SBLI Mutual Life Insurance Honors America's Second Harvest
America's Second Harvest
Charitable Donation To Provide 1.5 Million Meals - City Harvest, Food Bank For New York City and Food Programs throughout New York and New Jersey to Benefit
SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc. presented its 2004 Community Service Award and raised more than $100,000 to benefit America's largest hunger organization, America's Second Harvest, at its fourth annual Recognition Gala on Saturday, January 31st. The company also presented its Goodwill Ambassador Award to Joseph L. Mancino, vice chairman of SBLI USA's board and president and chief executive officer of the Roslyn Savings Bank, and honored seven of the company's top performing Associates and several of its business partners.
The company's highest award for its Associates, the Brandeis Award, went to Human Resources Generalist Shamena Ali-Graham. The award is named for former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, who inspired the company's founding in 1939 and mission - to provide affordable life insurance products to America's working men and women.
The theme of this year's event was "There's No Place Like Home"*, in tribute to the American film and novel "The Wizard of Oz." SBLI USA chose to base this year's gala on the "The Wizard of Oz" because like the scarecrow, the tin man, and the lion - who helped Dorothy achieve her goal of returning to her family – SBLI USA believes that through the courage, compassion, and brainpower of its Associates the company can help educate people to realize their financial dreams.
"We are proud to be honoring our Associates and our banking partners who, through their compassion, courage and brainpower have worked to make this company a success," said President and CEO Vikki L. Pryor. "We also would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions to America's Second Harvest. Together, we can make a difference and take the necessary steps to fight hunger in our communities."
Since 1979, America's Second Harvest has been working to eliminate hunger in the U.S., but it is a problem that is on the rise, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Conference reported that in 2003, requests for emergency food rose with more than one in 10 of the needy turned away for lack of resources. Today, America's Second Harvest fights this trend with a network of over 200 regional and food-rescue programs that annually distribute one billion pounds of donated food and grocery products, providing emergency food aid to more than 23 million hungry Americans.
With the proceeds from SBLI USA, America's Second Harvest will be able to provide 1.5 million meals to the hungry, according to Judy Carter, chair of the organization's board. As affiliates of America's Second Harvest, both City Harvest and Food Bank for New York City, which have agencies throughout the city's five boroughs, will benefit from the proceeds raised, as will food programs throughout New York state and New Jersey.
The black-tie event brought together more than 500 of SBLI USA's Associates, business partners and friends. Every year, the company honors a community organization aligned with the company's values of community building, volunteerism and empowering America's working families.
Last year, the company's annual Recognition Gala raised more than $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity International, honoring the organization for its commitment to combating homelessness.
Ms. Carter accepted SBLI USA's 2004 Community Service Award. She has spent three decades working to combat hunger, and under her watch, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas has grown enormously, increasing its distribution from 865-thousand pounds of food to over 16 million pounds. Ms. Carter thanked SBLI USA for its generous donation.
"With every dollar you have contributed to our organization, you've made it possible for us to distribute nearly four grocery bags worth of food to the hungry. On behalf of America's Second Harvest, we want to thank you both for your award and your donation to such an important cause," she said.
Joseph L. Mancino, president and CEO of the Roslyn Savings Bank, graciously accepted the Goodwill Ambassador Award. The award is presented each year to an outstanding individual whose life and good works exemplify the values that guide SBLI USA. Mr. Mancino, currently vice chairman of the board of SBLI USA, began his banking career in 1958 and has been on SBLI USA's board for over ten years, serving as an instrumental leader during an important time in the company's growth and success.
SBLI USA is one of the few financial services firms that holds a Gala to applaud its employees and business partners. On Saturday night, seven outstanding Associates received awards and several banking partners were honored. In addition to Brandeis Award winner Shamena Ali-Graham, the other outstanding Associates receiving awards were Business Analyst John Doria, Junior Telesales Support Specialist Mannix Enoch, Group Insurance Specialist Theresa Poon, Senior Attorney Donald Rosenberg, Systems and Operations Manager Nancy Tedrowe, and Receptionist Nadine Theophilus. CyberSource and the architecture and design firm Tobin + Parnes received awards for Business Partners of the Year.
About SBLI USA
SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc. is a financial services company that is committed to the value-conscious people who make America work. The company is dedicated to building lifelong relationships with customers and empowering them with the education and tools they need to take control of their financial destinies.
SBLI USA and its subsidiaries are licensed in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. With more than $1.3 billion in assets, $123 million in surplus capital, 250 employees and over 400,000 customers, the company is committed to offering affordable, flexible and easy-to-access products through a variety of integrated channels, including direct mail, telemarketing, the Internet and licensed agents, as it expands nationally.
SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc. is the parent company to SBLI USA Holdings, Inc., which owns subsidiary companies S.USA Life Insurance Company, Inc., and SBLI USA Diversified Services Company, Inc.
Additional information about SBLI USA products and services can be found at www.sbliusa.com.
* Excerpt from "The Wizard of Oz" granted courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co., A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved, © 1939.
For more information, or to contact America's Second Harvest, see their website at: www.secondharvest.org
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