Delano, CA, November 11, 2014 – William Ritchey Insurance hosted its 2nd CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday, October 18th in Delano, California. The free family-friendly event attracted over 400 attendees. Children, teens and adults alike received a wealth of safety-related information and resources from over 20 local, regional and national organizations.
William Ritchey, President of William Ritchey Insurance, remarked, “This was our second CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday and we are extremely pleased by the turnout from the community and for the number of generous patrons who provided valuable information and demonstrations. We are also very grateful for the important support of our event sponsor, Capital Insurance Group, who helped us bring this event to the people of Delano.”
Capital Insurance Group ® (CIG) established these popular family and community events in 2010 and holds Community Safety Saturday events throughout California and Nevada. During the Opening Ceremony, William Ritchey, Arne Chatterton, President and CEO of Capital Insurance Group, and Marc Klaas, Founder and President of KlaasKids Foundation were honored with Certificates of Recognition from United States Congressman, David Valadao and California State Senator, Andy Vidak. California State Assemblymember Rudy Salas presented Certificates of Recognition and spoke about the importance of community safety, and Delano City Councilmember, Joe Aguirre on behalf of Mayor Vallejo, read the Proclamation from the City of Delano proclaiming October 18, 2014, William Ritchey Insurance CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday.
Ritchey added, “As a small business owner, we are thrilled to be recognized by some of the leaders of the country, state and city; but more importantly, we want to get the message out about safety. We believe an ounce of prevention is worth ten pounds of cure. Even if we can make a small impact, we consider this our mission, our commitment to our community.”
Children are Safer and Parents Received Vital Safety Information. Highlights Included:
* The complimentary child car seat inspection station, sponsored by Safe Kids Central California. Over 48 child safety seats were inspected by the California Highway Patrol with trained child car seat inspection technicians from CapK of Kern County.
* Over 159 children were served at The KlaasKids Foundation Print-A-Thon which provided digital photo IDs & fingerprinting for every child. Parents received a free DNA collection kit, child-safety tips, and a 9-point plan on what to do if their child disappears.
* Parents and teens learned about the dangers of distracted driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Bakersfield Police Department provided “A Life Interrupted” program information and crash car.
* The Kern County Department of Human Services educated families about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars with its “Kids in Hot Cars" demonstration.
* Children and families enjoyed stepping in to the Kern County Fire Department Safety Trailer where they learned how to stay safe in case of a fire.
* Kern County Sheriff’s Department brought several vehicles from its Bakersfield Search and Rescue Division, including its K9 team.
* Delano Police Department provided safety and crime prevention information.
* American Red Cross Central Valley Region offered emergency preparedness information.
* First 5 Kern gave out kits that included preschool-level books, safety-related giveaways and information for parents of children ranging from newborns to five years of age.
* City of Delano Public Works Department Water Division handed out information about “Water Conservation” mandatory activities taken by the City during “Drought Emergency” Fire Prevention.
* Boy Scouts of America–Southern Sierra Council provided emergency survival and safety information and knot tying demonstrations.
* Girl Scouts of Central California South provided first aid kits, lunch bags, pens and safety information.
* 211 Kern County staff handed out Rip cards that provide information about 211.
* Mexican American Opportunity Foundation brought information on child care and pre-school services.
* United Way of Kern County offered information about their emergency programs.
* Kern County Animal Services shared information about emergency preparedness for pets.
* Delano Chamber of Commerce shared information about their organization and programs.
* Kern County Head Start/State Child Development Program provided information about medical and dental community resources.
* FBI talked to families and handed out safety information.
* Delano Ambulance brought an ambulance for tours.
* Pepe Reyes of La Preciosa Bakersfield Radio 105.3, entertained people and provided music and prizes.
In addition to educational activities and demonstrations, and fun games during “Community Safety Saturday,” there was a drawing at the end of the event for prizes including a Solar Safety Flashlight, a Bluetooth® headset, StoveTop FireStop devices, an emergency radio and an emergency roadside kit. The grand prize was a 32” flat screen TV.
Jeff Batozech, Northern California Regional Field Executive, remarks, "We are very proud to partner with community safety-oriented public services and William Ritchey Insurance. CIG’s ‘Community Safety Saturday’ was born from our concern and commitment to keep children and families safe.”
For more information about the event, please go to www.CIGsafetysaturday.com or call (661) 725-2063.
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, 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
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