Boca Raton, FL (April, 2005) — NCCI Holdings, Inc. has proven that social responsibility is alive and well in Boca Raton.
In keeping with their corporate mission, the company instituted an organization-wide fundraising effort in support of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF). In recognition of their generosity, the DRI Foundation presented NCCI with an award of appreciation for their contributions to the cause in 2005.
The belief in corporate citizenship held by NCCI CEO Steven Klingel, coupled with the influence of several employees’ personal connections to diabetes, created a passionate group of supporters of the diabetes research foundation. In February, they raised money and awareness for the DRI with a “Dress Down for Diabetes” day, which allowed employees to wear jeans to work for a small donation.
NCCI was also the Benefactor Sponsor for the World of Hope, a diabetes research conference that included inspiring presentations on the tremendous progress being made toward a diabetes cure.
“One of our five core employee values is responsibility. We honor our commitments, are personally answerable for our actions, and believe we should actively give back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Cheryl Budd, NCCI’s Chief Communications Officer. “This year’s sponsorship was possible because of employee interest and recognition that diabetes not only affects the individual, but also the family. We included a company-wide education program through articles and a lunch-and-learn on living with diabetes.”
NCCI Underwriting Analyst, Jonathan Singer, who was diagnosed with type I diabetes in 1993, convinced his colleagues to become involved with the diabetes foundation. His family has been supporting diabetes research for more than 30 years.
Barbara Singer, Jonathan’s mother, was a part of the group of parents of children with diabetes who founded the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation in 1971. Even after losing her daughter, Debbie, to diabetes-related complications, she is still committed to the cause, spending the majority of her time at the diabetes organization’s national office in Hollywood. After sharing with his coworkers the account of his sister’s battle with diabetes, Jonathan said, “I was truly touched, moved and inspired by the outpouring of support.”
NCCI Holdings, Inc., is based in Boca Raton, Florida, and also has offices in more than 10 other states. Operating on a not-for-profit basis since 1922, it is the oldest and largest provider of workers compensation insurance and employee injury data and statistics in the nation.
The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Pioneering new technologies in islet cell transplantation and other cellular therapies since the early 1970’s, the DRI has successfully reversed diabetes in patients involved in ongoing clinical trials. For the millions of families affected by diabetes who are looking to the world of science for answers, the DRI is the best hope for a cure.
Lori Weintraub, APR
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation