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Summit Meeting Kicks Off New Effort for IICF NY/Northeast Division

NEW YORK (August 9, 2012)—The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) began its expansion into the greater Boston area by hosting an informational summit with more than 50 Boston-based insurance leaders on June 20.

“Boston is a major insurance center, and the insurance community there wants to increase and coordinate its significant positive presence in the local community,” commented Betsy Myatt, executive director of IICF’s NY/Northeast division. “IICF aims to be a catalyst to help people and companies in the insurance industry come together to give back to the community.”

The IICF’s New York/Northeast division also announced the founding leadership team for its forthcoming new chapter in Boston. Patrick Rastiello, senior managing director at Aon Benfield, and Jim Wallace, vice president at Aspen Specialty Insurance, hosted the Boston summit, are spearheading the formation of the IICF chapter in Boston, and will serve on the board.

Several other insurance leaders committed to serving on the chapter board are: Bonnie Bystrek, Tower Group Companies; Shaun Kelly, Ironshore; David McIntosh, Aon Benfield; Leah Rastiello, AmTrust North America, Inc.; Joe Surette, Zurich; and Ron Willett, Chartis. Emily Rastiello of Aon Affinity and Marcy Cochran of Aon Benfield will serve on board committees for the new chapter.

The first IICF event in the Boston area will be IICF Week of Giving, October 13-20, 2012. The weeklong event matches volunteers from the insurance industry with charities to serve in charitable and community efforts in the area. Also part of IICF Week of Giving is a new fundraising platform that invites every insurance employee to donate via text message. Throughout October 2012, employees can donate $5 by texting INSURANCE to 50555.

Volunteers from many areas of the country and from a broad spectrum of industry employers—reinsurers, carriers, agencies, brokerage firms, consulting firms, law firms, trade associations and other industry-related companies—are participating in IICF Week of Giving.

Other upcoming events include a Boston chapter leadership meeting on September 12, and the NY/Northeast Division annual fundraising dinner held in New York on December 12. Boston-area company leaders interested in participating can contact Betsy Myatt at (917) 544-0895 or

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 and is completely directed and funded by the insurance industry. The foundation seeks to help communities and enrich lives by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Since its inception in 1994, IICF has contributed more than $18 million in grants to charities and 155,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations. IICF is a registered not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

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