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Dec. 12 Event in New York Supports Tri-State Charities

NEW YORK (November 27, 2012) -- The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Northeast division announced that award-winning journalist Paula Zahn will be keynote speaker at the organization's benefit dinner on Wednesday December 12, 2012 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Zahn also will be accepting an IICF grant to the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, one of 16 grants to be awarded at the event. Zahn is currently working to raise awareness for Alzheimer's as a board member of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation.

The dinner will benefit 16 IICF Northeast division grantees: Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, American Red Cross, buildOn, CHILD, Inc. and St. Aloysius School, The CityKids Foundation, Community Mainstreaming Associates, Inc., Covenant House New Jersey, The Doe Fund, Eden Autism Services, Family Reach Foundation, Friends of Karen, Inc., Harlem RBI, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, Metropolitan Hospital Center, and Mount Kisco Child Care Center.

Among the most prominent, respected and versatile journalists working in television today, Paula Zahn brings three decades of award-winning reporting experience to her current roles as host and executive producer of "On the Case with Paula Zahn" and as a co-host of WNET's "NYC-ARTS." First known nationally for anchoring news segments on "Good Morning America," Zahn has hosted and contributed to more than 20 major news, documentary, and current-affairs programs including ABC's "World News This Morning," "The CBS Evening News" and "CBS This Morning," Fox News' "The Edge with Paula Zahn," and CNN's "Paula Zahn Now." Zahn has interviewed the past eight U.S. presidents as well as foreign leaders.

Zahn is the recipient of eight Emmy awards, six Gracie awards, two National Headliner awards, three Freddie awards for reporting on health issues, and recognition from the Museum of Television and Radio. She has been active in raising awareness of breast cancer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center and the Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness.

At the benefit event, the IICF will honor XL Group plc for philanthropic leadership with the 2012 'Double I' award for influence in the industry and impact in the community. Mike McGavick, CEO, will accept the award.

The event, held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, begins with a 6 p.m. reception. The dinner, now in its sixth year, is the premier insurance event in the New York tri-state area and is attended by more than 900 insurance industry leaders.

Proceeds of ticket sales for the dinner fund the community grants program. For ticket sales and information, please contact the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation benefit office at (212) 763-8597 or IICF@cmevents.net.