Archive for the ‘Community Events’ category

An Astonish Visit to Get Things Moving

September 15, 2010

Our Ross Team had the pleasure of being a part of Astonish Result’s Changing Faces of Insurance and Agency Culture Tour. Astonish Results has paired with Ross Insurance to maximize our sales efforts and most importantly encourage us to “fish where the fish are”. A few weeks ago, Astonish team members Nick Brown and Alicia Collins traveled from their Warwick Rhode Island location to include Ross Insurance in an ongoing look as to what makes the Insurance industry today as times continue to change. Ross Insurance has been around since 1925, and as the times are changing we are finding ourselves adapting to the environment around us.  We’d like to think that we are doing a great job breaking those stereo types as we move forward with new technology while still holding true to our tradition. Located right in Holyoke, Ma we were given the chance to show a side of insurance that most people do not get a chance to see. Come and see our Agency Culture Tour which gives you a look at Ross Insurance from a more human perspective.

You’ll also have the opportunity of meeting our Ross Insurance team member Marissa Cloutier, who is one of the newest Changing Faces of the Industry. She had the chance to talk with Nick Brown about what makes her a unique addition to the Ross Insurance team.

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A Breathe Easy Benefit

September 3, 2010

When talking with Nolan Courchesne, a 19 year old native of Chicopee MA, you begin to really understand the value of life. “Even if my life isn’t long, I want to accomplish as much as I can,” stated Nolan to our local Republican Newspaper. Nolan is just one of many who deal with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and can clog some of the organs in the body, mainly the lungs. For Nolan, he has never known what it was like to breathe freely, and after his hospitalization this past winter, Nolan decided it was time to do something to raise awareness about his condition with Cystic Fibrosis.

Having Cystic Fibrosis is extremely limiting to what activities you can do. Nolan had told us that he used to be able to play baseball, one of his favorite sports, and now it’s not as easy to actively play. When the mucus builds up and clogs some of the organs, such as the lungs, it can make breathing very difficult. The constant build up of mucus can lead to inflammation and even infection that can ultimately damage parts of the organ its’ contained to.  Over 300,000 people suffer from Cystic Fibrosis currently and to date, there is no cure, which is why it is important to help raise awareness on the seriousness of this disease. As sited in the Republican, the median predicted age of survival is now 37.4 years, which has risen 5 years since 2000. Nolan, who refuses to be confined due to his condition, serves as an excellent example of how to make the most out of life. “People look at me like I’m a tough kid. I can’t lie down and give up and waste away” stated Nolan in the Republican. The idea of the benefit first sparked when Nolan first listened to the song “Breathe” created by Matt Scales. Matt, who wrote the song to capture what it’s like to live with Cystic Fibrosis, is no longer alive though his words live on through the lives he’s touched when he produced the song. “I wanted to do my part to raise awareness, and that’s why I started planning the Breathe Easy event” said Nolan.

With the help of his family and extensive amount of friends, Nolan put together the “Breathe Easy Fundraiser” to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and to make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help researchers find a cure for this disease. “Growing up and not being able to play sports, like baseball, it was hard for me. I want to help kids in the future who go through the same condition as me, and contribute to finding a cure. To be able to play sports and be active without having to worry about having Cystic Fibrosis is something that I want young kids to be able to do.”

 The fundraiser was Nolan’s way of contributing to the Cystic Fibrosis Community, and was a huge success as the event raised over $10,000. With a successful turnout in attendance and beautiful New England weather, the Breathe Easy Benefit was surely an event to remember. It was easily accessible from all surrounding cities as it was held at the Summit View on Northampton St in Holyoke, MA. Entertainment was provided for all ages including two bounce houses for young children, horse drawn hay rides, face painting and even a massage station for all. Guests were encouraged to participate in ongoing games, an extensive Chinese raffle of donations and various musical performances all set the atmosphere for a good time. Food provided from Hamel’s Creative Catering left the guests fully satisfied with buffet style offerings of BBQ chicken, baked ziti, baked beans, fresh salad and rolls. Local bands Shades of Blue, The Shock Waves and the Glisten Effect kept the good times rolling as the event lasted from 1pm-10pm.

