Help a Safeco Insurance® Community Hero win money to support a community charity

SEATTLE, Wash. (Oct. 14, 2013) — Safeco Insurance is celebrating 16 hometown heroes from across the country in the Vote for your Favorite Safeco Insurance® Community Hero contest, where the top vote-getter will win $10,000 for a local charity. 

All the individuals featured in the voting event were selected for a Safeco Community Hero Award, which recognizes each hero’s good work with a $5,000 donation from Safeco to the charity he or she supports. Nominations for the Safeco Community Hero Award were submitted by independent insurance agents, who also are involved in their local communities.

“The Safeco Community Hero Award program gives our independent agent partners an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the individuals who are making a difference in their communities,” said Matthew Nickerson, president, Safeco Insurance. “We are honored to be able to support these community-building efforts alongside our independent agent partners.”

The Vote for your Favorite Safeco Community Hero event continues through 10 a.m. PST Nov. 4. The hero with the most votes will win a $10,000 donation from Safeco Insurance for his or her nonprofit organization, and the next two runners-up will each get $5,000.

Congratulations to the following Safeco Community Heroes, nonprofit organizations and independent insurance agents featured in the voting contest.

Community Hero: Hal Hargrave, Jr. was nominated by Brad Kessler, president, Kessler Alair Insurance Services, Upland, Calif.
Charity: Be Perfect Foundation, Pomona, Calif.

Community Hero: Yvonne Nair was nominated by Justine Smith, account manager, Crist Fritschi Paterson, Oakland, Calif.
Charity: Saffron Strand, Point Richmond, Calif.

Community Hero: Mikala Rahn was nominated by Mark Abernathy, chief operating officer, and Brian Abernathy, vice president, Abernathy Insurance Agency, Arcadia, Calif.
Charity: Public Works, Pasadena, Calif.

Community Hero: Renae Nelson was nominated by Bob Ruzicka, owner, Bob Ruzicka Insurance Agency, Sugar Land, Texas.
Charity: My Brother’s Keeper Outreach Center, Houston, Texas

Community Hero: Ron Sterrett was nominated by Carol Gallaher, principal, Gallaher Insurance Group, Mexico, Mo.
Charity: Mexico Area Family YMCA, Mexico, Mo.

Community Hero: Steve Thompson was nominated by William J. Rybak, principal, Thoroughbred Associates, Louisville, Ky.
Charity: Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana, Louisville, Ky.

Community Hero: Terri Mlotek was nominated by Heil & Heil Insurance Agency, Skokie, Ill.
Charity: Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, Glenview, Ill.

Community Hero: Melissa Thompson was nominated by Tom Cress, chairman, Cress Insurance Consultants, Albuquerque, N.M.
Charity: Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, Albuquerque, N.M.

Community Hero: Bob Lavoie was nominated by Philip J. Bouchard, president, Corriveau Insurance Agency, Nashua, N.H.
Charity: Marguerite’s Place, Nashua, N.H.

Community Hero: Edna Woods was nominated by Chris J. Woods, president, Advantage Insurance, Merrimack, N.H.
Charity: New England Parkinson’s Ride, Merrimack, N.H.

Community Hero: John McDonagh was nominated by Tony Johnson and Bryce Davidson of Davidson and Associates Insurance Agency, Vancouver, Wash.
Charity: Share, Vancouver, Wash.

Community Hero: Peter Metzelaar was nominated by Tom Brody, agent, Eastside Insurance Services, Bellevue, Wash.
Charity: Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, Seattle, Wash.

Community Heroes: Bob and Judy Ricketts were nominated by Dave Anderson and Jonna Paugh of Ricketts and Associates, Boise, Idaho.
Charity: Meridian Firefighters Association, Meridian, Idaho

Community Hero: Renae Clements was nominated by Kacey Anderson, personal insurance advisor, McGriff-Williams Insurance, Gainesville, Fla.
Charity: Girls Place, Gainesville, Fla.

Community Hero: Debra Newell was nominated by Marsha Shaw, president, Tim Shaw Insurance, Fort Myers, Fla.
Charity: American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Ga.

Community Hero: Becky Yates was nominated by Paul Kremer, agency coordinator, GreenPoint Insurance Group, High Point, N.C.
Charity: Caring Services, High Point, N.C.

To vote, visit the Safeco Facebook page: or the contest site here:

For more information about the independent agents who nominated the community heroes:

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