Monday, August 31, 2009

Honolulu, HI (August 31, 2009) - Bankers Life and Casualty Company's Honolulu branch sales office recently raised over $6,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter, as part of the company's annual Forget Me Not Days® fundraiser.

The Honolulu office ranked among the company's top 10 fundraisers in the event, which united the insurer's Chicago-based home office with its branch sales offices nationwide in raising money for their local Alzheimer's Association chapter.

Thirteen volunteers from the insurer's Honolulu office, along with several of their family members, joined together to collect donations from passersby in Manoa and Waikele. In exchange, each donor was given a packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds, the official flower of the Alzheimer's Association, to plant in memory of the 28,000 people in Hawaii and 5.3 million Americans who live with Alzheimer's.

"We get a great deal of satisfaction from giving our time to this cause," explained Caine Nakata, Branch Sales Manager of Bankers' Honolulu 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."

Elizabeth Stevenson, Executive Director and CEO of the Aloha Chapter said, "Forget Me Not Days is a wonderful example of how companies can support local charities by sharing information and building awareness. We are so grateful to our Bankers Life and Casualty friends and are proud to consider them part of our 'ohana. The time and energy donated help so many of our neighbors living with Alzheimer's disease. We are also grateful to the people who made donations to the agents during the event - mahalo nui loa!"

About the Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter

The Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter serves all of the Hawaiian Islands. Our Chapter office is on Oahu, with county offices on Hawai'i (the Island), Kaua'i and Maui. Our Maui County office serves the islands of Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i.

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.

Contact: Caine Nakata