Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2014 40 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:13:20 -0500 Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <strong>This release contains: 4 Photos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company was aglow with purple today to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation are raising awareness during October around the issue and the role finances play in keeping victims in abusive relationships. For more information about the program visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com" target="_blank">www.purplepurse.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> <a href="mailto:kyle.donash@allstate.com">kyle.donash@allstate.com</a><br /> 847-402-5600</p> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a419e2ff-0a66-4f88-ae27-ea7886b15380 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a419e2ff-0a66-4f88-ae27-ea7886b15380 Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <strong>This release contains: 4 Photos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company was aglow with purple today to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation are raising awareness during October around the issue and the role finances play in keeping victims in abusive relationships. For more information about the program visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com" target="_blank">www.purplepurse.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> <a href="mailto:kyle.donash@allstate.com">kyle.donash@allstate.com</a><br /> 847-402-5600</p> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <img src="/photos/b757/7894/b7577894-4480-413b-9f3a-7d0867321d62-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:37:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-corporate-headquarters-turns-purple http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-corporate-headquarters-turns-purple Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <img src="/photos/b757/7894/b7577894-4480-413b-9f3a-7d0867321d62-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <img src="/photos/f894/46c9/f89446c9-0309-4417-a5d6-ae5455fc77a6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:36:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-corporate-headquarters-turns-purple-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-corporate-headquarters-turns-purple-1 Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <img src="/photos/f894/46c9/f89446c9-0309-4417-a5d6-ae5455fc77a6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Driving Simulator at Ohio State University Puts the Brakes on Distractions in the Car <strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate is bringing its "Reality Rides℠" simulator to Ohio State University to create awareness about distraction-free driving. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6.</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology. An LED television embedded in the windshield displays an animated environment that reacts to the driver&rsquo;s motions. Using the car&rsquo;s steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with maneuvering through the virtual course while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Ohio&rsquo;s participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have an opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to promise to not text and drive.</p> <p>"Reality Rides uses new and interactive technologies, allowing us to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Ted Stefanov, Ohio sales leader for Allstate. "This real-life simulator proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers and we&rsquo;re excited to share it with the Ohio State Buckeyes."</p> <p>Last year, Allstate surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Nearly 3 in every 4 respondents &ndash; 73% - said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and <strong>71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</strong></li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn&rsquo;t let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation&rsquo;s License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology<br /> </strong>The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<br /> 248-520-3600<br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:33:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6c6342fb-3299-4b38-9d95-0d796cf27967 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6c6342fb-3299-4b38-9d95-0d796cf27967 Driving Simulator at Ohio State University Puts the Brakes on Distractions in the Car <strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate is bringing its "Reality Rides℠" simulator to Ohio State University to create awareness about distraction-free driving. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6.</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology. An LED television embedded in the windshield displays an animated environment that reacts to the driver&rsquo;s motions. Using the car&rsquo;s steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with maneuvering through the virtual course while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Ohio&rsquo;s participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have an opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to promise to not text and drive.</p> <p>"Reality Rides uses new and interactive technologies, allowing us to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Ted Stefanov, Ohio sales leader for Allstate. "This real-life simulator proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers and we&rsquo;re excited to share it with the Ohio State Buckeyes."</p> <p>Last year, Allstate surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Nearly 3 in every 4 respondents &ndash; 73% - said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and <strong>71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</strong></li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn&rsquo;t let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation&rsquo;s License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology<br /> </strong>The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<br /> 248-520-3600<br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a></p> CDP Recognizes Allstate as Leader in Climate Change Transparency; Only Property and Casualty Insurer to Make List Reductions in carbon emissions, energy usage rise to top of Allstate’s environmental accomplishments<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate has been recognized as a leader among the S&amp;P 500 for excelling at disclosure of climate change data by CDP, the world's only global environmental disclosure system. Allstate scored 97 out of 100 in this year's report, the highest score the company has received since it started reporting in 2007</p> <p>"This the fifth year Allstate has been included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, an achievement we're quite proud of given how many companies have intensified their commitment to climate-related issues in recent years" said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We continue to look for innovative approaches to manage our environmental footprint in a way that helps our business be more sustainable and our communities more livable."</p> <p>CDP's annual CDLI index spotlights companies listed on the Standard &amp; Poor's 500 Index (S&amp;P 500) that have demonstrated a high level of transparency and data quality in their disclosure of climate-related information. Thirty-three S&amp;P 500 companies are featured in the 2014 CDLI.</p> <p>Company disclosures to CDP are scored on a scale of 100 for completeness and data quality. High scores indicate that companies provided robust climate data and conveyed a strong understanding of corporate climate-related issues. The companies in the top 10 percent for disclosure scores are awarded a position on the CDLI. The S&amp;P 500 report including names of companies featured in the CDLI can be found at <a href="http://www.cdp.net">www.cdp.net</a>.</p> <p>Allstate has also made significant progress toward its long-term environmental sustainability goals in recent years. Notable accomplishments include:</p> <ul> <li>Reduced energy use in owned facilities by <strong>19.39 percent</strong> compared to the company's 2007 baseline, nearly reaching Allstate's long-term goal to cut energy use 20 percent by 2020.</li> <li>Reduced carbon footprint by <strong>6.3 percent </strong>in 2013 and nearly <strong>27 percent</strong> since 2007.</li> <li>Kept more than <strong>one million</strong> plastic water bottles out of landfills thanks to <strong>168</strong> water-filtration stations installed across Allstate facilities.</li> <li>Installed innovative airflow management technology in two Allstate data centers, which reduced the amount of power used and netted savings of nearly <strong>$120,000</strong>.</li> <li>Published a comprehensive <strong>new climate change policy</strong>, defining Allstate's approach to one of today's most critical environmental issues.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about Allstate's environmental sustainability efforts, please visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility/environment.aspx">http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility/environment.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-7893<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:35:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1a8f30de-6160-4e71-91cb-4ee919ffac23 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1a8f30de-6160-4e71-91cb-4ee919ffac23 CDP Recognizes Allstate as Leader in Climate Change Transparency; Only Property and Casualty Insurer to Make List Reductions in carbon emissions, energy usage rise to top of Allstate’s environmental accomplishments<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate has been recognized as a leader among the S&amp;P 500 for excelling at disclosure of climate change data by CDP, the world's only global environmental disclosure system. Allstate scored 97 out of 100 in this year's report, the highest score the company has received since it started reporting in 2007</p> <p>"This the fifth year Allstate has been included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, an achievement we're quite proud of given how many companies have intensified their commitment to climate-related issues in recent years" said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We continue to look for innovative approaches to manage our environmental footprint in a way that helps our business be more sustainable and our communities more livable."</p> <p>CDP's annual CDLI index spotlights companies listed on the Standard &amp; Poor's 500 Index (S&amp;P 500) that have demonstrated a high level of transparency and data quality in their disclosure of climate-related information. Thirty-three S&amp;P 500 companies are featured in the 2014 CDLI.</p> <p>Company disclosures to CDP are scored on a scale of 100 for completeness and data quality. High scores indicate that companies provided robust climate data and conveyed a strong understanding of corporate climate-related issues. The companies in the top 10 percent for disclosure scores are awarded a position on the CDLI. The S&amp;P 500 report including names of companies featured in the CDLI can be found at <a href="http://www.cdp.net">www.cdp.net</a>.</p> <p>Allstate has also made significant progress toward its long-term environmental sustainability goals in recent years. Notable accomplishments include:</p> <ul> <li>Reduced energy use in owned facilities by <strong>19.39 percent</strong> compared to the company's 2007 baseline, nearly reaching Allstate's long-term goal to cut energy use 20 percent by 2020.</li> <li>Reduced carbon footprint by <strong>6.3 percent </strong>in 2013 and nearly <strong>27 percent</strong> since 2007.</li> <li>Kept more than <strong>one million</strong> plastic water bottles out of landfills thanks to <strong>168</strong> water-filtration stations installed across Allstate facilities.</li> <li>Installed innovative airflow management technology in two Allstate data centers, which reduced the amount of power used and netted savings of nearly <strong>$120,000</strong>.</li> <li>Published a comprehensive <strong>new climate change policy</strong>, defining Allstate's approach to one of today's most critical environmental issues.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about Allstate's environmental sustainability efforts, please visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility/environment.aspx">http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility/environment.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-7893<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Charts of Allstate’s energy and emissions reduction <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/aacb/5280/aacb5280-53c2-4cb9-8c1f-ffdb27013061-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Charts of Allstate’s energy and emissions reduction Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:33:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/charts-of-allstate-s-energy-and-emissions-reduction http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/charts-of-allstate-s-energy-and-emissions-reduction Charts of Allstate’s energy and emissions reduction <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/aacb/5280/aacb5280-53c2-4cb9-8c1f-ffdb27013061-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Charts of Allstate’s energy and emissions reduction Charts of Allstate’s energy and emissions reduction <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/22d0/0744/22d00744-94e9-461d-89c2-70c968852833-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Charts of Allstate’s energy and emissions reduction Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:33:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/charts-of-allstate-s-energy-and-emissions-reduction-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/charts-of-allstate-s-energy-and-emissions-reduction-1 Charts of Allstate’s energy and emissions reduction <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/22d0/0744/22d00744-94e9-461d-89c2-70c968852833-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Charts of Allstate’s energy and emissions reduction Allstate Turns Chicago Purple to Bring Awareness of Domestic Violence The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge raises awareness for abusers’ weapon of choice: financial abuse<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Last year, the Chicago Police Department logged 48,141 domestic violence-related calls. Recognizing the seriousness and breadth of the issue, The Allstate Foundation is stepping up to keep the conversation going here in Chicago. From the 151 bus to Allstate&rsquo;s corporate headquarters, Chicagoland will be turning purple this October in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.</p> <p>"We&rsquo;re currently in the midst of a national conversation about domestic violence that has never happened before in our history," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "The more we can get people talking, the greater our chances of ending violence against women. We call on people in our hometown to join us in this important conversation, to get informed and get involved."</p> <p>On morning of Oct.1, Allstate&rsquo;s corporate headquarters off Interstate 294 will be bathed in purple lighting to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Additionally, buses throughout the city ranging from the seven to the 151 will be wrapped in purple and include facts about domestic violence. The Allstate Foundation is also a lead sponsor of this year&rsquo;s Latino Fashion Week where local celebrities and attendees will walk the purple carpet and receive charms outfitted with stories from survivors.</p> <p>To help encourage conversation and support for domestic violence service providers, The Allstate Foundation is also currently in the midst of hosting the Purple Purse Challenge. Ten Chicago-area nonprofit organizations are competing and raising money for financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors and, to date, these local organizations have raised more than $300,000.</p> <p>The Challenge kicked off earlier this month and is raising money for 130 domestic violence service organizations across the country on <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge">Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation, which is contributing nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants. The Challenge runs through Oct. 3.</p> <p>Chicagoland-based nonprofit organizations participating in the Purple Purse Challenge include:</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <ul> <li>Apna Ghar, Chicago</li> <li>Between Friends, Chicago</li> <li>Connections for Abused Women, Chicago</li> <li>Institute for Latino Progress, Chicago</li> <li>Latin Women in Action, Chicago</li> </ul> </td> <td valign="top"> <ul> <li>Turning Point, McHenry</li> <li>YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago</li> <li>YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Evanston</li> <li>West Englewood United Organization, Chicago</li> <li>Wings Program, Palatine</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Allstate Foundation conducted a new survey, "Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse," to learn more about Chicagoans attitudes related to this social issue. The findings include:</p> <p><strong>What do Chicagoans&rsquo; say about Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse?</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>More than half</strong> (56 percent) of Chicagoans have known someone who has been a victim of abuse and <strong>one in four (</strong>25 percent) say they have personally been a victim. </li> <li><strong>Six</strong> <strong>in 10</strong> (60 percent) Chicagoans consider domestic violence to be a serious problem, but just <strong>one in three </strong>(33 percent) admit to having discussed it with friends or family </li> <li><strong>Eighty-three percent</strong> of Chicagoans say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. </li> <li>Nearly <strong>seven in 10 </strong>Chicago parents (69 percent) think it would be helpful for schools to teach teenagers how to protect themselves against financial abuse. </li> <li><strong>Forty-seven percent</strong> of Chicago parents say they have broached the subject of domestic violence with their children. Only <strong>17 percent</strong> of Chicago-area children say their parents have talked to them about domestic violence. </li> <li>Just <strong>35 percent</strong> of Chicagoans believe that financial abuse is a reason for a victim to leave a domestic violence situation. </li> </ul> <p>Visit purplepurse.com to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start life changing conversations about this important topic.