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New Jersey Elementary School Staff Celebrates $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® From California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, February 19, 2015 … "We love our beautiful new lounge; thank you!" That was the reaction from Apshawa Elementary School Principal Stephanie Primavera during the recent unveiling of their $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. Read more...

First Responders Secure Tactical Range Kits from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, January 21, 2015 … Five first responders received an ideal gift to start the New Year from California Casualty. Each won an Ultimate 5.11 Tactical Range Kit with invaluable tools that can be used both on and off the job. Read more...

Las Vegas Teacher Hits the Jackpot with $2,500 Academic Award from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, January 20, 2015 … "I am in a state of shock and euphoria," said Karen Hipsher after the surprise announcement that she won a $2,500 Academic Award from California Casualty. Karen has taught in the Clark County School District since 2006 and is currently a third grade social studies and science instructor at C.C. Ronnow Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where 90 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Read more...

The Clock is Winding Down to Score a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant

San Mateo, CA, December 29, 2014 … Just like catching a last second touchdown or hitting a three pointer at the buzzer, time is running short to score a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant for your public high school. Hurry, applications are due by January 15, 2015 for this current school year. Read more...

California Casualty Celebrates California Nurse Practitioners

San Mateo, CA, December 19, 2014 … California Casualty celebrated the important work of California nurse practitioners throughout the entire month of November, with a chance to win free membership to the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP). Read more...

Connecticut Nurse Enjoys a Healing Weekend From California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, December 17, 2014 … "It's nice when our hard work gets noticed," said RN Tracie Crisafulli as she began her stay at the Hotel Hershey and World Famous Chocolate Spa® in Hershey, Pennsylvania this past weekend. Tracie is the most recent winner of California Casualty's "Give A Nurse A Break" contest. Read more...

California Casualty is Presenting Sponsor of California Program Honoring Educators That Make a Difference

San Mateo, CA, December 17, 2014 … Most of us have a memory of a teacher or school program that sparked an interest to achieve. The California Department of Education's School Recognition Program harnesses the passion of caring educators, support staff and schools; honoring their efforts to provide every student with the opportunity to succeed. Read more...

New Jersey School Secretary Answers the Call for California Casualty's $7,500 School Lounge Makeover Contest

San Mateo, CA, December 15, 2014 … Colleen Leslie took a break from answering phones and typing correspondence at Apshawa Elementary School to attend a staff meeting last week. That's where she got the exciting news that she had won the latest $7,500 School Lounge Makeover from California Casualty. Read more...

California Casualty's $10,000 Firehouse Makeover Gives New Vitality to Northwood, IA

San Mateo, CA, November 21, 2014 … The entire Northwood, Iowa community is benefitting from the latest California Casualty $10,000 Firehouse Makeover, won by volunteer firefighter Ryan Severson in October. Read more...

California Casualty "Revs Up" the "Work Hard/Play Hard" Contest

San Mateo, CA, October 27, 2014 … The winner of California Casualty's next "Work Hard/Play Hard" contest will have their choice of a 2015 special edition peace officer or firefighter/EMT Harley-Davidson® FLHP Road King or $25,000. It's California Casualty's biggest prize yet! Read more...

California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award Will Go a Long Way for CA Educator

San Mateo, CA, October 22, 2014 … Elizabeth Thompson will have plenty of resources to help her students for the next couple of years. The primary special day class teacher at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Oakdale, California is the latest winner of California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award. Read more...

California Casualty Gives Iowa Fire Department a $10,000 Firehouse Makeover

San Mateo, CA, October 20, 2014 … Volunteer firefighter Ryan Severson will be adding a $10,000 Firehouse Makeover to his legacy with the Northwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (NVFC) in Northwood, Iowa. Ryan, a 15 year veteran of the fire company, won the final California Casualty $10,000 Firehouse Makeover contest. Read more...

Give Your Public High School a Sporting Chance: Apply For a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant

San Mateo, CA, October 8, 2014 … As the school-year gets rolling, many districts are faced with the challenge to balance the many financial needs of their student-based programs. If your public high school's athletics program is in need of funding, apply for a 2015 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. Read more...

California EMT Wins $10,000 from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, September 25, 2014 … EMT Joe Peters was nearly in tears as he was announced the latest winner of the California Casualty Work Hard/Play Hard contest. Joe took the $10,000 cash option instead of a new Harley-Davidson® Seventy-two. Joe's name was picked from more than 14,000 entries from across the country. Read more...

Deadline Looms for California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award

San Mateo, CA, September 8, 2014 … School has just begun across America bringing excitement to the classroom, new projects and unfortunately, many educators with an empty wallet. California Casualty is ready to help with the $2,500 Academic Award; the deadline to enter is September 19. Read more...

