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Selling pink ‘Charlie’ hats for donations
Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee has become the statewide partner of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program, committing resources throughout Tennessee to raise money and awareness.
Farm Bureau Insurance offices will be raising money by selling special-edition pink “Charlie hats,” by participating in Making Strides walk events and staging other fundraising activities.
“The people of Farm Bureaus Insurance have long been known as leaders in their local communities and now it is time for the company itself to step up and be a leader in this important cause,” Chief Executive Officer Sonny Scoggins said in making the company’s commitment.
The special edition pink Charlie hat is a replica of the famous red hat worn by Farmer Charlie in the company’s advertisements. It features an embroidered Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ribbon on the bill. The hats are available at the local Farm Bureau office in Dandridge for a minimum $5 donation.
Farm Bureau Insurance officials said the American Cancer Society (ACS) was a natural fit for the company’s philanthropic effort.
“The ACS has a presence in every Tennessee county, just like we do,” said Chief Marketing Officer Neal Townsend. “They have an outstanding organization, an impeccable fi nancial record and their people are all fi rst rate. We
couldn’t pick a better organization and cause to support.”
Fundraising activities began in August and will culminate in October, which is the national breast cancer awareness month. A Making Strides walk will be held in Knoxville on Sunday, October 7 and the next four weekends across the state in Memphis, Johnson City, Nashville, Chattanooga and Jackson.
“We are so appreciative of this partnership and all the excitement that is being generated by Farm Bureau Insurance,” said Jenny Stripling, associate state vice president for the mid-south division of the American Cancer Society. “Every pink hat that is sold and every step taken for the Making Strides walks helps the American Cancer Society save lives!”
As the largest health organization in the United States, the ACS is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has twelve chartered divisions, more that 900 local offices nationwide
and a presence in more than 5,100 communities. As a global grassroots force, the Society relies on the strength
of more than three million dedicated volunteers. Together with their millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society is saving lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
Farm Bureau Insurance was founded in 1948. It is the state’s number one writer of individual life insurance and the second largest writer of home and auto policies. It has offices in more Tennessee communities than any other insurer. There are 450 agents in 169 offi ces across the state. Headquarters is in Columbia.
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In front, Melody Harper and Beverly Holland of the ACS receive the donation from Farm Bureau manager David Haston. In back, from left, are Farm Bureau representatives Betty Carmichael, Paula Ausmus, Michael Hasty, Clint Cagle, Vickie Kowalsky and Chyrel Cool. (Staff photo - Ronnie Housley)
Click Jefferson County Farm Bureau OR call (865) 397-3117
Click American Cancer Society OR call (865) 558-4052