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes: safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology<br /> </strong>The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014 by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults each in the Chicago media markets. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.Donash@allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ef70d58e-5183-440d-a587-fdc9eb5b314a http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ef70d58e-5183-440d-a587-fdc9eb5b314a Allstate Turns Chicago Purple to Bring Awareness of Domestic Violence The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge raises awareness for abusers’ weapon of choice: financial abuse<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Last year, the Chicago Police Department logged 48,141 domestic violence-related calls. Recognizing the seriousness and breadth of the issue, The Allstate Foundation is stepping up to keep the conversation going here in Chicago. From the 151 bus to Allstate&rsquo;s corporate headquarters, Chicagoland will be turning purple this October in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.</p> <p>"We&rsquo;re currently in the midst of a national conversation about domestic violence that has never happened before in our history," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "The more we can get people talking, the greater our chances of ending violence against women. We call on people in our hometown to join us in this important conversation, to get informed and get involved."</p> <p>On morning of Oct.1, Allstate&rsquo;s corporate headquarters off Interstate 294 will be bathed in purple lighting to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Additionally, buses throughout the city ranging from the seven to the 151 will be wrapped in purple and include facts about domestic violence. The Allstate Foundation is also a lead sponsor of this year&rsquo;s Latino Fashion Week where local celebrities and attendees will walk the purple carpet and receive charms outfitted with stories from survivors.</p> <p>To help encourage conversation and support for domestic violence service providers, The Allstate Foundation is also currently in the midst of hosting the Purple Purse Challenge. Ten Chicago-area nonprofit organizations are competing and raising money for financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors and, to date, these local organizations have raised more than $300,000.</p> <p>The Challenge kicked off earlier this month and is raising money for 130 domestic violence service organizations across the country on <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge">Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation, which is contributing nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants. The Challenge runs through Oct. 3.</p> <p>Chicagoland-based nonprofit organizations participating in the Purple Purse Challenge include:</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <ul> <li>Apna Ghar, Chicago</li> <li>Between Friends, Chicago</li> <li>Connections for Abused Women, Chicago</li> <li>Institute for Latino Progress, Chicago</li> <li>Latin Women in Action, Chicago</li> </ul> </td> <td valign="top"> <ul> <li>Turning Point, McHenry</li> <li>YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago</li> <li>YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Evanston</li> <li>West Englewood United Organization, Chicago</li> <li>Wings Program, Palatine</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Allstate Foundation conducted a new survey, "Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse," to learn more about Chicagoans attitudes related to this social issue. The findings include:</p> <p><strong>What do Chicagoans&rsquo; say about Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse?</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>More than half</strong> (56 percent) of Chicagoans have known someone who has been a victim of abuse and <strong>one in four (</strong>25 percent) say they have personally been a victim. </li> <li><strong>Six</strong> <strong>in 10</strong> (60 percent) Chicagoans consider domestic violence to be a serious problem, but just <strong>one in three </strong>(33 percent) admit to having discussed it with friends or family </li> <li><strong>Eighty-three percent</strong> of Chicagoans say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. </li> <li>Nearly <strong>seven in 10 </strong>Chicago parents (69 percent) think it would be helpful for schools to teach teenagers how to protect themselves against financial abuse. </li> <li><strong>Forty-seven percent</strong> of Chicago parents say they have broached the subject of domestic violence with their children. Only <strong>17 percent</strong> of Chicago-area children say their parents have talked to them about domestic violence. </li> <li>Just <strong>35 percent</strong> of Chicagoans believe that financial abuse is a reason for a victim to leave a domestic violence situation. </li> </ul> <p>Visit purplepurse.com to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start life changing conversations about this important topic.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes: safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology<br /> </strong>The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014 by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults each in the Chicago media markets. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.Donash@allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is raising awareness of domestic violence in Chicago <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/ecf0/aab9/ecf0aab9-51c5-4e99-af04-539e4625f30b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is raising awareness of domestic violence in Chicago Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:42:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-foundation-purple-purse http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-foundation-purple-purse Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is raising awareness of domestic violence in Chicago <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/ecf0/aab9/ecf0aab9-51c5-4e99-af04-539e4625f30b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is raising awareness of domestic violence in Chicago Driving Simulator at Wayne State University Puts the Brakes on Distractions in the Car <strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate is bringing its "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" simulator to Wayne State University to generate awareness about distraction-free driving. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the event and additional flat-screen monitors allow drivers waiting their turn to see what the person in the simulator is experiencing.</p> <p>Reality Rides is visiting Wayne State University in Detroit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies, allowing us to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brad Trombley<strong>,</strong> an Allstate insurance agency owner in Westland. "This real-life simulator proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with the Wayne State Warriors."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology. The television embedded in the windshield displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with maneuvering through the virtual course while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Michigan's participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Nearly 3 in every 4 respondents &ndash; 73% - said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<br /> 248-520-3600<br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/715c0320-50a4-4c18-93f4-663262856077 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/715c0320-50a4-4c18-93f4-663262856077 Driving Simulator at Wayne State University Puts the Brakes on Distractions in the Car <strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate is bringing its "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" simulator to Wayne State University to generate awareness about distraction-free driving. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the event and additional flat-screen monitors allow drivers waiting their turn to see what the person in the simulator is experiencing.</p> <p>Reality Rides is visiting Wayne State University in Detroit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies, allowing us to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brad Trombley<strong>,</strong> an Allstate insurance agency owner in Westland. "This real-life simulator proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with the Wayne State Warriors."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology. The television embedded in the windshield displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with maneuvering through the virtual course while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Michigan's participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Nearly 3 in every 4 respondents &ndash; 73% - said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<br /> 248-520-3600<br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a></p> Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Visits Gowanda High School as Part of a National Effort for Teens to #GetThereSafe <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/a48e/9419/a48e9419-c5b1-414c-9a3f-277291e1f9d3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Visits Gowanda High School as Part of a National Effort for Teens to #GetThereSafe Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:41:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/pop-sensation-austin-mahone-visits-gowanda-high-school-as-part-of-a-national-effort-for-teens-to-gettheresafe http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/pop-sensation-austin-mahone-visits-gowanda-high-school-as-part-of-a-national-effort-for-teens-to-gettheresafe Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Visits Gowanda High School as Part of a National Effort for Teens to #GetThereSafe <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/a48e/9419/a48e9419-c5b1-414c-9a3f-277291e1f9d3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Visits Gowanda High School as Part of a National Effort for Teens to #GetThereSafe Allstate Protect It or Lose It Tour on the Move in San Antonio National campaign travels to 10 cities to educate people about protecting everyday items<br /><strong>This release contains: 4 Photos, 2 Videos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Nearly all homeowners (90%) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years &ndash; let alone documented what they have, according to a new Allstate survey of homeowners. And while the majority says they know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, most forget about things like home d&eacute;cor, area rugs and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels, according to a recent survey from Allstate.</p> <p>To help homeowners prepare, Allstate is launching the "Protect It Or Lose It" tour to remind people about the importance of knowing the value of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">all</span> of their belongings &ndash; even the smaller things that can add up to financial losses.</p> <p>The tour will visit San Antonio, from Sept. 26-27 at the San Antonio Home and Garden Show. Each event includes a live game show, digital games, fun photo opportunities and the chance to win exciting prizes.</p> <p>"The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It tour is an engaging way to drive home the point that accurately valuing your possessions can save you headaches in the long run," said Tarla Bapodra, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. "Allstate is committed to educating people about steps that can be taken before an unexpected loss strikes, and providing the tools to help homeowners prepare."</p> <p>Local Worries <br /> A regional survey of homeowners showed that:</p> <ul> <li>If people could grab one thing from their home, 21 percent said it would be a purse or wallet.</li> <li>One in four homeowners doesn't know the specifics of their homeowner's policy.</li> <li>Thirty percent of homeowners have not documented or assessed the value of their belongings.</li> </ul> <p>Generational Gaps</p> <ul> <li>In addition, Millennials are more likely to value their possessions every one to two years (at least the more expensive ones), but are less informed about what kind of protection they have. Less than half (47%) know their minimum deductible and fewer still (40%) know any details about their current coverage. </li> <li>Older homeowners, on the other hand, are more aware of the value of typical household items but are most likely not to have documented anything (56%).</li> </ul> <p>Many homeowners could lose-out when they file claims if they do not know the full extent of their losses. As summer weather heats up and vacation travel season is in full swing, it's important to note the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims in Texas, according to Allstate:</p> <ul> <li>Water (Including air conditioning leaks, etc.)</li> <li>Hail</li> <li>Windstorm </li> <li>Theft (On-premises) </li> <li>Freezing </li> </ul> <p>For homeowners across America, everyone has the chance to get a lesson in protecting their belongings via an <a href="http://www.protectitorloseit.com">online game</a> that challenges players to protect everyday items as well as valuables. To advance to the next level, players learn the importance of remembering to protect everything from kitchen utensils to appliances to artwork along the way. Daily sweepstakes prizes are awarded from July 15 to October 15, with a $5,000 grand prize.</p> <p>To learn more and view the complete rules for the Protect It Or Lose It sweepstakes, visit <a href="http://www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com">www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com</a> and get tips to ensure your family is protected in the event of a loss.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The Allstate Homeowners Survey was conducted online by Impulse Research in June 2014. Survey recipients represent a random sample of 1062 men and women, 18+ who are homeowners (condominium and townhome-owners were excluded from the survey), all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18+. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence. The geographical spread used within the survey is broken into five regions according to Impulse Research policy.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> (972) 871-6460<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:30:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/96501777-8366-4f12-9d28-3229ad8f3c13 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/96501777-8366-4f12-9d28-3229ad8f3c13 Allstate Protect It or Lose It Tour on the Move in San Antonio National campaign travels to 10 cities to educate people about protecting everyday items<br /><strong>This release contains: 4 Photos, 2 Videos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Nearly all homeowners (90%) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years &ndash; let alone documented what they have, according to a new Allstate survey of homeowners. And while the majority says they know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, most forget about things like home d&eacute;cor, area rugs and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels, according to a recent survey from Allstate.</p> <p>To help homeowners prepare, Allstate is launching the "Protect It Or Lose It" tour to remind people about the importance of knowing the value of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">all</span> of their belongings &ndash; even the smaller things that can add up to financial losses.</p> <p>The tour will visit San Antonio, from Sept. 26-27 at the San Antonio Home and Garden Show. Each event includes a live game show, digital games, fun photo opportunities and the chance to win exciting prizes.</p> <p>"The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It tour is an engaging way to drive home the point that accurately valuing your possessions can save you headaches in the long run," said Tarla Bapodra, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. "Allstate is committed to educating people about steps that can be taken before an unexpected loss strikes, and providing the tools to help homeowners prepare."</p> <p>Local Worries <br /> A regional survey of homeowners showed that:</p> <ul> <li>If people could grab one thing from their home, 21 percent said it would be a purse or wallet.</li> <li>One in four homeowners doesn't know the specifics of their homeowner's policy.</li> <li>Thirty percent of homeowners have not documented or assessed the value of their belongings.</li> </ul> <p>Generational Gaps</p> <ul> <li>In addition, Millennials are more likely to value their possessions every one to two years (at least the more expensive ones), but are less informed about what kind of protection they have. Less than half (47%) know their minimum deductible and fewer still (40%) know any details about their current coverage. </li> <li>Older homeowners, on the other hand, are more aware of the value of typical household items but are most likely not to have documented anything (56%).</li> </ul> <p>Many homeowners could lose-out when they file claims if they do not know the full extent of their losses. As summer weather heats up and vacation travel season is in full swing, it's important to note the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims in Texas, according to Allstate:</p> <ul> <li>Water (Including air conditioning leaks, etc.)