Take Aim with a Tactical Range Kit from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, August 25, 2014 … First responders could win an impressive Ultimate 5.11 Tactical Kit from California Casualty. Entries are being taken starting September 1. Five lucky winners will receive a prize valued at over $500. Read more...

Connecticut Nurse Wins a Sweet Prize from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, August 20, 2014 … If chocolate is good for the brain and the disposition then RN Tracie Crisafulli will soon be very happy and healthy. Tracie is the latest winner of California Casualty's "Give A Nurse A Break" contest. She and three of her coworkers will be enjoying an all-expense paid trip, valued at $5,500, to luxuriate at the world-famous Chocolate Spa® at The Hotel Hershey® in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Read more...

Enter Now for a $7500 California Casualty School Lounge Makeover®

San Mateo, CA, August 17, 2014 … October 3 is the entry deadline for the next California Casualty $7,500 School Lounge Makeover®. Read more...

Deadline Extended for the Final $10,000 Firehouse Makeover from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, July 10, 2014 … Due to the extraordinarily busy fire and disaster season, California Casualty is giving firefighters more time to enter the final $10,000 Firehouse Makeover. The deadline has been extended from July 14 to September 1, 2014. Read more...

Announcing the 2015 California Casualty Awardees for Teaching Excellence

The NEA Foundation recently announced the 39 recipients of the 2015 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence, one of public education's most prestigious awards. The awardees are highly accomplished professionals: 13 percent are certified by the National Board for Professional Standards and 75 percent hold masters degrees. Read more...

California Casualty is Proud to Partner with the USS Hornet as the Title Sponsor of Splashdown

San Mateo, CA, June 13, 2014 … California Casualty is the title sponsor for Splashdown 45, a celebration on July 26 commemorating the historic 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Read more...

Deadline Nears for the Next $10,000 Firehouse Makeover from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, June 10, 2014 … The deadline to let California Casualty make your fire station more functional and pleasant is July 14. Whether it needs paint, new lighting or new furniture, enter today for a California Casualty $10,000 Firehouse Makeover. The next lucky winner will be announced in August. Read more...

$7,500 School Lounge Makeover® From California Casualty Unveiled at Anaheim, CA School

San Mateo, California, June 05, 2014 … The staff lounge at Gilbert High School in Anaheim, California is now bigger, brighter and more inviting, thanks to the latest $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. Read more...

Ohio Educator Wins Latest California Casualty Academic Award

San Mateo, CA, May 14, 2014 … Kindergarten teacher Holly Thomas has been awarded the latest California Casualty $2,500 Academic Award. She was randomly selected from 20,000 entrants. Read more...

California Casualty Hits a Homerun With First Responders

Colorado Springs, CO, May 5, 2014 … California Casualty sponsored the inaugural First Responders Night with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Triple-A baseball team, April 24. Hundreds of first responders and their families were treated to a night of baseball with the Colorado Rockies minor league affiliate. Read more...

Internet Explorer Warning

Microsoft has just announced a new security patch for a recent computer vulnerability. For over a week, both Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had warned people not to use the Internet Explorer browser until Microsoft successfully patched the security breech. Read more...

California Teacher Wins $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® From California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, April 23, 2014 … The staff lounge at Gilbert High School in Anaheim, California will soon be transformed by a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. Read more...

The Heartbleed Bug, California Casualty and You

There is some good news among the bad news associated with the Heartbleed bug affecting internet users — California Casualty customers were not affected. Read more...

California Casualty Congratulates 2014 National Teachers Hall of Fame Inductees

San Mateo, CA, April 1, 2014 … California Casualty, a Gold Level sponsor of the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF), congratulates the 2014 inductees: Gary Koppelman, 40 year science instructor, Blissfield, Michigan; Marguerite Izzo, 26 year teacher of social studies and English Language Arts, Malverne, New York; Jan Alderson, 45 year science teacher, Overland Park, Kansas; Cindy Couchman, 23 year mathematics teacher, Buhler, Kansas and Dr. Rebecca Palacios, 34 years early child education, Corpus Christi, Texas. Read more...

$101,000 in Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants Given by California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, April 1, 2014 … Seventy nine high schools from 31 states will share $101,000 in athletics grants from California Casualty. Read more...

Oregon Attorney Elected Officer on California Casualty Board

San Mateo, CA, March 5, 2014 … Lynne Siegel, principal of Strategies for Philanthropy, has been elected Vice Chair of California Casualty Indemnity Exchange. Siegel will also serve as Board Chair of the company's four subsidiaries. Read more...

