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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Allstate and Dominique Wilkins Announce 2015 Champions for Good

Annual program nationally recognizes community heroes for their dedication to giving back
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Today, Allstate Insurance Company announced the recipients of its third annual Champions for Good award. The national campaign highlights stories of ‘good’ in a world where bad news tends to take center stage. Allstate hopes that sharing stories of these inspiring individuals will encourage others to give back and become Champions for Good in their own communities.

“When Allstate launched this program three years ago, our goal was to shine a spotlight on the random acts of kindness and 'pay it forward moments’ that we see every day in communities across the country,” said Georgina Flores, vice president of marketing for Allstate. “Since then, we have been overwhelmed by the positive stories we have uncovered and shared, and the stories of this year’s Champions for Good are no exception.”

To help announce the 2015 Champions for Good, Allstate teamed up with basketball legend and philanthropist, Dominique Wilkins. Wilkins, a nine-time NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Famer, is active in a variety of charities on both a local and national level. Currently serving as the vice president of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins dedicates his free time to making a positive impact in the Atlanta community and beyond.

“Volunteering my time to make an impact on those around me has always been a priority, so when Allstate approached me with the opportunity to help celebrate others for doing the same, I knew I couldn’t pass it up,” said Wilkins. “I hope the stories of this year’s Champions for Good and the positive change they have brought to their communities inspires others to make volunteering part of their lives as well.”

The 2015 Champions for Good award winners will be recognized at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando over Labor Day weekend (September 3-7, 2015), where they will encourage others to spread the good and lead attendees in a special service project benefitting youth in the Orlando community.

The 2015 Allstate Champions for Good are:

Rhonda Wilson - Gainesville, Fla.
A huge supporter of the arts, Rhonda Wilson founded the Star Center Theater in Gainesville over fifteen years ago as a way to provide a safe activity for local youth and exposure to arts education. Although many of the children who attend the theater are from underserved areas of the community, Wilson personally provides scholarships and transportation to ensure that every student is able to participate. Wilson’s ultimate goal is to give youth and their families the opportunity to learn, grow and enjoy the beauty of the arts.

Yvette and Kofi Moyo - Chicago, Ill.
Yvette and Kofi Moyo founded the Real Men Cook event in 1990 as a way to strengthen the universal institution of family and encourage dads to put family first. Over the years, it has become one of the largest family celebrations in the country, occurring annually on Father’s Day. Each year, men give up Father’s Day pampering and roll up their sleeves to cook for their communities to raise money and show their commitment to their families.

Kerri Pruitt - Birmingham, Ala.
Kerri Pruitt and her husband founded The Dannon Project in 1999 after a family member was killed by a person that had been recently released from prison on a non-violent offense. Pruitt believes this young man may have made better choices if he had a strong support system after his release. The Dannon Project was established to help ex-offenders with reentering society.

Allstate urges everyone to make time to volunteer this summer, and asks individuals to share their personal stories, photos and videos of good on social media using #GiveItUpForGood. For more stories of good and volunteer motivation, follow @GiveItUpForGood on Twitter.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” 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 the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

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Contact:

Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations
(847) 402-5600
Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com

Taryn Parker, Taylor
(312) 577-7618
Tparker@taylorstrategy.com



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