Safeco Insurance™ recognizes Harold Fugate as a Community Hero

Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 22, 2011) — Safeco Insurance has named Harold Fugate a Community Hero for his work with the El Do Youth, Inc., which will receive a $2,000 donation from Safeco on behalf of Fugate and the Mid Missouri Insurance Agency, Inc., El Dorado Springs, Mo.

Fugate was nominated for the Safeco Community Hero award by Dennis James Talley, manager, of Mid Missouri Insurance Agency.

Each year Safeco celebrates local heroes who make a positive difference through its Agent Giving Program that’s designed to focus on three areas: education, health and safety, and civic engagement.

“Safeco applauds community heroes, like Harold, who share their gifts for giving and action,” said Brenda Mann Harrison, manager, Safeco Insurance Agent Giving Program. “We also thank the Mid Missouri Insurance Agency for nominating Harold and its commitment to community involvement.”

A tough economy didn't stop Fugate from running a successful campaign to raise funds for a community youth center in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. As president and board member of El Do Youth, Inc., Fugate continues to work selflessly to ensure that the community's youngsters have access to supervised activities in a healthy, moral environment. El Do Youth serves all young residents in the community, but primarily focuses on reaching out to disadvantaged children.

Construction of the 7,200-square-foot youth center began in March 2011. An old school property on the community's North Main Street is being remodeled and expanded. The youth center is located in the most economically challenged area of El Dorado Springs.

When the youth center opens its doors, it will provide facilities for a variety of youth activities, including an after-school program and access to a large computer lab. Meeting rooms and banquet facilities will also be available for public use.

Help a local hero do more

You can help Fugate do more for El Do Youth, Inc. – or any of the other Safeco Community Heroes – by participating in the “Vote for your favorite Safeco Community Hero” online event.

Take a look at the inspiring stories and photos of all the Safeco Community Heroes, then vote for your favorite one. The charity supported by the Safeco Community Hero receiving the most votes will get an additional $5,000 check from Safeco Insurance!

You can vote once per day until the contest ends 11 p.m. PDT, Aug. 29. You may vote only if you are age 13 or older.

About Safeco Insurance

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.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 76th on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2013 revenue.

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