Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2014 40 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:05:35 -0500 Distracted Drivers Lack Focus Near California Schools Fourth-Annual Student Roadwatch Observes Dangerous Driving Habits<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>California drivers can make significant gains in focus while behind the wheel, reveals a new study funded by The Allstate Foundation. Students who monitored 80 intersections at schools across California this week recorded more than 8,000 cases of distracted driving in a single hour.</p> <p>Student researchers from 28 counties participated in this week's Roadwatch&mdash;an annual observational and educational study administered by the California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP)&mdash;and observed 8,378 cases of distracted driving focus, ranging from talking and texting on cellphones to eating and drinking, and personal grooming. These three driving distractions top the list as most prevalent.</p> <p>This hourly average of more than 100 instances of distracted driving per intersection is consistent with the average recorded in prior Roadwatch studies. Traffic volume is not factored.</p> <p>Driven by a desire to improve traffic safety in their neighborhoods and to use the research for future safe-driving campaigns locally, students compiled these startling statistics from among the vehicles they observed with both attentive and distracted drivers. The top distractions while driving are not surprising. Each is avoidable.</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>- Cellphone use</td> <td>3,183</td> <td>39 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Eating or drinking</td> <td>2,554</td> <td>32 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Personal grooming</td> <td>975</td> <td>12 - per hour/site</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />"Reducing distractions while driving is something we all can do&mdash;it costs nothing and its savings are enormous," urges Phil Telgenhoff, Field Senior Vice President of Allstate Insurance Company in California. "When we drive safely, we improve the safety of everyone on the road. It's a matter of developing good driving habits."</p> <p><strong>Distractions Defined</strong><br /> More than just cellphone use, distracted driving is categorized by California Highway Patrol as a range of activities that impact a driver's visual, auditory, physical or cognitive abilities when driving.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CFNLP and The Allstate Foundation support the students' Roadwatch research to raise awareness among adult and teen drivers and all California communities about the importance of focused driving.</p> <p>"Engaging California's young people like this encourages their positive and healthy development and empowers them to become active leaders," says Jim Kooler, Director at CFNLP. "Programs like our annual traffic safety summit and this Roadwatch allow California youths to lead their peers in reducing distracted driving collisions."</p> <p><strong>Not Just Cellphones</strong> <br /> Additional driving distractions recorded by Roadwatch participants include:</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>- Extreme volume on radio</td> <td>469</td> <td>6 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Smoking</td> <td>408</td> <td>5 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Headphone on both ears</td> <td>378</td> <td>4 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Animals on lap/dashboard</td> <td>331</td> <td>4 - per hour/site</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />In Amador County, students observed drivers unbuckling their seatbelt to reach for items elsewhere in their moving vehicles. In Riverside County, observers noted that this dangerous behavior resulted in drivers swerving from their lanes. In Contra Costa and Orange counties, researchers reported distracted drivers regularly failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.</p> <p>"It was interesting to see how drivers tried to hide that they were using their phones," reports a Friday Night Live researcher at Edison High School in Fresno. "One driver was brushing her teeth."</p> <p>In 2011, the first year of Roadwatch, more than 6,700 instances of distractions were recorded at 62 sites near California schools. In 2012, more than 7,000 distractions were recorded at 67 sites. Last year there were more than 7,000 distractions observed at nearly 70 intersections.</p> <p>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounted for more than 3,300 U.S. traffic fatalities and 420,000 injuries in 2012. In 2009, CHP reported 116 traffic fatalities caused by distracted driving in California.</p> <p>Active in 54 counties statewide, CFNLP engages young people to become active leaders and resources in their communities.</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. Over the last 60 years, the Foundation has contributed nearly $300 million to organizations and projects in communities throughout the nation. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.allstatefoundation.org">www.allstatefoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor <br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @<strong>AllstateinCA</strong></p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/52e9bb3c-cbe2-418c-adaa-bcc7fa0cb8e9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/52e9bb3c-cbe2-418c-adaa-bcc7fa0cb8e9 Distracted Drivers Lack Focus Near California Schools Fourth-Annual Student Roadwatch Observes Dangerous Driving Habits<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>California drivers can make significant gains in focus while behind the wheel, reveals a new study funded by The Allstate Foundation. Students who monitored 80 intersections at schools across California this week recorded more than 8,000 cases of distracted driving in a single hour.</p> <p>Student researchers from 28 counties participated in this week's Roadwatch&mdash;an annual observational and educational study administered by the California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP)&mdash;and observed 8,378 cases of distracted driving focus, ranging from talking and texting on cellphones to eating and drinking, and personal grooming. These three driving distractions top the list as most prevalent.</p> <p>This hourly average of more than 100 instances of distracted driving per intersection is consistent with the average recorded in prior Roadwatch studies. Traffic volume is not factored.</p> <p>Driven by a desire to improve traffic safety in their neighborhoods and to use the research for future safe-driving campaigns locally, students compiled these startling statistics from among the vehicles they observed with both attentive and distracted drivers. The top distractions while driving are not surprising. Each is avoidable.</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>- Cellphone use</td> <td>3,183</td> <td>39 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Eating or drinking</td> <td>2,554</td> <td>32 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Personal grooming</td> <td>975</td> <td>12 - per hour/site</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />"Reducing distractions while driving is something we all can do&mdash;it costs nothing and its savings are enormous," urges Phil Telgenhoff, Field Senior Vice President of Allstate Insurance Company in California. "When we drive safely, we improve the safety of everyone on the road. It's a matter of developing good driving habits."</p> <p><strong>Distractions Defined</strong><br /> More than just cellphone use, distracted driving is categorized by California Highway Patrol as a range of activities that impact a driver's visual, auditory, physical or cognitive abilities when driving.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CFNLP and The Allstate Foundation support the students' Roadwatch research to raise awareness among adult and teen drivers and all California communities about the importance of focused driving.</p> <p>"Engaging California's young people like this encourages their positive and healthy development and empowers them to become active leaders," says Jim Kooler, Director at CFNLP. "Programs like our annual traffic safety summit and this Roadwatch allow California youths to lead their peers in reducing distracted driving collisions."</p> <p><strong>Not Just Cellphones</strong> <br /> Additional driving distractions recorded by Roadwatch participants include:</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>- Extreme volume on radio</td> <td>469</td> <td>6 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Smoking</td> <td>408</td> <td>5 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Headphone on both ears</td> <td>378</td> <td>4 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Animals on lap/dashboard</td> <td>331</td> <td>4 - per hour/site</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />In Amador County, students observed drivers unbuckling their seatbelt to reach for items elsewhere in their moving vehicles. In Riverside County, observers noted that this dangerous behavior resulted in drivers swerving from their lanes. In Contra Costa and Orange counties, researchers reported distracted drivers regularly failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.</p> <p>"It was interesting to see how drivers tried to hide that they were using their phones," reports a Friday Night Live researcher at Edison High School in Fresno. "One driver was brushing her teeth."</p> <p>In 2011, the first year of Roadwatch, more than 6,700 instances of distractions were recorded at 62 sites near California schools. In 2012, more than 7,000 distractions were recorded at 67 sites. Last year there were more than 7,000 distractions observed at nearly 70 intersections.