First Chicago Insurance Company Names The Fisher House Foundation As Its Charitable Partner

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First Chicago Insurance Company will contribute $1 to The Fisher House Foundation for every insurance policy the company issues in 2011. First Chicago, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2011, prides itself on its longstanding committment to service. In selecting a charitable partner for the year, First Chicago aimed to find an organization that shared its committment to excellence and service. The Fisher House Foundation, which supports America's military families in their time of need, was the logical choice.

The Fisher House Foundation demonstrates a true respect, compassion and honor for those who serve and protect the freedom everyone in our great nation enjoys. We mirror their passion and committment," John Gettemens, President.

First Chicago Insurance Company recently named the Fisher House Foundation as its charitable partner for 2011. Headquartered in Bedford Park, First Chicago Insurance Company will be donating one dollar to the Fisher House Foundation for every new business policy that is written in 2011. Company employees will also participate in a variety of special fundraising events that will benefit the Fisher House. First Chicago, which is celebrating its 90th year anniversary, will be donating the money at the end of the calendar year.                

A Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Currently, 53 Fisher Houses grace the grounds of dozens of major military and Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the United States and in Landstuhl, Germany. Collectively, they have served more than 142,000 families since the program’s inception, and during 2010, Fisher House accommodated 12,000 military families.

John Gettemans, President, First Chicago Insurance Company, remarked, “Throughout our company’s 90 year history, First Chicago Insurance Company has been committed to serving our customers as we would like to be served. As one way of showing our commitment, we feel it is important to honor our corporate citizenship by financially supporting a worthy cause. The Fisher House Foundation, especially with the number of men and women currently serving in the armed forces for our country, is an exceptional partner choice.”

First Chicago Insurance Company was founded in 1920; its original name was Chicago Ice Producers Mutual Liability Company. The company currently distributes its products through a network of independent insurance agents located in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. It offers standard and non-standard personal auto insurance, commercial auto insurance and artisan general liability insurance.

As a way of communicating its corporate commitment to the Fisher House Foundation, the First Chicago corporate website will feature a link to the Fisher House website, Gettemans concluded, “I understand first-hand how hard it is and the true sacrifice our military men and women make. My wife served during the Vietnam era and my oldest son served in Iraq. The Fisher House Foundation actively demonstrates a true respect, compassion and honor for all those who serve and protect the freedom everyone in our great nation enjoys. I know I can speak for the entire First Chicago family when stating that we mirror their passion and commitment.”

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