Employees at Affiliated Managers Group Sponsor Holiday Gift Project

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January 23, 2012
Employees at Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) based in Beverly, Mass. partnered with Guard Support to provide 50 National Guard families in need throughout the state of Massachusetts with holiday food gift baskets and 159 wrapped gifts for 49 children this past holiday season.

The 50 festively decorated gift baskets were huge and valued at nearly $100 each. Each basket contained canned goods, bread and pancake mixes, hot cocoa, holiday cookies, candies and nuts, crackers and much more, as well as a holiday greeting card with a $50 grocery store gift card enclosed. In addition, the Dancing Deer Baking Company donated scrumptious holiday cookies and Sid Wainer & Son donated lots of fresh fruit. Employees donated nearly $7,500 and the AMG Foundation provided a generous matching contribution.

AMG employees
Left to right:  Joan Kershaw, Alex Parker, Amy Tosch, John O'Neill, Paul Castergine, Stephen Hopping, Kavita Padiyar, Shari Marshall, Claire Manning, Christine Carsman, Tracy Soehle, and Garrett Broadrup



One of the organizers of the project, Christine Carsman, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at AMG had this to say...

Below left to right: Amy Tosch, Christine Carsman, and Joan KershawAmy, Chris & Joan

"For our holiday service project this year, we reached out to Guard Support to see what we might do to help. We were very pleased to be able to partner with Guard Support to provide holiday food baskets and Christmas gifts for 50 Guard families and their children. Everyone at AMG was enthusiastic about the idea and wanted to participate. We had tremendous support and generous contributions from employees across the company, and a match from the AMG Foundation, all combining to make our project a wonderful success. More importantly, we were able to do something to show our appreciation for all that Guard members and their families do!"

Below left to right: Garrett Broadrup, Claire Manning, John O'Neill, Paul CastergiAMG employees assemble gift basketsne, and Ron Landen

A recipient of a Holiday Gift Basket and Christmas presents for his three boys sent this note to Guard Support:

"I want to thank you for all that you have done to assist me and my children with an emergency relief grant, gift cards, a holiday food basket and so much more. Since I have been home from Iraq (November 2009) I have been through five surgeries and have at least one more up and coming. I have struggled financially, physically and mentally with all that I have been through. I know that if it wasn't for Guard Support assisting me in this time of need, I'm not sure where I would be or if I would even be. I thank you with all my heart for taking the time to give me and my boys a breath of fresh air to get through this Christmas." - SFC National Guard member

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