</p> <p>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounted for more than 3,300 U.S. traffic fatalities and 420,000 injuries in 2012. In 2009, CHP reported 116 traffic fatalities caused by distracted driving in California.</p> <p>Active in 54 counties statewide, CFNLP engages young people to become active leaders and resources in their communities.</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. Over the last 60 years, the Foundation has contributed nearly $300 million to organizations and projects in communities throughout the nation. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.allstatefoundation.org">www.allstatefoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor <br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @<strong>AllstateinCA</strong></p> Allstate Announces September and Third Quarter Catastrophe Loss Estimate <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of September 2014 of $250 million, pre-tax ($163 million after-tax), and an estimated $517 million, pre-tax ($336 million after-tax), for third quarter 2014. Catastrophe losses occurring in the third quarter comprised 29 events at an estimated cost of $384 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. One severe weather event, primarily in the state of Colorado on September 29, 2014, accounted for over a third of catastrophe losses that occurred in the third quarter. The reserve reestimates are due to higher than anticipated reported property claims related to two severe weather events in the second quarter of 2014.&nbsp;</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 to customers 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><strong>Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors</strong><br /> This news release contains forward-looking statements about catastrophe losses. These statements are based on our estimates and assumptions that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management believes the estimated impact of catastrophe losses, including net loss reserves, are appropriately established and recorded based on available facts, information, laws and regulations. However, actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this news release and from the amounts currently recorded for a variety of reasons, including the following:</p> <ul> <li>Our policyholders' ability to report and our ability to adjust claims may have been impeded by the extent of the devastation and the number of areas affected.</li> <li>It is particularly difficult to assess the extent of damage in the initial stages of adjusting residential property losses.</li> <li>Our estimate for the ultimate costs of repairs may not prove to be correct because of increased demand for services and supplies in the areas affected by the catastrophes.</li> <li>The number of incurred but not reported (IBNR) claims may be greater or less than currently anticipated.</li> </ul> <p>We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Pat Macellaro<br /> Investor Relations<br /> (847) 402-2800</p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:12:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ad4092e9-878a-481f-9ddd-a5ee8c0a60f8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ad4092e9-878a-481f-9ddd-a5ee8c0a60f8 Allstate Announces September and Third Quarter Catastrophe Loss Estimate <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of September 2014 of $250 million, pre-tax ($163 million after-tax), and an estimated $517 million, pre-tax ($336 million after-tax), for third quarter 2014. Catastrophe losses occurring in the third quarter comprised 29 events at an estimated cost of $384 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. One severe weather event, primarily in the state of Colorado on September 29, 2014, accounted for over a third of catastrophe losses that occurred in the third quarter. The reserve reestimates are due to higher than anticipated reported property claims related to two severe weather events in the second quarter of 2014.&nbsp;</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 to customers 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><strong>Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors</strong><br /> This news release contains forward-looking statements about catastrophe losses. These statements are based on our estimates and assumptions that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management believes the estimated impact of catastrophe losses, including net loss reserves, are appropriately established and recorded based on available facts, information, laws and regulations. However, actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this news release and from the amounts currently recorded for a variety of reasons, including the following:</p> <ul> <li>Our policyholders' ability to report and our ability to adjust claims may have been impeded by the extent of the devastation and the number of areas affected.</li> <li>It is particularly difficult to assess the extent of damage in the initial stages of adjusting residential property losses.</li> <li>Our estimate for the ultimate costs of repairs may not prove to be correct because of increased demand for services and supplies in the areas affected by the catastrophes.</li> <li>The number of incurred but not reported (IBNR) claims may be greater or less than currently anticipated.</li> </ul> <p>We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Pat Macellaro<br /> Investor Relations<br /> (847) 402-2800</p> Allstate “Reality Rides℠” Pit-Stops at the University of Texas at Austin 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>Today, Allstate Insurance Company&rsquo;s &ldquo;Reality Rides℠&rdquo; stops-off in Austin 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 &ldquo;Reality Rides℠&rdquo; 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit the University of Texas in Austin from 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. at the Speedway Pedestrian Mall.</p> <p>&ldquo;Reality Rides is evolving as Allstate customers&rsquo; and consumers&rsquo; needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format,&rdquo; said Kelly Conway, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. &ldquo;The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we&rsquo;re excited to share it with Austin residents.&rdquo;</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&rsquo;s motions. Using the car&rsquo;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 &ldquo;tickets&rdquo; 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 &ldquo;fun and effective,&rdquo; 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><strong>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk 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> <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&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 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, 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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>Kristen Freis<br /> 469-585-1109<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/33f9f582-3b61-4ef1-bc27-cbd155ab7201 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/33f9f582-3b61-4ef1-bc27-cbd155ab7201 Allstate “Reality Rides℠” Pit-Stops at the University of Texas at Austin 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>Today, Allstate Insurance Company&rsquo;s &ldquo;Reality Rides℠&rdquo; stops-off in Austin 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 &ldquo;Reality Rides℠&rdquo; 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit the University of Texas in Austin from 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. at the Speedway Pedestrian Mall.</p> <p>&ldquo;Reality Rides is evolving as Allstate customers&rsquo; and consumers&rsquo; needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format,&rdquo; said Kelly Conway, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. &ldquo;The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we&rsquo;re excited to share it with Austin residents.&rdquo;</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&rsquo;s motions. Using the car&rsquo;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 &ldquo;tickets&rdquo; 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 &ldquo;fun and effective,&rdquo; 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><strong>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk 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> <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&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 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, 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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>Kristen Freis<br /> 469-585-1109<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/583b/cbd7/583bcbd7-4bcf-4fbb-bafa-0a127b66e082-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:49:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/world-s-largest-youth-empowerment-event-we-day-comes-to-illinois-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/world-s-largest-youth-empowerment-event-we-day-comes-to-illinois-1 World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/583b/cbd7/583bcbd7-4bcf-4fbb-bafa-0a127b66e082-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/95ee/6208/95ee6208-cdbf-4496-aaed-089756890f97-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:49:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/world-s-largest-youth-empowerment-event-we-day-comes-to-illinois http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/world-s-largest-youth-empowerment-event-we-day-comes-to-illinois World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/95ee/6208/95ee6208-cdbf-4496-aaed-089756890f97-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois Tom Wilson sound bit on youth being a force for good. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:17:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/df769ce7-3f87-4b65-99ff-825376663e7c http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/df769ce7-3f87-4b65-99ff-825376663e7c World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois Tom Wilson sound bit on youth being a force for good. World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois -  Free The Children and Allstate bring together 15,000 students and teachers to Allstate Arena on April 30, 2015 to celebrate youth action in the community -<br />-  We Day movement comes to the United States with 12 expected events by 2016 -<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Today, Free The Children in conjunction with Allstate announced its expansion into Illinois beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. &nbsp;International charity and educational partner, Free The Children, has two signature programs, <a href="http://www.weday.com/we-act/we-act-program/#1" target="_blank"><strong>We Act</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.weday.com/" target="_blank"><strong>We Day</strong></a>, which provide a blueprint for building the next generation of global citizens. We Act is expected to support over 100,000 students throughout Illinois in engaging in community service during the year. To celebrate this service 15,000 students and teachers will be brought together on April 30, 2015 for the global youth empowerment event, We Day, where chart-topping performers, world leaders and social activists will help inspire and recognize their accomplishments.&nbsp;</p> <p>To celebrate the launch today, We Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate Chief Executive Officer <strong>Tom Wilson </strong>and Free The Children co-founder<strong> Craig Kielburger</strong>, will join more than 700 students from 15 schools across Chicagoland at Farragut Career Academy to encourage middle and high schools to take advantage of the yearlong educational program. Students at the event will hear from <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong>, human rights advocate and son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., <strong>Kweku Mandela</strong>, a filmmaker and grandson of Nelson Mandela, <strong>Spencer West</strong>, a motivationational speaker who inspired the world by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in his wheelchair and on his hands and <strong>Michael Ola</strong>, offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears.</p> <p>"Throughout history youth movements have driven change and made the world a better place. These programs will empower and reward students for strengthening communities throughout Illinois. Helping students rise up is just the right thing to do," said Tom Wilson, Allstate chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "You can't buy a ticket to We Day, you earn it by helping others. Free The Children has had fabulous success with these programs and we are excited about helping them expand throughout the Untied States as well. It helps Allstate live into our purpose of being a force for good. "</p> <p>Allstate is the National Co-Title Sponsor of We Day and We Act across the United States,<strong> </strong>and will be helping empower <strong>1.4 million youth </strong>through the partnership<strong>.</strong> Allstate's support is bringing <strong>12 We Day events </strong>to the United States by 2016 and is making We Act's service learning program available across the United States to youth and teachers at no cost.</p> <p>You can't buy a ticket to We Day&mdash;students from across the state will earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice through the We Act program. The program provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day's inspiration into sustained action.</p> <p>"We believe today's young people&mdash;what we call the Me to We generation&mdash;have the power to change the world," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of We Day. "Thanks to the support of Allstate and others we are so thrilled to bring We Day and year-long service program We Act to Illinois and have the opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements that students across the state are making on causes they care about. By bringing this group of change-makers together, they realize that they are not alone in their desire to make a difference and that together they can move the needle on local and global issues."</p> <p>Academy&reg; and GRAMMY&reg; Award-winning actress and musician and co-founder of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, <strong>Jennifer Hudson</strong>, Emmy&reg; and We Day Illinois co-host, actress from the hit television series Pretty Little Liars<strong> Shay Mitchell</strong>, along with players from the <strong>Chicago Bears</strong>, <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong> and <strong>Kweku Mandela</strong> are amongst the first group of renowned speakers and chart-topping performers announced to take the We Day stage on April 30.<strong> </strong>The full lineup of distinguished leaders and A-list entertainers who will add their voices to the We Day movement; coming together to address pressing world issues while igniting the students' passion to be a part of the solution, will be revealed closer to the event date.</p> <p>In Illinois, the We Day and the We Act program is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and statewide. There are currently over 100 schools in Illinois signed up for the program. Students and teachers can learn more about We Day and We Act and how they can get involved and earn a ticket to the world's largest youth empowerment event by visiting <a href="http://www.weday.com/illinois" target="_blank">www.weday.com/illinois</a>. Farragut Career Academy is one of the schools participating by working with&nbsp; the Community Peacemakers program at DePaul University. They organize a Teens for Jeans event where they collect jeans for homeless youth, and raise funds to support a local animal shelter.</p> <p><strong>Stay connected: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Like We Day on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/weday" target="_blank">facebook.com/WeDay</a></li> <li>Twitter/Instagram: @weday @CraigKielburger </li> <li>Official Hashtag: #WeDay </li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.weday.com" target="_blank">www.weday.com</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>About We Day</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.weday.com" target="_blank">www.weday.com</a></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. <br /> <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alison Clarke<br /> Associate Director PR &amp; Publicity, We Day<br /> 416-706-3652<br /> <a href="mailto:Alison.clarke@freethechildren.com">Alison.clarke@freethechildren.com</a></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:11:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4fdb6ee1-7888-4a05-a5d0-8f91789a5beb http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4fdb6ee1-7888-4a05-a5d0-8f91789a5beb World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois -  Free The Children and Allstate bring together 15,000 students and teachers to Allstate Arena on April 30, 2015 to celebrate youth action in the community -<br />-  We Day movement comes to the United States with 12 expected events by 2016 -<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Today, Free The Children in conjunction with Allstate announced its expansion into Illinois beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. &nbsp;International charity and educational partner, Free The Children, has two signature programs, <a href="http://www.weday.com/we-act/we-act-program/#1" target="_blank"><strong>We Act</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.weday.com/" target="_blank"><strong>We Day</strong></a>, which provide a blueprint for building the next generation of global citizens. We Act is expected to support over 100,000 students throughout Illinois in engaging in community service during the year. To celebrate this service 15,000 students and teachers will be brought together on April 30, 2015 for the global youth empowerment event, We Day, where chart-topping performers, world leaders and social activists will help inspire and recognize their accomplishments.&nbsp;</p> <p>To celebrate the launch today, We Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate Chief Executive Officer <strong>Tom Wilson </strong>and Free The Children co-founder<strong> Craig Kielburger</strong>, will join more than 700 students from 15 schools across Chicagoland at Farragut Career Academy to encourage middle and high schools to take advantage of the yearlong educational program. Students at the event will hear from <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong>, human rights advocate and son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., <strong>Kweku Mandela</strong>, a filmmaker and grandson of Nelson Mandela, <strong>Spencer West</strong>, a motivationational speaker who inspired the world by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in his wheelchair and on his hands and <strong>Michael Ola</strong>, offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears.</p> <p>"Throughout history youth movements have driven change and made the world a better place. These programs will empower and reward students for strengthening communities throughout Illinois. Helping students rise up is just the right thing to do," said Tom Wilson, Allstate chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "You can't buy a ticket to We Day, you earn it by helping others. Free The Children has had fabulous success with these programs and we are excited about helping them expand throughout the Untied States as well. It helps Allstate live into our purpose of being a force for good. "</p> <p>Allstate is the National Co-Title Sponsor of We Day and We Act across the United States,<strong> </strong>and will be helping empower <strong>1.4 million youth </strong>through the partnership<strong>.