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  • Left to Right: Barb Reddick (WICC ON), Elisa Gutierrez (Enterprise) and Steven Tudela (Enterprise).

    Left to Right: Barb Reddick (WICC ON), Elisa Gutierrez (Enterprise) and Steven Tudela (Enterprise).

    On July 16th, Enterprise Rent-A-Car hosted its 20th anniversary annual charity golf tournament at King’s Riding Golf Club.

    While severe thunderstorms in the region threatened the July 14 event, in the end, the dark clouds held off.

    “It was great. There was pretty bad weather in the area. But we didn’t get any of it,” said Alex Orlotti, Enterprise Group Sales and Marketing Manager.  “It was for a very worthy cause,” noted Orlotti.

    Once again, the event was another complete success.  Enterprise employees and industry supporters turned out in large numbers to support the annual charity fundraiser.

    At the end of the day, the tournament raised $40,000 for WICC.  WICC Ontario Board Member, Barb Reddick was on hand to accept the ‘big cheque’ from Elisa Gutierrez (Enterprise Holdings, Administrative Supervisor), and Steven Tudela, Enterprise Holdings, VP, General Manager.

    In attendance were many members of the collision repair and insurance industries, the fleet management industry, MSOs and manufacturers.

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car has been a long-time supporter of WICC and we are so very grateful for their continued support and dedication.

    On October 8th, Worden Insurance was proud to host their Pink Pajama Spaghetti Dinner party to raise funds for Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) at Tosca Banquet Hall. To date, they have raised over $40,000!  This fantastic event has taken place annually for the past seven years and hopefully for many more years to come. Participants had a great time decked out in their pink pajamas and the evening included a prize for the best outfit, silent auction, door prizes and of course a delicious spaghetti dinner. The night was filled with fun, laughter and fantastic memories with the best pink pajamas. WICC thanks the Pink Ladies for their contributions year after year and all the work Worden Insurance Brokers puts into their annual fundraiser.   Congratulations on another successful event!

    It was a great day for WICC at the annual Ottawa drive Fore hope held August 17th at Camelot Golf and Country Club.  144 golfers braved extreme heat warnings to take part in the sold out tournament.  Foursomes competed in the day-long event that included complimentary use of the driving range, putting greens and pro staff, and included lunch, dinner and silent auction as well as prizes and raffles.  This year’s event raised approximately $40,000!  100% of the funds raised will go towards funding cancer education and research initiatives.

    Congratulations to the WICC Ottawa event committee, volunteers, and WICC National and Event Sponsors whose continued support made the day such a great success!

    Event Sponsor Williams McEnery representatives (Left to Right) Christopher Reil, Ashlee Barber, Kelly Hart Event Sponsor Williams McEnery representatives (Left to Right) Christopher Reil, Ashlee Barber, Kelly Hart[/cap

    The 16th annual WICC Ontario Golf Tournament was held on Monday July 6th, once again at the spectacular Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham.

    A perfect summer day greeted WICC golfers, eager to match skills against the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games course.

    Participants enjoyed lunch, dinner, a golfer giveaway and bidding on amazing Silent Auction items.

    The event also included a very inspirational talk from Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Shubha Dasgupta.  A cheque for $75,000 was presented to the CCS by WICC Ontario board members Marian Adamson (Golf Committee Chair), Marilyn Horrick (WICC Ontario Co-chair) and Kimberly Hrycko (Treasurer).  100% of all funds raised by WICC go directly to cancer research funding with no deduction of administration fees.

    Thank you to all WICC National Sponsors and WICC Golf Event Sponsors for making the day possible!

    And thank you to the 2015 WICC Golf Committee Members for their hard work and dedication: Marian Adamson (WICC Golf Event Chair), Donna Cassidy (Chubb Insurance Company of Canada), Karen Forsey (Resource Adjusters), Elizabeth Kepes, Hoa La (EcoPure Cleaners), Stefanie MacDonald (CI Top Broker), Marta Sampaio (Dynamic Functional Solutions Inc.), David Yeatman (Chubb Insurance Company of Canada).

    The following photo gallery is courtesy of CI Top Broker.

     

     

    WICC ON Treasurer, Kim Hrycko, accepting donation cheque from Mary Anne Reuel of McKellar Structured Settlements

    WICC ON Treasurer, Kim Hrycko, accepting donation cheque from Mary Anne Reuel of McKellar Structured Settlements

    Since their inaugural golf day, McKellar has raised an incredible $263,175 for WICC!

    Thank you to all of the ladies who came out on June 15th in support of this great cause.

    McKellar wishes to thank all of their sponsors: Financial Horizons Group (Title Sponsor), Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Platinum Sponsor), BMO Life Assurance Company (Gold Sponsor), The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada (Gold Sponsor) and the Riordon Design Group Inc. (Bronze Sponsor).

