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Community Matters Wins Charlotte Philanthropy Award


Community Matters has been named the 2018 “Outstanding Philanthropic Organization” for Charlotte NC as part of this year’s National Philanthropy Day Awards.


The honor was presented by the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at a November 27 luncheon “to honor the outstanding philanthropists making an impact in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.” More than 600 of Charlotte’s top business leaders, foundations, charities and individuals attended the luncheon.


Community Matters was nominated by Charlotte Rescue Mission, its current charity partner, with endorsements from other charities with which it has worked. Charlotte Rescue Mission is a provider of residential recovery programs for people struggling with addiction and poverty.


In late 2017, Community Matters and Charlotte Rescue Mission announced a unique new nonprofit

partnership – the Community Matters Café. This full-service restaurant and coffee shop on the Charlotte Rescue Mission campus will employ graduates of its addiction-recovery program and teach them the life skills they need to function in society. The café will also serve as a place where groups can meet to discuss other issues facing the city, such as education, homelessness and crime. Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte has pledged $1 million in capital funding for the new café, which is scheduled to open in early 2019.  


“All of us with Community Matters are thrilled and humbled by this philanthropy award,” said Community Matters Board Co-Chair John Tighe. “It’s particularly rewarding because it recognizes our entire local insurance industry – and shows what can be done when companies and individuals who share a common vision come together and leverage resources and expertise to make that vision a reality. That’s what Community Matters is all about. Through philanthropy, we all have the opportunity to directly impact Charlotte’s quality of life.”


National Philanthropy Day is celebrated by more than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world. Locally, the AFP Charlotte chapter has hosted the awards luncheon for nearly 30 years.


Community Matters was formed in Charlotte in 2011 and currently includes more than 80 insurance companies, corporate risk management offices, and industry organizations. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization has contributed more than $1.3 million and 55,000 volunteer hours to its charity partners.


In addition to Charlotte Rescue Mission, Community Matters’ charity partners have included Safe Alliance, an organization supporting and advocating for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; Crisis Assistance Ministry, an agency providing assistance and advocacy for families in financial crisis; and Charlotte Family Housing, a shelter-to-housing program for working, homeless families.

Celebration Dinner Raises More Than $100,000
At our most successful dinner ever, Community Matters raised more than $100,000 to cap off our second-year partnership with Charlotte Rescue Mission.  That's a testament to the outreach and caring of the many insurance professionals in the Charlotte region.  Special thanks to our table sponsors. Gold sponsors were AmWINS Group, Arrowpoint Capital and AXIS Insurance.  Silver were Great American Insurance, The Hartford, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Travelers, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, USI Insurance Services and Zenith Insurance Company.
Kendra Scott Store 'Gives Back' to Community Matters
Our appreciation to the Kendra Scott SouthPark Store for hosting a "Kendra Gives Back Party" for Community Matters in October. Twenty percent of all sales during the four-hour party were donated back to us -- equalling nearly $1,000! We're grateful to have such generous retail partners. A big thank-you also goes to, from left, Melanie Hudson, Travelers; Paula Bulman, USI; and Meg Carter, The Hartford for organizing the event.  
2nd Annual Trivia Contest Raises $17,000
Thanks to everyone who came out for our Trivia Contest, held this year on August 2 at Triple C Brewing Company in Charlotte. It was a blast and raised $17,000 for our partnership with Charlotte Rescue Mission. Taking top prize was the team from Marsh USA, followed by teams from AmWINS and AIG. 
Golf Tournament Proves To Be a Big Success
Way to go, golfers! With the help of 116 of you who turned out for our 5th Annual Golf Tournament at Charlotte's Raintree Country Club, we raised more than $40,000 through registrations, sponsorships, raffles and contests. That's a terrific result. The winning foursome, pictured here, was Eric Sodergren, Aon Hewitt; Rick Juraschek, Lincoln Financial; Patrick Sweeney, Mercer; and David Simas, USI. Tribute was also paid to Pat Bowes for launching the event five years ago. To show our support for Pat, who is suffering from ALS, we donated $1,000 of funds raised at the event to the NC chapter of the ALS Association. 
Dodgeball Tournament Raises $47,000
More than 400 Community Matters players, volunteers and sponsors turned out for our 7th Annual Dodgeball Tournament this year, working together to bring in about $45,000 for our partnership with Charlotte Rescue Mission. Top team fundraiser was Relation Insurance Services' Daj Mabal (pictured here), while top individual fundraiser was, once again, Swimmer Insurance's Matt Frazier. First place in team play went to AmWINS Untouchaballs. It was a great time for a great cause! Thanks to everyone who supported the event.
Wooden Robot Brewery Sponsors Fundraiser
Thanks to Wooden Robot Brewery for donating $1 for every one of its Generously Hopped IPAs served until mid-March 2018 -- or while supplies last -- to Community Matters.  Several CM members turned up for the opening night of "our beer" on Feb. 15.  Remember to check out Wooden Robot at 1440 South Tryon Street to support our fundraising efforts!  And a big thank you to Matt Frazier for setting this up.  