</strong> Allstate's support is bringing <strong>12 We Day events </strong>to the United States by 2016 and is making We Act's service learning program available across the United States to youth and teachers at no cost.</p> <p>You can't buy a ticket to We Day&mdash;students from across the state will earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice through the We Act program. The program provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day's inspiration into sustained action.</p> <p>"We believe today's young people&mdash;what we call the Me to We generation&mdash;have the power to change the world," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of We Day. "Thanks to the support of Allstate and others we are so thrilled to bring We Day and year-long service program We Act to Illinois and have the opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements that students across the state are making on causes they care about. By bringing this group of change-makers together, they realize that they are not alone in their desire to make a difference and that together they can move the needle on local and global issues."</p> <p>Academy&reg; and GRAMMY&reg; Award-winning actress and musician and co-founder of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, <strong>Jennifer Hudson</strong>, Emmy&reg; and We Day Illinois co-host, actress from the hit television series Pretty Little Liars<strong> Shay Mitchell</strong>, along with players from the <strong>Chicago Bears</strong>, <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong> and <strong>Kweku Mandela</strong> are amongst the first group of renowned speakers and chart-topping performers announced to take the We Day stage on April 30.<strong> </strong>The full lineup of distinguished leaders and A-list entertainers who will add their voices to the We Day movement; coming together to address pressing world issues while igniting the students' passion to be a part of the solution, will be revealed closer to the event date.</p> <p>In Illinois, the We Day and the We Act program is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and statewide. There are currently over 100 schools in Illinois signed up for the program. Students and teachers can learn more about We Day and We Act and how they can get involved and earn a ticket to the world's largest youth empowerment event by visiting <a href="http://www.weday.com/illinois" target="_blank">www.weday.com/illinois</a>. Farragut Career Academy is one of the schools participating by working with&nbsp; the Community Peacemakers program at DePaul University. They organize a Teens for Jeans event where they collect jeans for homeless youth, and raise funds to support a local animal shelter.</p> <p><strong>Stay connected: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Like We Day on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/weday" target="_blank">facebook.com/WeDay</a></li> <li>Twitter/Instagram: @weday @CraigKielburger </li> <li>Official Hashtag: #WeDay </li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.weday.com" target="_blank">www.weday.com</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>About We Day</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.weday.com" target="_blank">www.weday.com</a></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. <br /> <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alison Clarke<br /> Associate Director PR &amp; Publicity, We Day<br /> 416-706-3652<br /> <a href="mailto:Alison.clarke@freethechildren.com">Alison.clarke@freethechildren.com</a></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate Investments Expands its Senior Leadership Team Russ Mayerfeld Joins Allstate to Oversee Private Equity, Infrastructure & Real Assets and Real Estate; Peter Keehn Promoted to Managing Director, Private Equity<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) has expanded its senior leadership team in investments. Russell K. Mayerfeld has joined Allstate as a senior managing director, reporting to Judith P. Greffin, chief investment officer. Peter Keehn, CFA, has been promoted to managing director, private equity investing, reporting to Mayerfeld.</p> <p>"We expect to capture additional higher-returning investment opportunities by leveraging Russ' leadership, broad expertise and extensive experience," Greffin said. "We have an excellent track record, and our team is in a strong position to increase the breadth and size of Allstate's portfolio in these asset classes."</p> <p><strong>Russ Mayerfeld</strong><br /> Mayerfeld oversees approximately $10 billion of Allstate's investments, including private equity, infrastructure and real assets, real estate and commercial mortgage loans. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively with insurance companies and other financial institutions. Recently, Mayerfeld served as an independent consultant to private equity funds and corporations and as a board member for private and public companies. Mayerfeld was managing director, investment banking of UBS LLC and its predecessors from 1997 to 2003, and managing director, investment banking of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. from 1988 to 1997. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois.</p> <p>"I am delighted to join Allstate Investments," Mayerfeld said. "I look forward to building on the success of the team to position Allstate as an even more dynamic investor in this evolving sector. We will leverage the skills and experience of our alternative investment professionals, as well as the breadth and scale of the Allstate enterprise, to source attractive opportunities. With our size, flexibility and creativity, we will continue to help our portfolio companies achieve their objectives."</p> <p>Allstate will expand its alternative investment portfolio over the next several years, with much of the growth coming from direct investments. "Allstate will continue to be a fund investor while leveraging its relationships to generate additional direct investments. Ultimately, this dual approach is designed to produce more favorable risk-adjusted returns for the benefit of Allstate's shareholders and policyholders," Mayerfeld said.</p> <p><strong>Peter Keehn</strong><br /> Keehn will continue to lead Allstate's global private equity investing group, which includes the infrastructure and real assets team, managing a portfolio of approximately $3 billion. Recently, he shifted the focus of Allstate's private equity activities to include more direct investing and co-investments. In 2007, Keehn established Allstate's London office to enhance the firm's global perspective and gain greater access to investment opportunities around the world. He joined Allstate in 2003 as a director to head the company's then $450 million alternative assets portfolio. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at Waud Capital Partners and a director at Northwestern Investment Management Co. Keehn has an MBA from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Brown University. He is a chartered financial analyst. Keehn serves on several private equity advisory boards and has been a director of numerous private companies and nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>"I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue expanding Allstate's private equity investments and further developing the expertise of our portfolio team," Keehn said. "We see strong opportunities throughout the world in this asset class. It's an important component in the proactive management of Allstate's portfolio to achieve attractive returns for the benefit of our policyholders and shareholders."</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/" 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>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ffa44dbc-1d79-4bbd-9f8f-2ab876e59f30 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ffa44dbc-1d79-4bbd-9f8f-2ab876e59f30 Allstate Investments Expands its Senior Leadership Team Russ Mayerfeld Joins Allstate to Oversee Private Equity, Infrastructure & Real Assets and Real Estate; Peter Keehn Promoted to Managing Director, Private Equity<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) has expanded its senior leadership team in investments. Russell K. Mayerfeld has joined Allstate as a senior managing director, reporting to Judith P. Greffin, chief investment officer. Peter Keehn, CFA, has been promoted to managing director, private equity investing, reporting to Mayerfeld.</p> <p>"We expect to capture additional higher-returning investment opportunities by leveraging Russ' leadership, broad expertise and extensive experience," Greffin said. "We have an excellent track record, and our team is in a strong position to increase the breadth and size of Allstate's portfolio in these asset classes."</p> <p><strong>Russ Mayerfeld</strong><br /> Mayerfeld oversees approximately $10 billion of Allstate's investments, including private equity, infrastructure and real assets, real estate and commercial mortgage loans. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively with insurance companies and other financial institutions. Recently, Mayerfeld served as an independent consultant to private equity funds and corporations and as a board member for private and public companies. Mayerfeld was managing director, investment banking of UBS LLC and its predecessors from 1997 to 2003, and managing director, investment banking of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. from 1988 to 1997. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois.</p> <p>"I am delighted to join Allstate Investments," Mayerfeld said. "I look forward to building on the success of the team to position Allstate as an even more dynamic investor in this evolving sector. We will leverage the skills and experience of our alternative investment professionals, as well as the breadth and scale of the Allstate enterprise, to source attractive opportunities. With our size, flexibility and creativity, we will continue to help our portfolio companies achieve their objectives."</p> <p>Allstate will expand its alternative investment portfolio over the next several years, with much of the growth coming from direct investments. "Allstate will continue to be a fund investor while leveraging its relationships to generate additional direct investments. Ultimately, this dual approach is designed to produce more favorable risk-adjusted returns for the benefit of Allstate's shareholders and policyholders," Mayerfeld said.</p> <p><strong>Peter Keehn</strong><br /> Keehn will continue to lead Allstate's global private equity investing group, which includes the infrastructure and real assets team, managing a portfolio of approximately $3 billion. Recently, he shifted the focus of Allstate's private equity activities to include more direct investing and co-investments. In 2007, Keehn established Allstate's London office to enhance the firm's global perspective and gain greater access to investment opportunities around the world. He joined Allstate in 2003 as a director to head the company's then $450 million alternative assets portfolio. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at Waud Capital Partners and a director at Northwestern Investment Management Co. Keehn has an MBA from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Brown University. He is a chartered financial analyst. Keehn serves on several private equity advisory boards and has been a director of numerous private companies and nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>"I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue expanding Allstate's private equity investments and further developing the expertise of our portfolio team," Keehn said. "We see strong opportunities throughout the world in this asset class. It's an important component in the proactive management of Allstate's portfolio to achieve attractive returns for the benefit of our policyholders and shareholders."</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/" 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>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate Foundation Honor Illinois Agency Owner for Support of Domestic Violence <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d8e0/3747/d8e03747-8e4a-4649-81b2-b2b39c9b850f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation Honor Illinois Agency Owner for Support of Domestic Violence Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-foundation-honor-illinois-agency-owner-for-support-of-domestic-violence http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-foundation-honor-illinois-agency-owner-for-support-of-domestic-violence Allstate Foundation Honor Illinois Agency Owner for Support of Domestic Violence <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d8e0/3747/d8e03747-8e4a-4649-81b2-b2b39c9b850f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation Honor Illinois Agency Owner for Support of Domestic Violence Supplier Diversity Exchange Builds Foundation For inclusive Business Development Allstate Hosts Event to Develop Procurement Opportunities for Diverse Suppliers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Sixteen diverse small businesses from around the country will meet on October 13 at Allstate's headquarters to network and pitch their business to Allstate leaders and Allstate's prime supplier partners.</p> <p>The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange, now in its 7<sup>th</sup> year, brings diverse businesses together to learn about opportunities to work with Allstate and its suppliers and compete for a chance to win business. New to the program this year is a fast-paced business pitch format where each of the companies will have 10 minutes to present their product or service.</p> <p>"We've seen continued interest from our network of diverse suppliers for this event over the years and it's a great way for Allstate to build relationships," said Cheryl Harris, Allstate's senior vice president of Sourcing &amp; Procurement Solutions. "Having the right relationships is often a major obstacle for diverse business owners and the opportunity to pitch their product or service increases visibility, potentially leading to future business."</p> <p>The Exchange accepts applications from businesses that are certified as minority, women, veteran and LGBT owned. Since its inception more than 100 participants have had the opportunity to compete for Allstate's business, and over half have successfully won contracts.</p> <p>"Allstate's Supplier Diversity Exchange not only gives us access to decision makers within the organization but also allows us to interact with diverse suppliers with whom we may partner to further enhance our business," said Linda Sullivan, president of Administrative Strategies - a 2013 participant in the Exchange and 2014 planned attendee.</p> <p>The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange has built a strong foundation for an inclusive environment and creates opportunities for all while developing longstanding relationships. With commitment from top management down, the company has highlighted the important role that diversity and inclusion has today, and will continue well into the future. In 2013, Allstate spent $409.1 million with diverse businesses.</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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> @Allstatenews</p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e8e57072-e017-45dd-a429-7af92d34e0e8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e8e57072-e017-45dd-a429-7af92d34e0e8 Supplier Diversity Exchange Builds Foundation For inclusive Business Development Allstate Hosts Event to Develop Procurement Opportunities for Diverse Suppliers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Sixteen diverse small businesses from around the country will meet on October 13 at Allstate's headquarters to network and pitch their business to Allstate leaders and Allstate's prime supplier partners.</p> <p>The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange, now in its 7<sup>th</sup> year, brings diverse businesses together to learn about opportunities to work with Allstate and its suppliers and compete for a chance to win business. New to the program this year is a fast-paced business pitch format where each of the companies will have 10 minutes to present their product or service.</p> <p>"We've seen continued interest from our network of diverse suppliers for this event over the years and it's a great way for Allstate to build relationships," said Cheryl Harris, Allstate's senior vice president of Sourcing &amp; Procurement Solutions. "Having the right relationships is often a major obstacle for diverse business owners and the opportunity to pitch their product or service increases visibility, potentially leading to future business."</p> <p>The Exchange accepts applications from businesses that are certified as minority, women, veteran and LGBT owned. Since its inception more than 100 participants have had the opportunity to compete for Allstate's business, and over half have successfully won contracts.</p> <p>"Allstate's Supplier Diversity Exchange not only gives us access to decision makers within the organization but also allows us to interact with diverse suppliers with whom we may partner to further enhance our business," said Linda Sullivan, president of Administrative Strategies - a 2013 participant in the Exchange and 2014 planned attendee.</p> <p>The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange has built a strong foundation for an inclusive environment and creates opportunities for all while developing longstanding relationships. With commitment from top management down, the company has highlighted the important role that diversity and inclusion has today, and will continue well into the future. In 2013, Allstate spent $409.1 million with diverse businesses.</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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> @Allstatenews</p> Fall Brings Great Opportunity To Get Outdoors In An Off-Road Vehicle Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Fall is an exciting time of year to get deep into the great outdoors with an off-road vehicle (ORV). Hunting season is getting underway in many parts of the country and a side by side ORV is one of the most popular machines to help hunters carry gear and supplies to their favorite spot. A side by side can also be used to enjoy trail riding with your sweetheart to see the changing colors of the leaves.</p> <p>Side by side ORVs have a variety of options to make them multi-use machines and can be accessorized to fit the owner's lifestyle or demanding work needs. It can be customized by adding a mowing deck to cut grass, haul hay around a farm, or add a plow on the front to move snow in the winter months ahead.</p> <p>As sophisticated as some side by side ORVs can get with accessories such as lights and racks there is a need to protect this investment by insuring them with an ORV policy. "Theft and comprehensive claims are the most common," said Jeff Sadler, Allstate product line manager. &nbsp;"It's important that riders not rely on their homeowners and/or auto insurance policies to protect an ORV in a loss since those insurance policies often provide little, if any, supplemental coverage for your recreational vehicle."</p> <p>Allstate ORV insurance can help protect you, your passengers, your vehicle, and even someone else's property. Here's how:</p> <ul> <li>Bodily Injury Liability: Protects you if you cause an accident and someone is hurt, typically covering the other person's medical expenses.</li> <li>Property Damage Liability: Protects you if you're at fault in an accident causing damage to another person's property. Insurance coverage typically pays for expenses to damaged property such as vehicles, homes, and buildings.