    At the WICC Gala dinner held this past April, McKellar Structured Settlements was presented with WICC’s Gold Flame Award for their commitment to raising funds for WICC and for raising community awareness of WICC’s role in the fight against cancer.

    Click here to register for the 2016 WICC Relay For Life!

    Click here to watch the 2015 WICC Relay For Life video.

    Picture yourself walking a track while hundreds of people – family, friends, co-workers and neighbours – cheer you on. The baton you hold in your hand is a powerful symbol of your personal commitment to make an impact in the fight against cancer. You walk a grass track under an umbrella of trees and a starry sky in the middle of the city – surrounded by teammates and industry colleagues and you feel an overwhelming sense of pride in knowing you’re united with Canadians in communities across the country to create a world where no one fears cancer.

    On Friday, June 12, 2015 WICC held its annual Relay for Life at the historic Garrison Common in downtown Toronto. This was the first time the industry exclusive event was held at the downtown location and from all reports, participants enjoyed the feel of walking through a ‘forest in the city’ with spectacular views of the CN Tower lighting their way throughout the night.  55 teams took part in the annual all-night event benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society.  The teams raised an incredible $200,000 in pledges and the 2015 WICC Ontario Relay campaign has raised a staggering $400,000 to date.

    WICC Ontario Event Co-chairs Mariellen Glover (Intact Insurance) and Paul Martin (RRJ Insurance Group Limited) and their dedicated committee of volunteers worked together with the Canadian Cancer Society to organise the entire event which ran seamlessly despite the rain that fell at the beginning of the night.

    From Friday evening to Saturday morning, participants were treated to inspiring talks by survivors, speeches by Relay for Life sponsors and supporters, delicious food and drink, music, movies and many other free activities.

    As happens every year, the relay hours flew by until it was time for the final victory lap at 6am.  Afterwards, everyone enjoyed fresh coffee and (rather amazing!) fresh Panera bagels and wondered where the time had gone as we packed up our tents and chairs and promised to return again next year.

    If you haven’t participated in WICC’s Relay for Life mark your calendar for next June – you’ll have a lot of fun while helping WICC create a world where no one fears cancer.

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                            Support WICC at Relay For Life

     

      100 percent of funds raised goes directly to cancer research

     

    May 29, 2015 (TORONTO) – Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) is pleased to once again support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life events across Ontario. This year, WICC will host the first-ever insurance industry-exclusive Relay For Life event in downtown Toronto on June 12th at the Garrison Commons at Fork York.

    By either donating to any WICC participant or team, joining the industry-exclusive event or by participating with a WICC team at one of the more than 70 other Relay For Life events across the province, 100 percent of the funds donated to will go directly to support cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society.

    “Relay For Life is not only a great event that brings together colleagues, friends and families but is also an excellent opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause,” said Paul Martin, President & COO, RRJ Insurance Group Ltd. & Co-Chair, WICC Relay For Life. “Pick WICC this Relay For Life so that together, we can make great strides to fight cancer.”

    WICC has supported Relay For Life for the last six years and continues to be a very significant corporate contributor through sponsorship and fundraising. Since its inception, WICC has raised over $11.2 million to support cancer research.

    Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser walk. People can participate at any age or fitness level. Every step taken helps fund promising cancer research, community support services and other important work so that fewer Canadians are touched by the disease.

    “It’s still not too late to join this year’s industry-exclusive event,” said Susan Drodge, Director, Corporate and Community Partnerships for Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. “Join online or donate to the cause. Money raised funds hundreds of Canada’s best and brightest researchers who are working tirelessly towards the next cancer breakthrough to save lives.”

    Regular physical activity helps protect against cancer. It’s also one of the best ways to stay at a healthy body weight, which reduces a person’s risk of cancer. It is for these reasons that the Canadian Cancer Society is introducing relay batons to the event and encouraging Relay For Life participants to set a distance goal for the event (e.g. one to five KM or more) on an individual or team basis.

    Accept the baton! Learn more and register today here. To register a team, or to participate in other Relay For Life events, click here  or call 1-866-201-6202.

    For more information:

    Celyeste Power
    416-362-2031 ext 4312
    cpower@ibc.ca

    On Wednesday, April 22nd the P&C community gathered for the 19th anniversary WICC Gala Dinner held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in downtown Toronto. Close to 600 gathered to mingle and ‘misbehave’ in the Metropolitan Ballroom in a Prohibition Party celebration of the by-gone era of the 1920’s and 30’s. Attendees were treated to a cocktail hour, live performers, themed photo booth, an on-site authentic 1930’s Model A Ford, and silent and live auctions. Everyone embraced the theme party – showing up in their best flapper and mobster wear.  Costume pearls and fedoras were also handed out to guests.

