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Barney & Barney Awards Mama’s Kitchen $5k in Grant Funding

(SAN DIEGO) Barney & Barney, San Diego's oldest and largest insurance brokerage firm, officially ended its summer-long centennial celebration last week with an October 1 event at the San Diego Natural History Museum. As part of the commemoration, more than $260,000 in grant funding was allocated to local charities.

In July, Barney & Barney owners and associates created the Barney & Barney foundation, a 501 (c)3 charitable organization. The foundation’s mission is to provide for those in need, support our youth, advance the arts and protect the environment.

“Barney & Barney has a long history of giving back to the community, and we’re kicking that into overdrive this year in celebration of our 100th year in business,” said Paul Hering, managing principal and chief executive officer of Barney & Barney in a July press release. “We’re thrilled to bring our associates into this effort and look forward to allocating funds to local charities—many of which are having a particularly tough time in the current economic environment.”

Barney & Barney owners set a $250,000 fundraising benchmark in their summer long campaign to raise money for local charities. To fully engage employees in the process and create a little friendly competition, Barney & Barney established 30 fundraising teams, composed of 10-13 employees each, which competed to raise funds across the organization.

Exceeding expectations, the Barney & Barney foundation awarded $260,000 to 10 Southern California charities that were selected by the company's employees. Among the organizations that were recognized were Rady Children's Hospital ($50,000), San Diego Hospice ($25,000), Neighborhood House ($25,000), Mama's Kitchen ($5,000) and the San Diego Symphony ($5,000).

Said Mama’s Kitchen Executive Director: Alberto Cortés, “We are a client of Barney & Barney and one of their employees suggested we be considered for the grant. Mama’s Kitchen put in a grant application at their request and they were gracious enough to fund us at $5,000, which we will use to purchase food and containers for our home delivery program. We are really honored that we’re among this year’s grant recipients.”