</li> <li>Hail</li> <li>Windstorm </li> <li>Theft (On-premises) </li> <li>Freezing </li> </ul> <p>For homeowners across America, everyone has the chance to get a lesson in protecting their belongings via an <a href="http://www.protectitorloseit.com">online game</a> that challenges players to protect everyday items as well as valuables. To advance to the next level, players learn the importance of remembering to protect everything from kitchen utensils to appliances to artwork along the way. Daily sweepstakes prizes are awarded from July 15 to October 15, with a $5,000 grand prize.</p> <p>To learn more and view the complete rules for the Protect It Or Lose It sweepstakes, visit <a href="http://www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com">www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com</a> and get tips to ensure your family is protected in the event of a loss.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The Allstate Homeowners Survey was conducted online by Impulse Research in June 2014. Survey recipients represent a random sample of 1062 men and women, 18+ who are homeowners (condominium and townhome-owners were excluded from the survey), all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18+. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence. The geographical spread used within the survey is broken into five regions according to Impulse Research policy.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> (972) 871-6460<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Driving Simulator at ArtPrize Puts the Brakes on Distractions in the Car <strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate Insurance Company is bringing its "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" simulator to ArtPrize to generate awareness about distraction-free driving. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the event and additional flat-screen monitors allows drivers waiting their turn to see what the person in the simulator is experiencing.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 26.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies, allowing us to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Joe Lange, an Allstate agency owner in Grand Rapids. "This real-life simulator proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology. The television embedded in the windshield displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with maneuvering through the virtual course while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, the participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Nearly 3 in every 4 respondents &ndash; 73% - said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp;# #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<br /> 248-520-3600<br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ae88ff85-287d-402d-bef1-3be3516e6ba7 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ae88ff85-287d-402d-bef1-3be3516e6ba7 Driving Simulator at ArtPrize Puts the Brakes on Distractions in the Car <strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate Insurance Company is bringing its "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" simulator to ArtPrize to generate awareness about distraction-free driving. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the event and additional flat-screen monitors allows drivers waiting their turn to see what the person in the simulator is experiencing.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 26.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies, allowing us to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Joe Lange, an Allstate agency owner in Grand Rapids. "This real-life simulator proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology. The television embedded in the windshield displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with maneuvering through the virtual course while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, the participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Nearly 3 in every 4 respondents &ndash; 73% - said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp;# #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<br /> 248-520-3600<br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/c583/a39e/c583a39e-b31e-4065-8357-952d5a9f1216-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:42:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-employees-taking-steps-to-stamp-out-breast-cancer http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-employees-taking-steps-to-stamp-out-breast-cancer Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/c583/a39e/c583a39e-b31e-4065-8357-952d5a9f1216-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/8302/00be/830200be-9771-4b7e-bb1a-58fa9f5a103a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:42:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-employees-taking-steps-to-stamp-out-breast-cancer-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-employees-taking-steps-to-stamp-out-breast-cancer-1 Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/8302/00be/830200be-9771-4b7e-bb1a-58fa9f5a103a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Name 22 College Football Players to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Prestigious off-the-field honor recognizes college football players for their dedication to community service<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced the roster for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;. This prestigious college football award pays tribute to a select group of student-athletes who have worked to positively impact the lives of others. The 22 players honored with this distinct recognition have not only dedicated their time to succeeding on the field, but have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.</p> <p>For more than two decades the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; has been one of the most esteemed awards in college sports. This summer, the program received a record 182 nominations from colleges and universities across the country. A voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members and college football media reviewed the nominees in an effort to select 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA to comprise the 22-player team.</p> <p>"Allstate takes an immense amount of pride in working with the AFCA to recognize these student-athletes for their good works that have made a positive impact on communities across the country and, in some cases, across the world," said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel. "Allstate is a proud supporter of NCAA football and it is an honor to award these young men for inspiring us all with their character and work ethic both on and off the field."</p> <p>The following players have been selected to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <p><strong>NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)</strong>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jeffrey Coprich &nbsp;</td> <td>So.</td> <td>RB</td> <td>California</td> <td>Watts, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Laken Tomlinson</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>OL</td> <td>Duke</td> <td>Chicago, Ill.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chris Conley&nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>WR</td> <td>Georgia</td> <td>Dallas, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Max Godby &nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>OL</td> <td>Kentucky</td> <td>Louisville, Ky.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Deterrian Shackelford&nbsp;</td> <td>GS</td> <td>LB&nbsp;</td> <td>Ole Miss</td> <td>Decatur, Ala.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sam Rodgers</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LS</td> <td>&nbsp;Syracuse</td> <td>State College, Pa.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Nate Boyer</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>&nbsp;LS</td> <td>Texas&nbsp;</td> <td>Dublin, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Brett Hundley&nbsp;</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>QB</td> <td>UCLA</td> <td>Chandler, Ariz.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chuckie Keeton</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>QB</td> <td>Utah State&nbsp;</td> <td>Houston, Texas</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Andrew East</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LS</td> <td>Vanderbilt</td> <td>Indianapolis, Ind.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dominic Rufran</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>WR</td> <td>Wyoming</td> <td>Colorado Springs, Colo.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and NAIA</strong></p> <table border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td>Name&nbsp;</td> <td>Cl.</td> <td>Pos.</td> <td>School</td> <td>Hometown</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Blake Padget&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>OL</td> <td>Alma</td> <td>Westland, Mich.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chris Tamasi&nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LB&nbsp;</td> <td>Amherst</td> <td>Canton, Mass.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Joshua Perkins</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>OL</td> <td>Bethel</td> <td>Iowa Falls, Iowa</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dan Casey</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LB</td> <td>Davidson</td> <td>Tega Cay, S.C.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tyler Zeoli</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LB</td> <td>Holy Cross</td> <td>King of Prussia, Pa.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ward Udinski</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>QB</td> <td>Juniata</td> <td>Doylestown, Pa.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Spencer Knight&nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>RB</td> <td>Ouachita Baptist</td> <td>Arkadelphia, Ark.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Zach Zenner</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>RB</td> <td>South Dakota State</td> <td>Eagan, Minn.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Phil Faccone</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LS</td> <td>Wagner</td> <td>Brick, N.J.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Eric Mapoles&nbsp;</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>LB</td> <td>Wingate</td> <td>Snellville, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ryan Gerts</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LB</td> <td>Winona State</td> <td>Bloomingdale, Ill.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the past 23 years, this award has recognized countless outstanding acts of service, and the accomplishments of this team are no exception. From creating non-profit organizations and programs to help those in need, to earning a Bronze Star from serving two tours of military duty in Iraq, these 22 players have done remarkable things in their communities and touched many people's lives.</p> <p>"The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; has been highlighting student-athlete volunteerism for 23 years, and the list of honorees keeps getting better each year," Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director said. "The 2014 Good Works Team&reg; members are some of the most dedicated athletes, on and off the field, I have ever seen. It is the AFCA's pleasure to work &nbsp;with Allstate in promoting such great ambassadors of the game of football."</p> <p>Allstate and the AFCA are looking to the fans to help determine this year's 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; Captain. By visiting ESPN.com/Allstate, fans can learn more about this year's team members and vote for the player who they feel best embodies the spirit of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will also be invited to New Orleans to take part in a community project leading up to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg;.</p> <p>The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel includes: former Good Works Team&reg; members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),&nbsp; Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>&reg; <br /> The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams&reg; were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field.&nbsp; AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need.&nbsp; Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.</p> <p>With Chris Conley's selection in 2014, Georgia moves into first place with 15 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska at 14 and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees.&nbsp; The SEC leads all conferences with 62 selections to the Good Works Team&reg; since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 42 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams&reg;, respectively.</p> <p><strong>About AFCA</strong><br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations <br /> 847-402-5600<a href="mailto:laura.strykowski@allstate.com"><br /> laura.strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations<br /> 254-754-9900<br /> <a href="mailto:vince@afca.com">vince@afca.com</a></p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:45:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ecd3d160-f92d-4d24-90eb-296709fe5038 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ecd3d160-f92d-4d24-90eb-296709fe5038 Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Name 22 College Football Players to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Prestigious off-the-field honor recognizes college football players for their dedication to community service<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced the roster for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;. This prestigious college football award pays tribute to a select group of student-athletes who have worked to positively impact the lives of others. The 22 players honored with this distinct recognition have not only dedicated their time to succeeding on the field, but have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.</p> <p>For more than two decades the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; has been one of the most esteemed awards in college sports. This summer, the program received a record 182 nominations from colleges and universities across the country. A voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members and college football media reviewed the nominees in an effort to select 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA to comprise the 22-player team.</p> <p>"Allstate takes an immense amount of pride in working with the AFCA to recognize these student-athletes for their good works that have made a positive impact on communities across the country and, in some cases, across the world," said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel. "Allstate is a proud supporter of NCAA football and it is an honor to award these young men for inspiring us all with their character and work ethic both on and off the field."</p> <p>The following players have been selected to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <p><strong>NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)</strong>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jeffrey Coprich &nbsp;</td> <td>So.</td> <td>RB</td> <td>California</td> <td>Watts, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Laken Tomlinson</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>OL</td> <td>Duke</td> <td>Chicago, Ill.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chris Conley&nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>WR</td> <td>Georgia</td> <td>Dallas, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Max Godby &nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>OL</td> <td>Kentucky</td> <td>Louisville, Ky.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Deterrian Shackelford&nbsp;</td> <td>GS</td> <td>LB&nbsp;</td> <td>Ole Miss</td> <td>Decatur, Ala.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sam Rodgers</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LS</td> <td>&nbsp;Syracuse</td> <td>State College, Pa.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Nate Boyer</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>&nbsp;LS</td> <td>Texas&nbsp;</td> <td>Dublin, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Brett Hundley&nbsp;</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>QB</td> <td>UCLA</td> <td>Chandler, Ariz.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chuckie Keeton</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>QB</td> <td>Utah State&nbsp;</td> <td>Houston, Texas</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Andrew East</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LS</td> <td>Vanderbilt</td> <td>Indianapolis, Ind.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dominic Rufran</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>WR</td> <td>Wyoming</td> <td>Colorado Springs, Colo.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and NAIA</strong></p> <table border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td>Name&nbsp;</td> <td>Cl.</td> <td>Pos.</td> <td>School</td> <td>Hometown</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Blake Padget&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>OL</td> <td>Alma</td> <td>Westland, Mich.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chris Tamasi&nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LB&nbsp;</td> <td>Amherst</td> <td>Canton, Mass.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Joshua Perkins</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>OL</td> <td>Bethel</td> <td>Iowa Falls, Iowa</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dan Casey</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LB</td> <td>Davidson</td> <td>Tega Cay, S.C.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tyler Zeoli</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LB</td> <td>Holy Cross</td> <td>King of Prussia, Pa.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ward Udinski</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>QB</td> <td>Juniata</td> <td>Doylestown, Pa.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Spencer Knight&nbsp;</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>RB</td> <td>Ouachita Baptist</td> <td>Arkadelphia, Ark.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Zach Zenner</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>RB</td> <td>South Dakota State</td> <td>Eagan, Minn.