A team of AIG colleagues and business partners, along with more than 2,000 other cyclists, hit the streets to raise money for charity at the 2015 Irish Pub Tour de Shore. In its 28th year, the annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore is a 65-mile trek from Philadelphia to Atlantic City to support the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation, which raises money for local children's charities and the families of fallen police officers and firefighters in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey regions.
Made up of 15 riders sporting AIG branded cycling jerseys, the group raised nearly $9,000 on its ride from downtown Philadelphia, over the Ben Franklin Bridge, through scenic South Jersey and on to a celebratory finish on the Atlantic City boardwalk. In total, AIG colleagues have raised approximately $85,000 in the nine years AIG has participated in the ride. This year’s Irish Pub Tour de Shore raised $823,000, bringing the total proceeds raised since the inception of the event to more than $5 million.
AIG participants included Rob Schimek, President & CEO, Americas; Jeremy Johnson, President, Lexington Insurance; Lou Paglione, Assistant Vice President, Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Zones; Andrew Tauro, Underwriting, Corporate Accounts; Nick Landis, Regional Manager, Philadelphia; Tom Scherer, Senior Vice President and General Counsel; Denis Butkovic, Deputy General Counsel; Marc Wagner, Business Development Manager; Alex Guthrie, Senior Production Specialist; and Jim Miller, Client Services Director, Claims.
“The Tour de Shore gives us a great opportunity to support children’s charities and the families of fallen first responders right here in our own backyard,” said Rob. “It also gives us a chance to build camaraderie with colleagues, business partners and others on the ride, while enjoying a great day of exercise in the outdoors.”
The Irish Pub Tour de Shore was created in 1988 and has grown from 20 riders in its first year, to more than 2,000 riders now taking part in the annual ride. More than 80 percent of all funds raised go directly to beneficiaries, putting the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation in the top tier of all non-profit organizations in the country.