</li> <li>Collision Coverage: Reimburses the cost of repairing your ORV after damage due to a collision with another object (such as another ORV, tree, or fence).</li> <li>Comprehensive Coverage: Protects from damages to your ORV due to almost any event: flooding, wind, vandalism, theft, or other reason not involving a crash with another vehicle.</li> <li>Allstate ORV insurance can even provide coverage while your vehicle is in storage or needs a tow. If you have custom parts, you can get coverage to protect them from things like theft or damage.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate ORV insurance covers a variety of off-road vehicles that include:</p> <ul> <li>Side by side</li> <li>All-terrain vehicle (ATV)</li> <li>Golf cart</li> <li>Utility vehicle (UTV)</li> <li>Go cart</li> <li>Snowmobile</li> <li>Trail bike</li> <li>Dune buggy</li> </ul> <p>More information on ORV use and safety can be found by contacting your local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office or visiting your state DNR's website.</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 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>Contact:</p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:17:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4f0dbece-4936-4f6b-8fd4-69384b9dab3e http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4f0dbece-4936-4f6b-8fd4-69384b9dab3e Fall Brings Great Opportunity To Get Outdoors In An Off-Road Vehicle Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Fall is an exciting time of year to get deep into the great outdoors with an off-road vehicle (ORV). Hunting season is getting underway in many parts of the country and a side by side ORV is one of the most popular machines to help hunters carry gear and supplies to their favorite spot. A side by side can also be used to enjoy trail riding with your sweetheart to see the changing colors of the leaves.</p> <p>Side by side ORVs have a variety of options to make them multi-use machines and can be accessorized to fit the owner's lifestyle or demanding work needs. It can be customized by adding a mowing deck to cut grass, haul hay around a farm, or add a plow on the front to move snow in the winter months ahead.</p> <p>As sophisticated as some side by side ORVs can get with accessories such as lights and racks there is a need to protect this investment by insuring them with an ORV policy. "Theft and comprehensive claims are the most common," said Jeff Sadler, Allstate product line manager. &nbsp;"It's important that riders not rely on their homeowners and/or auto insurance policies to protect an ORV in a loss since those insurance policies often provide little, if any, supplemental coverage for your recreational vehicle."</p> <p>Allstate ORV insurance can help protect you, your passengers, your vehicle, and even someone else's property. Here's how:</p> <ul> <li>Bodily Injury Liability: Protects you if you cause an accident and someone is hurt, typically covering the other person's medical expenses.</li> <li>Property Damage Liability: Protects you if you're at fault in an accident causing damage to another person's property. Insurance coverage typically pays for expenses to damaged property such as vehicles, homes, and buildings.</li> <li>Collision Coverage: Reimburses the cost of repairing your ORV after damage due to a collision with another object (such as another ORV, tree, or fence).</li> <li>Comprehensive Coverage: Protects from damages to your ORV due to almost any event: flooding, wind, vandalism, theft, or other reason not involving a crash with another vehicle.</li> <li>Allstate ORV insurance can even provide coverage while your vehicle is in storage or needs a tow. If you have custom parts, you can get coverage to protect them from things like theft or damage.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate ORV insurance covers a variety of off-road vehicles that include:</p> <ul> <li>Side by side</li> <li>All-terrain vehicle (ATV)</li> <li>Golf cart</li> <li>Utility vehicle (UTV)</li> <li>Go cart</li> <li>Snowmobile</li> <li>Trail bike</li> <li>Dune buggy</li> </ul> <p>More information on ORV use and safety can be found by contacting your local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office or visiting your state DNR's website.</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 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>Contact:</p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/973c/dbb6/973cdbb6-5017-4baf-a6bf-c2d3b5f9724c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:12:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-has-options-to-help-protect-your-off-road-vehicle http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-has-options-to-help-protect-your-off-road-vehicle Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/973c/dbb6/973cdbb6-5017-4baf-a6bf-c2d3b5f9724c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Raises Nearly $2.5 Million for Domestic Violence Services YWCA Evanston-North Shore announced as winner of Purple Purse Challenge <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Foundation, through online donations and direct grants, raised nearly $2.5 million for domestic violence services during its Purple Purse Challenge that concluded late last week. YWCA Evanston-North Shore from Evanston, Ill., earned $311,407, the most of the nearly 140 participating organizations, and won the top prize of $100,000 from The Allstate Foundation to help survivors recover from financial abuse. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse encourages conversation and action around the No.1 reason victims of domestic violence stay in abusive relationships&mdash;finances.</p> <p>The initiative enlisted the help of Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington to spread awareness and encourage the public to donate. The Challenge, the first for The Allstate Foundation, broke numerous records for the CrowdRise website and created a grassroots movement with the majority of donations under $50.</p> <p><strong>Milestones from the Purple Purse Challenge include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than half (53 percent) of donations were under $25 and 75 percent were under $50.</li> <li>Raised nearly $1 million in the last week alone.</li> <li>More than $450,000 was raised in the final 24 hours, and nearly half of that ($220,000) came in the final hour.</li> <li>Broke the CrowdRise record for most raised in the first day of any Challenge. And, shattered the CrowdRise record for the most dollars raised in both the last 24 hours and the most raised in the final hour of any initiative on the platform.</li> </ul> <p>"We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from 14,500 people who took the Purple Purse Challenge and gave directly to domestic violence service providers across the country," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We know that social service providers are operating with fewer resources. Each donation, no matter how big or small, will help the thousands of women who need assistance gain access to life-saving services for themselves and their families."</p> <p>The following Purple Purse Challenge winners will receive additional funding from The Allstate Foundation:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Organization</strong></p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Funds Raised through the Purple Purse Challenge</strong></p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grand Prizes from The Allstate Foundation</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>First Place: </strong>YWCA Evanston/North Shore</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$311,407</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$100,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Second Place:</strong> Wings Program</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$281,709</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$75,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Third Place:</strong> YWCA Northwest Georgia</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$276,152</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$50,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fourth Place:</strong> YWCA Metropolitan Chicago</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$153,555</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fifth Place:</strong> Jewish Women International</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$57,440</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Sixth Place:</strong> Jenesse Center</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$50,935</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Seventh Place:</strong> House of Ruth</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$44,840</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Eighth Place:</strong> Jersey Battered Women's Service</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,504</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Ninth Place:</strong> New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,004</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Tenth Place:</strong> Harbor House of Central Florida</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$42,088</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Challenge ran from Sept. 2 &ndash; Oct. 3, 2014. During that time, The Allstate Foundation contributed nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations. The Allstate Foundation will keep the fundraising site open through 2015, so people can still contribute to organizations at <a href="http://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Allstate Foundation also offers the following tips for talking to someone you suspect may be in an abusive relationship: </strong></p> <p><strong>Offer support without judgment or criticism.