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Amica Companies Foundation co-sponsors National Philanthropy Day

Amica Insurance employees at National Philanthropy Day event


LINCOLN, R.I. - The Amica Companies Foundation and Taco Inc. served as co-sponsors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day breakfast, held on Friday morning at the Twin River Event Center. 

Shameem Awan, an assistant vice president in Amica’s claims executive department, was recognized as a Partner in Philanthropy by the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership. Awan has served on the organization’s board of directors since 2010, and she has been a key fundraiser during that time. Last year, Awan raised nearly $25,000 for the Dancing With the Stars of Mentoring event. 

“I’m honored to be recognized as a Partner in Philanthropy, along with these other deserving individuals and organizations,” Awan said. “I’d also like to thank Amica for always encouraging its employees to give back. My involvement with the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership has been exceptionally rewarding, and I look forward to continuing that relationship in the years to come.”

Vince Burks, senior assistant vice president and communications director at Amica Insurance, presented Alex and Ani with the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award. The award goes to a Rhode Island Company with 250 or more employees that has demonstrated exceptional civic and charitable generosity, both as a donor and through employee volunteerism.

“The Amica Companies Foundation is honored to co-sponsor this event, and to recognize philanthropy in the community,” Burks said. “It was our pleasure to present Alex and Ani with the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award for all the great work they’ve done.”

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Rhode Island Chapter put on Friday’s event, which gives nonprofit organizations throughout the state the chance to honor individuals and businesses for their year-round support.

(PHOTO INFO: Amica Insurance employees (from left) Lisa Melton, Shameem Awan, Jeff Gagnon, Melissa Labrecque, Vince Burks, Mady Bonilla, Julie Montalbano, Meredith Gregory and Mike Baker attended the National Philanthropy Day breakfast, held on Friday morning at the Twin River Event Center.)

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