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CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Through its annual fundraiser and a separate corporate donation, Bankers Life has increased its financial support to the Alzheimer's Association in 2014 to $436,000.
Bankers Life's annual Forget Me Not Days event raised just over $336,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, up slightly from what was collected last year. In addition, Bankers Life– the national life and health insurer focusing on the retirement market– recognized the Association on a national level with a $100,000 donation to aid in the support of the Association's mission.
In its 12th record-breaking year, more than 1,000 Bankers Life agents, associates and Alzheimer's Association volunteers took to the streets in May to collect donations from passersby. Volunteers collected in more than 200 cities across the country and over 200,000 packets of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds were exchanged for donations.
"I am always awed by the number of volunteers who come out to support our annual fundraising event and equally impressed by the donations collected each year," said Scott Goldberg, president of Bankers Life. "Forget Me Not Days reminds us how far-reaching Alzheimer's disease is, and of its painful and pervasive impact on families. Bankers Life is honored to aid the Alzheimer's Association in its critical mission to increase awareness and advance education, research and treatment for this devastating disease."
"The longstanding commitment by Bankers Life and their associates to the Alzheimer's Association is always inspiring and sincerely appreciated," said Beth Kallmyer, vice president, constituent services, Alzheimer's Association. "With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and 15 million people providing care, support for the cause is more critical than ever. The effort made by Bankers Life volunteers to blanket street corners to raise awareness and collect funds for critical Alzheimer's Association care, support and research programs is so valuable and will contribute to changing the course of this devastating Alzheimer's disease."
Since the fundraiser's start in 2003, Bankers Life has provided the Association with over $3.7 million for care, education and research programs.
About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org.
About Bankers Life
Bankers Life focuses on the insurance needs of middle-income Americans who are near or in retirement. The Bankers Life brand is a part of CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CNO), whose companies provide insurance solutions that help protect the health and retirement needs of working Americans and retirees. There are more than 5,000 Bankers Life insurance agents at over 300 offices across the country. To learn more, visit BankersLife.com.
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