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Phil Faccone</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LS</td> <td>Wagner</td> <td>Brick, N.J.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Eric Mapoles&nbsp;</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>LB</td> <td>Wingate</td> <td>Snellville, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ryan Gerts</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>LB</td> <td>Winona State</td> <td>Bloomingdale, Ill.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the past 23 years, this award has recognized countless outstanding acts of service, and the accomplishments of this team are no exception. From creating non-profit organizations and programs to help those in need, to earning a Bronze Star from serving two tours of military duty in Iraq, these 22 players have done remarkable things in their communities and touched many people's lives.</p> <p>"The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; has been highlighting student-athlete volunteerism for 23 years, and the list of honorees keeps getting better each year," Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director said. "The 2014 Good Works Team&reg; members are some of the most dedicated athletes, on and off the field, I have ever seen. It is the AFCA's pleasure to work &nbsp;with Allstate in promoting such great ambassadors of the game of football."</p> <p>Allstate and the AFCA are looking to the fans to help determine this year's 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; Captain. By visiting ESPN.com/Allstate, fans can learn more about this year's team members and vote for the player who they feel best embodies the spirit of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will also be invited to New Orleans to take part in a community project leading up to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg;.</p> <p>The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel includes: former Good Works Team&reg; members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),&nbsp; Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>&reg; <br /> The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams&reg; were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field.&nbsp; AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need.&nbsp; Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.</p> <p>With Chris Conley's selection in 2014, Georgia moves into first place with 15 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska at 14 and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees.&nbsp; The SEC leads all conferences with 62 selections to the Good Works Team&reg; since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 42 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams&reg;, respectively.</p> <p><strong>About AFCA</strong><br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations <br /> 847-402-5600<a href="mailto:laura.strykowski@allstate.com"><br /> laura.strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations<br /> 254-754-9900<br /> <a href="mailto:vince@afca.com">vince@afca.com</a></p> Working Mother Names Allstate to List of "100 Best Companies" Recognition Highlights Leadership in Work/Life Integration Policies<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p><em>Working Mother</em> magazine recently named Allstate as one of the 2014 <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.workingmother.com/best-companies/allstate-insurance-9" target="_blank">Working Mother 100 Best Companies</a></span> for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms, including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement of women. Companies are also measured on access to and usage of family friendly programs.</p> <p>Programs to support working mothers to be their best at home and at work include:</p> <ul> <li><em>Flexible work arrangements</em>such as compressed work weeks, job-sharing, flextime, and telecommuting. </li> <li>Energy management workshops and wellbeing coaching</li> <li>Onsite day care and national child care discounts</li> <li>Preventive health and wellbeing resources such as onsite clinics, pharmacy and resource center</li> </ul> <p>"This recognition supports our mission of making certain we have programs, services and options to help all employees realize their full potential," said Michael Escobar, vice president, chief diversity &amp; organization effectiveness officer for Allstate. "We are a stronger company because of the high value we place on creating professional and personal development opportunities for our employees.</p> <p>Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media said, "The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are the leaders in the advancement of women by supporting their need to integrate family and work successfully. We are thrilled to honor the U.S. companies that put words into action and build family-friendly cultures on the foundation of thoughtful policies and effective programs. Women now make up 50% of our workforce. We need to make sure they have the support to be outstanding moms as well as great employees."</p> <p>Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, noted, "In its 29<sup>th</sup> year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies are a powerful reminder of how great companies can and do create supportive workplaces for their employees. All employers would do well to follow their lead if they want to attract and retain top talent."</p> <p>The complete list of the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.workingmother.com/best-companies/2014-working-mother-100-best-companies" target="_blank">here</a></span>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About Working Mother Media </strong><br /> Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (<a href="http://www.bonnier.com/" target="_blank">bonnier.com</a>), is the publisher of Working Mother magazine and its companion website <a href="http://www.workingmother.com/" target="_blank">workingmother.com</a>, and is home to the Working Mother Research Institute. The National Association for Female Executives (<a href="http://www.nafe.com/" target="_blank">nafe.com</a>) and Diversity Best Practices (<a href="http://www.diversitybestpractices.com" target="_blank">diversitybestpractices.com</a>) are also units within WMM. Working Mother Media's mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/workingmother" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@_workingmother_" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, LinkedIn and Pinterest.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/848e7e41-ef91-4fdd-8e85-6b507e42524c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/848e7e41-ef91-4fdd-8e85-6b507e42524c Working Mother Names Allstate to List of "100 Best Companies" Recognition Highlights Leadership in Work/Life Integration Policies<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p><em>Working Mother</em> magazine recently named Allstate as one of the 2014 <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.workingmother.com/best-companies/allstate-insurance-9" target="_blank">Working Mother 100 Best Companies</a></span> for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms, including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement of women. Companies are also measured on access to and usage of family friendly programs.</p> <p>Programs to support working mothers to be their best at home and at work include:</p> <ul> <li><em>Flexible work arrangements</em>such as compressed work weeks, job-sharing, flextime, and telecommuting. </li> <li>Energy management workshops and wellbeing coaching</li> <li>Onsite day care and national child care discounts</li> <li>Preventive health and wellbeing resources such as onsite clinics, pharmacy and resource center</li> </ul> <p>"This recognition supports our mission of making certain we have programs, services and options to help all employees realize their full potential," said Michael Escobar, vice president, chief diversity &amp; organization effectiveness officer for Allstate. "We are a stronger company because of the high value we place on creating professional and personal development opportunities for our employees.</p> <p>Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media said, "The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are the leaders in the advancement of women by supporting their need to integrate family and work successfully. We are thrilled to honor the U.S. companies that put words into action and build family-friendly cultures on the foundation of thoughtful policies and effective programs. Women now make up 50% of our workforce. We need to make sure they have the support to be outstanding moms as well as great employees."</p> <p>Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, noted, "In its 29<sup>th</sup> year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies are a powerful reminder of how great companies can and do create supportive workplaces for their employees. All employers would do well to follow their lead if they want to attract and retain top talent."</p> <p>The complete list of the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.workingmother.com/best-companies/2014-working-mother-100-best-companies" target="_blank">here</a></span>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About Working Mother Media </strong><br /> Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (<a href="http://www.bonnier.com/" target="_blank">bonnier.com</a>), is the publisher of Working Mother magazine and its companion website <a href="http://www.workingmother.com/" target="_blank">workingmother.com</a>, and is home to the Working Mother Research Institute. The National Association for Female Executives (<a href="http://www.nafe.com/" target="_blank">nafe.com</a>) and Diversity Best Practices (<a href="http://www.diversitybestpractices.com" target="_blank">diversitybestpractices.com</a>) are also units within WMM. Working Mother Media's mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/workingmother" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@_workingmother_" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, LinkedIn and Pinterest.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate to Discuss Third Quarter 2014 Earnings With Investors <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) will conduct a conference call and webcast at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, October 30 to discuss third quarter 2014 earnings. The company will issue a news release announcing quarterly results at or after 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 29.</p> <p>Allstate intends to publish its investor supplement on its website shortly after issuing its earnings announcement. In addition, Allstate will file its quarterly Form 10-Q and its supplement with the SEC that afternoon. These materials will be available on Allstate's website at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>The investor webcast also can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to participate in the live event, a webcast replay and downloadable MP3 file will be posted on the company's website shortly after the event ends.</p> <p>To receive email alerts about Allstate, you can enroll your email address by visiting the "Email Alerts" section of <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. In addition, you may enroll to automatically receive email alerts when news releases are posted to the Allstate Newsroom by clicking the "follow us" button at <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com">www.allstatenewsroom.com</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<strong><br /> </strong>(847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:45:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ca29f766-0117-48bd-a506-62e516fe2a31 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ca29f766-0117-48bd-a506-62e516fe2a31 Allstate to Discuss Third Quarter 2014 Earnings With Investors <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) will conduct a conference call and webcast at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, October 30 to discuss third quarter 2014 earnings. The company will issue a news release announcing quarterly results at or after 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 29.</p> <p>Allstate intends to publish its investor supplement on its website shortly after issuing its earnings announcement. In addition, Allstate will file its quarterly Form 10-Q and its supplement with the SEC that afternoon. These materials will be available on Allstate's website at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>The investor webcast also can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to participate in the live event, a webcast replay and downloadable MP3 file will be posted on the company's website shortly after the event ends.</p> <p>To receive email alerts about Allstate, you can enroll your email address by visiting the "Email Alerts" section of <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. In addition, you may enroll to automatically receive email alerts when news releases are posted to the Allstate Newsroom by clicking the "follow us" button at <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com">www.allstatenewsroom.com</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<strong><br /> </strong>(847) 402-5600</p> Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer Allstaters to Sprint & Stride around Northbrook campus to benefit cancer research<br /><strong>This release contains: 3 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Corporation&rsquo;s Business 2 Business unit is leading the charge on <strong>Tuesday, September 23, at 11 a.m.</strong>, as nearly 2200 employees lace up their sneakers for the company&rsquo;s Sprint &amp; Stride 5K Walk/Run. The annual event, held on the grounds of Allstate&rsquo;s Northbrook campus, helps raise awareness and money to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure&reg;. Last year, Allstate employees raised more than $150,000 to help combat the disease.</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>WHEN:</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>The walk/run kicks off with a program at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The race begins at 11:30 a.m.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>WHO:</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Nearly 2200 Allstate employees have registered to walk and run a 3.1-mile course around the 247-acre Northbrook campus. Employees walk for free, but raise money by asking family, friends and businesses to sponsor their effort.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>GUESTS:</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Chicago Bears Guard Kyle Long and NBC 5 Morning News Anchor Zoraida Sambolin will be on hand to get the race started.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>WHERE:</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Allstate&rsquo;s Northbrook campus, 2775 Sanders Road, 60062</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Sprint and Stride 5K Walk/Run is sponsored by Allstate Good Life&reg;, the company&rsquo;s- well-being program. The annual race is in its fifth year, but this is the second year with the added charity component, with proceeds being donated to the Chicagoland chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure&reg;.</p> <p><strong>VIDEO, PHOTO &amp; INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Mark Green, president, Allstate Dealer Services and Ivantage Select Agency, Inc.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business<br /> segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:13:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6aa9b612-805d-45aa-979f-fb9783b7aa42 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6aa9b612-805d-45aa-979f-fb9783b7aa42 Allstate Employees Taking Steps to Stamp Out Breast Cancer Allstaters to Sprint & Stride around Northbrook campus to benefit cancer research<br /><strong>This release contains: 3 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Corporation&rsquo;s Business 2 Business unit is leading the charge on <strong>Tuesday, September 23, at 11 a.m.</strong>, as nearly 2200 employees lace up their sneakers for the company&rsquo;s Sprint &amp; Stride 5K Walk/Run. The annual event, held on the grounds of Allstate&rsquo;s Northbrook campus, helps raise awareness and money to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure&reg;. Last year, Allstate employees raised more than $150,000 to help combat the disease.</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>WHEN:</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>The walk/run kicks off with a program at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The race begins at 11:30 a.m.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>WHO:</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Nearly 2200 Allstate employees have registered to walk and run a 3.1-mile course around the 247-acre Northbrook campus. Employees walk for free, but raise money by asking family, friends and businesses to sponsor their effort.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>GUESTS:</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Chicago Bears Guard Kyle Long and NBC 5 Morning News Anchor Zoraida Sambolin will be on hand to get the race started.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>WHERE:</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Allstate&rsquo;s Northbrook campus, 2775 Sanders Road, 60062</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Sprint and Stride 5K Walk/Run is sponsored by Allstate Good Life&reg;, the company&rsquo;s- well-being program. The annual race is in its fifth year, but this is the second year with the added charity component, with proceeds being donated to the Chicagoland chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure&reg;.</p> <p><strong>VIDEO, PHOTO &amp; INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Mark Green, president, Allstate Dealer Services and Ivantage Select Agency, Inc.