- TeamCasey Named One of the Preferred Charity Partners -
- MetLife Foundation Makes Total Donation of $15,000 to Three Local
Children’s Hospitals -
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
MetLife, a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee
benefits programs, is pleased to announce that it is the official 2011
financial services partner of the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona
Marathon & ½ Marathon, which will take place on January 16th,
2011 in Phoenix, AZ. A strong proponent of initiatives to promote health
and wellness, this will be the first time MetLife will be supporting a
marathon to promote healthy living.
Additionally, MetLife has joined with a local Arizona charity, TeamCasey
– a non-profit dedicated to the legacy of the late Casey Axford, who
succumbed to complications of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the age of
21. The organization began in 2004 with one individual who ran in
Casey’s honor to raise money for Arizona’s University Medical Center
Pediatric Outpatient Blood & Marrow Fund, which supports young oncology
patients who receive outpatient medical care. In the last six years,
TeamCasey has raised over $175,000 in donations. As the volunteers grow
in numbers, so does the number of children’s hospitals they support.
Today, TeamCasey supports Diamond Children’s Medical Center, Phoenix
Children’s Hospital and Cardon Children’s Medical Center to meet the
emotional needs of pediatric patients and their families.
“As a company, MetLife has a long-standing history of community
involvement and social responsibility, as well as supporting causes that
promote healthy living. I am proud that MetLife is the exclusive
financial services partners of the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona
Marathon & ½ Marathon,” states said Michael J. Vietri, executive vice
president, Individual Distribution, MetLife. “But I am even more proud
of the fact that we have joined with TeamCasey to bring attention to
such a remarkable organization, and to a truly wonderful young man who
inspires so many of us into action.”
“This will be the seventh year for TeamCasey participating in the P.F.
Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon in Phoenix. We have
seen the unbelievable good that comes from TeamCasey, from the happiness
of a pediatric patient to the health and fitness of our TeamCasey
members. My wife Mary and I have been overwhelmed with pride at the huge
support of so many people and the support of MetLife. Through TeamCasey,
Casey is ‘Out of Sight, Not Gone,’” states Harry Axford, managing
director of local office of MetLife in Phoenix and father of Casey
MetLife Foundation, created in 1976 by MetLife to continue its
longstanding tradition of contributions and community involvement, made
donations totaling $15,000 to three Arizona children’s hospitals;
Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix; Diamond Children’s Medical
Center at UMC in Tucson; and Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical
Center in Mesa.
MetLife is a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), a leading global
provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving
90 million customers in over 60 countries. Through its subsidiaries and
affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States,
Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For more
information, visit www.metlife.com.
"TeamCasey" Honors Casey Axford, 2004 graduate of Desert Mountain High
School, by providing "perks" of childhood that lifts the mood, spirit
and hope in children and adolescents stricken with Childhood Cancer.
These "perks" include books, toys, games, movies, bicycles, birthday
cakes and other much needed assistance to Outpatient Blood and Marrow
Transplantation Programs. You only have to see the look on a scared or
sick child's face to understand Casey's purpose. It meant so much to
Casey as well as the many supporters of "TeamCasey" to bring just a
little joy, happiness or comfort into the lives of children who have
been dealt an unlucky hand.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife to continue the company’s
long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The
Foundation supports programs that improve education, promote health,
encourage parental involvement and family engagement, help revitalize
neighborhoods and stress accessibility and inclusion. Recognizing the
vital role the arts play in building communities and educating young
people, the Foundation contributes to arts and cultural organizations
across the United States, with an emphasis on increasing opportunities
for young people, reaching broad audiences through inclusive
programming, and making arts more accessible for all people. For more
information about the Foundation, please visit its web site at www.metlife.org.
About the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon
The 8th annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon &
½ Marathon will take place Sunday, January 16th, 2011. The
fast, flat and scenic course will give runners a first class tour of the
desert cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Runners can rock to the
sounds of live, local bands playing every mile of the Marathon & ½
Marathon courses, along with enthusiastic cheerleaders to keep
participants moving. The event concludes with a headline concert and
finish line festival. A two-day Health & Fitness expo kicks off race
week at the Phoenix Convention Center on Friday, January 14th
and Saturday, January 15th. The expo will feature over 100
vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and training
tips. To register for the race or for more information, visit http://arizona.competitor.com
or call 800-311-1255.
MetLife, Inc.Jessica Ong, 212-578-2154[email protected]
Source: MetLife, Inc.