Ross Insurance was glad to help sponsor the event, and some of our team members even had the privilege of experiencing the fun first hand. We are extremely grateful that Nolan and his family have helped Ross Insurance to better understand why it is important to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. With wisdom far exceeding his age, Nolan welcomed all guests to freely ask questions about his condition and encouraged all to help his efforts in donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event was a remarkable experience and we thank the Courchesne family for allowing us to be a part of it!

Going To The Chapel, And We’re…Stopping To Buy Special Event Insurance First!

August 27, 2010

Nice weather and vacation time usually means that weddings are around the corner. Something about the season in bloom makes for a perfect opportunity to share your love with close friends and family. It’s a day to remember and a big step forward in a relationship, but also a big expense. These days, the more elaborate the wedding the more expensive. During this year, residents and visitors found that Tennessee’s flooding put the brakes on many ceremonies and celebrations. Due to extreme weather conditions, popular venues were closed because they were submerged from flooding. Just this past April in Rhode Island, we experienced that stores and businesses had to close their doors and turn away customers because their environment was consumed in water! In New England you can never plan the weather, it is constantly changing around us. One minute it could be raining and the next minute it is hot and humid. Located in Holyoke, we are familiar with the ever changing ways of the weather, which is why we also recommend coverage for “The Big Day”. Ensure your special day goes off without a hitch and look into our special event insurance for your wedding

Raffles, Bingo and Tag Sales..Oh My!

August 20, 2010

Looking for a fun and cheap place to beat the heat this summer and enjoy delicious and affordable Polish-American cuisine? Mater Dolorosa Parish located on 67 ST. Kolbe Drive in Holyoke MA is hosting their annual summer festival August 21st and 22nd of 2010. Every year this parish puts together a festival and raises money to give back to the parish through creative games of chance, a giant tag sale, raffles with $1,000 cash prize, a super 50/50 raffle and entertainment for all ages. From growing up in the Holyoke area, many employees from our office have attended and continue to return with raving reviews of the event. The large tag sale extends all around the parish hall and offers something for everyone. The children’s games are perfect for keeping their attention, and cost less than a dollar to participate. A continuing Bingo game is what draws in most visitors, but it’s the Polish-American dishes that keep the visitors lingering around for hours with their traditional golumbke’s, pierogies and kielbasa. American food is offered as well for those favoring hot dogs and hamburgers. Having gone to this event on more than several occasions, we assure you that this festival is a one of a kind experience with inexpensive costs. Volunteers from the parish help to run the events and sales, and offer a warm welcome to all that pass through the doors. The event will take place this year from 11am-7pm and there is plenty of parking for visitors. This establishment is suitable for all ages, handicap accessible and even air conditioned. Come and try your chances at the Mater Dolorosa Parish and enjoy some good fun for a great cause!

Come One Come All To MA Tax-Free Weekend!

August 13, 2010

This weekend happens to be one of the most anticipated holiday’s that Massachusetts has to offer, it is Tax-Free Weekend! Thanks to Governor Deval Patrick, who has signed the bill deeming this weekend, August 14th – 15th 2010 tax free! This means that when purchasing any items costing $2,500 or less, you will not have to pay the 6.25% sales tax. It’s a great time to make those bigger purchases that you may have been holding off on. Have your eye on a new 3D television? Or has your washer and dryer completely failed you and your in the market for a new one? Feel that extra push into the buying direction knowing that you will benefit from the Tax-Free weekend. Also, consider keeping your insurance agent in the know with whatever luxury purchases you will be making. In order to get the broadest coverage for your items, we suggest that you schedule them onto your homeowner policy. With original receipt or an appraisal of your items, you can schedule items onto your policy and feel confident in knowing that if you lose your items due to theft, you will be covered in full. Scheduling items will also extend your coverage beyond the basic homeowner policy for things like the stones falling out of your ring, or if you lose your jewelry. Now is the perfect opportunity to look for those items this weekend, and if nothing else feel proud that living in MA has its benefits, at least once a year!

Get The Lunch Boxes Ready, School Is Almost In Session!