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business<br /> segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Visits Gowanda High School as Part of a National Effort for Teens to #GetThereSafe The Allstate Foundation awards grand prize to Gowanda teen for spreading the word on smart driving<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>By sending a simple yet important message to her friends to #GetThereSafe, Alysha Gassman now has the opportunity to meet pop superstar Austin Mahone at her school. The senior from Gowanda High School was awarded the grand prize as part of The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe Challenge &ndash; a sweepstakes that encouraged teens to spread safe driving messages among their peers. Mahone's visit on Sept. 26 culminates efforts that kicked off in May for Global Youth Traffic Safety Month and throughout the summer, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road.<strong></strong></p> <p>"The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe Challenge was a fun way to use my social media power for good &ndash; sharing with my friends how I get to places safely and asking them to do the same," said Gassman. "To me, I feel that I won two prizes &ndash; meeting Austin Mahone and keeping my friends safe."</p> <p>Car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide and cancer. The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe program asks teens to limit three risky behaviors that can cause teen crash fatalities: speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by teen passengers in the car. As part of the Challenge, teens shared photos through social media as they arrived at destinations safely and included a specific driving behavior hashtag &ndash; #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions. More than 2,160 teens shared safe driving messages with their peers for a chance to win a visit from Mahone.</p> <p>"It was awesome to see how many teens got involved in spreading the #GetThereSafe messages to their friends," said Mahone. "I'm excited to visit Gowanda High School and meet teens who are making a difference &ndash; like Alysha."</p> <p>For more information about the campaign, visit <a href="http://www.teensgettheresafe.com" target="_blank">www.teensgettheresafe.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-7893<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:32:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2b7cbaa2-f3e4-43e7-a069-f7a855bd7286 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2b7cbaa2-f3e4-43e7-a069-f7a855bd7286 Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Visits Gowanda High School as Part of a National Effort for Teens to #GetThereSafe The Allstate Foundation awards grand prize to Gowanda teen for spreading the word on smart driving<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>By sending a simple yet important message to her friends to #GetThereSafe, Alysha Gassman now has the opportunity to meet pop superstar Austin Mahone at her school. The senior from Gowanda High School was awarded the grand prize as part of The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe Challenge &ndash; a sweepstakes that encouraged teens to spread safe driving messages among their peers. Mahone's visit on Sept. 26 culminates efforts that kicked off in May for Global Youth Traffic Safety Month and throughout the summer, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road.<strong></strong></p> <p>"The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe Challenge was a fun way to use my social media power for good &ndash; sharing with my friends how I get to places safely and asking them to do the same," said Gassman. "To me, I feel that I won two prizes &ndash; meeting Austin Mahone and keeping my friends safe."</p> <p>Car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide and cancer. The Allstate Foundation's #GetThereSafe program asks teens to limit three risky behaviors that can cause teen crash fatalities: speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by teen passengers in the car. As part of the Challenge, teens shared photos through social media as they arrived at destinations safely and included a specific driving behavior hashtag &ndash; #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions. More than 2,160 teens shared safe driving messages with their peers for a chance to win a visit from Mahone.</p> <p>"It was awesome to see how many teens got involved in spreading the #GetThereSafe messages to their friends," said Mahone. "I'm excited to visit Gowanda High School and meet teens who are making a difference &ndash; like Alysha."</p> <p>For more information about the campaign, visit <a href="http://www.teensgettheresafe.com" target="_blank">www.teensgettheresafe.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-7893<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/adc1/d5db/adc1d5db-d888-43fe-9e5d-6d99710c971c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington-joins-the-allstate-foundation-to-spotlight-finances-as-a-weapon-of-choice-used-by-domestic-violence-abusers http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington-joins-the-allstate-foundation-to-spotlight-finances-as-a-weapon-of-choice-used-by-domestic-violence-abusers Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/adc1/d5db/adc1d5db-d888-43fe-9e5d-6d99710c971c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/17ba/4dc9/17ba4dc9-f685-4770-9d41-44daf76692c3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington-joins-the-allstate-foundation-to-spotlight-finances-as-a-weapon-of-choice-used-by-domestic-violence-abusers-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington-joins-the-allstate-foundation-to-spotlight-finances-as-a-weapon-of-choice-used-by-domestic-violence-abusers-1 Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/17ba/4dc9/17ba4dc9-f685-4770-9d41-44daf76692c3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Allstate Launches "Life Can Surprise You" Campaign to Bring Good to Young Families' "Firsts" Pilot Program to Launch in Eight Markets Across the Country Offers Customized Solutions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate announced the launch of its "Life Can Surprise You" campaign focusing on the unique needs of families and individuals experiencing "firsts." In addition to new national advertising, the campaign will target young families in eight markets: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. Individuals in these markets can connect with an Allstate agency owner for access to offers from well-established companies such as Angie's List&trade;, as they experience "firsts" and navigate life's uncertainties.</p> <p>"Buying a home or car and having a new baby are some of the most celebrated milestones in a person's life. There's so much excitement and a perception that everything is going to be great," says Lisa Cochrane, senior vice president, Allstate Integrated Marketing Communications. "But these 'firsts' can actually be overwhelming and full of uncertainty. Now an Allstate Agent can help with 'firsts' -- and throughout life -- in ways people never expected, offering solutions centered around that first home, first car, and growing family."</p> <p>How do you determine how much life insurance is right for your family when you have a newborn and are functioning on little to no sleep? Or how do you buy that car seat for the new minivan you swore you'd never buy? Car repairs, home safety and maintenance, and questions about financial security &ndash; these are all things young families are generally not well prepared to address.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are just a few of the unique solutions Allstate Agencies now offer:</p> <ul> <li><strong>One-year membership to Angie's List&trade;</strong> &ndash; Through a complimentary one-year subscription to Angie's List, members can access listings online and read reviews of service providers for home repair jobs that a new homeowner may not have the knowledge or time to fix. (Available in eight pilot markets only)</li> <li><strong>"TrueTerm with TrueFit" Life Insurance</strong> &ndash; "TrueTerm with TrueFit" life insurance, issued by Lincoln Benefit Life Company, provides flexible coverage layers to help ensure a family's most important financial obligations can be met (replacing income, paying off a home, having money during retirement, sending kids to college) for the length of time they want and the amount they want, so they never have to pay for insurance they don't want.</li> <li><strong>An Array of Special Offers</strong> &ndash; Allstate Car Buying Service (powered by TrueCar), car seat discounts from Safety 1st, and Allstate Realty Advantage (which provides real estate agent referrals and, in most states, cash back on home sales and purchases (program not available in Iowa)) &ndash; all help make sure young families are getting the most out of their money.&nbsp; </li> </ul> <p>The "Life Can Surprise You" campaign will be supported with national television and digital media, as well as localized advertising in eight select markets across the country, including TV, radio, digital, mobile, print and cinema.</p> <p>For more information, please visit Allstate.com/MyOffers.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp;# #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski <br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/953e3a32-73f8-452f-8f58-606b4b969619 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/953e3a32-73f8-452f-8f58-606b4b969619 Allstate Launches "Life Can Surprise You" Campaign to Bring Good to Young Families' "Firsts" Pilot Program to Launch in Eight Markets Across the Country Offers Customized Solutions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate announced the launch of its "Life Can Surprise You" campaign focusing on the unique needs of families and individuals experiencing "firsts." In addition to new national advertising, the campaign will target young families in eight markets: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. Individuals in these markets can connect with an Allstate agency owner for access to offers from well-established companies such as Angie's List&trade;, as they experience "firsts" and navigate life's uncertainties.</p> <p>"Buying a home or car and having a new baby are some of the most celebrated milestones in a person's life. There's so much excitement and a perception that everything is going to be great," says Lisa Cochrane, senior vice president, Allstate Integrated Marketing Communications. "But these 'firsts' can actually be overwhelming and full of uncertainty. Now an Allstate Agent can help with 'firsts' -- and throughout life -- in ways people never expected, offering solutions centered around that first home, first car, and growing family."</p> <p>How do you determine how much life insurance is right for your family when you have a newborn and are functioning on little to no sleep? Or how do you buy that car seat for the new minivan you swore you'd never buy? Car repairs, home safety and maintenance, and questions about financial security &ndash; these are all things young families are generally not well prepared to address.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are just a few of the unique solutions Allstate Agencies now offer:</p> <ul> <li><strong>One-year membership to Angie's List&trade;</strong> &ndash; Through a complimentary one-year subscription to Angie's List, members can access listings online and read reviews of service providers for home repair jobs that a new homeowner may not have the knowledge or time to fix. (Available in eight pilot markets only)</li> <li><strong>"TrueTerm with TrueFit" Life Insurance</strong> &ndash; "TrueTerm with TrueFit" life insurance, issued by Lincoln Benefit Life Company, provides flexible coverage layers to help ensure a family's most important financial obligations can be met (replacing income, paying off a home, having money during retirement, sending kids to college) for the length of time they want and the amount they want, so they never have to pay for insurance they don't want.</li> <li><strong>An Array of Special Offers</strong> &ndash; Allstate Car Buying Service (powered by TrueCar), car seat discounts from Safety 1st, and Allstate Realty Advantage (which provides real estate agent referrals and, in most states, cash back on home sales and purchases (program not available in Iowa)) &ndash; all help make sure young families are getting the most out of their money.&nbsp; </li> </ul> <p>The "Life Can Surprise You" campaign will be supported with national television and digital media, as well as localized advertising in eight select markets across the country, including TV, radio, digital, mobile, print and cinema.</p> <p>For more information, please visit Allstate.com/MyOffers.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp;# #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski <br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Foundation Survey Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of Hispanic Women Know a Victim of Abuse Purple Purse Challenge helps bring awareness to domestic violence and financial abuse; raises funds for service providers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>According to a new national survey released by The Allstate Foundation, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Hispanic women say they have personally known a victim of some type of abuse and three-in-ten (30 percent) have personally been victimized. To raise awareness in the Hispanic community, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in the Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at bolsomorado.com and has raised nearly $500,000.</p> <p>"Financial abuse is the No.1 reason why victims stay in abusive relationships and our data shows that less than half of Hispanic women say they have taken steps to protect themselves from financial abuse," said Patricia Garza, director of strategic philanthropy at Allstate. "Allstate Foundation Purple Purse wants to help make conversations about financial abuse and domestic violence easier and acceptable to have in our society. I hope you'll join me and support a local domestic violence service provider in your community, so that no woman makes the difficult decision to stay in an abusive relationship simply because she doesn't have the resources to leave."</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is contributing nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Purple Purse Challenge. The Challenge kicked off earlier this month and is raising money for 140 domestic violence serving organizations across the country on <a href="http://www.Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation's new survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, sought to understand the attitudes different demographic groups have about violence in relationships and the financial control that often accompanies domestic violence.</p> <p>Additional findings from the survey include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Hispanics, including both men and women, are <strong>twice as likely</strong> (51 percent) to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent). </li> <br /> <li>When asked if physical, sexual, emotion and financial abuse were reasons for a victim to leave a dangerous relationship, only 39 percent of Hispanics believe financial abuse is "always" a reason to leave, making it the <strong>least likely </strong>reason Hispanics would leave. Physical abuse ranked No.1 with 88 percent indicating it is a reason to leave. </li> <br /> <li>Hispanic parents (58 percent) have discussed domestic violence with their children <strong>more frequently</strong> than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent). </li> <br /> <li>Nearly <strong>seven-in-10</strong> (69 percent) of Hispanic women with children age 16 and older have talked to their children about domestic violence. </li> </ul> <p>This year, actress Kerry Washington is lending her voice and serving as the national Purple Purse ambassador. Limited-edition purple purses designed by Kerry Washington will be distributed among community leaders, Purple Purse community partners, celebrities and media to raise awareness for this important cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing 80,000 Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round.</p> <p>Visit purplepurse.com to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014 by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults in the Chicago media market. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.Donash@allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:50:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2fcaa8d7-2f5d-4676-8212-af15bd278948 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2fcaa8d7-2f5d-4676-8212-af15bd278948 Allstate Foundation Survey Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of Hispanic Women Know a Victim of Abuse Purple Purse Challenge helps bring awareness to domestic violence and financial abuse; raises funds for service providers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>According to a new national survey released by The Allstate Foundation, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Hispanic women say they have personally known a victim of some type of abuse and three-in-ten (30 percent) have personally been victimized. To raise awareness in the Hispanic community, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in the Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at bolsomorado.com and has raised nearly $500,000.</p> <p>"Financial abuse is the No.1 reason why victims stay in abusive relationships and our data shows that less than half of Hispanic women say they have taken steps to protect themselves from financial abuse," said Patricia Garza, director of strategic philanthropy at Allstate. "Allstate Foundation Purple Purse wants to help make conversations about financial abuse and domestic violence easier and acceptable to have in our society. I hope you'll join me and support a local domestic violence service provider in your community, so that no woman makes the difficult decision to stay in an abusive relationship simply because she doesn't have the resources to leave."</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is contributing nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Purple Purse Challenge. The Challenge kicked off earlier this month and is raising money for 140 domestic violence serving organizations across the country on <a href="http://www.Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation's new survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, sought to understand the attitudes different demographic groups have about violence in relationships and the financial control that often accompanies domestic violence.