Volume 51, Number 35

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, August 28, 2014

Farm Bureau Insurance joins American Cancer Society in breast cancer fight

Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee has become the statewide partner of the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program, committing resources throughout Tennessee to raise money and awareness. Farm Bureau Insurance offices will be raising money by selling special-edition pink “Charlie hats,” by participating in Making Strides walk events, and staging other fundraising activities.
“The people of Farm Bureau Insurance have long been known as leaders in their local communities, and now it is time for the company itself to step up and be a leader in this important cause,” Chief Executive Officer Sonny Scoggins said in making the company’s commitment.
The special edition pink Charlie hat is a replica of the famous red hat worn by Farmer Charlie in the company’s advertisements. It features an embroidered Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ribbon on the bill. The hats are available at your local Farm Bureau office for a minimum $5 donation.
Farm Bureau Insurance officials said the American Cancer Society was a natural fit for the company’s philanthropic effort.
“The American Cancer Society has a presence in every Tennessee county, just like we do,” said Chief Marketing Officer Neal Townsend. “They have an outstanding organization, an impeccable financial record, and their people are all first rate. We couldn’t pick a better organization and cause to support.
Fundraising activities begin in August and will culminate in October, which is the national breast cancer awareness month.
The dates for the Making Strides walks are:
Knoxville Sunday, October 7
Memphis Saturday, October 13
Johnson City Sunday, October 14
Nashville Saturday, October 20
Chattanooga Sunday, October 28
Jackson Saturday, November 3
“We are so appreciative of this partnership and all the excitement that is being generated by Farm Bureau Insurance,” said Jenny Stripling, associate state vice president for the mid-south division of the American Cancer Society. “Every pink hat that is sold and every step taken for the Making Strides walks helps the American Cancer Society save lives!”
As the largest health organization in the United States, the American Cancer Society is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
As a global grassroots force, the Society relies on the strength of more than three million dedicated volunteers. Together with their millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society is saving lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
Farm Bureau Insurance was founded in 1948; it is the state’s number one writer of individual life insurance and the second largest writer of home and auto policies. It has offices in more Tennessee communities than any other insurer. There are 450 agents in 169 offices across the state. Headquarters is in Columbia.

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