    Following a delicious 3 course dinner WICC presented its annual awards. Congratulations to the following WICC 2014 Award Recipients:

    Jean Faulkner, Lew Dunn Memorial Award
    Paul Martin (RRJ Insurance Group), Lew Dunn Memorial Award
    Canadian Underwriter Magazine/Insurance Media Group, Hall of Flame Award
    McKellar Structured Settlements Inc., Gold Flame Award

    Honoree Paul Martin shared the following kind words.

    To WICC Board:
    “I just wanted to say how honoured I was to be selected for this great award.  There are so many individuals that go above and beyond in support of WICC and the great work it does. I do believe that volunteerism is important and has made me a better person and allowed me to meet and interact with great people like yourselves. You should all be thanks deeply for the volunteer work you do and the time you put into WICC.
    Thank you all I am humbled by this honour.”
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    Paul Martin (RRJ Insurance Group)

    Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society spoke of WICC’s incredible fundraising achievements. Thanks to P&C community support WICC is the Canadian Cancer Society’s most important corporate contributor – having raised over $11 million since its inception in 1996. WICC Gala Event Co-chairs, Sandy MacSpadyen and Michael Butler along with WICC Ontario Board Co-Chairs, Ellen Moore and Marilyn Horrick; were thrilled to present Martin Kabat and Susan Drodge (Director, Corporate and Community Partnerships & Donor Services) with a ‘big cheque’ for $200,000; 100% of which will go directly to life-saving cancer research.

    Thank you to all WICC National Sponsors and Event Sponsors who make the WICC Gala dinner possible! And to all of the dedicated committee members and volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to bring this fun and important fundraising event to the P&C community.

    Check back here for updates to funds raised from this year’s Gala as well as additional photos from the event as they become available.

    To view photo booth pictures click here

    The following gallery photos are courtesy of Canadian Underwriter Magazine:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Insurers to come together to raise money for the cancer cause

    APRIL 15, 2015 (TORONTO) – Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) is pleased to announce that it is once again supporting the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life events across Ontario. WICC is also teaming up with the country’s leading cancer charity to hold its first-ever insurance industry-exclusive Relay For Life event. Downtown Toronto will be the backdrop for this event that will take place on Friday, June 12 on the Garrison Commons at Fort York.

    Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser walk. People can participate at any age or fitness level. Every step taken helps fund promising cancer research, community support services and other important work so that fewer Canadians are touched by the disease.

    Regular physical activity helps protect against cancer. It’s also one of the best ways to stay at a healthy body weight, which reduces a person’s risk of cancer. It is for these reasons that the Canadian Cancer Society is introducing relay batons to the event and encouraging Relay For Life participants to set a distance goal for the event (e.g. one to five KM or more) on an individual or team basis.

    “Relay For Life is more than a fundraiser, it is an inspirational event that brings colleagues, friends and families together,” said Mariellen Glover, Vice President, Property & Shared Services, Intact Insurance and Co-Chair, WICC Relay For Life. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this exclusive event, bringing together insurance professionals from across Ontario to support such a worthy cause.”

    WICC has supported Relay For Life for the last six years and continues as a very significant corporate contributor through sponsorship and fundraising. WICC was formed in 1996 to mobilize the Canadian insurance industry in the fight against cancer by focusing on cancer research, support and education. Since its inception, WICC has raised over $11.2 million to support cancer research.

    “We are so pleased that WICC continues to support Relay For Life and are excited for this year’s industry-exclusive event,” said Susan Drodge, Director, Corporate and Community Partnerships for Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. “Money raised funds hundreds of Canada’s best and brightest researchers who are working tirelessly towards the next cancer breakthrough to save lives.”

    By participating in the WICC Relay For Life event or by joining a WICC team at one of the more than 75 Relay For Life events across the province, 100 percent of the funds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society will go directly to support cancer research.

    Accept the baton! Learn more and register today at relayforlife.ca/wicc. To register a team, visit or to participate in other Relay For Life events, visit relayforlife.ontario.ca or call 1-866-201-6202.

    For more information:
    Celyeste Power
    416-362-2031 ext 4312
    cpower@ibc.ca

     

    On Friday, April 10th, WICC Ottawa hosted their 5th annual Sugar Bush Breakfast.  This year the event took place at a new venue – the stunning Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre) in beautiful downtown Ottawa. 250 attendees showed up wearing their finest plaid to be treated to a hearty breakfast in the traditional French Canadian Sugar Bush tradition.  Diners were entertained by live music and dancers and fabulous door prizes were awarded for the best plaid!

    The Vibe Photo booth was particularly popular with attendees!  To view these photos as well as those taken by official event photographer, Brian Hum, click here.

    This year the Sugar Bush Breakfast raised over $15,000 in proceeds, 100% of which will go to the Canadian Cancer Society to support life saving research and support for those affected by this terrible illness.  During the event, WICC Ottawa presented a cheque for $30,000 the Canadian Cancer Society!

    SAVE THE DATE for WICC Ottawa’s 6th Annual Sugar Bush which is already booked for April 8th, 2016!