Today, during the 2020 Big “I" Virtual Legislative Conference, Trusted Choice presented Hunter-Williams Insurance in Portsmouth, Ohio with the Dan Fulwider Award for Community Service.
The Dan Fulwider Award for Community Service is named in memory of Dan Fulwider, an avid philanthropist and former government affairs coordinator and membership liaison for the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa. The award recognizes the Big “I" member who has gone above and beyond the call of service to truly make a lasting difference in their community over the past year.
Mark Hunter, owner of Hunter-Williams Insurance, received the award on behalf of the agency as founder of the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund that provides scholarships, clothing, shoes, coats and other necessities, including food, to kids in southern Ohio. As a result of the award, the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund will be the recipient of a $3,000 donation.
“In the spirit of and to honor Dan Fulwider, each year Trusted Choice® recognizes one of its member agents for going above and beyond in volunteering time and enthusiasm to a cause close to their heart," said Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I" president & CEO, as he presented award to Hunter. “This year's recipient turned the tragedy of losing their 21-year-old son Steven in 2006 into a vibrant non-profit helping millions of underserved children of Ohio."
Hunter and his wife, Virgie, created the fund in honor of Steven, who was himself drawn to serving others and helping children in his community. They run the fund themselves and currently serve more than 1,200 children every weekend in 19 different schools across three counties in Ohio. They have provided over 1.2 million meals to date.
“2020 provided many different challenges due to COVID-19 but they were able to prevail," Rusbuldt said, “and still provided their services with the help of many supporters and the Ohio National Guard, as children needed meals more than ever last year."
Additionally, with the volume of many outstanding applicants, Trusted Choice® presented an honorable mention award to Ben Rathbun, partner and personal and commercial producer, on behalf of the Rathbun Agency in Lansing, Michigan. The agency will receive $1,000 to support the Firecracker Foundation for the Sisters in Strength Mutual Aid Fund. The Firecracker Foundation is committed to cultivating healing spaces where members of the community can unapologetically ask for what they need and can receive the “exquisite care" of an ecosystem that amplifies our collective birthright of joy and restoration. As the future stewards and participants within the greater movement to end sexual and gender based violence, this fund was established under the auspices of sisterhood, survival and resilience. It will expand Firecracker's connection to Black girls within the local community and provide pathways that potentially link them to the SIS Program.