June: The three finalists for this month were Mora Booster Club, Sandstone Treehouse, and Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. They were in the running for a $420 donation from our Recommendation Program! It was a fun race but in the end Sandstone Treehouse ended up with the most ‘likes’ and were out donation winner! The Sandstone Treehouse helps teens to end hopelessness among teens. They were nominated by Nancy.
May: The three finalists for this month were the Sturgeon Lake Lions, the Rush City Food Shelf, and the Pine City Food Shelf. They were in the running for a $465 donation from our Recommendation Program! It was a very close race towards the end, but the Rush City Food Shelf ended up with the most ‘likes’ and were our donation winner! The Rush City Food Shelf helps out their community by providing emergency food to those in need. They were nominated by Rhonda in our Mora office.
April: The three finalists for this month were the Askov Firefighter Relief Association, the East Central Spirit Account, and the Mora Booster Club. They were in the running for a $390 donation from our Recommendation Program! TheAskov Firefighter Relief Association ended up with the most ‘likes’ and were our donation winner! The Askov Firefighter Relief Association is made up of volunteers that help out their community with whatever they need, and this association is in place to help compensate them! They were nominated by Gabe in our Hinckley office.
March: The three finalists for this month were the Finlayson Elementary School Hardship Fund (FES), Ogilvie Food Shelf and the Sandstone Food Shelf. They were in the running for a $330 donation from our Recommendation Program! It was a very close race but with over 200 ‘likes’ on their post the Ogilvie Food Shelf won! The Ogilvie Food Shelf serves their community with emergency food needs. They were nominated by Amanda in our Mora Office.
February: The three finalists for this month are Willow River School Backpack Program, Rosehill Cemetery and Mora Open Repeater Association (MORA). They are in the running for a $225 donation from our Recommendation Program! It was a close race but the Willow River School Backpack Program won! The Willow River School Backpack Program helps students in need by providing them necessary items discreetly with a backpack left in their locker.
January: The three finalists that were in the running for this month were the Kanabec History Center, Pine Area Beyond the Yellow Ribbon & Mission Goal: Lady Rebels Hockey Team. They were in competition for a $315 donation from our recommendation program. It was a close race but in the end the Pine Area Beyond the Yellow Ribbon won! The Pine Area Beyond the Yellow Ribbon supports local veterans and their families. They were nominated by Amy in our Hinckley office.
December: The three finalists for this month are East Central Backpack Program, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (Pine City) & B.A.D.G.E.S. They are in the running for a $345 donation from our Recommendation Program! It was a close race but in the end the East Central Backpack Program won! The East Central Backpack Program is a program designed to help students by filling food in backpacks and leaving them in their lockers. They were nominated by Judy in our Finlayson office.
November: The three finalists that were in the running for this month were the Pine City Leos, Meals on Wheels in Hinckley & Family Pathways in Sandstone. They were in competition for a $405 donation from our recommendation program. It was a close race but in the end the Pine City Leos won! The Pine City Leos are a group of youth who volunteer around the community. They were nominated by Jodi in our Hinckley office.
October: The three finalists that were in the running for a $330 donation were Mora Food Shelf, Mora Chamber Foundation & Rush City Youth Sports. Our Facebook fans has the opportunity to help us decide who gets the donation based on their picture likes! The winner of the donation was Rush City Youth Sports with a whopping 333 likes on their picture! The Rush City Youth Sports club are making sure that the youth are learning teamwork and sportsmanship in a fun environment! They were nominated by Rhonda in our Mora office!
September: The three finalists that were in the running for a $465 donation were Kanabec History Center, Moose Lake Area Food Shelf & Sturgeon Lake Lions Club. Our Facebook fans had the opportunity to help us decide who gets the donation based on their picture likes! The winner of the donation was the Kanabec History Center, they are making sure that memories of Kanabec County’s history is remembered by all! They were nominated by Christy in our Mora office.
August: The three finalists that were up for a $480 donation this month were Moose Lake Food Shelf, Willow River Schools Backpack Program & Sandstone Options for Women. The winner is determined by our Facebook fans and the amount of likes that they get on their informational picture. The winner was Willow River Schools Backpack Program, they are helping out students who need food and making it anonymous by dropping off backpacks of food in the students locker! They were nominated by April in the Finlayson office!
July: This month the three finalists that were up for the $315 donation were Food4Me at Mora Elementary, A Place for You & Family Pathways in Sandstone! The winner is picked by our Facebook fans, and determined by the amount of likes on their post! The winner of the $315 donation was Food4Me at Mora Elementary, they provide food for students and families in need. They were nominated by Jenell from the Mora office!
May & June: Life during COVID-19 pandemic became hectic and so we got a little behind on our Recommendation program so we decided to combine the two months and give away a total of $795!!! The three nonprofits that were in the running for the donation were Rush City Food Shelf, BADGES & Hinckley Community Center. The voting was brought to our Facebook page and the nonprofit with the most likes on their post was Rush City Food Shelf! They provide food and services for families and individuals in the community! They were nominated by Rhonda in the Mora office!
April: This month the three finalists that were in the running for a $465 donation were Ogilvie Lions Softball, Sandstone Options for Women & GS Troop 4228. The three finalists were then put on our Facebook in which our Facebook fans decided who the winner is! The winner of our April donation was Ogilvie Lions Softball, who is raising money to help get them to Florida for training camp! They were nominated by Amanda in our Mora office!!
March: The three finalists that were up for the $750 donation were there Hinckley Hawks, Rush City Food Shelf & Mora Elementary Food4Me. The winner was decided by our Facebook fans! The winner was the nonprofit with the most likes on their picture! In March, the $750 donation was won by the Hinckley Hawks who support the local youth by promoting the love & sport of Hockey for 3-9 year olds! They were nominated by Amy & Sarah of our Hinckley Office!