Kicking Off 2018 At Our Leaders & Coordinators Meeting
Community Matters kicked off the new year at our annual Leaders & Coordinators Meeting, held this year on February 5 at Charlotte Rescue Mission.  One of the highlights of the meeting was meeting Ed Price, CRM's Director of Life Operations, who will manage the Community Matters Cafe.   For a full summary of the meeting, click here.
Community Matters, Charlotte Rescue Mission Announce New Nonprofit Venture
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 29, 2017) – Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte and Charlotte Rescue Mission are pleased to announce a unique new nonprofit partnership launching in Uptown Charlotte next fall.


This morning, Charlotte Rescue Mission and Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte met to officially announce the creation of Community Matters Café, a full-service restaurant and coffee shop in the 100-year-old building next door to CRM’s Rebound campus. Its focus is to teach life skills to graduates of Charlotte Rescue Mission’s residential substance abuse recovery programs while providing the community with an exciting new spot to grab a cup of coffee, stop in for breakfast or lunch, and gather for business and community meetings.


“Community Matters Café will provide our program graduates with the life skills they need to function in society,” says Rev. Tony Marciano, President/CEO of Charlotte Rescue Mission. “Often when someone starts abusing drugs or alcohol, they stop maturing. The café will create a safe laboratory where these new life skills can be tested, learned and acquired.”


This unique business partnership connects two Charlotte area nonprofits over a common interest of increasing upward mobility in the Queen City.


“Community Matters was formed by local insurance professionals six years ago to leverage our industry’s resources for the good of our city,” said Arrowpoint Capital President & CEO John Tighe, who chairs the organization’s board. “With this goal in mind, Community Matters is pleased to pledge $1 million in capital funding for the new café. It is our hope that the café will become a place for all Charlotteans to gather and address the issues facing our community and find ways to help our neighbors in need.”


The café will employ graduates from Charlotte Rescue Mission’s Rebound and Dove’s Nest programs, creating a safe space for recent graduates to experience personal and professional growth while staying focused on recovery. Community Matters Café will teach graduates essential professional and personal skills to pursue a career in a wide variety of fields, including the hospitality industry, such as adhering to a schedule, financial responsibility and healthy ways to cope with conflict and stress.


The café will feature a casual coffee shop area with comfortable seating, Wi-Fi and a fun atmosphere. There will also be seated dining with table service for breakfast and lunch. Community Matters Café will quickly become a popular spot in the 3rd Ward Neighborhood, bringing neighbors, business people and Mission supporters together over great food and great service. CRM plans to make meeting space available to community groups and businesses and will have free on-site parking.


Community Matters Café, located in the shadow of Bank of America Stadium at 907 W 1st Street, hopes to open during the 2018-2019 Carolina Panthers football season. For more information on this partnership, please call Kristin Blinson at 704.973-2238.

