Gowrie Group Serves 5th Annual Barbecue Lunch to Guests of the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries

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On August 14th, Gowrie Group, a prominent independent insurance agency, served its 5th annual barbecue lunch to guests of the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries. This event, in addition to Gowrie's annual matching challenge and canned food drive, makes the company a major contributor to the SSKP.

Gowrie Group Team

Our interactions and camaraderie with the guests was truly rewarding, and I would strongly encourage other local businesses and groups to consider hosting a yearly lunch or dinner in one of the eleven SSKP communities.
- Lindas Dillon

On August 14th, employees of Gowrie Group, Connecticut’s largest and most prestigious independent insurance agency, spent the day preparing and serving its fifth annual barbecue lunch to the guests of the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries (SSKP). The SSKP provides food and fellowship to those in need in the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, East Lyme, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, Connecticut. Lindas Dillon, Gowrie Group Benefits Division Account Manager and member of the SSKP Board of Trustees, and Rod Clingman, Marine Insurance Agent, organized the event, carrying Gowrie into its tenth year of involvement with the SSKP.

Gowrie employees contributed both the food and monetary donations necessary to make this meal possible. Lunch included barbecue chicken, steak, corn on the cob, garden salad, potato salad, and coleslaw. For dessert, guests enjoyed chocolate covered ice cream bars with a fresh berry medley and watermelon. Over 30 community members in need attended the lunch, and each had the opportunity to bring home loaves of bread (donated by Stop & Shop) and bags of homemade cookies.

Lindas considered the event a success, commenting, "At the end of the day, our Gowrie team felt even more nourished than our very appreciative guests. Our interactions and camaraderie with the guests was truly rewarding, and I would strongly encourage other local businesses and groups to consider hosting a yearly lunch or dinner in one of the eleven SSKP communities."

In addition to its annual barbecue, from November 15th to December 31st of each year, Gowrie sponsors a matching challenge to benefit the SSKP. Gowrie Group matches the first $25,000 in donations, and partner sponsors match the next $25,000. In 2012 the Gowrie Challenge raised a record $119,000 to benefit the SSKP. Every December, Gowrie Group also hosts a canned food drive to help meet the SSKP’s holiday needs.

Over the past ten years, Gowrie Group has raised over $720,000 to benefit The Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. The SSKP can provide three meals for each $1 donated, which translates to Gowrie Group funding more than 2 million meals. The 2013 Gowrie Group Challenge launches on November 15th. To donate, you can mail a check to:

    The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries
    Attn: Gowrie Group Corporate Challenge 2013
    P.O. Box 804
    Essex, Connecticut 06246

Gowrie Group provides insurance, benefits, and financial services to individuals and businesses throughout the US, and specializes in customized business, home, auto, and marine insurance products and services. Gowrie's 125+ dedicated professionals are primarily located in the company's main offices in Westbrook CT, Darien CT, North Kingstown RI, and Newport RI. For more information about Gowrie Group visit http://www.gowrie.com or 800.262.8911.

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Since 1989, providing food and fellowship to those in need in the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, East Lyme, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

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