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Union Mutual raises over $63,000 for Special Olympics Vermont

Mar 2 2021, 8:34 AM

Contact: Anna Grearson

Branding & Communications Specialist

Union Mutual

(802) 229-5502 / [email protected]



MONTPELIER – Union Mutual was proudly represented by over 40 employees, independent agency partners, vendors, friends, and family members in a virtual Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. 


The Union Mutual Popsicles donned their best summer attire and creative costumes as they “Plunged” into the snow to create snow angels (#AngelsForAthletes) at their homes across New England and New York.


With the widespread support of hundreds of donors, the Union Mutual Popsicles were able to set yet another impressive mark for the event’s fundraising with a grand total of over $63,000.  The all-time team fundraising record was set by Union Mutual in 2020. 


“We are truly overwhelmed by all the support we received for the Penguin Plunge this year, with our #AngelsForAthletes event,” Union Mutual President & CEO Lisa Keysar said. “Our team and our supporters found a creative way to continue the spirit of this important event, surpassing our fundraising expectations. Once again, it is a true testament to the strong relationships and civic-minded spirit of our insurance community.”


At the time of this release, three of the event’s top five fundraisers were Union Mutual Popsicles, led by Chief Financial Officer Jen Galfetti and Keysar. The Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge season extends through March 27. For those who haven't already done so, there is still time to visit to register or donate.


“Union Mutual Popsicles is a truly amazing team,” Special Olympics Vermont President & CEO Missy Shea said. “We are deeply grateful to each and every one of you who participated and to those who donated to this critical fundraising effort.”


Union Mutual is also the proud lead sponsor of the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games.


Union Mutual of Vermont Companies, founded in 1874, is a property casualty insurance group consisting of Union Mutual Fire Insurance and New England Guaranty Insurance Company Inc., both based in Montpelier, Vermont; and Community Mutual Insurance Company, based in Latham, New York. The three companies write a total of $186 million in direct premium annually through independent agents throughout New England and New York, and are all rated A-(Excellent) with a Positive Outlook by A.M. Best.



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