<br /> </strong>There are a lot of reasons why a victim may stay in an abusive relationship, and many reasons why she may also leave and return to the relationship multiple times. Let her know it's not her fault and that she's not alone.</p> <p><strong>Don't be afraid to tell her that you're concerned for her safety.<br /> </strong>Help your friend or family member recognize the abuse while acknowledging that she is in a very difficult and dangerous situation.</p> <p><strong>Avoid confrontations.<br /> </strong>There are many reasons why individuals experiencing abuse don't reach out to family and friends. It's important to recognize when she is ready to talk about her experiences while still offering support.</p> <p><strong>Encourage her to get help.<br /> </strong>Suggest ways she can get additional support. Help her look into available resources, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline number (800-799-SAFE) or a local domestic violence agency with specially trained advocates to help her out of the situation.</p> <p>For additional information on the program visit <a href="http://www.PurplePurse.com" target="_blank">www.PurplePurse.com</a>.</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>&nbsp;</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, 06 Oct 2014 14:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/691883f8-87be-4136-8ce6-169f894f0555 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/691883f8-87be-4136-8ce6-169f894f0555 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Raises Nearly $2.5 Million for Domestic Violence Services YWCA Evanston-North Shore announced as winner of Purple Purse Challenge <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Foundation, through online donations and direct grants, raised nearly $2.5 million for domestic violence services during its Purple Purse Challenge that concluded late last week. YWCA Evanston-North Shore from Evanston, Ill., earned $311,407, the most of the nearly 140 participating organizations, and won the top prize of $100,000 from The Allstate Foundation to help survivors recover from financial abuse. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse encourages conversation and action around the No.1 reason victims of domestic violence stay in abusive relationships&mdash;finances.</p> <p>The initiative enlisted the help of Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington to spread awareness and encourage the public to donate. The Challenge, the first for The Allstate Foundation, broke numerous records for the CrowdRise website and created a grassroots movement with the majority of donations under $50.</p> <p><strong>Milestones from the Purple Purse Challenge include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than half (53 percent) of donations were under $25 and 75 percent were under $50.</li> <li>Raised nearly $1 million in the last week alone.</li> <li>More than $450,000 was raised in the final 24 hours, and nearly half of that ($220,000) came in the final hour.</li> <li>Broke the CrowdRise record for most raised in the first day of any Challenge. And, shattered the CrowdRise record for the most dollars raised in both the last 24 hours and the most raised in the final hour of any initiative on the platform.</li> </ul> <p>"We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from 14,500 people who took the Purple Purse Challenge and gave directly to domestic violence service providers across the country," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We know that social service providers are operating with fewer resources. Each donation, no matter how big or small, will help the thousands of women who need assistance gain access to life-saving services for themselves and their families."</p> <p>The following Purple Purse Challenge winners will receive additional funding from The Allstate Foundation:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Organization</strong></p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Funds Raised through the Purple Purse Challenge</strong></p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grand Prizes from The Allstate Foundation</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>First Place: </strong>YWCA Evanston/North Shore</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$311,407</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$100,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Second Place:</strong> Wings Program</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$281,709</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$75,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Third Place:</strong> YWCA Northwest Georgia</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$276,152</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$50,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fourth Place:</strong> YWCA Metropolitan Chicago</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$153,555</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fifth Place:</strong> Jewish Women International</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$57,440</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Sixth Place:</strong> Jenesse Center</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$50,935</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Seventh Place:</strong> House of Ruth</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$44,840</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Eighth Place:</strong> Jersey Battered Women's Service</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,504</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Ninth Place:</strong> New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,004</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Tenth Place:</strong> Harbor House of Central Florida</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$42,088</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Challenge ran from Sept. 2 &ndash; Oct. 3, 2014. During that time, The Allstate Foundation contributed nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations. The Allstate Foundation will keep the fundraising site open through 2015, so people can still contribute to organizations at <a href="http://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Allstate Foundation also offers the following tips for talking to someone you suspect may be in an abusive relationship: </strong></p> <p><strong>Offer support without judgment or criticism.<br /> </strong>There are a lot of reasons why a victim may stay in an abusive relationship, and many reasons why she may also leave and return to the relationship multiple times. Let her know it's not her fault and that she's not alone.</p> <p><strong>Don't be afraid to tell her that you're concerned for her safety.<br /> </strong>Help your friend or family member recognize the abuse while acknowledging that she is in a very difficult and dangerous situation.</p> <p><strong>Avoid confrontations.<br /> </strong>There are many reasons why individuals experiencing abuse don't reach out to family and friends. It's important to recognize when she is ready to talk about her experiences while still offering support.</p> <p><strong>Encourage her to get help.<br /> </strong>Suggest ways she can get additional support. Help her look into available resources, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline number (800-799-SAFE) or a local domestic violence agency with specially trained advocates to help her out of the situation.</p> <p>For additional information on the program visit <a href="http://www.PurplePurse.com" target="_blank">www.PurplePurse.com</a>.</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>&nbsp;</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's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple 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. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 08:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/0b450c29-73cd-4493-a16f-1ac258daeeb0 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/0b450c29-73cd-4493-a16f-1ac258daeeb0 Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple 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. Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4fed/7b44/4fed7b44-03f1-4e15-b361-0d63dd08b4c8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-to-make-comprehensive-supportive-guide-available-to-every-person-in-the-u-s-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-to-make-comprehensive-supportive-guide-available-to-every-person-in-the-u-s-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4fed/7b44/4fed7b44-03f1-4e15-b361-0d63dd08b4c8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Company partners with breast cancer survivor and bestselling author of "The Silver Lining" Hollye Jacobs on new resource for those struggling with the disease <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Allstate Insurance Company today announced it is partnering with bestselling author Hollye Jacobs to provide "The Silver Lining Companion Guide" to any person in the U.S. diagnosed with breast cancer. The guide was specially created to provide important information, practical tips and inspiration for those navigating through every stage of treatment and recovery.&nbsp; In 2014, it is estimated that more than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. The guide is a condensed version of Jacobs' <em>New York Times</em> bestselling book, "The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer."</p> <p>The guide will be available for download in English and Spanish on any e-reader. Additionally, through the nonprofit Direct Relief, a printed version of the guide will be available at participating distribution centers throughout the country. To download a version of the companion guide or to view a complete list of participating distribution centers, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/silverlining" target="_blank">Allstate.com/SilverLining</a>.