</p> <p>Additional findings from the survey include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Hispanics, including both men and women, are <strong>twice as likely</strong> (51 percent) to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent). </li> <br /> <li>When asked if physical, sexual, emotion and financial abuse were reasons for a victim to leave a dangerous relationship, only 39 percent of Hispanics believe financial abuse is "always" a reason to leave, making it the <strong>least likely </strong>reason Hispanics would leave. Physical abuse ranked No.1 with 88 percent indicating it is a reason to leave. </li> <br /> <li>Hispanic parents (58 percent) have discussed domestic violence with their children <strong>more frequently</strong> than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent). </li> <br /> <li>Nearly <strong>seven-in-10</strong> (69 percent) of Hispanic women with children age 16 and older have talked to their children about domestic violence. </li> </ul> <p>This year, actress Kerry Washington is lending her voice and serving as the national Purple Purse ambassador. Limited-edition purple purses designed by Kerry Washington will be distributed among community leaders, Purple Purse community partners, celebrities and media to raise awareness for this important cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing 80,000 Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round.</p> <p>Visit purplepurse.com to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014 by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults in the Chicago media market. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.Donash@allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate Insurance Company Files $9.2 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against Nine Physicians and Six Professional Corporations in New York <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") seeks to recover more than $9.2 million against nine physicians and six professional corporations in its 6th insurance fraud lawsuit of 2014. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 58 fraud lawsuits in New York State, seeking more than 260 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the following defendants: Winston Tapper, M.D., Muhammad Tahir, M.D., Jayasekharan Komerath, M.D., Jean Claude Demetrius, M.D., Felix Vershvovsky, M.D., Victoria Tsinberg, M.D., Brownsville Advance Medical, P.C., Bradford Medical, P.C., Cornell Medical, P.C., D&amp;H Rehabilitation Medical, P.C., Flatbush Medical Care, P.C., Saturn Medical, P.C., Adam Abdalla, M.D., Mikhail Artamonov, M.D., and David Rabinovici, M.D.</p> <p>The complaint alleges that the physicians and professional corporations engaged in a complex fraudulent scheme whereby they allegedly systematically billed Allstate for medically useless, illusory, and otherwise non-reimbursable examinations, physical therapy, and diagnostic tests.</p> <p>According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "<strong>fraud tax</strong>," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."</p> <p>Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system. "The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Darrohn said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase. We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded<br /> insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:31:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4defac68-1a3b-4416-8991-e4af9b7c1da4 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4defac68-1a3b-4416-8991-e4af9b7c1da4 Allstate Insurance Company Files $9.2 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against Nine Physicians and Six Professional Corporations in New York <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") seeks to recover more than $9.2 million against nine physicians and six professional corporations in its 6th insurance fraud lawsuit of 2014. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 58 fraud lawsuits in New York State, seeking more than 260 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the following defendants: Winston Tapper, M.D., Muhammad Tahir, M.D., Jayasekharan Komerath, M.D., Jean Claude Demetrius, M.D., Felix Vershvovsky, M.D., Victoria Tsinberg, M.D., Brownsville Advance Medical, P.C., Bradford Medical, P.C., Cornell Medical, P.C., D&amp;H Rehabilitation Medical, P.C., Flatbush Medical Care, P.C., Saturn Medical, P.C., Adam Abdalla, M.D., Mikhail Artamonov, M.D., and David Rabinovici, M.D.</p> <p>The complaint alleges that the physicians and professional corporations engaged in a complex fraudulent scheme whereby they allegedly systematically billed Allstate for medically useless, illusory, and otherwise non-reimbursable examinations, physical therapy, and diagnostic tests.</p> <p>According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "<strong>fraud tax</strong>," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."</p> <p>Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system. "The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Darrohn said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase. We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded<br /> insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Fire Extinguishers can cost as little as $20, but could save thousands of dollars in damage or even a life <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/900b/64df/900b64df-e7e8-4cbd-bd26-23555b9f7277-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fire Extinguishers can cost as little as $20, but could save thousands of dollars in damage or even a life Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:01:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/fire-extinguishers-can-cost-as-little-as-20 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/fire-extinguishers-can-cost-as-little-as-20 Fire Extinguishers can cost as little as $20, but could save thousands of dollars in damage or even a life <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/900b/64df/900b64df-e7e8-4cbd-bd26-23555b9f7277-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fire Extinguishers can cost as little as $20, but could save thousands of dollars in damage or even a life Extinguish a Fire with Correct Equipment, Preparation Fire extinguishers are relatively inexpensive and could save homes, lives.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Even a small fire can cause big damage, but spending just $20 and a few minutes to educate yourself about how to fight a fire can result in saving thousands of dollars and possibly save lives, too.</p> <p>A fire extinguisher for most common fires can cost anywhere from $20-$75 and Allstate Insurance encourages everybody to have an extinguisher nearby and know how to use it. The following tips from Allstate, the <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/">National Fire Protection Association</a> (NFPA) and Howard Doss from Michigan State University Extension can help everyone be a little more prepared.</p> <ul> <li>Having smoke detectors &ndash; often the first line of defense &ndash; is incredibly important when it comes to safety and you should replace the battery about every six months and replace a smoke detector around every ten years.</li> <li>NFPA recommends having a fire extinguisher for each floor of your home and also to have everyone in your family familiar with a fire escape plan. <ul> <li>Families, especially those with young children, should have a fire escape routine and practice it regularly. </li> <li>Make sure everyone has planned escape routes out of the building and knows to meet in a defined meeting area such as a tree, fence corner, etc. </li> <li>Never reenter a burning house and be sure everyone gets out of the building.</li> </ul> </li> <li>&nbsp;Fire extinguishers are classified as A, B, or C (or a combination of these) on the label to indicate which types of fires &mdash; ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, or electrical&mdash;you can use them on.&nbsp; Those that you can buy at Home Depot, Lowes, or other home improvement stores are usually good for fighting all three types of fires and are labeled A,B,C. <ul> <li>Type A fires are composed of ordinary combustible materials such as wood or paper; Type B involves flammable liquids such as gasoline or grease; Type C involves electrical equipment such as appliances or circuit breakers; Type D is for combustible chemicals or metals and is typically found in industrial facilities or chemical laboratories. Type D fires require a special industrial extinguisher, usually in a yellow canister to stand out and these run anywhere from $300-$800. Type K fires usually involve cooking oils or greases, and can be extinguished with type B or C fire extinguishers.</li> </ul> </li> <li>A rechargeable extinguisher can be purchased for a little more money but can also be recharged after the contents are used or the pressure drops over time. The cost to recharge will be less than the cost to buy a new disposable one. </li> <li>When purchasing an extinguisher, make sure it is U.L. (Underwriters Laboratories) or F.M. (Factory Mutual Laboratories) approved.</li> <li>In order to operate most extinguishers, remove it from any mounting bracket, then remove the locking pin, ring, clip, level, etc. Get into a crouching position on the upwind side of the fire. Point extinguisher nozzle at base of fire and squeeze the lever or handle. Discharge using a sweeping motion from side to side at the base of the fire.</li> <li>Historically, most home fires occur between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., a time when most individuals are either relaxing or sleeping, so extinguishers stored in the bedroom or bedroom closet may be readily available during the night.</li> </ul> <p>The main purpose for having a fire extinguisher is to help suppress a fire along an escape route so someone who may be trapped has a chance to exit a burning structure. An extinguisher can also help contain a fire once it is discovered until firefighters have arrived.</p> <p>Of course, in the event of a fire, you should always call the fire department first and then decide if you are comfortable to attempt extinguishing a fire and can do so safely. Smoke and gases released from a fire can be toxic, so it&rsquo;s always best to rely on firefighters who have the expertise and equipment to fight fires.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact your local fire department to request any fire safety information, including training in fire extinguisher operation.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:01:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/42905cb8-96a1-40c7-89a7-76f0d643b3e1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/42905cb8-96a1-40c7-89a7-76f0d643b3e1 Extinguish a Fire with Correct Equipment, Preparation Fire extinguishers are relatively inexpensive and could save homes, lives.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Even a small fire can cause big damage, but spending just $20 and a few minutes to educate yourself about how to fight a fire can result in saving thousands of dollars and possibly save lives, too.</p> <p>A fire extinguisher for most common fires can cost anywhere from $20-$75 and Allstate Insurance encourages everybody to have an extinguisher nearby and know how to use it. The following tips from Allstate, the <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/">National Fire Protection Association</a> (NFPA) and Howard Doss from Michigan State University Extension can help everyone be a little more prepared.</p> <ul> <li>Having smoke detectors &ndash; often the first line of defense &ndash; is incredibly important when it comes to safety and you should replace the battery about every six months and replace a smoke detector around every ten years.</li> <li>NFPA recommends having a fire extinguisher for each floor of your home and also to have everyone in your family familiar with a fire escape plan. <ul> <li>Families, especially those with young children, should have a fire escape routine and practice it regularly. </li> <li>Make sure everyone has planned escape routes out of the building and knows to meet in a defined meeting area such as a tree, fence corner, etc. </li> <li>Never reenter a burning house and be sure everyone gets out of the building.</li> </ul> </li> <li>&nbsp;Fire extinguishers are classified as A, B, or C (or a combination of these) on the label to indicate which types of fires &mdash; ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, or electrical&mdash;you can use them on.&nbsp; Those that you can buy at Home Depot, Lowes, or other home improvement stores are usually good for fighting all three types of fires and are labeled A,B,C. <ul> <li>Type A fires are composed of ordinary combustible materials such as wood or paper; Type B involves flammable liquids such as gasoline or grease; Type C involves electrical equipment such as appliances or circuit breakers; Type D is for combustible chemicals or metals and is typically found in industrial facilities or chemical laboratories. Type D fires require a special industrial extinguisher, usually in a yellow canister to stand out and these run anywhere from $300-$800. Type K fires usually involve cooking oils or greases, and can be extinguished with type B or C fire extinguishers.</li> </ul> </li> <li>A rechargeable extinguisher can be purchased for a little more money but can also be recharged after the contents are used or the pressure drops over time. The cost to recharge will be less than the cost to buy a new disposable one. </li> <li>When purchasing an extinguisher, make sure it is U.L. (Underwriters Laboratories) or F.M. (Factory Mutual Laboratories) approved.</li> <li>In order to operate most extinguishers, remove it from any mounting bracket, then remove the locking pin, ring, clip, level, etc. Get into a crouching position on the upwind side of the fire. Point extinguisher nozzle at base of fire and squeeze the lever or handle. Discharge using a sweeping motion from side to side at the base of the fire.</li> <li>Historically, most home fires occur between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., a time when most individuals are either relaxing or sleeping, so extinguishers stored in the bedroom or bedroom closet may be readily available during the night.</li> </ul> <p>The main purpose for having a fire extinguisher is to help suppress a fire along an escape route so someone who may be trapped has a chance to exit a burning structure. An extinguisher can also help contain a fire once it is discovered until firefighters have arrived.</p> <p>Of course, in the event of a fire, you should always call the fire department first and then decide if you are comfortable to attempt extinguishing a fire and can do so safely. Smoke and gases released from a fire can be toxic, so it&rsquo;s always best to rely on firefighters who have the expertise and equipment to fight fires.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact your local fire department to request any fire safety information, including training in fire extinguisher operation.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314</p> Allstate Planning to Add Nine New Jacksonville area Agencies Over Next Few Months New agencies will mean more than 25 new jobs in the area<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>As the country continues to focus on small business and job creation, Allstate is offering the right candidates the chance to own their own piece of the American Dream. Throughout the remainder of the year, Allstate Insurance is ramping up its recruiting again &ndash; searching for new agency owners in the Jacksonville area.</p> <p>&ldquo;We see a real opportunity in the current job climate to attract well capitalized mid-career, mid-level managers to own and operate their own business and represent Allstate,&rdquo; said Bob Jackson, Allstate&rsquo;s Florida Regional Sales Leader. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re launching a significant campaign in Jacksonville to find professionals with the right background to serve as trusted financial advisors to Allstate&rsquo;s customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>To further assist with recruitment, for people who refer candidates that go on to become Allstate agents, the company is paying a $5,000* referral bonus.</p> <p>The addition of the new agencies will have a compounding effect on the Jacksonville job market since each new agent normally opens with a minimum of three employees to help ensure customers are well served with courtesy and efficiency. Adding nine agents could create more than 25 new jobs in Florida.</p> <p>Allstate agency owners enjoy a true economic interest in the book of business they write &ndash; a rare advantage in the insurance industry. As such, agents who are nearing retirement, or even those who are looking for a change in career, can sell the economic interest in their business to a qualified buyer. In fact, many choose to sell to their children as a way of passing along the business as a family legacy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ownership of the economic interest is a big reason why entrepreneurs choose Allstate as a small business opportunity,&rdquo; Jackson said.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s right up there with our brand, which is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the nation, and the high level of training and support we offer our new agencies to help them succeed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interested candidates can apply to become an Allstate agent by visiting <a href="http://www.allstateagent.com/">http://www.allstateagent.com/</a> or <strong>by calling Jeffrey Moore at 1-877-203-0647.</strong></p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financia<strong>l</strong></a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><em>*This referral award is subject to limitations and paid at the exclusive discretion of Allstate. The referral award is payable pending regional approval and signing of agency agreement by Allstate and referred candidate. No payments are made to you if the referred candidate is not appointed by Allstate. Referred candidate must confirm referral to recruiter. The referral award is not paid for mergers/acquisitions of an agency by another exclusive agent or for referrals by Allstate Dealer Services General Agents. . This award is subject to change without notice. All EA&rsquo;s, EFS&rsquo;s, Allstate Employees, Allstate affiliated support staff/sub producers, and Allstate appointed IA&rsquo;s are eligible to receive referral bonus. It is not available to the applicant, Allstate's recruitment team, human resource employees and Allstate managers whose responsibilities include recruitment. The recipient is solely responsible for any reporting and compliance requirements that may arise as a result of his or her acceptance of a monetary award. Securities offered through Allstate Financial Services, LLC.