RALEIGH, N.C., March 17, 2011 – Wellness for Warriors programs, airport and base reception centers, and entertainment events run by the United Service Organizations (USO) of North Carolina will be among USO programs that receive a financial boost of $150,000 from GEICO. The GEICO Philanthropic Foundation has committed $50,000 in 2011, 2012, and 2013 to support multiple USO programs as well as add improvements to USO centers across the state.
“The USO of North Carolina is the premier support organization of the United States military and their families in our region,” said Joe Thomas, GEICO regional vice president. “The sponsorship gives us a unique opportunity to build stronger ties with the USO of North Carolina as well as support the military communities that serve our country and protect our freedom each day.”
Thomas presented the check to John Falkenbury, president and Chief Operating Officer of the USO of North Carolina during a joint press conference at the RDU Center in the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m., in Raleigh, N.C., to kick off the sponsorship.
“GEICO understands the sacrifices of today’s warriors,” said Falkenbury. “This contribution will go a long way toward supporting our mission of improving the quality of life for the nearly 500,000 troops, reservists, retirees and family members that we serve…and have for 70 years.”
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 11 million private passenger customers and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.
For 70 years, the USO of North Carolina has led the way in enriching the lives of America’s military in the Carolinas. The mission of the USO of NC is to serve and support Carolina troops and families. The USO of NC has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families since 1941.
The USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC is supported by GEICO, Marine Federal Credit Union, LC Industries, Bank of America and other corporate donors. The United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-29349) have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO of NC, please visit our Website at www.uso-nc.org.