The three finalists in the running for another $495 donation were: Judie Sjodin Caring for Kids, A Place For You, and Mora Food Pantry.
Judie Sjodin Caring for kids is a program that helps students & families who need a little extra help for their children to be able to participate in all activities at Ogilvie Public Schools!
A Place For You helps individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Pine, Kanabec, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Carlton & Chisago counties by providing temporary shelter, individualized program plans, resource direction, support & encouragement during their stay. They are the only shelter between the Twin Cities & Duluth for single adults.
And the Mora Food Pantry is an emergency food shelf providing each family with at least two days’ food. They are grateful for their amazing volunteers, partners in the fight against hunger, and donors!
January: We were able to narrow down the great organizations in our area to just three via our virtual spinning wheel! The three that made the finals were: Moose Lake Area Food Shelf, the Mora Food Shelf, and the Askov Firefighters Relief Association. With a majority of the public vote on Facebook, the Askov Firefighters Relief Association won a donation of $495!
Latest Donation: Another $615 to a Deserving Cause!
November 9, 2020 (for September’s donation!)
Due to COVID, we had to change up our wheel spins a bit! At our September team meeting, we did a virtual wheel spin to select three of the 25+ local organizations, nominated by our employees. After narrowing it down to three – we asked YOU to vote for your favorite, by liking their respective image on a post. A week’s worth of voters determined the winner…
Giving Back: $615 To A Pine County Organization
August 13, 2020
Last week, John Baker of Cornerstone Custom Homes joined us to spin the wheel for a $615 donation to another well-deserving Pine County organization!
July 24, 2020
It looks the same as the last spin – but this one was for $714!!! Thank you to Monte Dyvbig at Doctor Monte’s Auto Repair for helping us spin!
July 1, 2020
Thank you to Monte Dyvbig at Doctor Monte’s Auto Repair for helping us spin the wheel for $464, your spin chose a very well-deserved (and appreciated) organization/group to receive our donation!
Wheel Spin Special Guest: Sue M. did our wheel spin for $648!
June 1, 2020
Thank you Sue for joining Julene at the Mora office for our most recent wheel spin! It was a windy one out there! Congrats to the winner 🙂
This HINCKLEY organization was the winner of our virtual wheel spin last week!
May 1, 2020
Craig Prudhomme of Agate Financial in Moose Lake joined us for our first ever VIRTUAL wheel spin!
Goodie baskets for our Medical Heroes!
April 20, 2020
Here, Julene & Christy from our Mora office presented Welia Health with a basket full of goodies for their medical teams! The Hinckley office made a basket for Essentia in Sandstone, and the Finlayson office made a basket for Gateway in Moose Lake! THANK YOU MEDICAL EMPLOYEES!
Check out our latest spin here!
March 9, 2020
We went to visit Tia Grutkoski of Edward Jones in Moose Lake for our first wheel spin of the year!
Our Community Commitment
Recommendations have always been our main source of growth. The more you recommend Town & Country Insurance, the more we grow.
And, as we grow, so does our commitment to the communities in which we live and work.
When a new customer tells us they were recommended to Town & Country Insurance by someone they know, they are included in a monthly tally. At the end of the month, we add up all the new “recommendations” and calculate a donation amount. Quarterly, we spin our wheel and find out which three organizations will be receiving a donation.
Last year, we were “spinning the wheel” twelve times (one for each month) but did it quarterly. This allowed us to pool together the recommendations, and make our donation amounts larger – and more impactful – to those organizations who win! Organizations on the wheel are nominated by employees, customers and the general public. We try to ensure those organizations with limited fundraising opportunities get priority on the wheel, but we do consider all nominations – as we are grateful for the opportunity to support ALL causes.
#GivingBack: Each of the organizations won $530!
The winner was ANOTHER wonderful organization that supports our youth athletic programs. Nominated by Joni in our Hinckley office and Rhonda in our Mora office! #GivingBack Also, the Finlayson office matched this donation to a local family who lost their home in a house fire, to learn more about this click here.
#GivingBack: Each of the organizations won $530!
Below is the previous wheel spin, shared on November 19! We believe in #GivingBack!
#GivingBack: Watch to see which organizations won $415 each!
Below are the previous wheel spins, shared on August 14, August 29 & September 27.
#GivingBack: Each organization below won $630!
#GivingBack in 2018:
Below, checkout our YouTube playlist below for a complete video listing of our 2018 winners, or scroll through the pictures below! In 2018, you helped us to give back $9800 to local organizations through the Recommendation program! We believe in #GivingBack!
- Wigs for the Cure
- DAV of Minnesota
- Angels of McGregor
- Finlayson PTO
- East Central Backpack Program
- Kick Cancer to the Curb
- Kanabec Vets
- American Legion (Hinckley Post)
- WINDOW Victim Services
- Moose Lake Area Food Shelf
- Paradise Theater
- Hinckley First Responders
- Changing Gaits
- Rebels Touchdown Club
- Family Pathways
- Finlayson Elementary
- East Central School
- McGregor School
- Hinckley High School
- Willow River School
- Mora School
- Ogilvie School
- Hinckley-Finlayson Sports Boosters
- Hinckley Elementary PTO
- Hinckley Hockey Association
- Askov Rutabaga Festival
- Kanabec Holiday Gifts for Kids
- East Central Sports Boosters
- Angels of Hope Food Shelf
- Sandstone Quarry Days
- Pine City Adult Daybreak Program
- Children’s Grief Connection
…and a couple private benefits as well!