Westfield Insurance Foundation’s Legacy of Caring Fund Benefits Antioch Volunteer Fire Department


December 17, 2015 — Antioch Volunteer Fire Department in Harris County, Georgia received a grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation thanks to the help of J. Smith Lanier & Co. of Columbus. The grant is part of the new Westfield Legacy of Caring program in which Westfield independent agents across the country can nominate a local nonprofit in the areas of disaster relief, insurance pathways, family stability or safety.

“Thanks to the generous donation from Westfield Insurance Foundation and J. Smith Lanier & Co., we will be able to purchase new Firedex Gear. Each set includes a coat, pants, gloves, boots and helmet,” said Richard McKinney, Chief of the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department.

“We value our partnerships with our independent insurance agencies. Giving back to our agents’ communities in support of these key areas is an extension of the fundamental role insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities,” said Westfield Insurance President and CEO and Westfield Insurance Foundation Chairman, Ed Largent.

“J. Smith Lanier & Co. and its employees are proud members of the Harris County community. Our collaboration with Westfield allows us to further our citizenship efforts and impact in critically important initiatives,” said Brette Johnson of J. Smith Lanier & Co in Columbus.

The Antioch Volunteer Fire Department is one of 30 nonprofit agencies nationwide to receive a total of $330,000 in donations from the Westfield Legacy of Caring program.

J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, Georgia, is an employee-owned company that was founded in 1868 and has become one of the largest privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 600 employees in eight divisions and 22 branch offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, surety, aviation and risk control.

About Westfield Insurance Foundation

Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster relief and family stability. The Foundation donates $2 million annually to a variety of charities.

About Westfield Insurance

Westfield Insurance is a part of Westfield Group, a customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses headquartered in Westfield Center, Ohio, and in business for more than 167 years. Westfield Insurance provides commercial insurance in 21 states, personal insurance in 10 states and surety services to customers in 50 states. Westfield is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Insurance was named as a Top Workplace in northeast Ohio in 2014 and as a Top Workplace in central Ohio in 2015. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Group at www.WestfieldInsurance.com and www.Westfield-Bank.com.