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Lou Ricca<br /> 727-573-6826 office<br /> 813-313-6251 cell<br /> <a href="mailto:lou.riccaiii@allstate.com">lou.riccaiii@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/41cdfcba-304c-4925-a695-742a972cd459 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/41cdfcba-304c-4925-a695-742a972cd459 Allstate Planning to Add Nine New Jacksonville area Agencies Over Next Few Months New agencies will mean more than 25 new jobs in the area<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>As the country continues to focus on small business and job creation, Allstate is offering the right candidates the chance to own their own piece of the American Dream. Throughout the remainder of the year, Allstate Insurance is ramping up its recruiting again &ndash; searching for new agency owners in the Jacksonville area.</p> <p>&ldquo;We see a real opportunity in the current job climate to attract well capitalized mid-career, mid-level managers to own and operate their own business and represent Allstate,&rdquo; said Bob Jackson, Allstate&rsquo;s Florida Regional Sales Leader. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re launching a significant campaign in Jacksonville to find professionals with the right background to serve as trusted financial advisors to Allstate&rsquo;s customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>To further assist with recruitment, for people who refer candidates that go on to become Allstate agents, the company is paying a $5,000* referral bonus.</p> <p>The addition of the new agencies will have a compounding effect on the Jacksonville job market since each new agent normally opens with a minimum of three employees to help ensure customers are well served with courtesy and efficiency. Adding nine agents could create more than 25 new jobs in Florida.</p> <p>Allstate agency owners enjoy a true economic interest in the book of business they write &ndash; a rare advantage in the insurance industry. As such, agents who are nearing retirement, or even those who are looking for a change in career, can sell the economic interest in their business to a qualified buyer. In fact, many choose to sell to their children as a way of passing along the business as a family legacy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ownership of the economic interest is a big reason why entrepreneurs choose Allstate as a small business opportunity,&rdquo; Jackson said.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s right up there with our brand, which is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the nation, and the high level of training and support we offer our new agencies to help them succeed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interested candidates can apply to become an Allstate agent by visiting <a href="http://www.allstateagent.com/">http://www.allstateagent.com/</a> or <strong>by calling Jeffrey Moore at 1-877-203-0647.</strong></p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financia<strong>l</strong></a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><em>*This referral award is subject to limitations and paid at the exclusive discretion of Allstate. The referral award is payable pending regional approval and signing of agency agreement by Allstate and referred candidate. No payments are made to you if the referred candidate is not appointed by Allstate. Referred candidate must confirm referral to recruiter. The referral award is not paid for mergers/acquisitions of an agency by another exclusive agent or for referrals by Allstate Dealer Services General Agents. . This award is subject to change without notice. All EA&rsquo;s, EFS&rsquo;s, Allstate Employees, Allstate affiliated support staff/sub producers, and Allstate appointed IA&rsquo;s are eligible to receive referral bonus. It is not available to the applicant, Allstate's recruitment team, human resource employees and Allstate managers whose responsibilities include recruitment. The recipient is solely responsible for any reporting and compliance requirements that may arise as a result of his or her acceptance of a monetary award. Securities offered through Allstate Financial Services, LLC.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Lou Ricca<br /> 727-573-6826 office<br /> 813-313-6251 cell<br /> <a href="mailto:lou.riccaiii@allstate.com">lou.riccaiii@allstate.com</a></p> Kerry Washington <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/814d/7f7b/814d7f7b-f05b-4ded-b84c-b74c2397d173-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington Kerry Washington <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/814d/7f7b/814d7f7b-f05b-4ded-b84c-b74c2397d173-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Washington designs Purple Purse to serve as a symbol of movement; New national survey reveals that Americans view domestic violence as a serious problem, but don't regularly talk about it<br /><strong>This release contains: 3 Photos, 3 Videos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and advocate Kerry Washington has joined with The Allstate Foundation to raise awareness about domestic violence and the critical role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence situations. Washington is serving as the national ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, the signature initiative that gets Americans motivated to combat domestic violence.</p> <p>Washington's role as ambassador includes designing a limited-edition purple purse that will be distributed among community leaders, Allstate agency owners, Purple Purse community partners that work directly with survivors, celebrities and media to raise awareness for the cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round. Washington also filmed a special Public Service Announcement featuring the purse and creating a call to action for Americans to get informed and involved.</p> <p>"A purse is where a woman's power lives. I am really proud of this bag, and having the opportunity to design a fashion statement that carries such an important message," said Washington. "Financial control is almost always a weapon of choice for abusers because when a victim's access to cash is taken away or her credit is destroyed or even her employment is jeopardized, it becomes nearly impossible for her to leave."</p> <p>"The Allstate Foundation wants to make it acceptable&mdash;even fashionable&mdash;to talk about domestic violence. Only by pulling back the curtain and getting involved can we ensure that victims can escape to a safer and brighter future," said Tom Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of Allstate. "It shouldn't take a high-profile incident in the news for us to rise up and take a stand against domestic violence. For far too long, this issue has remained in the shadows. We need to stop enabling criminals &ndash; by not letting money be a weapon of choice that, when combined with physical abuse, becomes a living nightmare for so many women in America."</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation also released the results of a survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, to understand the attitudes Americans have about violence in relationships and the financial control that usually accompanies physical abuse.</p> <p>Findings from the survey include:</p> <p>An Unknowing Public</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Nearly eight in 10 </strong>Americans (78 percent) say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. Additionally, Americans think that financial abuse is the <strong>least likely</strong> (3 percent) form of abuse to be recognized by an outsider. </li> <li><strong>Sixty-five percent</strong> don't believe that their family or friends would know if they were in a financially abusive relationship and <strong>70 percent</strong> can't say they would know how to help them. </li> <li>Only <strong>39 percent</strong> of women have taken steps in their own relationship to protect themselves from financial abuse.</li> </ul> <p>Millennial Reflections</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Nearly 40 percent </strong>of Millennials say their parents talked to them about domestic violence, compared to a smaller percentage of older Americans, including<strong> 23 percent</strong> of Gen X'ers and <strong>18 percent</strong> of Baby Boomers. </li> <li>Nearly <strong>70 percent</strong> of Millennial women view domestic violence as a serious issue facing the country, compared to just <strong>55 percent</strong> of Millennial men.</li> <li>Older Americans, aged 69 or older, view issues related to financial abuse more seriously than the Millennial generation.&nbsp;<strong>Seventy-two percent </strong>of older Americans believe that not allowing a partner to have access to funds is considered domestic violence, versus just <strong>58 percent</strong> of Millennials.&nbsp;By a similar margin, <strong>73 percent</strong> of older Americans believe that running up debt in a partner's name should be considered domestic violence, compared to <strong>55 percent</strong> of Millennials. </li> </ul> <p>Multicultural Distinctions</p> <ul> <li>Hispanics (51 percent) and African Americans (49 percent) are <strong>twice as likely</strong> to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent).</li> <li>Hispanic parents (58 percent) and African American parents (52 percent) have discussed domestic violence <strong>more frequently</strong> than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent).</li> </ul> <p>For additional information on the survey visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com" target="_blank">www.purplepurse.com</a>.</p> <p>To raise more awareness, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in a Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at PurplePurse.com and has raised nearly $500,000. The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com/" target="_blank">PurplePurse.com</a> to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014, by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults each in the Chicago and. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:kate.hollcraft@allstate.com">kate.hollcraft@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3ecb0be-74dc-4edd-9884-d7cad7fcf1d9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3ecb0be-74dc-4edd-9884-d7cad7fcf1d9 Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Washington designs Purple Purse to serve as a symbol of movement; New national survey reveals that Americans view domestic violence as a serious problem, but don't regularly talk about it<br /><strong>This release contains: 3 Photos, 3 Videos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and advocate Kerry Washington has joined with The Allstate Foundation to raise awareness about domestic violence and the critical role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence situations. Washington is serving as the national ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, the signature initiative that gets Americans motivated to combat domestic violence.</p> <p>Washington's role as ambassador includes designing a limited-edition purple purse that will be distributed among community leaders, Allstate agency owners, Purple Purse community partners that work directly with survivors, celebrities and media to raise awareness for the cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round. Washington also filmed a special Public Service Announcement featuring the purse and creating a call to action for Americans to get informed and involved.</p> <p>"A purse is where a woman's power lives. I am really proud of this bag, and having the opportunity to design a fashion statement that carries such an important message," said Washington. "Financial control is almost always a weapon of choice for abusers because when a victim's access to cash is taken away or her credit is destroyed or even her employment is jeopardized, it becomes nearly impossible for her to leave."</p> <p>"The Allstate Foundation wants to make it acceptable&mdash;even fashionable&mdash;to talk about domestic violence. Only by pulling back the curtain and getting involved can we ensure that victims can escape to a safer and brighter future," said Tom Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of Allstate. "It shouldn't take a high-profile incident in the news for us to rise up and take a stand against domestic violence. For far too long, this issue has remained in the shadows. We need to stop enabling criminals &ndash; by not letting money be a weapon of choice that, when combined with physical abuse, becomes a living nightmare for so many women in America."</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation also released the results of a survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, to understand the attitudes Americans have about violence in relationships and the financial control that usually accompanies physical abuse.</p> <p>Findings from the survey include:</p> <p>An Unknowing Public</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Nearly eight in 10 </strong>Americans (78 percent) say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. Additionally, Americans think that financial abuse is the <strong>least likely</strong> (3 percent) form of abuse to be recognized by an outsider. </li> <li><strong>Sixty-five percent</strong> don't believe that their family or friends would know if they were in a financially abusive relationship and <strong>70 percent</strong> can't say they would know how to help them. </li> <li>Only <strong>39 percent</strong> of women have taken steps in their own relationship to protect themselves from financial abuse.</li> </ul> <p>Millennial Reflections</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Nearly 40 percent </strong>of Millennials say their parents talked to them about domestic violence, compared to a smaller percentage of older Americans, including<strong> 23 percent</strong> of Gen X'ers and <strong>18 percent</strong> of Baby Boomers. </li> <li>Nearly <strong>70 percent</strong> of Millennial women view domestic violence as a serious issue facing the country, compared to just <strong>55 percent</strong> of Millennial men.</li> <li>Older Americans, aged 69 or older, view issues related to financial abuse more seriously than the Millennial generation.&nbsp;<strong>Seventy-two percent </strong>of older Americans believe that not allowing a partner to have access to funds is considered domestic violence, versus just <strong>58 percent</strong> of Millennials.&nbsp;By a similar margin, <strong>73 percent</strong> of older Americans believe that running up debt in a partner's name should be considered domestic violence, compared to <strong>55 percent</strong> of Millennials. </li> </ul> <p>Multicultural Distinctions</p> <ul> <li>Hispanics (51 percent) and African Americans (49 percent) are <strong>twice as likely</strong> to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent).</li> <li>Hispanic parents (58 percent) and African American parents (52 percent) have discussed domestic violence <strong>more frequently</strong> than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent).</li> </ul> <p>For additional information on the survey visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com" target="_blank">www.purplepurse.com</a>.</p> <p>To raise more awareness, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in a Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at PurplePurse.com and has raised nearly $500,000. The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com/" target="_blank">PurplePurse.com</a> to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014, by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults each in the Chicago and. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:kate.hollcraft@allstate.com">kate.hollcraft@allstate.com</a></p> Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on domestic violence and financial abuse. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/411b8566-46a7-41da-859a-8d79ae1436b8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/411b8566-46a7-41da-859a-8d79ae1436b8 Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on domestic violence and financial abuse. Behind the scenes of Kerry Washington's Allstate Foundation Purple Purse PSA Behind the scenes of Kerry Washington's Allstate Foundation Purple Purse PSA Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:59:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/b7c6734f-7237-4328-a106-8ba2bd1276d1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/b7c6734f-7237-4328-a106-8ba2bd1276d1 Behind the scenes of Kerry Washington's Allstate Foundation Purple Purse PSA Behind the scenes of Kerry Washington's Allstate Foundation Purple Purse PSA Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement (.mov) Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on domestic violence and financial abuse. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:59:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/364fc8ce-da5f-45d9-bf2c-64415672c504 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/364fc8ce-da5f-45d9-bf2c-64415672c504 Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement (.mov) Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on domestic violence and financial abuse. Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Perry to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 10 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides℠" stops-off in Perry, GA on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides℠" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Georgia, Reality Rides will visit the Georgia National Fair on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 8 am &ndash; 10 pm at 401 Larry Walker Parkway in Perry, GA.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Georgia Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Adam Polak, Allstate spokesman. