke Insurance Agency, Seneca, NY

The $10,000 donation that Safeco will give to each nonprofit is in addition to the $5,000 that Safeco has already committed to each organization as part of the Safeco Community Hero Award program, providing a total of $30,000 to two local communities.
“The Safeco Community Hero Award program is just one of many ways we help independent agents connect with their communities, which is important for everyone’s success,” said Matt Nickerson, president, Safeco Insurance. “Safeco is proud to support these community heroes, the local agents who nominated them, and the nonprofit organizations that make a difference where they all work and live.”
Each spring and fall, Safeco Insurance seeks nominations from independent agents for local heroes. From those applications, Safeco selects more than a dozen to receive an award, which includes a $5,000 check for the nonprofit organization they support and a chance to win more in the online voting event.
The fall Vote for your favorite Safeco Community Hero contest ran Oct. 8-29 and featured 15 heroes and the agents who nominated them from across the country. You can read the inspiring stories and the comments left by participants on the voting site:

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In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

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