Community Matters Companies Support CRM Thanksgiving Effort
Thanks to Lockton, Liberty Mutual (pictured here) and Arrowpoint Capital for contributing dinner boxes to Charlotte Rescue Mission's annual Thanksgiving Food Box Drive. The drive gives low-income families in Charlotte all the fixings they need to cook a Thanksgiving meal at home. CRM expects to provide over 4,000 dinner boxes and turkeys this year, more than double last year's number. 
Kicking Off 2018 At Our Leaders & Coordinators Meeting
Community Matters kicked off the new year at our annual Leaders & Coordinators Meeting, held this year on February 5 at Charlotte Rescue Mission.  One of the highlights of the meeting was meeting Ed Price, CRM's Director of Life Operations, who will manage the Community Matters Cafe.  For a full summary of the meeting,click here
Party with a Purpose Brings In $5,390
Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Party with a Purpose, held in a new party space between SouthBound Restaurant and Mac's Speed Shop in Charlotte's South End.  The beer was great, the food was delicious and the Holdouts were rocking! But most important, we raised an impressive $5,390 for our partnership with Charlotte Rescue Mission. Special thanks to Palmer & Cay's Scott Mercer for organizing the event and AIG for serving as sponsor. 
Clean Up & Cook Out at CRM
Our first Clean Up & Cook Out at Charlotte Rescue Mission -- which took place on July 15, 2017 -- was a big success. We dodged some rain during the afternoon but, at the end of the day, CRM had a refurbished outdoor rec area (including a new volleyball court) and enjoyed a hamburger dinner. Companies represented included AIG, AmWINS, Arrowpoint Capital, Chubb, ECM, Hull & Company, Lockton, Marsh, Peachtree, Sompo, Travelers, USI and Zenith. Great job everyone!
Golf Tournament Raises $40K
Thanks to everyone who played in, sponsored or volunteered at our Fourth Annual Golf Tournament. We raised $40K through registrations, sponsorships, raffles and contests -- up $4,000 from last year. The AmWINS foursome of Chris Laluk, Daniel Hicks, Rob Vecchio and Dennis Long took home top prize with a winning score of 55. Longest Drive Men's went to InterCon's Charlie Eadie while Longest Drive Women's was won by Aon's Diana Bentley.
Dodgeball Tournament, Trivia Contest Raise $75K
Thanks to everyone who participated in our 6th Annual Dodgeball Tournament and First Trivia Contest. We raised $75K, which pushed us to the Million Dollar Milestone. AIG was the top team fundraiser, while Swimmer Insurance's Matt Frazier took individual fundraiser honors. Travelers' "Red Writers" took home first place in tournament play, while AIG took top honors in the Trivia Contest.
Community Matters Hits Our Million Dollar Milestone!
We are proud to have raised $1,000,000 over the past 5 years, hitting our milestone at the March 24 Dodgeball Tournament. But most important, we're proud to have supported the four incredible charities we've partnered with since being formed in 2011. Pictured with our steering committee are the leaders of those 4 charities. Holding the check are, from left, Karen Parker, Safe Alliance; Stephen Smith, Charlotte Family Housing; Tony Marciano, Charlotte Rescue Mission; and Carol Hardison, Crisis Assistance Ministry.
First Annual Trivia Contest
To get everyone pumped for the dodgeball tournament, we're launching our First Annual Community Matters Team Trivia Night on Thursday, March 23 at Heist Brewery (pictured here), 2909 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205. In addition to the contest, a ticket will get you food, beer, live music and the opportunity to bid on fabulous prizes in our silent auction. To learn more or buy tickets, visit
Dodgeball Tournament Scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2017
The 6th Annual Dodgeball Tournament is scheduled fro Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Sports Connection on Granite Street in Charlotte. Details will be announced in early 2017, but mark your calendars now!
2017-18 Partner: Charlotte Rescue Mission
Community Matters announces the selection of Charlotte Rescue Mission (CRM) as its 2017-18 partner. CRM provides residential recovery programs that help people struggling with the disease of addiction achieve long-term sobriety, find employment and stable housing, and restore and build healthy relationships. Pictured here is CRM Executive Director Tony Marciano at our Nov. 7 Celebration Dinner. To learn more about CRM, visit
Community Matters Present $175,00 Check to Charity Partners
We presented a $175,000 check to our two 2014-2016 charity partners - Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry - at our 5th Annual Celebration Dinner on Nov. 7. That brings our "official" total contribution to our partners to $550,000 over the past three years. When combined with our donation to Safe Alliance in 2012-13, Community Matters has now contributed $925,000 to charity since our inception five years ago. Seen holding the check are, from left, Charlotte Family Housing's Stephen Smith and Crisis Assistance Ministry's Mike Davis
Golf Tournament Raises Almost $36,000
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Third Annual Golf Tournament on July 18. It proved to be a great success, bringing in almost $36,000. The CorVel team of Brian Westveer, Barry Price and Lee Caplan too top prize with a score of 54, followed by an All-Risks foursome. But most importantly, it scored a big win for the fight to end homelessness!
Register for our Third Annual Golf Tournament to be held July 18