</p> <p>"No woman should be alone in the struggle against breast cancer," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allstate. "This guide will be a source of comfort, knowledge and inspiration. We are thrilled to be able to help magnify Hollye's voice for those women who hear the dreaded words, 'You have breast cancer.' This completely aligns with Allstate's purpose which is to be a force for good in local communities and protect people from life's uncertainties."</p> <p>A breast cancer diagnosis is usually shocking and life altering. In the guide, Jacobs is the experienced friend who offers sound guidance and a sincere account of her personal experience with breast cancer. Jacobs' journey of self-discovery through illness led her to see the "Silver Linings" in life, providing her the balance and perspective needed to get her through the worst days following her diagnosis and treatments. These Silver Linings comprise the soul of the guide, which is designed to provide hope and information every step of the way.</p> <p>"Sharing advice and support through the partnership with Allstate and 'The Silver Lining Companion Guide' is an incredible and unique opportunity to reach everyone impacted by breast cancer," said Jacobs. "I wish I had this guide when I was going through breast cancer. This is what inspired me to write the book and support those who are going through this experience, just as those who came before me made my path more bearable and more effective."</p> <p>"Direct Relief is privileged to be able to help provide this valuable resource to people across the country who are or know someone affected by breast cancer," Kerri Murray, Vice President of Communications at Direct Relief.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Hollye Jacobs and "The Silver Lining"</strong><br /> After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, 39-year-old mother Hollye Jacobs created a blog, <a href="http://www.thesilverpen.com/" target="_blank">The Silver Pen</a>. The award-winning blog immortalized her thoughts and feelings about her diagnosis, as well as documented her experiences through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. With a wealth of information, The Silver Pen reached audiences far beyond Hollye's circle of friends and family, and became the foundation for her <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, "The Silver Lining."</p> <p>Hollye's words are balanced with inspiring photographs by her friend, co-author and award-winning photographer, Elizabeth Messina. Her images reveal the hope, beauty and light that can be found within the darkness of breast cancer. They also serve as informative and inspiring visual aids for everyone impacted by the disease.</p> <p>Jacobs is a speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist and author. Her professional knowledge as a health practitioner and her personal experiences as a cancer patient and survivor present a powerful package of wisdom. Her insights, humor and informed perspective on the breast cancer cycle&mdash;from detection through treatment, recovery and life after cancer &ndash; have touched thousands of people already.</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;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> <a href="mailto:Kate.Hollcraft@allstate.com">Kate.Hollcraft@allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Abby Betts<a href="mailto:Abby.Betts@bm.com"><br /> Abby.Betts@bm.com</a><br /> 312-596-3424</p> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5cd0fda5-fd90-4581-9e3f-6d3085f64e78 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5cd0fda5-fd90-4581-9e3f-6d3085f64e78 Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Company partners with breast cancer survivor and bestselling author of "The Silver Lining" Hollye Jacobs on new resource for those struggling with the disease <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Allstate Insurance Company today announced it is partnering with bestselling author Hollye Jacobs to provide "The Silver Lining Companion Guide" to any person in the U.S. diagnosed with breast cancer. The guide was specially created to provide important information, practical tips and inspiration for those navigating through every stage of treatment and recovery.&nbsp; In 2014, it is estimated that more than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. The guide is a condensed version of Jacobs' <em>New York Times</em> bestselling book, "The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer."</p> <p>The guide will be available for download in English and Spanish on any e-reader. Additionally, through the nonprofit Direct Relief, a printed version of the guide will be available at participating distribution centers throughout the country. To download a version of the companion guide or to view a complete list of participating distribution centers, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/silverlining" target="_blank">Allstate.com/SilverLining</a>.</p> <p>"No woman should be alone in the struggle against breast cancer," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allstate. "This guide will be a source of comfort, knowledge and inspiration. We are thrilled to be able to help magnify Hollye's voice for those women who hear the dreaded words, 'You have breast cancer.' This completely aligns with Allstate's purpose which is to be a force for good in local communities and protect people from life's uncertainties."</p> <p>A breast cancer diagnosis is usually shocking and life altering. In the guide, Jacobs is the experienced friend who offers sound guidance and a sincere account of her personal experience with breast cancer. Jacobs' journey of self-discovery through illness led her to see the "Silver Linings" in life, providing her the balance and perspective needed to get her through the worst days following her diagnosis and treatments. These Silver Linings comprise the soul of the guide, which is designed to provide hope and information every step of the way.</p> <p>"Sharing advice and support through the partnership with Allstate and 'The Silver Lining Companion Guide' is an incredible and unique opportunity to reach everyone impacted by breast cancer," said Jacobs. "I wish I had this guide when I was going through breast cancer. This is what inspired me to write the book and support those who are going through this experience, just as those who came before me made my path more bearable and more effective."</p> <p>"Direct Relief is privileged to be able to help provide this valuable resource to people across the country who are or know someone affected by breast cancer," Kerri Murray, Vice President of Communications at Direct Relief.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Hollye Jacobs and "The Silver Lining"</strong><br /> After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, 39-year-old mother Hollye Jacobs created a blog, <a href="http://www.thesilverpen.com/" target="_blank">The Silver Pen</a>. The award-winning blog immortalized her thoughts and feelings about her diagnosis, as well as documented her experiences through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. With a wealth of information, The Silver Pen reached audiences far beyond Hollye's circle of friends and family, and became the foundation for her <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, "The Silver Lining."</p> <p>Hollye's words are balanced with inspiring photographs by her friend, co-author and award-winning photographer, Elizabeth Messina. Her images reveal the hope, beauty and light that can be found within the darkness of breast cancer. They also serve as informative and inspiring visual aids for everyone impacted by the disease.</p> <p>Jacobs is a speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist and author. Her professional knowledge as a health practitioner and her personal experiences as a cancer patient and survivor present a powerful package of wisdom. Her insights, humor and informed perspective on the breast cancer cycle&mdash;from detection through treatment, recovery and life after cancer &ndash; have touched thousands of people already.</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;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> <a href="mailto:Kate.Hollcraft@allstate.com">Kate.Hollcraft@allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Abby Betts<a href="mailto:Abby.Betts@bm.com"><br /> Abby.Betts@bm.com</a><br /> 312-596-3424</p> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 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: 1 Video, 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="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/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="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/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="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/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="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/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/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 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 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: 2 Videos, 4 Photos, 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: 2 Videos, 4 Photos, 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/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 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, 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: 1 Video, 2 Photos, 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: 1 Video, 2 Photos, 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/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 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 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>