West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
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Robertson Ryan & Associates Employee Receives Spirit of the Silver Lining® Award

West Bend honors its agents and the nonprofit organizations they support

By - Mar 4th, 2019 11:33 am
Photo courtesy of West Bend Mutual Insurance.

Photo courtesy of West Bend Mutual Insurance.

Milwaukee, WI – West Bend Mutual Insurance announced today that it has given its Spirit of the Silver Lining Award to John “Mack” Borges, Vice President and Partner at Robertson Ryan & Associates. The award honors West Bend agents and the nonprofit organizations they support for their dedication to delivering a silver lining to those in need.

Borges was presented the Spirit of the Silver Lining Award for his work with Penfield Children’s Center. Additionally, West Bend donated a $10,000 grant to the organization.

As a leader in early childhood development, Penfield Children’s Center serves more than 1,700 children annually, many of whom have developmental delays or disabilities. The center provides early education, health services, and family programming to help children learn and overcome developmental challenges. The majority of the children who receive care are from families who are at or below the federal poverty level and would not be able to afford these crucial services otherwise.

“As a longtime resource in the community, Penfield’s services have provided a positive start in life for many infants and children,” said Borges. “Thank you West Bend for the generous grant, which will help Penfield serve more families in the coming year, ensuring that even more children will receive childcare and an early education.”

“At West Bend, we have a proud tradition of giving back to the communities in which we do business,” said Kevin Steiner, president and CEO of West Bend. “The Spirit of the Silver Lining Award is a unique program that allows us to express our gratitude to our agent partners on whom we rely to identify the causes that matter most in our communities.”

Since 2006, West Bend has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants for sustaining support, special projects, or capital projects to nonprofit organizations representing a broad field of interests, including, but not limited to: arts and culture; education; the environment; family, youth, and elderly; health and human services; medical research; and community development. Grants are made to organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota.

About West Bend Mutual Insurance

Founded in 1894, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is headquartered in West Bend, Wisconsin, and provides property/casualty insurance products throughout the Midwest. The company offers a broad personal lines coverage package, a full range of commercial products and services, insurance for specialty lines and a surety division. West Bend employs more than 1,200 associates and is represented by approximately 2,300 independent insurance agencies throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The company has been rated A (Excellent) or better by A.M. Best since 1971. West Bend also consistently ranks higher than its competitors in an agency loyalty survey.

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