RIMS Serves Up Hope for Childhood Cancer Charity
Risk Professionals Set to Give Back to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition – Philadelphia, April 23 - 26
NEW YORK (April 17, 2017) — RIMS 2017 Community Service Day project, sponsored by ESIS, will focus on combatting childhood cancer. Throughout the convention center during RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) – a local nonprofit with a national reach – will set up stands for risk professionals to refresh and contribute to the cause. Proceeds from lemonade sales will benefit the nonprofit’s array of services that support children and families fighting this affliction.
Founded and inspired by a young girl named Alex who dreamed of a cure for the disease she battled every day, the charity has now raised more than $140 million, funding over 690 research projects nationally. Headquartered just outside Philadelphia in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation aims to “fight cancer one cup at a time” by raising money and awareness for childhood cancer causes, research for new treatments and cures, and empowering others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
“Who we are is not solely defined by our professional accomplishments but, also, personal qualities that certainly include generosity and compassion,” said RIMS CEO Mary Roth. “While the world’s risk management community gathers in Philadelphia for the Society’s Annual Conference, it’s important for us to take a moment and give back to the community that has embraced us. Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a wonderful charity with a truly noble mission and we are so proud to make it a part our event.”
“We’re honored to have the support of RIMS at their annual conference and on their Community Service Day Project,” said Liz Scott, co-executive director of ALSF and Alex’s mom. “We look forward to this new partnership and the amount of awareness it will bring to our cause, bringing us closer to finding cures for all kids with cancer.”
On Tuesday, April 25th, RIMS and ESIS will host a second Community Service Day Project. Risk professionals attending the conference are asked to join the Society to assemble care packages for SuperSibs, an ALSF program that comforts, encourages and empowers siblings during their families’ battle against childhood cancer. The program sends mailings to siblings, parent toolkits and newsletters, containing age-appropriate support resources and fun activities.
“At ESIS, we are committed to giving back on a local and national level. That’s why we are proud to sponsor Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in partnership with RIMS 2017,” said Joe Vasquez, President of ESIS. “All proceeds from the event will go towards the foundation, helping fight childhood cancer one cup at a time.”
In 2007, RIMS was one of the first entities to host a large convention in post-Katrina New Orleans. RIMS first Community Service Day was held at that conference to support local families and rebuild infrastructure devastated by the natural disaster. Now, in its 11th year, RIMS Community Service Day projects have become a RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition tradition.
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 160 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive Marketplace Exhibit Hall with nearly 400 exhibitors. Following Philadelphia, the event will be hosted in San Antonio in 2018. For more information, visit www.RIMS.org/RIMS2017.