“Influence in the Industry” and “Impact in the Community” – that’s what the “Double I” award is all about. AIG recently received this prestigious award recognizing corporate and philanthropic leadership from the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).

 “Contributing to society is at the heart of everything we do in insurance,” said Rob Schimek, CEO, Commercial, who accepted the award on behalf of AIG and its employees. “AIG is proud to stand behind our clients when the unthinkable happens.”

Rob talked about AIG’s mission to reduce clients’ fear of the future, and empower them through its risk expertise and financial strength, and highlighted the company’s commitment to giving back to the communities it serves. He said that in 2015 alone, 1,200 AIG employees in 15 countries contributed more than 7,000 volunteer hours to IICF’s Week of Giving.

Rob also talked about AIG’s support of athletes with disabilities through organizations such as Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. He acknowledged special guests at the AIG table: Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of DSUSA; Army Captain Will Reynolds, a DSUSA athlete who lost his left leg after an explosive detonated in Iraq; and AIG Multinational Director of Operations Minda Dentler, who became the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship in 2013.

Celebrities at the event included New York Mets Outfielder Curtis Granderson, broadcaster Jane Pauley, and television personality and retired NFL Quarterback Boomer Esiason, who joined the AIG table.

The benefit dinner raised more than $1.2 million to help fund IICF grants – $491,000 of which AIG secured through the generous support of clients and business partners. Since its inception, IICF has contributed more than $23.5 million in local community grants, nearly 200,000 hours of volunteer service, and the leadership of more than 25,000 industry volunteers for programs dealing with education, children at risk, health and safety, disaster preparedness, and the environment.

 To learn more about IICF, visit www.IICF.org.