PADD® Announces New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group as The 2014 "Walk With PADD®" Premier Sponsor
The Nikki Kellenyi Foundation, PADD® is proud to announce that New Jersey Manufactures Insurance Group (NJM)will be our Premier Sponsor for our first annual "Walk With PADD®" to be held on April 12th at Campbell Field, home of the Camden Riversharks. Significant to the date is the month of April is "Nation Distracted Driving Awareness Month" and more importantly, the second Saturday of every April is Nikki Kellenyi's anniversary of her "death by distraction".
Mike Kellenyi, PADD's president and Nikki's father stated, " We could not be more excited to have New Jerseys strongest automobile insurance company as our premier sponsor for our first annual walk to end distracted driving. Although I'm impressed at the size and strength of NJM, that isn't the reason I'm so excited to have them as our premier sponsor. Unknown to many in New Jersey, NJM has been around for over 100 years, and for better then 100 years they have not only been an automobile insurance company, they have been a friend to it's customers and to many who are not their customer. They have proven every year to care about the people in New Jersey." Recently, NJM announced they had reach their goal of obtaining 50,000 pledges for the company's DNT TXT N DRV (Don't Text and Drive) campaign, an initiative that begun in January 2013 in commemoration of the Company’s 100th anniversary. For every pledge NJM received, they donated $1 to charity. Not just one charity, but five charities, $10,000 to Autism New Jersey; $10,000 to The Community Food Bank of New Jersey; $10,000 to Make-A-Wish of New Jersey; $!0,000 to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Jersey Metro Chapter; and $10,000 to The Special Olympics New Jersey.
PADD® first met NJM at the 2013 "Champion Schools" awards dinner. On June 7 2013, students from 55 high schools throughout New Jersey put their teen safe driving campaigns on display at the 3rd Annual ‘U Got Brains Champion Schools Program’ Showcase & Awards Luncheon at iPlay America. This event, held by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) which was sponsored by the NJ Division of Traffic Safety, New Jersey Manufactures Insurance Company and The Allstate Foundation. PADD® was honored to have our co-founder, Lindsey Giannini, Miss Columbus Day NJ as the Mistress of Ceremonies. We were already impressed by NJM as they were the Premier Sponsor for the BIANJ's "U Got Brains Champion of Schools Program" and the top two winning high schools (Colombia HS and Lenape Regional HS) HS were getting a distracted driving simulator for their school. Then, the BIANJ President and CEO Barbara Geiger-Parker announced that, in addition to the simulators, the winners would also receive a cash grant of $10,000 to be put toward an "After Prom" party, as well as a school presentation funded by NJM about the dangers of distracted driving. The next speaker to be announced by Lindsey was NJM President and CEO Bernie Flynn. Bernie revealed that not only would the grand prize winners receive driving simulators, but so would the 53 other participating schools in honor of the Company's 100th anniversary. New Jersey Manufactures Insurance Company awarded the students over $700,000 worth of simulators, which will not only award and impact the students involved, but will teach students for years to come about the dangers of distracted driving.
We are proud to have New Jersey Manufactures Insurance Group as our Premier Sponsor for our first annual "Walk With PADD®." NJM's dedication to bring awareness to number one cause of death and disability in teens – motor vehicle crashes and the desire to educate all of us in New Jersey to the dangers of distracted driving leaves no doubt in our mind that New Jersey Manufactures Insurance Group is the right partner in our mission to end distracted driving.
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