Arbella’s “Pink Day” Raises More than $40,000 for Cancer Screening
Arbella employees team up with the Arbella Insurance Foundation for day-long fundraiser to benefit Dana-Farber’s Community Benefits Program
QUINCY, Mass., October 17, 2017 – For the ninth-consecutive year, Arbella 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 raised over $20,000 at the annual Pink Day event, held Oct. 2. Those funds were matched by the Arbella Insurance Foundation for a total donation of more than $40,000.
During the all-day fundraiser, 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. This year, employee contributions will support cancer screening for men and women including Dana-Farber’s Blum Family Resource Center Van community visits in 2018, as well as, Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van stops. To date, Pink Day has raised more than $269,500 for cancer awareness and screening.
Founded in 2009, Pink Day was created by former Arbella employee Dot Olson after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment at Dana-Farber. Her experience inspired her to create Pink Day, and since its inception the event has been instrumental in furthering Dana-Farber’s mission to garner continued support for cancer awareness and research. Now retired, Olson continues to attend the annual Pink Day celebration, which is now coordinated by the Arbella Activities Committee (AAC), a group of employees committed to promoting a culture of teamwork and camaraderie through corporate citizenship and fun.
“It is moving to see our employees rally around a cause that has impacted the lives of so many in our Arbella family and in our New England communities,” said John Donohue, chairman, president, and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman and president of the Arbella Insurance Foundation. “We are proud to support Dana Farber and its outstanding services. It’s a privilege to have such an advanced and influential cancer institute in our backyard.”
As the only mobile mammography program in Massachusetts, Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van provides free mammograms and breast health education to medically-eligible women aged 40 years and older. 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.
Aimed at educating men and women on cancer prevention, Dana-Farber’s Blum Family Resource Center Van works to reduce the incidence of skin cancer in Massachusetts through teaching sun-safe practices and free skin cancer screenings for the public.
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.
“Arbella’s Pink Day support has been instrumental in expanding the breadth of Dana-Farber’s community outreach programs,” said Contreras. “The generous support from the employees and Arbella’s Foundation allows us to bring life-saving cancer detection and prevention resources to men and women across Massachusetts. We are enormously grateful.”
About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with over $850 million in revenue with over $1 billion 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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