Friday, January 9, 2009

Brick, NJ (September 1, 2009) - Bankers Life and Casualty Company's Brick, New Jersey branch sales office recently raised $7,605 for the Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, as part of the company's annual Forget Me Not Days® fundraiser.

The office ranked among the company's top 10 fundraisers in the event, which raised money for local Alzheimer's Association chapters.

Over 70 from the Brick office joined volunteers from a local sales office in New Jersey and an affiliate office in Staten Island, to collect donations. In exchange, each donor was given a packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds to plant in memory of the 5.3 million Americans who live with Alzheimer's.

"We get a great deal of satisfaction from giving our time to this cause," explained Robert Birty, Branch Sales Manager of Bankers' Brick, New Jersey office. "It's not only an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the disease, but to also give back to the community we serve, with 100 percent of the donations going to the Alzheimer's Association."

Patricia Lombreglia, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, said, "On behalf of the thousands of New Jerseyans struggling with the effects of Alzheimer's disease, I'd like to express my deep thanks and appreciation to Bankers Life and Casualty Company associates for their Forget Me Not Days canister collection drive, and for their tremendous energy with ticket sales for our Legendary Links Golf Raffle and our Polo Classic Vacation Raffle. The funds raised will help provide support and services to individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease."

About the Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter

The Alzheimer's Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. The Association is committed to providing support, assistance and information to individuals with Alzheimer's disease, their families and care partners; and supports research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer's disease.

It is estimated that there are currently more than 350,000 individuals and their care partners in New Jersey who are struggling to cope with the challenges of Alzheimer's disease. Headquartered in Denville with regional offices in Oradell, Princeton and Red Bank, the Alzheimer's Association offers education and training, support groups, respite care assistance, and a 24-hour, toll-free telephone Helpline. For more information about Alzheimer's disease or the Alzheimer's Association, please call 1.800.883.1180, or visit the Web site at www.alznj.org

About Bankers Life and Casualty Company

Established in 1879 in Chicago, Bankers Life and Casualty Company focuses on the insurance needs of the retirement market. The nationwide company, a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group, Inc., offers a broad portfolio of life and health insurance retirement products designed especially for seniors. Visit us online at www.bankers.com.


Robert Birty