Registration for sponsors is now open for our Third Annual Community Matters Golf Tournament on Monday, July 18. The event will take place at the beautiful Pine Lake Country Club in Charlotte. Sign up today and join us in combatting homelessness through our support of Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry. Please note that only registration for sponsors is now open; registration for individuals and groups begins June 29. Please visit
Dodgeball Tournament Raises $67,396

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2016 dodgeball tournament. More than 400 of you showed up to play, volunteer or cheer on your favorite team! And most important, to raise money to support Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry.  A big thank you to our top fundraising team -- pictured here -- AmWINS Submission Impossible, with a total of $12,890. Photos may be found at
Sign Up Now for the Fifth Annual Dodgeball Tournament, Scheduled for April 29, 2016

Need we say more? The Charlotte insurance industry's premier sporting event will be back for its fifth year on April 29. Registration begins Monday, March 14, and run through Friday, April 22. To sign up, visit Space is limited so start getting those dodgeball teams together!
Crisis Assistance Ministry Issues 2016 Challenges

Crisis Assistance Ministry has challenged us to three projects for 2016 - collecting public school uniforms for children in need, assembling dressers for individuals moving from homelessness to housing (pictured right) and providing lunches to agency customers in their facility lobby. To learn how you can help, check out our Volunteer page.
Kicking Off 2016 with Leaders & Coordinators Meeting at Dressler's Restaurant

More than 30 Community Matters leaders and coordinators gathered at Dressler's Restaurant at the Metropolitan in Charlotte to get energized for the new year! The group also gave Jon Dressler a big round of applause for his financial support of Community Matters - his donations have totaled $15,000 over the past two years!
Community Matters Presents $200K Check to Charity Partners

The Community Matters Board of Directors presented Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry with a check for $200,000 at our Fourth Annual Celebration Dinner on November 9, resulting in a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.  The dinner itself raised more than $70,000.  It was a great way to wrap up another successful year!
Register for our Second Annual Golf Tournament July 20

Registration for sponsors is now open for our Second Annual Community Matters Golf Tournament on Monday, July 20. The event will take place at the beautiful Pine Lake Country Club in Charlotte. Sign up today and join us in combatting homelessness through our support of Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry. Please note that only registration for sponsors is now open; registration for individuals and groups begins June 29. Please visit

Fourth Annual Dodgeball Tournament Scheduled for April 17

Mark your calendars!  Registration for the 4th Annual Dodgeball Tournament begins Monday, March 2, 2015, with the event scheduled for Friday, April 17. As in previous years, participation will be limited to the first 42 teams that sign up. The tournament will once again be held at the Sports Connection on Granite Street in Charlotte from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Details coming soon.

Nearly 500 Coats Donated to Crisis Assistance Ministry Coat Drive

Thanks to the efforts of our member companies, Community Matters donated nearly 500 coats to WSOC-TV's 2014-15 Steve's Coats for Kids Campaign to benefit our charity partner, Crisis Assistance Ministry.  That's 5% of their 10,000-coat goal.  And the drive went beyond coats, with many companies also donating bags of other clothing items.  Pictured here is a team from Marsh that delivered coats to the agency: Susan Starks, WSOC Weatherman Steve Udelson, Barbara Stapp and Cathy Fitzgerald.

Community Matters Presents $175K Check to Charity Partners

The Community Matters Board of Directors presented Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry with a check for $175,000 at our Third Annual Celebration Dinner on November 10, resulting in a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.  The event itself raised $80,295.  "What a great way to end the year," said Steering Committee Co-Chair Angela Matherly.  "To see our membership rally around these two incredible organizations and their fight to end homelessness has been awe-inspiring."  Seen in the photo are Crisis Assistance Ministry CEO Carol Hardison, Angela, and Charlotte Family Housing Executive Director Stephen Smith.
Third Annual Celebration Dinner To Be Held Nov. 10 at the Club at Longview

Plans for our Third Annual Celebration Dinner are coming together and it promises to be another extraordinary event! The dinner will be held this year on Monday, November 10 at the Club at Longview. Our silent auction is again on tap, with great prizes going to the highest bidders.

