Acuity Insurance announced that, at a Town Hall meeting of its staff, employees determined the distribution of a special year-end contribution of a half-million dollars among six different organizations. Those organizations included Conquer Cancer Foundation, Feeding America, Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County, The Salvation Army, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, and Mental Health America.
Based on employees’ direction, the Conquer Cancer Foundation received the largest allocation of just over $125,000. Conquer Cancer Foundation was founded by the foremost cancer doctors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and works to seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment, and cure of all types of cancer.
“Our mission is to fund breakthrough research and share cutting-edge knowledge, and our vision is a world free from the fear of cancer,” said Dave Wiemer, Philanthropic Officer at Conquer Cancer Foundation. “With Acuity’s support we can instill hope in thousands of cancer patients.”
The other five groups each received donations ranging from over $40,000 to nearly $100,000. Acuity’s special $500,000 contribution adds to the company’s ongoing support to the community throughout the year. Guided by the Acuity Charitable Foundation, Acuity contributed nearly $1.3 million in 2017 to worthy organizations.
“One of my favorite expressions is ‘Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle,’” said Ben Salzmann, Acuity President and CEO. “Being kind and supporting our community is a priority for Acuity, particularly at the end of the year when charitable organizations battle with higher need for their services while facing budget constraints.”
Acuity’s community support throughout the year also includes in-kind donations and use of the company’s corporate headquarters for charitable events. In addition, Acuity employees contribute to charitable causes each year through donations of time, money, and much-needed supplies.