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San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2011 – The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), is pleased to announce California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones will be in attendance as a special guest at the IICF Annual Benefit Dinner being held Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco. 

Recently elected, Jones took the Oath of Office as California’s fourth elected Insurance Commissioner January 3, 2011. As Commissioner, Jones leads the California Department of Insurance and is responsible for regulating California’s insurance industry. Jones served in the California State Assembly from 2004 through 2010 prior to his election as Insurance Commissioner. During such time, Jones chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judicial Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. 

“We are proud to welcome Commissioner Jones to this very important industry event. This marks the 18th Annual IICF Benefit Dinner. We are thankful for the industry’s support, which has allowed for the longevity and growth of this united philanthropic effort. We are excited to introduce Commissioner Jones to this unique industry movement,” says Stephen Meyer, IICF Western Division Board Chairman and Regional Vice President, North Western Region, ACE USA.

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 non-profit 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. 

The 2011 dinner will honor Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s Heritage Program SM 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 St. Baldrick’s Foundation will also be recognized during the evening for their leadership in pediatric cancer research. John Bender, President, Allied World Reinsurance is serving as Chairman of the IICF Annual Benefit Dinner.

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