We'd love to see every Community Matters member company participate -- that could push us up to and over our $200,000 goal. To date, we have commitments from Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Travelers, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa America, Snyder's-Lance, Lockton Companies, Ironshore Insurance Services, The Hartford, Arrowpoint Capital, Aon, AmWINS and AIG.


Seats are $250 apiece. But we also encourage you to sponsor a table of 10 and invite your customers, business partners and employees as guests. All proceeds above the cost of the event will go toward Community Matters’ support of our partners’ work to end homelessness. Sponsorships are available at three levels:

· Platinum $25,000

· Gold $10,000

· Silver $ 5,000

We hope that you will consider a sponsorship. Last year, the dinner was one of our most successful fundraising events, and we need your support to reach our $200,000 goal. To sponsor a table or purchase tickets, email with your level of sponsorship.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a silent auction.  Dress is business casual.

Golf Tournament Brings In More Than $27,000

Thanks to everyone who sponsored, participated in, volunteered at or donated prizes, gifts and/or clothes to our First Annual Golf Tournament.  The event was a major success, bringing in more than $27,000.  Proceeds go to Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry for their work to prevent homelessness.  First Place Winners Gross Score were, from left, Frank Sanders, Aon; Barry Price, CorVel; Bruce Quintana, Aon; and Sean Snell, CorVel.  To see photos of the event, check out

Save the Date - Community Matters to Hold First Annual Golf Tournament July 21

Get ready to swing into action at the First Annual Community Matters Golf Tournament on Monday, july 21, at the Pine Lake Country Club in Charlotte.  104 golfers can take part in the Captain's Choice event with entry fee just $100 per person, including cart, continental breakfast and lunch. Prizes for longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin, hole-in-one and more,  Stay tuned for details.  Registration begins May 19! 
Barbecue, Beer & and Band Fundraiser - May 31
Community Matters will host a summertime kickoff fundraiser at Mac's Speed Shop party shack on South Blvd. -- better known as Side Burns -- on Saturday afternoon, May 31, from 3 to 6 p.m.  The band, The Holdouts, is lined up and ready to rock!  There will be a variety of smoked meats being served right off of Mac’s competition smoker, better known at the Hogzilla. All meats will be prepared featuring EC’s Home BBQ Sauce which we will also be selling at the event. All profits from the sale of the sauce will also go to Charlotte Family Housing in support of our cause. Local craft beers will be provided as part of admission to round out our BBQ, Beer and Band Summer Kickoff Party.  Tickets just $50 each. 

Dodgeball Tourney Brings In $62,004

Thanks to everyone who participated in, volunteers at or financially supported this year's Dodgeball Tournament, which brought in $62,004.  AmWINS' Submission Impossible was the top fundraising team for a second straight year ($8,241 raised), with Swimmer Insurance's Matt Frazier top individual fundraiser ($3,000).  Top honors in tournament play went to Hedrick Gardner (see right), while top prizes for best-dressed and best name went to Travelers teams.  To see photos of the event, check out   

Poverty Simulation Kicks Off 2014
Great start to a new year for Community Matters in February.  Our partners - Crisis Assistance Ministry and Charlotte Family Housing - coordinated a poverty simulation to help us better understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day.  We followed that with our annual Leaders & Coordinators Meeting.  For photos of the event taken by our "official photographer" Dan Plilszka, see   Pictured here is one of our poverty simulation "families": Front, Andrew Chapin, Snyder's-Lance; Ray Sanders, BB&T; and Jill Bobbitt, AmWINS.  Back, Melanie Hudson, Travelers, and Angela Blythe, Arrowpoint Capital. 
Teen Program Hosts Valentines Event 
Amazing  Thanks to our Teen Program for their work at Charlotte Family Housing Sunday -- the group made Valentines with the kids, decorated the house, baked cupcakes and cookies and assembled welcome packages for the new residents.  Everyone had a great time.  Special kudos to Andrea Neill of AmWINS, who organized the even, and Tom Lott, AmWINS and Rick Juraschek, Liberty Mutual, who donated many of the supplies for the welcome baskets. 
Community Matters Selects Its 2014-2015 Charity Partners: Crisis Assistance Ministry and Charlotte Family Housing

Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte has selected Crisis Assistance Ministry and Charlotte Family Housing as its charity partners for 2014-2015.

