2017-04-12 / Front Page

Vanguard Partners With Mr. Met, WellLife Network, QCH To Help Raise Funds

More than 150 people descended upon the nation’s most diverse borough on Sunday, April 2, for a common goal. In a benefit to support local causes, both young and old came out, including Long Island-based Vanguard Insurance Agency and Queens baseball celebrity, Mr. Met, to help raise awareness and funds for deserving charities at the Generosity Queens 5K Run/Walk in iconic Flushing Meadows Corona Park. As part of its ongoing initiatives to give back to the New York area it serves, Vanguard, a leader in customized Employee Benefits Solutions for businesses and non-profits in the tri-state area, sponsored two non-profit organizations in the event – WellLife Network and Queens Community House (QCH) –  helping each to raise thousands of dollars for their causes.

The goal of the event was to raise more than $50,000 to benefit the various charities involved. To date, over $40,000 has been pledged and the donations continue to come in. Vanguard partnered with WellLife Network and Queens Community House (QCH) to help increase both awareness and funds for their wide-reaching, invaluable services benefiting the people and communities of Queens and Long Island. Being raised in Queens and with offices in Long Island, the founders of Vanguard Insurance Agency have strong ties to both communities and are continuously seeking opportunities to give back. When they learned that the Generosity Series, a host of fundraising events for non-profits, had joined with the Queens Chamber of Commerce to bring an event to the Queens area, the agency jumped on board.
“As a New York benefits company servicing many non-profit organizations, we care about our community, and are proud to sponsor WellLife Network and Queens Community House in the Generosity Queens 5K Walk/Run,” says Ed Probst, President of Vanguard Insurance Agency. “We support fundraising events for non-profits because they provide an important opportunity to raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause, while also building relationships that will make a positive impact on our community.”
WellLife Network is a non-profit, dedicated to the wellness of New Yorkers faced with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and addiction. Its mission is to meet the diverse needs of New York communities, business and society, and to assist those they serve to achieve greater personal and economic independence.
“We’re thrilled that Vanguard is committed to assisting WellLife Network.  We’re confident that their efforts will help draw attention to our work, so that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” said Sherry Tucker, President of WellLife Network.
QCH serves residents of all ages, races and ethnicities while supporting the viability of Queens as a whole. The organization offers its neighbors opportunities to change their lives for the better through innovative programs and to become active participants and leaders in their larger communities. QCH strives to make Queens communities strong, inclusive, and models of civic life.
 “We are committed to listening and understanding the emerging needs and challenges of the diverse groups that comprise our borough and translating those challenges into programs that engage, empower, and create a sense of inclusion and purpose,” said Ben Thomases, Executive Director of Queens Community House. “We’re grateful that Vanguard cares about our cause and is helping us achieve our goals.”
Additional non-profits, such as the Queens Chamber of Commerce, also participated in Generosity Queens. According to its Executive Director, Thomas J. Grech, “The Queens Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be able to be a part of an important cause and is especially excited because all participants are Queens Chamber members.”
For more information about Vanguard Insurance Agency, visit www.vgdny.com/, or follow @vgdny on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Vanguard Insurance Agency and Mr. Met teamed up 150 volunteers to help raise awareness and funds for deserving charities Queens Community House and WellLife Network, at the Generosity Queens 5K Run/Walk in iconic Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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