UNIONDALE, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hurricane Sandy victims living in Long Island, NY will receive assistance with food, clothing and other much-needed services thanks to several holiday gifts provided by a corporate neighbor, Wright Insurance Group. Long Island-based Wright Insurance Group will contribute $100,000 at its upcoming annual holiday party on December 14th to two area charitable organizations, Island Harvest and Catholic Charities. Both organizations were chosen due to their superior hurricane relief efforts on Long Island, according to William J. Fishlinger, Chairman of Wright Insurance Group, and each organization will receive a $50,000 check.
In addition, employees attending the company's holiday party will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win gifts donated by local business owners. All proceeds from the raffle will be divided equally among Island Harvest and Catholic Charities. Wright Insurance Group also encourages other individuals to join its fundraising efforts December 14th through January 2nd, 2013 by visiting the company's website at www.wrightinsurance.com. A link on the site will lead directly to the Island Harvest and Catholic Charities online contribution tabs.
"Our $100,000 donation and these other efforts reflect our commitment to assisting victims within our community impacted by the devastating storm," Fishlinger stated. "Many of the schools, municipalities and communities that we have served for over 20 years have been drastically affected by Hurricane Sandy."
Public officials have been quick to endorse the Wright Insurance Group initiative. New York State Senator Jack Martin, a member of the New York State Senate Insurance Committee, is very familiar with insurance-related matters created by such devastating storms. "Wright Insurance Group's generosity will aid so many Long Islanders that have been harmed by Hurricane Sandy," he said.
New York State Senator John Flanagan, chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, also commented. "I know firsthand the harm Sandy caused to our schools on Long Island. I cannot thank Wright Insurance Group enough for standing up to help with this generous donation."
About Wright Insurance Group
The Wright Insurance Group provides a variety of specialized insurance and risk management services to the public and private sectors in the U.S. through its various subsidiaries including: Wright Risk Management Company, LLC; Wright Specialty Insurance Company, LLC; Wright Specialty Insurance Agency, LLC; Wright Risk Consulting, LLC, Wright Program Management, LLC, Wright National Flood Insurance Services, LLC, and Wright National Flood Insurance Company.
About Island Harvest
Island Harvest has become Long Island's largest hunger relief organization. Its volunteers and staff deliver millions of pounds of surplus food to a network of 570 Long Island-based food pantries, soup kitchens, and other non-profit organization that offer feeding services for those in need. Island Harvest has already delivered over 2 million pounds of food, water and supplies to thousands of residents impacted by Sandy and is determined to continue their efforts. Donations will provide victims with life's necessities. More information about this organization is available at www.islandharvest.org
About Catholic Charities, Long Island
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre, provides Care With Dignity...Life With Hope to the poor, isolated, vulnerable, and disadvantaged on Long Island. Since its founding in 1957, Catholic Charities has grown to a leadership position in human services in the region. Catholic Charities has collected large donations of goods for victims of Hurricane Sandy and is distributing them to local communities. They also have given financial assistance to people affected and displaced by the hurricane. For more information, visit www.catholiccharities.cc
Contact: Joseph Peiser
Wright Insurance Group
Phone: (516 ) 767-6049
333 Earle Ovington Blvd
Uniondale, New York 11553
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