Arbella Raises $40,000 for Breast Cancer Screening
Funds raised at annual “Pink Day” event will help fund Dana-Farber’s Community Benefits Program
QUINCY, Mass., November 18, 2015 – For the seventh year in a row, Arbella Insurance Group employees have joined forces with the Arbella Insurance Foundation to raise funds to provide cancer screenings and education for medically underserved populations through the work of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Arbella employees’ donations were matched by the Arbella Insurance Foundation for a total donation of $40,000 at the annual Pink Day event, held Oct. 28.
Founded in 2009, Pink Day is the creation of Arbella employee Dot Olson, who underwent treatment at Dana-Farber after being diagnosed with breast cancer. It was her experience with the Institute that inspired her to create Pink Day. The annual event has been instrumental in furthering Dana-Farber’s mission to garner continued support for breast cancer awareness and research. The event has been placed in the hands of the Arbella Activities Committee (AAC), a group of employees who are committed to promoting a culture of teamwork and camaraderie through corporate citizenship and fun. Thanks to the AAC’s dedication, Pink Day continues to gain momentum and has become an event employees look forward to year-round.
During the Pink Day event, Arbella employees wear pink to work, purchase Dana-Farber bracelets, donate money to dress casually, and contribute to and participate in departmental gift basket drawings to show their support. The contributions from this year’s event will support Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van community visits in 2016, as well as Dana-Farber’s Blum Family Resource Center Van stops, which provide prostate cancer screening and education and skin cancer screening. To date, Pink Day has raised more than $183,500 for cancer awareness and screening.
“We are so proud of our employees who continue to rally behind our annual Pink Day event for a cause that has touched countless members of our community,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman of Arbella’s Foundation. “We are privileged to live in a community with a world class cancer institute, and are incredibly proud to do our part to drive awareness of breast cancer education and prevention, and increase access to these tools in New England through our support of Dana-Farber.”
Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van provides medically-eligible women of 40 years and older the opportunity to partake in mammograms and breast health education free of charge. As the only mobile mammography program in Massachusetts, the Mammography Van partners with community-based organizations and neighborhood health centers in its mission to decrease breast cancer morbidity and mortality among medically-underserved women and increase survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
Magnolia Contreras, director of the Community Benefits Program for Dana-Farber, visited Arbella’s Quincy headquarters during the Pink Day event to thank employees for their continued support and generosity.
“We are incredibly grateful for the dedicated Arbella employees and Foundation for their continued support, which has helped us expand our services to medically underserved populations,” said Contreras. "Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van is a vital resource in our community, and thanks to their outstanding support thousands of local women are able to receive breast health education and cancer screenings each year.”
About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with more than $800M in revenue with over 1 billion dollars in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. The mission of Arbella’s Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.
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