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with teens at the Georgia National Fair in October."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Fair attendees are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (404) 973-5764<br /> <a href="mailto:Daniel.Groce@allstate.com">Daniel.Groce@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d288ebd4-9115-43a5-865b-0d5cca293b5c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d288ebd4-9115-43a5-865b-0d5cca293b5c Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Perry to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 10 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides℠" stops-off in Perry, GA on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides℠" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Georgia, Reality Rides will visit the Georgia National Fair on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 8 am &ndash; 10 pm at 401 Larry Walker Parkway in Perry, GA.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Georgia Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Adam Polak, Allstate spokesman. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with teens at the Georgia National Fair in October."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Fair attendees are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (404) 973-5764<br /> <a href="mailto:Daniel.Groce@allstate.com">Daniel.Groce@allstate.com</a></p> MEDIA ADVISORY: Allstate Reality Rides℠ Pit-Stops at 25th Georgia National Fair National Tour Effectively Drives Opinion Change Around Distracted Driving Through High-Tech Simulations<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Distracted driving continues to be the number one cause for car collisions in the U.S. On October 12, Allstate "Reality Rides℠" will stop-off in Perry at the Georgia National Fair. The Reality Rides℠ tour of more than 40 American cities brings a driving simulator that demonstrates the dangers of distracted driving. Allstate Insurance Company aims to bring awareness around distraction-free driving with this second annual campaign tour.</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a curved LED television that displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the vehicle's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text and talk on the phone.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road.</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">WHO:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top"> <p>Interviews with:</p> <ul> <li>Allstate safe driving experts</li> <li>Fair Attendees</li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>WHAT:</p> </td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Distracted driving simulator installed in a real vehicle.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">VISUALS:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">In-car camera access to capture drivers attempting to safely drive while texting, talking on the phone and typing in-car navigation. Learn safe driving tips and distracted driving statistics. Get action shots of drivers taking the pledge to X the TXT&reg;, incurring potential driving "infractions" and learning from this educational opportunity.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">WHEN:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Sunday, October 12<sup>th</sup><br /> 8 am &ndash; 10 pm<br /> We can accommodate live remotes for a morning show and can be flexible with timing.<br /> Please contact me for more information.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">WHERE:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Georgia National Fair<br /> 401 Larry Walker Parkway<br /> Perry, GA 31069</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">CONTACT:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Daniel Groce<br /> (404) 973-5764<br /> <a href="mailto:Daniel.Groce@allstate.com">Daniel.Groce@allstate.com</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9790a782-ca3c-4659-bdee-1f2c065ee433 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9790a782-ca3c-4659-bdee-1f2c065ee433 MEDIA ADVISORY: Allstate Reality Rides℠ Pit-Stops at 25th Georgia National Fair National Tour Effectively Drives Opinion Change Around Distracted Driving Through High-Tech Simulations<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Distracted driving continues to be the number one cause for car collisions in the U.S. On October 12, Allstate "Reality Rides℠" will stop-off in Perry at the Georgia National Fair. The Reality Rides℠ tour of more than 40 American cities brings a driving simulator that demonstrates the dangers of distracted driving. Allstate Insurance Company aims to bring awareness around distraction-free driving with this second annual campaign tour.</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a curved LED television that displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the vehicle's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text and talk on the phone.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road.</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">WHO:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top"> <p>Interviews with:</p> <ul> <li>Allstate safe driving experts</li> <li>Fair Attendees</li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>WHAT:</p> </td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Distracted driving simulator installed in a real vehicle.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">VISUALS:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">In-car camera access to capture drivers attempting to safely drive while texting, talking on the phone and typing in-car navigation. Learn safe driving tips and distracted driving statistics. Get action shots of drivers taking the pledge to X the TXT&reg;, incurring potential driving "infractions" and learning from this educational opportunity.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">WHEN:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Sunday, October 12<sup>th</sup><br /> 8 am &ndash; 10 pm<br /> We can accommodate live remotes for a morning show and can be flexible with timing.<br /> Please contact me for more information.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">WHERE:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Georgia National Fair<br /> 401 Larry Walker Parkway<br /> Perry, GA 31069</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">CONTACT:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Daniel Groce<br /> (404) 973-5764<br /> <a href="mailto:Daniel.Groce@allstate.com">Daniel.Groce@allstate.com</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> Allstate Names Pam Dufour President of Allstate Roadside Services <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation today announced that Pam Dufour will join the company as president of Allstate Roadside Services. In this role, Dufour will lead all business operations of Allstate Roadside Services, including developing strategies for operational performance, managing call center operations and leveraging state-of-the-art technology. She will report to Kathy Mabe, president, Business to Business of The Allstate Corporation. Dufour will join Allstate effective September 22, 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pam has had tremendous experience and success in managing consumer assistance operations,&rdquo; said Mabe. &ldquo;Her background in consumer-focused services spanning roadside assistance, travel insurance and healthcare services, where she built award winning call center operations, makes Pam an excellent choice for this important role.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dufour has served in a number of leadership roles in roadside and rescue services, customer service, claims management, marketing and sales. Before joining Allstate, she served as senior vice president and chief operations officer for Allianz Global Assistance USA and the Americas Region. In that role, she was responsible for operations strategy in North and South America and all aspects of service delivery. She gained extensive experience in product development, project management and quality control while working for SunTrust Bank. Dufour earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in marketing and management from James Madison University and has a master&rsquo;s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services/good-hands-roadside.aspx">Allstate Roadside Services</a> is one of the nation&rsquo;s leading providers of roadside assistance. The program offers tire changes, jump starts, gas delivery and towing assistance for drivers who find themselves in unexpected situations on the road.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fca7bb48-f9f1-448c-99f0-27ebd539cbcf http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fca7bb48-f9f1-448c-99f0-27ebd539cbcf Allstate Names Pam Dufour President of Allstate Roadside Services <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation today announced that Pam Dufour will join the company as president of Allstate Roadside Services. In this role, Dufour will lead all business operations of Allstate Roadside Services, including developing strategies for operational performance, managing call center operations and leveraging state-of-the-art technology. She will report to Kathy Mabe, president, Business to Business of The Allstate Corporation. Dufour will join Allstate effective September 22, 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pam has had tremendous experience and success in managing consumer assistance operations,&rdquo; said Mabe. &ldquo;Her background in consumer-focused services spanning roadside assistance, travel insurance and healthcare services, where she built award winning call center operations, makes Pam an excellent choice for this important role.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dufour has served in a number of leadership roles in roadside and rescue services, customer service, claims management, marketing and sales. Before joining Allstate, she served as senior vice president and chief operations officer for Allianz Global Assistance USA and the Americas Region. In that role, she was responsible for operations strategy in North and South America and all aspects of service delivery. She gained extensive experience in product development, project management and quality control while working for SunTrust Bank. Dufour earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in marketing and management from James Madison University and has a master&rsquo;s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services/good-hands-roadside.aspx">Allstate Roadside Services</a> is one of the nation&rsquo;s leading providers of roadside assistance. The program offers tire changes, jump starts, gas delivery and towing assistance for drivers who find themselves in unexpected situations on the road.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Insurance Company Files $1.3 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against New York-Area Medical Provider <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") seeks to recover approximately $1.3 million in actual damages against a New York area medical provider in its 5th insurance fraud lawsuit of 2014. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 57 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $257 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint against Mihir Bhatt, M.D. ("Bhatt") and BMB Medical, P.C. ("BMB"), filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, alleges that Bhatt, working both under his own name and through BMB, defrauded Allstate by unlawfully collecting payments for no-fault benefits under New York law.</p> <p>The lawsuit alleges Bhatt continuously and systematically defrauded Allstate by providing&mdash;and obtaining payment for&mdash;health care services that were falsely reported, not medically necessary, provided pursuant to a predetermined protocol, falsely charged, and in certain instances, never actually rendered.</p> <p>The complaint also alleges that as part of this scheme, Bhatt, practicing under his own name or through BMB, routinely provided initial consultations to patients that resulted in the routine prescription of diagnostic tests and other services. Further allegations state that following the consultations, Bhatt performed a battery of diagnostic testing on virtually every patient, and in many cases, the results of these tests were falsified and fabricated. According to allegations in the complaint, the results of these tests were then used as a means to support the provision of additional health care services, including numerous follow-up examinations and office visits that were wholly unnecessary.</p> <p>According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "fraud tax," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."</p> <p>Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system.&nbsp;"The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Darrohn said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase.&nbsp;We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>CONTACT:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:32:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3286b295-effb-4a5c-b38c-06d2a454c164 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3286b295-effb-4a5c-b38c-06d2a454c164 Allstate Insurance Company Files $1.3 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against New York-Area Medical Provider <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") seeks to recover approximately $1.3 million in actual damages against a New York area medical provider in its 5th insurance fraud lawsuit of 2014. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 57 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $257 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint against Mihir Bhatt, M.D. ("Bhatt") and BMB Medical, P.C. ("BMB"), filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, alleges that Bhatt, working both under his own name and through BMB, defrauded Allstate by unlawfully collecting payments for no-fault benefits under New York law.</p> <p>The lawsuit alleges Bhatt continuously and systematically defrauded Allstate by providing&mdash;and obtaining payment for&mdash;health care services that were falsely reported, not medically necessary, provided pursuant to a predetermined protocol, falsely charged, and in certain instances, never actually rendered.</p> <p>The complaint also alleges that as part of this scheme, Bhatt, practicing under his own name or through BMB, routinely provided initial consultations to patients that resulted in the routine prescription of diagnostic tests and other services. Further allegations state that following the consultations, Bhatt performed a battery of diagnostic testing on virtually every patient, and in many cases, the results of these tests were falsified and fabricated. According to allegations in the complaint, the results of these tests were then used as a means to support the provision of additional health care services, including numerous follow-up examinations and office visits that were wholly unnecessary.</p> <p>According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "fraud tax," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."</p> <p>Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system.&nbsp;"The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Darrohn said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase.&nbsp;We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>CONTACT:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Rockford to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>On Tues., Sept. 16, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" stops-off in Rockford on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Rockford, Reality Rides will visit the Alignment Rockford Career Expo from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Rockford Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate's Midwest Region. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with Rockford."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># #&nbsp;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751<br /> <a href="mailto:meegan.sims@allstate.com">meegan.sims@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:29:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3b268f5-6fc6-4ccd-9c0a-3259a476b2f8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3b268f5-6fc6-4ccd-9c0a-3259a476b2f8 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Rockford to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>On Tues., Sept. 16, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" stops-off in Rockford on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Rockford, Reality Rides will visit the Alignment Rockford Career Expo from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Rockford Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate's Midwest Region. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with Rockford."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># #&nbsp;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751<br /> <a href="mailto:meegan.sims@allstate.com">meegan.sims@allstate.com</a></p> Barclays 2014 Global Financial Services Conference <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Thomas J. Wilson<br />Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer<br />The Allstate Corporation</p> <p>Date:&nbsp; Wednesday, September 10, 2014<br /> Time:&nbsp; 8:15 a.m. eastern</p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ea242a4a-179a-4094-996b-aa82a31f700b http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ea242a4a-179a-4094-996b-aa82a31f700b Barclays 2014 Global Financial Services Conference <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Thomas J. Wilson<br />Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer<br />The Allstate Corporation</p> <p>Date:&nbsp; Wednesday, September 10, 2014<br /> Time:&nbsp; 8:15 a.m. eastern</p> Allstate CEO Tom Wilson discusses CR Strategy Allstate CEO Tom Wilson discusses CR Strategy. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:32:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/62ce200c-7f29-478a-9924-6bd5f9e06aeb http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/62ce200c-7f29-478a-9924-6bd5f9e06aeb Allstate CEO Tom Wilson discusses CR Strategy Allstate CEO Tom Wilson discusses CR Strategy.