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PURE Annual Leadership Forum Raises Generous Donations for St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Boston’s One Fund

April 8, 2013

White Plains, New York – May 9, 2013 -Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE), the policyholder-owned property/casualty insurer that exclusively caters to responsible high net worth individuals and families, raised nearly $25,000 for those in need at a recent conference held in Boston. Attendants of PURE’s annual Leadership Forum, which included partner agents from the around the country, PURE employees and guest speakers, brought in more than $14,000 to support St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the volunteer-driven charity dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer. An additional donation of $10,500 was made to the One Fund, in support of victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

“PURE’s Leadership Forum was designed to lift the category of specialist high net worth property-casualty insurance. It is always a rewarding event, but made much more so this year by the unexpected generosity of our agent partners, employees and guests,” said Ross Buchmueller, president and CEO of PURE.

Chuck Chamness, CEO of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and a guest speaker at the conference, took the opportunity to raise awareness of a charity close to his heart. “I’ve supported St. Baldrick’s and served on the board for many years, and as someone whose family has been touched by pediatric cancer, am extremely appreciative of the work the foundation does,” said Chamness. “I was pleased to be able to share their mission at PURE’s event, and was touched that PURE’s offer to match donations inspired such a reaction from the agents.”

Jack Keefe, president of Wellesley, Massachusetts’ Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group, contributed more than $10,000 to the One Fund Boston with the winning auction bid on a painting produced at the event by famed graffiti artist Erik Wahl. “I was thrilled that PURE held the Leadership Forum in my hometown, especially after the tragic events at the marathon. When the opportunity to support my city presented itself, I knew I had to keep going to win and keep the painting here in Boston,” said Keefe.

About 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. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $103 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. 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. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit

About The One Fund Boston, Inc.

The One Fund Boston is a foundation whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during April 15th’s Boston Marathon. The cornerstone donation to The One Fund Boston was a $1 million commitment from John Hancock. The One Fund has raised more than $29 million to date. To donate and learn more, visit

About PURE

For promotional purposes, PURE refers to the members of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. PURE Group is rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Insurance coverage is underwritten through Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange, a Florida-domiciled reciprocal insurance exchange and member of the PURE Group. PURE provides coverage for high-value homes, automobiles, jewelry, art, personal liability and watercraft to more than 20,000 successful families in 41 markets across the U.S. and is committed to helping its members (policyholders) reduce the price of insurance today while controlling their long-term cost of risk. In return for a fee, PURE Risk Management, LLC acts as Attorney-in-Fact for PURE. For more information or to find a local agent, visit


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