Jewelry Customers and the Public Aid in Historic $2 Million Donation to Nonprofits

More than 40,000 votes direct funds to St. Jude Children’s Research
®, Habitat for Humanity®
and Feeding America
®/Food Banks Canada

NEENAH, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company’s $2 million donation campaign, “Band
Together,” came to an end on July 31. The company, which is the leading
insurer dedicated exclusively to jewelry and the jewelry industry,
invited its policyholders and the general public to vote online at its website
for their favorite cause.

On August 1, when the final votes were tallied, St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital® received the Jewelers Mutual $1 million
top donation. Habitat for Humanity® will receive a donation
of $700,000 followed by Feeding America®/Food Banks Canada to
share $300,000.

“What an incredible and humbling honor to be voted to receive $1 million
from Jewelers Mutual Insurance Band Together campaign and to be included
with the remarkable work of Habitat for Humanity and Feeding America,”
said Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising
and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“The support of Jewelers Mutual Insurance and everyone who voted help
ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment,
travel, housing and food because all a family should worry about is
helping the their child live.”

Even with a long legacy of charitable giving both on the national and
local levels, Scott Murphy president and CEO at Jewelers Mutual
admitted, “We were gratified by our policyholders’ and the public’s
involvement and response to our invitation to vote.”

“Jewelers Mutual heard from longtime customers, but also from those
who’d never heard of us before. And everyone was excited to band
together and help us provide the biggest gift in our company’s history.”

While each organization walked away as a winner, the biggest winners of
the campaign are people in need of housing, food or a cure who will be
helped by the additional resources given to the four nonprofits.

“Band Together reached the success it did because of the tremendous
generosity of our voters to come back to vote every day and help spread
the word,” added Trina Woldt, vice president, chief marketing officer at
Jewelers Mutual. “And also because of the dedication of our own
employees, who share the company’s passion for making the world a better

About Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Jewelers Mutual
Insurance Company, the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the
jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, was founded in 1913 by
a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs.
Today, Jewelers Mutual remains the trusted insurance advisor and
loss-prevention expert for jewelry businesses including retailers large
and small, wholesalers, manufacturers, custom designers and appraisers.
Consumers also put their trust in Jewelers Mutual to protect their
personal jewelry and the special memories it represents. The company’s
strong financial position is reflected in its 29 consecutive ratings of
“A+ Superior” from A.M. Best Company and more than $14 billion of
jewelry coverage in force. To learn more, visit

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world
understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other
life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer
Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to
children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall
childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the
hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the
overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t
stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the
discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors
and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more
children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment,
travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is
helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting,
liking St. Jude on Facebook (
and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the
vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity
has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in
southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in
nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries.
People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place
they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes
alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial
support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing,
everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and
self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through
shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

About Feeding America®
Feeding America is
a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against
hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46
million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in
communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that
improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public
about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects
people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and
government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer.
Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit,
find us on Facebook
or follow us on Twitter.

About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada supports a unique
network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and
territory that assists close to 850,000 Canadians each month. Together,
our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality
food annually, provides social programs that help to foster
self-sufficiency and advocates for policy change that will help create
a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit for
more information.


Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Jessica VandenHouten,
Brand Communications Manager