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Pekin Insurance Announces Partnership With PGA Pro D.A. Points

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in News

An already great year got even better for D.A. Points on Wednesday when the professional golfer entered into an agreement with hometown company Pekin Insurance to become his primary sponsor.

Just hours before he appeared on the Golf Channel program “The Grey Goose 19th Hole,” Points reached an agreement to represent Pekin Insurance on the PGA Tour.

“It’s definitely icing on the cake,” said Points, the Pekin native who won his first PGA Tour event this year and currently has more than $2 million in earnings. “Hopefully it’s a sign of great things to come.

“I’ve always been looking for a way to give back to the Pekin community, and partnering with Pekin Insurance will allow me to do so much better than I could have on my own.”

Points will wear the Pekin Insurance logo on the left chest of his golf shirts, replacing the logo for American Blood Centers he has worn the past two years. The two-year agreement, worth an undisclosed amount, will also include appearances at various meet-and-greets with Pekin Insurance clients.

Points also said there are plans to develop some kind of charity component to the agreement. Points said the deal came together thanks to his agent, Brad Buffoni. The Milwaukee-based agent has been successful in setting up insurance company endorsements for his other high-profile clients, Iowa’s Zach Johnson and Wisconsin native Mark Wilson.

“This is obviously a unique opportunity for us,” said Joel Jackson, vice president of marketing for Pekin Insurance. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we’re excited to take advantage of.”

Jackson added that the charity component of Points’ involvement would likely take the form of some sort of “Birdies for Charity” fund, although no specific details had been worked out.

Points also has sponsorship agreements with TaylorMade, Titleist/FootJoy, Westin Orlando, and Marquis Jet.

In 24 starts this year, Points, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, has made 17 cuts and earned $2,025,076.

TRAVEL PLANS: The remainder of the 2011 tournament schedule for D.A. Points will include the McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Ga. (Oct. 13-16), the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney World (Oct. 20-23), the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia (Oct. 27-30) and the HSBC World Golf Championship in Shanghai, China (Nov. 3-6). The events in Malaysia and China will be the first time Points will compete in Asia.

Article courtesy of the Peoria Journal Star.

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Pekin Insurance Employees Participate in 30th Annual St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 in News

The St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run has come to be one of the foremost charity running events in the nation. Each year, runners participate in this unique, 465-mile event that has raised over $11 million for St. Jude kids.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. Pekin Insurance has been an avid sponsor of this mission for many years.

This year’s run is the 30th anniversary. In addition to being a sponsor of the run, there are four Pekin Insurance employees running in the event. Chris Smith, Underwriting Administration,, and Terry Wade, Claims, will be participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run, while Christina Calvert, Commercial Lines Underwriting, and Eric Higgs, Personal Lines Underwriting, will run in the Pekin to Peoria event. Terry Wade celebrates his 25th year on the Memphis to Peoria Run this year.

Having run in 20 previous St. Jude runs, Chris Smith is also the St. Jude Runners Association Treasurer and was named Volunteer of the Year by St. Jude for the countless hours that he dedicates to the worthwhile organization.

The run will actually culminate in Peoria at the Civic Center where the St. Jude Telethon is kicked off. If you wish to donate to this very worthy organization, please contact one of our Pekin Insurance employees participating in the event or you can visit You can also watch the annual telethon on WEEK TV-25 on August 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and during these times you can call in to make a donation

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Pekin Insurance Launches New Website

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in News

Pekin Insurance is excited to release our brand new website to the public. The site was designed to offer easier navigation, search engine optimization, and a new, more contemporary design. Vice President – Marketing Joel Jackson remarked, “We are striving to make our website search engine-friendly from the bottom up in order that we might make it easier for consumers to find our site. Making every effort to educate the public about our company and our innovative products that go Beyond the expected® for their needs, it is essential that consumers find answers to their insurance questions and other valuable and helpful information about insurance from our website.”

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Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in News

The Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (750 ILCS 75/1) became effective in the State of Illinois on June 1, 2011. The Act creates a legal relationship between two persons of the same or opposite sex who form a civil union. The Act provides that the parties to a civil union are entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits that are afforded or recognized by the laws of Illinois to spouses. The law further provides that a party to a civil union shall be included in any definition or use of the terms “spouse,” “family,” “immediate family,” “dependent,” “next of kin,” and other terms descriptive of spousal relationships as those terms are used throughout Illinois law. This includes the terms “marriage” or “married,” or variations thereon. If policies of insurance provide coverage for children, the children of civil unions must also be provided coverage. The Act also requires recognition of civil unions or same sex civil unions or marriages legally entered into in other jurisdictions.

The terms and requirements of the Act are incorporated into existing Illinois law, including the Illinois Insurance Code. Therefore, beginning June 1, 2011, and thereafter, all contracts of insurance issued by Illinois-licensed insurers on Illinois risks, or renewal contracts issued on Illinois risks, or contracts in force on that date, will comply with the Act.

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Pekin Life Insurance Company Holds 46th Annual Meeting

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in News

Pekin Life Insurance Company held its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at their Home Office in Pekin, Illinois.

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Pekin Insurance Is on Facebook

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in News

Pekin Insurance has launched a Facebook page to encourage conversations with policyholders and consumers on insurance-related topics and to also act as another avenue for announcing important notifications about the company. You can visit the Facebook page at

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