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Trusted Choice® Presents Dan Fulwider Award for Community Involvement to Mississippi Agency
Friends of Children’s Hospital in Jackson to receive $2,500 on behalf of Ronnie Tubertini of SouthGroup Insurance Services.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 21, 2014 – Trusted Choice® has awarded the annual Dan Fulwider Award for Community Involvement to Ronnie Tubertini of SouthGroup Insurance Services, headquartered in Ridgeland, Miss.
 
“We’re proud to present the Dan Fulwider Award for Community Involvement to Ronnie Tubertini of SouthGroup Insurance Services for his hard work and dedication to serving Mississippi’s children,” said Tom Minkler, Big “I” chairman who presenting the award at the association’s largest annual gathering in Washington, D.C. “When Blair Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, Miss.—the only hospital in the state dedicated to treating children—needed help in 2009, Ronnie and his team at the SouthGroup Insurance agency answered the call and they have continued to raise thousands of dollars with an annual 5K race.”
 
As the recipient of the Dan Fulwider Award for Community Involvement, the agency will receive a $2,500 contribution for the charity of their choice and was recognized at the 2014 Big “I” Legislative Conference. South Group Insurance Services selected Friends of Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Miss. as the recipient.
 
In 2009, SouthGroup Insurance started a 5K race to fundraise for the Blair Batson Hospital for Children’s Child Life Program, which focuses on patient services that help kids understand and prepare for medical procedures. The now annual event has averaged more than 500 racers each year with more than 100 agency employees and spouses serving as race volunteers. In the past five years, the agency has raised more than $140,000 for the hospital.
 
“This annual award is presented in memory and honor of Dan Fulwider who passed away after a valiant fight with cancer and recognizes Trusted Choice® member agents for going above and beyond in volunteering time and enthusiasm to causes close to their heart,” says Dave Evans, Trusted Choice® executive director. “Dan Fulwider was a beloved member of the Big ‘I’ family, a huge proponent of Trusted Choice® and served as the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa government affairs coordinator and membership liaison at the time of his passing.”
 
The award was presented during the association’s recent Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
 
Trusted Choice® was launched by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) and several independent agency companies to highlight the benefits independent agencies and brokerage firms offer consumers—choice of companies, customization of policies and advocacy support. It is the premier consumer brand for independent insurance agents and provides national advertising and other strategic tools to reach consumers.      
Trusted Choice® is the consumer marketing identity for more than 25,000 independent insurance agencies and brokerage firms and 70 leading insurance and financial services companies. For more information, go to www.TrustedChoice.com.
 
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