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Insurance industry to support night of hope with Farmers Insurance

Continuing a commitment to the community, Farmers Insurance chief executive officer to be honored with City of Hope’s 2011 Spirit of Life® Award

LOS ANGELES – City of Hope’s National Insurance Industry Council (NIIC) will recognize the tireless support of Farmers Insurance and its chief executive officer, Bob Woudstra, at the 2011 Spirit of Life® gala on Saturday, November 12, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Woudstra will receive City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, The Spirit of Life Award, in recognition of his outstanding business and philanthropic achievements. Farmers Insurance is a longtime supporter of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

As a company committed to giving back to the communities where they work and play, Farmers Insurance has been a sponsor of City of Hope’s Walk for Hope, which supports the institution’s multidisciplinary Women’s Cancers Program, for the past three years. In addition to supporting City of Hope through its longtime involvement in the NIIC, Farmers Insurance has launched a new national initiative to help City of Hope encourage the community to join Be The Match Registry, a program that helps patients who are battling cancers like leukemia and lymphoma find matching bone marrow donors for their lifesaving bone marrow transplant treatment. The initiative includes a Farmers Insurance bone marrow registry program that will reach out to Farmers’ 40,000 employees, agents and district managers nationwide.

“I am thoroughly impressed by the City of Hope's commitment to innovative research and lifesaving patient care, which sets the standards for cancer care around the country. It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that impacts so many people and saves so many lives,” said Woudstra.

“Bob and the entire Farmers Insurance team are steadfast supporters of City of Hope and it’s a privilege to honor Bob’s commitment to our cause,” said Shannon Sullivan, director of development, City of Hope. “City of Hope’s groundbreaking research would not be possible without the support of leaders like Bob, Farmers Insurance and the many dedicated members of our National Insurance Industry Council.”

The NIIC was founded in 1978 by a group of key insurance industry executives and is composed of prominent property/casualty companies, law firms, brokers, accounting firms, reinsurers, executive placement firms and actuaries in the insurance industry. Motivated by their commitment to innovative medical research and quality patient care, and inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope, the NIIC has raised more than $19 million through its fundraising efforts.

To purchase tickets for the Spirit of Life gala, contact Shannon Sullivan at 800-272-2310 or ssullivan@coh.org. For more information about the NIIC, visit www.cityofhope.org/niic.

About Farmers
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products.  Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be.  Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

Media Information:
Laura Kim
Phone: 800-888-5323
lkim@coh.org
http://www.cityofhope.org/media

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