Chattanooga-based Unum celebrates 175th anniversary with $175,000 donation to Austin Hatcher Foundation

Contributed photography / Unum officials present a $175,000 donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
Contributed photography / Unum officials present a $175,000 donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.

In honor of Unum's 175th anniversary, the Chattanooga-based insurance company donated a generous $175,000 grant to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer as part of their Unum 175 Caring Spirit Initiative last week.

Unum's journey began 175 years ago in Maine. Since then, the company relocated its headquarters to the vibrant city of Chattanooga after undergoing a series of acquisitions between 1993 and 1999. Unum now services 45 million people in the United States, United Kingdom and Poland. Its comprehensive portfolio includes disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision insurance, offering essential security to their customers.

"We are really excited to support the Austin Hatcher Foundation," says Rick McKenney, Unum CEO. "The great mission that they have aligns very much with what we do as a company: taking care of people at a time of need."

While much of Unum's success comes from its multinational presence, it also plays a significant role in the Chattanooga community. With a workforce of around 3,000 in Chattanooga and 11,000 globally, Unum is an integral part of the local community's growth and prosperity.

"We thank the Austin Hatcher Foundation for their lasting impact in Chattanooga and on families affected by childhood cancer," says McKenney. "This commemorative gift is just one of many ways Unum Group is teaming up with our employees to celebrate our 175-year history and creating stronger communities."

Since it was founded in 2006, the Austin Hatcher Foundation has provided over $24 million in valued therapeutic services to families facing childhood cancer. Families are provided with occupational therapy, behavioral health therapy, art and music therapy, as well as educational support and family programs - completely free and all made possible through donations.

"We are honored to be chosen as one of Unum Group's 175th commemorative gift recipients and are thankful for their unwavering dedication to the community and support of our work," said Amy Jo Osborn, president & CEO, The Austin Hatcher Foundation. "We are thrilled that Unum's grant will allow us to continue to provide children and families with psychosocial care, at no cost to families, in an effort to help address these impacts and help them thrive in the future."

According to the company, Unum has extended support to several more non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine, reaching a total of $700,000 in donations for their 175th anniversary.

"On behalf of the Austin Hatcher Foundation, we are extremely grateful for this gift to celebrate and commemorate 175 years of Unum with $175,000," Osborn said during the check presentation. "This is instrumental in us being able to provide the essential need for families faced with a child with cancer and their entire family."

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