Vote for your favorite Safeco Insurance® Community Hero

Vote for your favorite Safeco Insurance® Community Hero and you could help a hometown hero win $10,000 for a local charity.

From now until 10 a.m. PDT June 3, you can read the stories of 16 local heroes and vote for your favorite one every 24 hours. The Safeco® Community Hero with the most votes when the online contest ends at will receive a $10,000 check from Safeco Insurance for his or her nonprofit organization, and the runner-up will get $5,000.
All 16 heroes featured in the voting event have already received a Safeco Community Hero Award, which honors their work with a $5,000 donation from Safeco Insurance to the charities they support. That donation is given on behalf of the hero and the independent insurance agent who nominated them.
“The Safeco Community Hero Awards allow us to contribute to the work our independent agent partners do every day to strengthen their communities,” said Safeco Insurance President Matt Nickerson. “We are honored to support our agents by recognizing the local heroes and nonprofit organizations they champion.”
Congratulations to the Safeco Community Heroes, charities and independent insurance agents featured in the Vote for your favorite Safeco Community Hero event.
Spenser Beasley of the American Diabetes Association, Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.
Nominated by Robin Beasley, president, The Beacon Insurance Group, Greensboro, N.C.
Tania Bengtsson of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, South Bend, Ind.
Nominated by Liz Misenar, principal and manager of Business & Private Client Group, Gibson Insurance Agency, South Bend, Ind.
Barry Birch of Birch Community Services, Portland, Ore.
Nominated by Ron Hurl, associate, Action Insurance Co., Portland, Ore. 
Mario Chagolla of The Chagolla Foundation, Camp Verde, Ariz.
Nominated by Lori Paul, owner, Paul Insurance Agency, Apache Junction, Ariz.
Charitina Fritzler of First People’s Center for Education, Sheridan, Wyo.
Nominated by Holly Walker, customer service representative and account manager, and Jennifer Huffman, producer, Wyoming Financial Insurance, Sheridan, Wyo.
Rosalind Grushkin of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
Nominated by Andrew Forchelli, president, GNW-Evergreen Insurance Services, Los Angeles, Calif.
John Horton of Don’t Meth With MO, Springfield, Mo.
Nominated by Bill White, owner, Bill White Insurance Agency, Springfield, Mo.
Tracy Janess of Secret Smiles, Dayton, Ohio
Nominated by Daniel R. Ferneding, vice president and co-owner, John C. Ferneding & Associates, Dayton, Ohio
Edgardo Mansilla of Americana Community Center, Louisville, Ky.
Nominated by: Debra B. Copeland, vice president, Van Zandt, Emrich & Cary, Louisville, Ky.
Bob McLendon of St. Simon’s After-School, Dallas, Texas
Nominated by Dot Hedman, senior vice president, Roach Howard Smith & Barton, Dallas, Texas
Sandy Novak of Youth in Focus, Seattle, Wash.
Nominated by Krista Michelman, owner, Michelman Insurance Group, Kenmore, Wash.
Suzanne Randall of Okizu, Novato, Calif.
Nominated by Jeff Fritschi, vice president, Crist, Fritschi and Paterson, Oakland, Calif.
John Rees of The Gary Center, La Habra, Calif.
Nominated by Kwan H. Lee, president, Martplan Insurance Agency, La Habra, Calif.
Jerry Tolliver of Matlacha Mariners, Matlacha, Fla.
Nominated by Carol Suran, account executive, Bouchard Insurance, Fort Myers, Fla.
Dale Warmuth of Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods, Eureka, Calif.
Nominated by Dylan Sacco, agent, George Petersen Insurance Agency, Eureka, Calif.
Laurie Yelding of United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls, Naugatuck, Conn.
Nominated by Pedro Pires, vice president, The Chittenden Group, Naugatuck, Conn.
You can read the inspiring stories of all 16 Safeco Community Heroes and vote for your favorite one here:
You also can get connected to the voting contest via and the Safeco Insurance Facebook page.

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