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Fund assists those who suffer losses from natural and man-made disasters, like Hurricanes Ike and Gustav

(ALEXANDRIA, VA Sept. 18, 2008) – As the mayhem of hurricane season continues and stricken areas start recovering, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) stands ready to help meet disaster assistance needs, through the Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund.  Although better planning and disaster preparedness helped to lessen the damage from Gustav and Ike, there are still two months left in the 2008 hurricane season, and the Midwest is still recovering from flooding earlier this summer.

The Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund was established by the IIAA Educational Foundation of the Big “I” to assist those who have suffered losses due to natural or man-made disasters. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity and all contributions are tax deductible.

“An established permanent relief fund allows us to financially assist victims when and where a disaster strikes, rather than raising the funds after the fact as we did for 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina,” says Bob Rusbuldt, president & CEO of the Big ‘I’. “We encourage those affected not only by the recent storms in the Gulf, but also by the flooding in the Midwest, to apply for a grant.”

The fund makes cash grants to those in the insurance industry, including Big “I” members and their agency staffs, and others to pay for immediate or ongoing financial needs when other funding sources (such as insurance and other grants) are not available, to fill the gap until other funding sources can be accessed and to provide insurance agents with supplies and resources to assist with disaster relief efforts to aid victims and surviving family members in their communities.

“This fund is a great way to show our ongoing support as an industry for victims of disasters and to assist independent agents, industry colleagues and others during their greatest time of need,” added Dave Evans, executive director of Trusted Choice®.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund or to apply for a grant, go to and click on “About Us” and then “Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund.” To contribute via check, send a check payable to the “Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund” to:
Attn: Lillian Carter
 Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund
127 S. Peyton St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:


​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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