Celebrating 7th anniversary, Driving to Donate Tournament Donation Total Hits $1M Mark
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) today announced that its annual Driving to Donate Charity Golf Tournament raised more than $220,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND, the highest one-year total since the tournament began in 2010. Over the last seven years, the tournament has raised more than $1 million for the local nonprofit with all proceeds used for the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline, providing support to individuals, family members, caregivers and others impacted by the disease.
Allianz Life employees and vendors raised funds through vendor sponsorships, player fees, “casual for a cause” purchases (employees “buy” a casual dress code for August), an online auction and raffle ticket sales. Adding to the total, tournament contests also took place on the course during the event.
“Year after year, Allianz Life employees and our vendors contribute their time and resources to raise awareness and provide support to help combat this disease,” said Allianz Life General Counsel Gretchen Cepek. Cepek serves on the Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND board. “I’m incredibly proud that we’ve given more than $1 million to the Alzheimer’s Association and that our donations directly help those coping with memory loss.”
Now in its seventh year, Driving to Donate has become one of the top charity golf tournaments in the Twin Cities. This year, approximately 300 Allianz Life employees and vendor partners participated in the event held at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. Vendor partners that attended included presenting sponsors Accenture and Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, LLP as well as the 19th hole sponsors Faegre Baker Daniels, Quality Resource Group, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Tata Consultancy Services, ThreeBridge Solutions and Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline
The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline provides assistance to individuals and others coping with the effects of memory loss. In addition to helping callers better understand dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, masters-level clinicians provide information about treatment, caregiving, legal support, financial resources and living arrangement options.
"On a daily basis, the Helpline answers calls from people who are confused, frustrated, and desperate for answers about Alzheimer's disease,” said Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND, Sue Spalding. “Our goal is to help them feel reassured and comforted knowing that support is only a phone call away. Because of the partnership with Allianz Life, the Helpline will continue to be a lifeline for those impacted by dementia. Together we can change people's lives making their journey with Alzheimer's disease just a little easier.”
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About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®), one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, has been keeping its promises since 1896. Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life insurance products. In 2015, Allianz Life provided a total of $2.4 billion in benefit payments that supported policyholders’ financial objectives. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries worldwide. More than 85 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to help them make the most of financial opportunities. For more news about Allianz Life, follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @AllianzLifeNews.
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