August 11, 2010

The time has come where those three words all children dread fill up every shop window, back to school. It’s a time when children get their last summer hoorah’s in and pick out their new clothes for the beginning of yet another year of school. It’s also a time when the heat begins to die down and the crisp breeze of fall passes through where stale hot air once resided. Getting your child ready for their trip to the classroom means getting some essentials. Here are a few things that will help when switching out of your summer gears and into school mode:

  • Stationary–  Some schools offer paper and pencils, but to ensure that your child is prepared for whatever their class might need, a good old fashioned notebook with an array of writing tools will be sure to help jumpstart their learning experience. A binder to keep folders and loose leaf paper will help to keep them organized, and letting them pick out the color or design offers them the ability to create something of their own.
  • Backpacks- Book bags are a school staple and are essential in helping your child carry around their books and bagged lunches. Some newer models have wheels on the bottom so the heavy load of reading materials don’t weigh down your youngster.
  • School Clothes/School uniforms- Not all schools require that your student wears a uniform but if your child does attend a school where they need a uniform, be sure to buy these materials before school actually starts. Checking thrift stores and consignment shops may help you to find solid color polo shirts and dress pants or skirts for your child. When buying your child back to school clothes, keep your eye on the price. Most retail stores run good bargains in the summer for school clothes, and even better bargains for summer clothes. Remember that the beginning months of the school year can still be hot, so appropriate lengths and cuts are things to consider when shopping in the markdown bin for summer clothes that your child will still get wear out of.
  • Lunch boxes– Investing in a lunch box will help cut down the cost of brown bagging lunches and letting your child choose their lunch box lets them feel involved, and dare we say excited about the new school year! Using a brown bag is still not a bad option to take, and depending on the age of your child, jazzing these bags up with stickers or drawings can get the same effect.

Public and Private schools still have a few weeks left until they begin, so take these last few summer opportunities to do something with your children. Pretty soon their schedules will be filled with practices and homework, so try getting one last family fun activity in before the school year starts.

    Social Media: Friend or Foe?

    August 6, 2010

    The time has come that more people are incorporating social media into their daily lives. Whether it’s a quick “tweet” here or there, or uploading your vacation photos on Facebook, social media networks are rapidly expanding with new users. As you may have noticed, Ross Insurance has also decided to jump on the social media train and see where broadening our social horizons can take us :). However, there are certain scenarios that all social media users should be aware of before they release too much information over the internet. For example, if you were to post that they were looking forward to going on vacation this weekend at Hampton Beach, NH and one of your Facebook friends commented “Have Fun”, all of their Facebook friends would then see that you were going away on vacation.You can control which friends that you have, but you cannot control the extended friends of your current Facebook friends, which is where trouble can start to boil. This means that any one who saw your Facebook status about going away for the weekend, can assume that your home will be unattended, and through the use of search engines they could use your Facebook display name to find your home address. You can easily change your privacy settings to that when you make a post you can control who gets a chance to see it. This way you can limit it to friends only, you can choose “all with the exception of”, or keep it private just for yourself to view.

    What people are also starting to find out is that material that they are posting on social networks, are affecting their ability to get a job. For instance, say that your child in college has attended a few parties and their friends decide to tag your child in a couple of photos that they put online ( tagging is just a way of matching a face in the picture to a user of Facebook). Someone that your child may not know could comment something that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Your child later goes to apply for a new office job, and after the business receives your child’s application, they might search them out on Facebook or Myspace to see what type of conversations, pictures or videos they have that may represent what type of person that your child is. Depending on the privacy setting that your child has created, this potential business has access to content that could jeopardize your child’s future at this establishment. These types of things are happening more frequently and can be prevented with just a few tweaks in your privacy settings for any social media network. It is very important to monitor what you are posting or revealing yourself through social media because it is a representation of who you are and what you are doing. Talking about privacy settings with your family and friends is recommended for all social media networks. If you are unfamiliar with how to set privacy settings, check here for 10 privacy tips that all Facebook users should know. We think that social media is a great way to connect with anyone, but we do advise that you understand the risks involved with content you release.