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San Francisco, CA, March 15, 2011 – The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), is pleased to recognize the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at the IICF’s Annual Benefit Dinner being held Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco. 

“St. Baldrick’s is an outstanding non-profit organization leading the way in pediatric cancer research. Growing out of a simple St. Patrick’s Day challenge made between insurance industry executives, St. Baldrick’s provides a powerful example of the impact the insurance industry makes when banning together to address important issues within the community,” said Stephen Meyer, IICF Western Division Board Chairman and Regional Vice President, North Western Region, ACE USA.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. Conceived in 2000, three reinsurance executives, John Bender, Tim Kenny and Enda McDonnell came together to turn an industry St. Patrick’s Day party into a head-shaving event raising money to find a cure for children with cancer. Growing out of that initial head-shaving event, St. Baldrick’s quickly became the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. 

Today the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization, with the exception of the U.S. government. Since 2000, more than 170,000 volunteers, including over 15,000 women, have shaved their heads in solidarity with children with cancer. St. Baldrick’s shavees have raised over $100 million for life-saving research.

Leading through example, John Bender, St. Baldrick’s Co-Founder and Chairman, holds the great distinction of St. Baldrick’s “Iron Man”, being the only person in the organization’s history to be shorn every year. Bender, President, Allied World Reinsurance will serve as Chairman of the IICF Annual Benefit Dinner. 

“Not only has it been my honor to be a part of the cause to fund life-saving childhood cancer research and witness the tremendous growth and impact the Foundation has had over the last 11 years, it has also been a life-changing experience,” said Bender. “I could never have imagined how one crazy idea could mature into an entity that brings disparate communities together for one Conquer Kids’ Cancer.”  

During the evening, the IICF will also honor Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s Heritage Program for their industry leading role in the realm of philanthropy. Accepting on behalf of the program will be Fireman’s Fund President and CEO Michael LaRocco.  

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 of community nonprofits. 

For dinner information, including ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Office at (925) 280-8009
About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005; it has funded over $56.9 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about St. Baldrick’s, call 1.888.899.BALD or visit

About Fireman’s Fund®
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is a premier property and casualty insurance company providing personal and commercial insurance products nationwide. Fireman’s Fund is a member of the Allianz Group, the world’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance. For additional information, visit