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SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 22, 2011) – The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), is pleased to announce that Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s philanthropic initiative, the Heritage Program, will be honored at the Foundation’s Annual Benefit Dinner being held Thursday, May 19 at the Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco. Accepting on behalf of the program will be Fireman’s Fund President and CEO Michael LaRocco. 

“While it is an honor to be recognized for our support of the fire service, the real recognition goes to firefighters all across the country for the work they do each and every day,” said LaRocco. “As a company, we believe it is important to raise awareness of the needs of local fire departments. Supporting the fire service means rescuers will be better protected and our communities will be safer. That’s our ultimate goal with this program – saving lives.”

“The Fireman’s Fund Heritage Program is a powerful example of the philanthropic dedication inherent within the industry. We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to highlight and recognize the Heritage Program for its continued efforts in providing safer communities”, said Steve Meyer, IICF Western Division Board Chairman and Regional Vice President, North Western Region, ACE USA.

The Heritage Program, established in 2004, is a renewed social commitment to the company’s founding community focus of supporting firefighters for safer communities. Through the program, Fireman’s Fund enables its employees and independent agencies to award grants to fire departments for needed equipment, firefighter training, and community education programs. Since the program’s inception, Fireman’s Fund has donated more than $27 million in grants to over 1,600 local fire departments and fire safety organizations across the nation.

Established in San Francisco in 1863, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company integrated business growth with its social mission, donating a portion of profits to widows and orphans of San Francisco fire fighters. Today, Fireman’s Fund continues its tradition of social responsibility through the Heritage Program and employee volunteerism.   

The IICF Annual Benefit Dinner provides an opportunity for insurance professionals from across the industry to come together in a united philanthropic effort, raising vital funds for local nonprofits. Proceeds from the evening will benefit multiple nonprofit programs through the Foundation’s community grants program. To date, the Industry Foundation has contributed over $17 million and 140,000 volunteer service hours to hundreds on community nonprofits. 

For dinner information, including ticket sales, please contact the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation office at (925) 280-8009 or