Community Matters chose the two organizations because of their complementary focus on battling homelessness in the Charlotte region – Crisis Assistance Ministry for its work in preventing homelessness and Charlotte Family Housing for its efforts to empower homeless families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
“Working with both organizations will allow Community Matters to address homelessness from both a prevention and recovery perspective,” said Tom Lott, a member of the Community Matters steering committee.  “And prevention and recovery from loss is what the insurance industry is all about.”

Formed in 2011, Community Matters is now comprised of more than 60 firms in the insurance industry.  In 2012, the organization donated 10,200 volunteer hours and $200,000 to Safe Alliance, its first selected charity. Originally focusing on one charity at a time, Community Matters is expanding its approach to include two charities for 2014-2015 to allow it to have an even broader impact on fighting homelessness in Charlotte.

Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance to and advocacy for families in crisis while helping lead them to self-sufficiency. Specifically, Crisis Assistance Ministry provides basic needs, from emergency financial assistance for the prevention of eviction or utility disconnection to clothing and furniture assistance to ensure dignity. Counselors provide support services and referrals to give families the tools they need to move toward financial stability. Educating the larger community about the realities of poverty in Mecklenburg County is also an important role the agency undertakes. Visit them online at or to learn more about preventing homelessness and preserving dignity.

In responding to Crisis Assistance Ministry's selection by Community Matters, CEO Carol Hardison said, “This is an amazing partnership that will make an immediate impact in the lives of people in financial crisis.  Community Matters is a one-of-a-kind operation that will touch every aspect of this mission with their support. From helping families facing eviction to giving children a bed to sleep on, they will touch the lives of thousands of people. Together, this unique alignment of three community entities will prevent catastrophes for our neighbors and stop homelessness in its tracks.”

Charlotte Family Housing (CFH) is a shelter-to-housing program for working, homeless families. CFH works to solve family homelessness by housing families, building partnerships, and empowering change, with 91% of the families who were rapidly rehoused last year successfully maintaining permanent housing without a rental subsidy. The mission of CFH is to empower homeless families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through shelter, housing, supportive services and advocacy.  For more information, visit

“Charlotte Family Housing is ecstatic to be selected as a community partner of Community Matters,” noted Executive Director Stephen Smith. “The passion and energy they invest into nonprofit partnerships will allow us to empower so many homeless parents and children in our community to move beyond homelessness and sustain housing long-term.”

Community Matters will hold its Second Annual Celebration Dinner at the Club at Longview to recognize its two-year partnership with Safe Alliance, announce its fund-raising total for 2014 and welcome its new charity partners.  For tickets or more information about the dinner, contact

Community Matters Donates $175,000 to Safe Alliance: Culmination of Year-Tow Activities in Support of our First Charity Partner

Community Matters presented a check to Safe Alliance at its Second Annual Celebration Dinner in November, capping two years of volunteer and fund-raising support for the crisis intervention and counseling agency.

The presentation holds special significance for Community Matters members as it was at a Safe Alliance fund-raiser that the idea for our organization was born.

"What an incredible two-year partnership this has been," said Community Matters steering committee member Tom Lott.  "I don't think Community Matters would have been as successful without the initial connection to Safe Alliance and its mission of hope and healing for people in crisis.  Safe Alliance's work resonated with our members, leading us to join together to help end domestic violence in Charlotte.

"Thanks to everyone who has given of themselves to make Community Matters what it is today.  Together, we have contributed a two-year total of $375,000 to Safe Alliance, while donating more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service."


Pictured above at the check presentation are Steve DeCarlo, AmWINS, Angela Matherly, Snyder's-Lance; John Tighe, Arrowpoint Capital; and Phil Kline, Safe Alliance President and CEO.

