RIMS 2012 Community Service Day to Benefit Cradles to Crayons

April 10, 2012

Risk Execs Gather at Philadelphia Charity to Assemble Care Packages for Low-Income Families

NEW YORK (April 10, 2012) — On Sunday, April 15th, 100 risk professionals are expected to take part in RIMS 2012 (The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.) Community Service Day to assemble care-packages for local charity Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides essentials to underprivileged children in the Philadelphia area.  The event, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., is sponsored by Zurich and will officially kick-off RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition.

For more than 11 years, Cradles to Crayons has made it their mission to provide the city’s disadvantaged children with some of the most important basics of life.   The nonprofit collects and distributes the essentials that include everything from school supplies and toys to clothing and shoes. These KidPacks” - each containing a week’s worth of everyday essentials - are distributed by more than 350 social service agencies to low-income and homeless children living in the Philadelphia region. 

RIMS Community Service Day has become a fun and rewarding tradition at the Annual Conference and a great reminder that while we strive to achieve professional excellence and can become consumed with all of the daily challenges that risk practitioners now face, there are others out there who are less fortunate than us and who desperately need our help,” said Scott B. Clark, RIMS immediate past president. “RIMS is proud to be able to help Cradles to Crayons and the families of Philadelphia and would like to extend our gratitude to Zurich for their support that has helped to make this day possible.”

“Every child deserves to have the essentials, and that’s why Zurich and its employees are looking forward to joining RIMS and helping Cradles to Crayons collect books, clothing, and toys for children in need,”  said Mike Kerner, CEO Global Corporate North America for Zurich Insurance. “Truly caring about people through active engagement and supporting the development of strong communities is important to our heritage, our 100 year history of insuring America, and who we are as a company today.”

In addition to the efforts at RIMS 2012 Community Service Day, RIMS and Zurich have collected donation items in advance. Collection receptacles will also be placed throughout the convention center during the conference.  For more information about RIMS 2012 Community Service Day and RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition, visit www.RIMS.org/RIMS12.

About RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition

Launched in 1963, RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate educational and networking experience. The four-day event offers more than 120 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive Exhibit Hall with more than 400 exhibitors. Following Philadelphia, the event will be hosted in Los Angeles in 2013. For more information, visit www.RIMS.org/RIMS12.

About Zurich

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets. 2012 marks Zurich's 100 year anniversary of insuring America and the success of its customers, shareholders and employees. Zurich first brought its knowledge and experience in workers' compensation insurance from Switzerland to America in 1912 to help its customers take intelligent risks and build the America known today. Zurich now offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized and large companies as well as multinational corporations. Zurich employs about 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. The Group, formerly known as Zurich Financial Services Group, is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. Further information about Zurich's 100 year anniversary of insuring America is available at http://www.zurichna.com/100

For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, Director of Communications, (212) 655-6059 or JSalter@rims.org

About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to promoting the profession of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is committed to advancing risk management capabilities for organizational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit www.RIMS.org

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