LONGWOOD, Fla. – June 16, 2020 – To help members of his community who have suffered financial and nutritional setbacks during the coronavirus pandemic, Heath Ritenour, Insurance Office of America (IOA) chairman and CEO has pledged his support to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida through several initiatives that help put food on the table of those in need.
As president of IOA’s charitable arm, the IOA Foundation, Ritenour recognized that school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic were limiting meal options for many children who depended on school lunches as part of their daily nutrition. Ritenour realized that his foundation had the means and responsibility to help the Central Florida community during such an unprecedented time.
“We are determined to help,” Ritenour said. “At IOA, we’re not generous because we’re successful. We’ve become a success because we’ve always done our part for the communities we serve.”
In April, the IOA Foundation partnered with WESH 2 and CW18’s Project CommUNITY Day of Giving to raise one million dollars for Second Harvest Food Bank’s COVID-19 response efforts. To help achieve that goal, the IOA Foundation donated all funds collected through their April Blue Jeans Outreach — a company-wide campaign that allows employees to wear blue jeans to work each Friday in exchange for a small donation toward a local charity.
For the month of April, the IOA Foundation collected $1,800 in donations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida through Project CommUNITY Day of Giving, which culminated on April 21, 2020, with WESH 2 and CW18 broadcasting live all day from Second Harvest Food Bank before airing a prime-time program, “Feeding The Need: A WESH 2 Project CommUNITY Special.” The special highlighted food distribution centers throughout Central Florida and how Second Harvest Food Bank is helping the community during the pandemic.
IOA has a long-standing relationship supporting Second Harvest Food Bank. As title sponsor of the annual IOA Corporate 5K, IOA collects food and funds ahead of each year’s race for the organization through the IOA Corporate 5K 100 Meal Challenge. Because of the pandemic, this year’s IOA Corporate 5K has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 1, 2020.
About Heath Ritenour
Heath Ritenour joined Insurance Office of America in 1996 and now serves as its chairman and CEO. He is president of The IOA Foundation, a member of the board of directors at Cogent Bank, and on the board of elders of Grace Church Orlando in Longwood. He was named a CEO of the Year Honoree in 2018 by the Orlando Business Journal and placed on the 2020 Business Insurance Hot 100 list. He attended Liberty University, where he majored in business administration.
About Insurance Office of America
Founded in 1988 by John Ritenour and Valli Ritenour, Insurance Office of America (IOA) is one of the fastest-growing independent, full-service insurance agencies in the United States. IOA is ranked 13th on Insurance Journal’s 2019 Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies report and 23rd on Business Insurance’s 2019 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list. IOA was named a National Underwriter Agency of the Year in 2018. Headquartered in Longwood, Florida, part of the greater Orlando community, IOA has more than 1,200 associates located in over 60 offices in the U.S. and London.
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About The IOA Foundation
The IOA Foundation Inc. believes that corporate social responsibility is the building block that paves the road to a company’s success. Though the foundation’s focus is on the prosperity of children from birth through college, it’s giving reaches further and puts wide smiles on the faces of many. Charitable endeavors include, but aren’t limited to, children, education, health and wellness, animals, social services, entrepreneurship, mentoring, financial empowerment, and financial literacy.
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