Join Community Matters for a 'Knight Out' with the Charlotte Knights on August 17

On Saturday, August 17, we'll be hosting a special Knight Out with the Charlotte Knights! This is a terrific opportunity for you and your family to join other Charlotte-area insurance families for a fun event in support of a great cause. The Charlotte Knights will be taking on the Durham Bulls at Knights Stadium. Gates open... at 5:30 p.m., with the game starting at 7:15 p.m. A fireworks show follows the game.

We have lower-level reserved seating for just $13 per ticket -- with $3 of every ticket being donated to Community Matters! To purchase tickets, send/give a check made out to Community Matters to your company point person for this event by Friday, August 2. (A point person has been named for every Community Matters company to collect money for the tickets. If you don't know who your point person is, please email Michelle Bissinger at She can also answer any additional questions you may have about the event.) Tickets either will be distributed at your company by August 16 or will be available at our Community Matters "Will Call" Table on the day of the event.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for anywhere from $325-1,350!! Please contact Michelle Bissinger for more information. Tickets are included in the sponsorships.

Finally, you can enter for a chance to participate in activities between innings by stopping by the Community Matters table the night of the event.
AmWINS Team is Top Dodgeball Tournament Fundraiser
Congratulations to AmWINS' Submission Impossible team (pictured left) for being the top team fundraiser at this year's Dodgeball Tournament with a total of $8,000.  Coming in second was Willis' Occupy Ball Street team at $6,056, while third went to Arrowpoint Capital's ArrowDodgers 1 with $3,395.  Top individual fundraiser was Willis' Mike Honeycutt at $3,380.
Dodgeball Tournament Raises $56,443
Amazing! That's the only way to describe this year's Community Matters Dodgeball Tournament, which brought in $56,443 (to date) to benefit the programs and services of Safe Alliance, our charity partner.  It was great fun and great competition as our local industry came together to raise funds for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Taking first place in the tournament was Belk's Modern. Southern. Dodgeball team (pictured here).  Second place went to the Appalachian State Risk Management Team, while taking third was The Hartford's Maximum Collision Damage.
2013 Community Matters Plans Outlined at Coordinators Meeting
Approximately 50 Community Matters coordinators gathered at Snyder's-Lance recently to hear about Community Matters' plans for 2013, including its Second Annual Dodgeball Tournament, its summer-long fund-raising campaign and its volunteer work with Salfe Alliance.  Everyone was enthusiasitc about building on the success Community Matters achieved last year, when it presented a $200,000 check to Safe Alliance.  Stay tuned to this website for details abouit the upcoming activities..
Thanks to IIA and CPCU
A huge "thank you" to the Independent Insurance Agents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the Chalotte chapter of the CPCU Society for letting us speak at their respective conferences in February 2013 abouit Community Matters.  The two groups have been a big part of supporting us in Year One and will certainly be a big part of Year Two as well.
Employee Benefits Gearing Up For Community Matters in 2013
Our February 12, 2013, information meeting with the Employee Benefits (EB) side of the business was a big success -- with our EB colleagues more than ready to take on their P&C brothers and sisters in fund-raising and dodgeball.  Thanks to Kevin Wintermute of Willis, pictured right, for organizing the meeting.

Attending were reps from AIG, Aetna, Aon Hewitt, Benefit Resources of the Carolinas, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, CIGNA, The Hartford, Liberty Mutual, Lincoln Financial, MetLife, Mutual of Omaha, Reliance Standard, Sun Life, UnitedHealthcare, Wells Fargo and Willis.

Community Matters Presents $200,000 Check to United Family Serivces

At its one-year anniversary celebration dinner on November 5, 2012, Community Matters presented a check to United Family Services (UFS) for $200,000!  That's amazing, given that our organization is only a year old. The contribution represents a great deal of hard work and effort from our member companies and their employees.  We've also received so much feedback that we need to see the new UFS Battered Women's Shelter through that we've decided to stick with UFS for one more year.  We'll select a new charity at some point in 2013.


