The 3rd AnnualCIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ was held last weekend at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey. CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ took place on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the end of 2015 National Fire Prevention Week.
The free family-friendly event attracted hundreds of local attendees of all ages. The event’s Opening Ceremony featured certificates of recognition presented to to CIG’s Walt Bennett, Vice President of Underwriting, and John LaPorta, Director of Sales and Marketing. Brief presentations about the importance of learning safety techniques for all Monterey residents were given by Bill Monning, California State Senator; Supervisor Dave Potter, Monterey County Board of Supervisors; Mayor Jerry Edelen, City of Del Rey Oaks; Todd Bennett, City of Monterey Senior Associate Planner; and Monterey Police Chief Dave Hober. Certificates were also received from Congressman Sam Farr and Mayor Dave Pendergrass of the City of Sand City.
Marc Klaas, President of KlaasKids Foundation commented, “We were so happy to be back in Monterey for the 3rd Annual CIG Community Safety Saturday at the beautiful Monterey County Fair & Event Center. We fingerprinted and photographed 126 children in our KlaasKids Print-A-Thon and provided an array of safety information today to make this a safer community!” Parents also received a free DNA collection kit, child-safety tips and a 12-point plan on what to do if their child disappears.
Children, teens and adults enjoyed visiting with all of the safety experts, touring fire engines and other emergency response vehicles, watching the Jaws of Life and K-9 dog demonstrations, and engaging in informative and interactive games and activities. The attendees received valuable safety-related information and resources from nearly 30 local, regional and national organizations. Some timely messages at the 3rd Annual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday event focused on fire prevention and water conservation, both critical issues in California.
Walt Bennett, Vice President of Underwriting at Capital Insurance Group, explained, “At Capital Insurance Group, we love hosting our many CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ events and sharing information about effective strategies for protecting ourselves and our families. We are deeply committed to helping to keep our community, children and families safe.”
Capital Insurance Group and a local CIG Insurance Agency, Monterey Insurance Agency (MIA), had the event’s main booth with additional safety information, giveaways and prize drawings. The prizes included exciting, family-oriented giveaways, such as family memberships to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, annual family memberships to MY (Monterey Youth) Museum, passes for kayaking and Surrey bicycling from Adventures by the Sea, eight tickets to the performance of “CATS” at the Pacific Repertory Theatre and more. There were also drawings for Halloween pumpkins donated by the Cardinale & Wright Pumpkin Patch at the
Monterey County Fair & Event Center.
Community Safety Saturday featured the following attractions:
- California Highway Patrol –Monterey Area coordinated the child car-seat inspection station licensed technicians inspected 37 car seats. They also had safety handouts and presented information about their CHP Start Smart Driver Education classes available statewide for teens and their parents. Start Smart classes increase traffic-safety knowledge and better prepare teens for the road ahead. Fred Forgnone, who lost his daughter in a car crash, was on hand to talk with attendees about the Start Smart program.
- Monterey Fire Department brought a fire engine as well as Halloween and other safety information. They conducted a Jaws of Life Demonstration.
- Monterey County Sheriff’s Office brought their SWAT Bearcat truck, a member of their K-9 Team, his Deputy Handler and his special K-9 Car. Crime Prevention gave out lots of Halloween Safety information.
- Monterey Police Department brought their beach UTV, 1940 Police Car and safety giveaways and information.
- MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) brought information to prevent drugged and drunk driving.
- ITN Monterey County shared information about their programs which offers dignified transportation for seniors and those who are visually impaired.
- Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast provided safety information.
- PRS Restores had a craft table for kids and giveaways. They also provide information about smoke alarm and fire prevention, including informative materials from the American Red Cross.
- CHOMP Kids Eat Right had a nutrition trivia contest with prize giveaways.
- U.S. Forest Service brought informational handouts as well as a patrol vehicle.
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) brought a fire engine and fire safety materials.
- Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County brought information about their organization.
- Community Partnership for Youth provided Halloween face painting and handed out information about their program.
- California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services gave out educational materials about how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis.
- Monterey County Office of Emergency Services brought emergency preparedness information.
- Restorative Justice Partners shared information about dispute resolution programs that foster empathy, accountability and restoration of fairness to victims and the community.
- Family Service Agency of the Central Coast/Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast had a bean-bag toss and art activity and distributed their brochures and STOP cards.
- Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula gave out materials about turning off the gas/electricity and water in emergencies and simple medical responses learned in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training. They also brought information about Recovers.org.
- Central Coast CERT Association provided emergency preparation information.
- The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – Flotilla 64 Monterey provided water, boating and environmental protection information. The popular animatronic Coastie the Safety Tug Boat™ was also on hand as it roamed and talked with attendees.
- Rancho Cielo shared information about their vocational programs.
- Sun Street Centers provided information about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
- Teddy Bears with Heart had a Bean Bag Toss with prizes and a drawing for a large Teddy Bear. They provided information about their programs to gift teddy bears to first responders and agencies that work with children in crisis, the forgotten elderly and the terminally ill.
- California State Parks – Lifeguards brought a personal water craft and lifeguard truck and information about aquatic safety.
- Community Human Services - Family to Family gave out information about its work with families of children in danger of being placed in foster care.
- American Medical Response – Monterey County Operations brought an ambulance and had a hands-on demonstration of CPR techniques.
- Radio station 101.7 The Beach provided music and prize giveaways.
CIG shared a special thank you to KION TV and KMUV TV Telemundo for their generous event sponsorship.
John La Porta, Director of Sales and Marketing for CIG, commented, “We were so pleased by the participation of the many local, state and national agency representatives who provided important safety information and demonstrations at the Monterey event. We had some great partners here including Monterey Insurance, KlaasKids Foundation, California Highway Patrol and countless other organizations dedicated to safety.”
About Capital Insurance Group
Capital Insurance Group® (CIG) is the leading regional property and casualty insurer serving the Western U.S. since 1898. CIG insures Personal Auto, Homeowners, Farmowners, Condo Owners, Vacation Property, Renters, Apartment Building Owners, and many kinds of Commercial and Agricultural Auto and Property. The more-than-115-year-old company is rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, the independent financial monitor of the insurance industry. CIG manages personal, business, and agriculture risks underwritten by its affiliate companies: California Capital Insurance Company, Eagle West Insurance Company, Nevada Capital Insurance Company, and Monterey Insurance Company. Types of policies may vary from state to state. For more information, please visit www.CIGinsurance.com.
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About the KlaasKids Foundation
The KlaasKids Foundation was established by Marc Klaas in 1994 to give meaning to the death of his twelve-year-old daughter, kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas, and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come. The foundation’s mission is to stop crimes against children by providing education and knowledge to the general public and promoting partnerships with concerned citizens, the private sector, organizations, law enforcement and legislators. www.klaaskids.org