Georgia Young Agents Raise Over $4000 For InVEST
Big “I" Trusted Choice Young Agents make a difference in the community every day and on June 7, 2018, the Georgia Young Agents Committee held their third annual InVEST Wine Toss during the Friday dinner reception at IIAG Annual Convention. The event has quickly become a fan favorite of the event as it adds a carnival-like element to an already fun-filled event.
Participants were able to purchase rings and attempt to land one around the neck of one of the various wine bottles on the table. The wine selection ranges from $8 bottles of well-known, low-cost brands such as Barefoot or Sutter Home to more obscure, higher end brands retailing for $100 or more. At the end of the night, the event raised $4149.43 with all the proceeds going to InVEST, a national Big “I" program dedicated to getting insurance curriculum into high schools and colleges.
The InVEST Wine Toss was a small part of a nationwide Give Movement, inspired by the Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois and their #IIADayofGiving, to celebrate the generosity of our industry. The Give Movement is a week long campaign dedicated to giving back to the communities agents serve. During this week, agents across the country were asked to give back—to volunteer, host a fundraiser, be a collection site for a local charity, or even simply donate to a worthwhile cause. Ultimately, the movement emphasized collectively doing small things to make a big difference.
Next year, newly appointed Young Agents Chairman, Julianne Tamplin, has already decided that in addition to raising money for InVEST with the wine toss she will also encourage her peers to join her in supporting the Insure the Cure and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Insure the Cure was created in 2011 by Clay Snellings of Snellings Walter Insurance in Sandy Springs, Ga in honor of his daughter Emily who was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. Currently, there is no cure.
Since its inception, Insure the Cure has raised over $1.4M by inspiring insurance agents, brokers, aggregators, and other entities who typically compete with one another to ban together in search of a cure for Emily and the other 30,000 people living with Cystic Fibrosis. “I chose Insure the Cure as the charity of choice for Georgia's YAC Gives Back event because so many insurance professionals already attend the Great Strides event in May, so I thought it would be great to make an even bigger push," Julianne shares. “I just want to see as many people as possible sign up for teams and walk or if they can't physically be present, at least make a donation to support the cause."
So far in 2018, Insure the Cure and its partners have brought in over $300,000 in funds. Just under 90% of every dollar raised goes towards supporting important programs such as cystic fibrosis research, care, and education. The foundation funds more cystic fibrosis research than any other organization, and nearly every cystic fibrosis drug available today was made possible due to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's support.