We are thankful to everyone who gave of themselves to make Community Matters what it is today.  In addition to your financial contributions, many of you have spent countless hours helping to raise funds for and volunteer at the shelter.  In all, Community Matters members contributed more than 10,500 to CM and UFS initiatives.  We are proud to be part of this industry and cannot thank you enough for all you have done.


Pictured above at the check presentation are John Tighe, Arrowpoint Capital; Tom Lott, AmWINS; Sheri Lynch, nationally syndicated radio personality and UFS board member; Phil Kline, UFS President and CEO; Angela Matherly, Snyder's-Lance; and Karen Parker, Chief Advnacement Officer. 


For more photos of the dinner, click here.


At One-Year Anniversary, Community Matters Featured in The Charlotte Observer

Community Matters One-Year Anniversary Celebration Dinner Monday, November 5
The dinner will take place at The Club at Longview, 8801 Longview Club Drive in Weddington at 6pm with cocktails followed by dinner.  Cost is $250 per person.  For more information, contact us at or
Thanks to our table sponsors:
AmWINS Group
Arrowpoint Capital
BB&T Insurance Services
Great American Professional Risk Insurance Services
Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Wright Insurance Group
Community Matters Helps Host UFS Arts Day
The United Family Services Art With Heart Committee and leaders from Community Matters collaborated and put on an “Arts Day” at the Shelter for Battered Women in September 2012. It was an opportunity for UFS clients and their children to paint, draw and create collages – all to celebrate art.  Special thanks to Artist/Designer Robin Tonelli for pulling this terrific event together.

Pictured: Tom Lott, Angela Matherly and Kedar Bryan from Community Matters …. And Robin Tonelli, Katherine Daly and Hillary Lacouture from Art With Heart.

Community Matters' Donation of Quilts to Advocacy Center Featured in Union County Weekly

Community Matters Campaign Happy Hour

When: Thursday, August 9, 5pm

Where: Southpark Taco Mac, Upper Level, 4625 Piemont Row Drive, Charlotte

Specifics: Cash bar, with first 25 Community Matters guest receiving a free drink.  Raffle.  Appetizers sponsored by ACE.

Community Matters Participates in Charlotte Run for Peace

The May 26 Charlotte Run for Peace 5k to benefit United Family Services was a huge success, with 454 runners taking part at Charlotte's McAlpine Creek Greenway on a warm spring morning.  That number included several Community Matters participants, with 44 having signed up to take part. (Some are pictured to the left.) Because the Charlotte Run for Peace is completely organized by volunteers, all proceeds go to UFS to better the lives of women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. 

Dodgeball Tournament A Big Success

The First Annual Community Matters Dodgeball Tournament was a huge success, with more than 400 people from over 50 companies participating.  We had more than 50 volunteers who graciously gave their time and did an awesome job to help run the event.  In addition, NFL greats Jonathan Stewart and Al Wallace officiated some of the games and joined us in the final exhibition match.  The tournament helped bring our fundraising total to date to almost $70,000. 


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  • Community Matters Featured on Charlotte News 14
Community Matters Director Tom Lott was recently interviewed by News 14 anchor Rob Boisvert for the Charlotte news channel's 'In-Depth' segment.  Tom outlined the goals of Community Matters and discussed the upcoming Dodgeball Tournament on April 27.  The segment is expected to air during the day on April 26.

Community Matters Featured in March 26th Charlotte Observer Article

Charlotte area insurance industry unites for charity: Community Matters is based on a concept all involved believe is new to the state, perhaps even the country.



Featuring teams from AmWINS, Aon, Arrowpoint Capital, BB&T Insurance, Belk, Chartis, CorVel, FM Global, Gallagher Bassett, Great American, Harleysville, Liberty Mutual, Lockton, Marsh, McGladrey, McNeary, PMA, Remi, Snyder's-Lance, Travelers, United Family Services, Wells Fargo Insurance, Westfield Group and Zenith
  • Kick-off Reception, November 2, 2011

Our kick-off reception highlighted the goals and activities of Community Matters and provided an overview of our first nonprofit partner, United Family Services.  Special guest speaker was Sheri Lynch, co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Bob & Sheri Show" and a United Family Services Board Member. 

This page includes links to photos of the event, as well as a 10-minute video featuring some of the remarks from that night.

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