BANKERS LIFE AND CASUALTY COMPANY RAISES OVER $130,000 FOR LOCAL ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CHAPTERS
Friday, June 30, 2006
CHICAGO (June 30, 2006) - Forget Me Not Days®,
the annual street corner fundraiser of Bankers Life and Casualty
Company, has raised more than $130,000 for local chapters of the
"This is the fourth year of the event and sets new records in
fundraising, number of cities participating and number of
volunteers," said Scott Perry, Chief Operating Officer of the
Chicago-based Bankers, which created and sponsors the event.
Over 1,000 volunteers collected at locations in 77 cities on May
19 and 20. "The best thing about the event is that 100 percent of
the proceeds fund local Alzheimer's Association chapter programs
and services," said Perry. "As a mature market-focused company,
it's an issue that not only impacts the people in our marketplace
but our policyholders as well."
Contributors were thanked for their donations with packets of
Forget-Me- Not seeds, the official flower of the Alzheimer's
Association. Organizers said more than 100,000 seed packets were
exchanged for donations. Volunteers hope the seeds will be planted
in honor of the 4.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's.
"The Forget Me Not Days event not only raises money, but also
heightens the public's awareness of Alzheimer's disease," said
Gordon Lavigne, Interim Vice President of Development of the
Alzheimer's Association. "Both are important to helping us fund
programs and services that improve care for those with Alzheimer's.
Most importantly, it gives hope not only to those with the disease
but the 20 million or so Americans who care for them."
In addition to the money donated from the fundraiser, Bankers
contributed $75,000 to help the Alzheimer's Association on a
national level. The donation is part of an annual giving effort
made on behalf of Bankers' employees in conjunction with the Forget
Me Not Days fundraiser.
About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research
and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization
dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual
cure for Alzheimer's. For more than 25 years, the donor-supported,
not-for-profit Alzheimer's Association has provided reliable
information and care consultation; created supportive services for
families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced
public policy changes.
About Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Established in 1879, Bankers is a subsidiary of Conseco, Inc.
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Bankers focuses exclusively on the insurance needs of seniors by
offering a broad portfolio of health and life insurance and
retirement savings products designed especially for seniors. Visit
Bankers online at http://www.bankers.com/.