California Casualty Looking for the Next "Work Hard/Play Hard" Winner

San Mateo, CA, March 3, 2014 … Entries are now being taken for California Casualty's next "Work Hard/Play Hard" contest. A lucky winner will receive a new Harley-Davidson® Seventy-two motorcycle, or $10,000. Read more...

California Casualty Lowers Rates in California

San Mateo, California, February 27, 2014 … California Casualty will be lowering insurance rates for California homeowners and renters, April 1, 2014. Many will see an average savings of 17%. Read more...

Entries Being Taken for California Casualty's "Give A Nurse A Break" Spa Getaway

San Mateo, CA, February 06, 2014 … A fabulous spa vacation awaits the next winner of California Casualty's "Give A Nurse A Break" contest. Entries are being taken now at www.GiveaNurseaBreak.com. The next winner of a scrumptious all-expenses paid getaway to the world-famous Chocolate Spa® at The Hotel Hershey® in Hershey, PA, will be announced in July. Read more...

California Casualty Searching for the Next $2,500 Academic Award Winner

San Mateo, CA, January 23, 2014 … You could be the next recipient of California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award. Just complete the easy online entry form at www.CalCasacAdemicAward.com. Read more...

$14,000 Awarded in National "Create Real Impact" Teen Safe Driving Campaign

San Mateo, CA, January 22, 2014 … Distracted driving is the number one killer of young drivers. Rather than sit idly by, California Casualty partnered with the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and the California Teachers Association to establish Impact Teen Drivers and support its annual Create Real Impact contest. Read more...

California Casualty Celebrates 100 Years in 2014

San Mateo, California, January 15, 2014 … "An event like this doesn't happen without a tremendous amount of work!" remarked California Casualty CEO Beau Brown as the company observed a "once in a lifetime" occasion, crossing the threshold into its second century of business, January 1, 2014. Read more...

Deadline Looms for California Casualty's Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant

San Mateo, CA, January 2, 2014 … Time is running out to win up to $3,000 for your high school's athletics program. The deadline to apply for a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant is January 15, 2014. Read more...

California Casualty's $7500 School Lounge Makeover® Unveiled for Plainville, CT Educators

Plainville, CT, December 23, 2013 … The New Year will bring a brighter, more comfortable work area for the English Department at Plainville High School, in Plainville, Connecticut, after a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. Read more...

Munhall Volunteer Fire Company Receives California Casualty's $10,000 Firehouse Makeover

Munhall, PA, December 18, 2013 … Santa came a week early for the Munhall Volunteer Fire Company #1, winners of the latest $10,000 Firehouse Makeover contest from California Casualty. The crew was greeted with new sleeping quarters, appliances and a more "homey" feel at the unveiling Dec. 17. Read more...

Who Will Be California Casualty's American Hero of the Year and Win $10,000?

San Mateo, CA, December 19, 2013 … California Casualty is inviting the public to vote for America's Hero of 2013. People across the nation are invited to read the stories of eight American heroes posted at www.calcas.com/nominate-a-hero-contest and vote for their favorite. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 grand prize. Read more...

California Casualty Celebrates 100 Years

San Mateo, California, December 12, 2013 … It's a goal very few family owned companies can boast – 100 years of doing business. California Casualty celebrates the milestone January 1, 2014. California Casualty was founded in 1914 by Carl G. Brown who conceived of a novel form of worker's compensation insurance. Read more...

Winner Announced for California Casualty's "Give A Nurse A Break" Spa Getaway

San Mateo, CA, December 2, 2013 … Evan Henegar, from Birmingham, Alabama, will be embarking on a scrumptious getaway to the world-famous Chocolate Spa® at The Hotel Hershey® in Hershey, PA. Henegar is the winner of the all-expenses paid grand prize trip for four from California Casualty's "Give A Nurse A Break" contest. Read more...

CT High School Teacher wins California Casualty's $7,500 School Lounge Makeover Contest

Plainville, CT, November 20, 2013 … "This is a very stressful time in education as we adapt to new 'Common Core Standards'", said Debbie Seibert, English teacher at Plainville High School, in Plainville, CT. "This school lounge makeover will give us a much better place to de-stress, seek respite and bond together at our break-time." Read more...

Munhall Volunteer Firefighter Wins $10,000 Firehouse Makeover

Munhall, Pennsylvania, November 8, 2013 … The 100-plus- year old Munhall Volunteer Fire Company #1 firehouse will be getting more room to house firefighters soon. Volunteer firefighter Greg Kretz was the winning entry in California Casualty's "Firehouse Makeover Contest." Read more...

$100,000 Available for High School Athletics Through California Casualty's Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Program

San Mateo, CA, September 16, 2013 … California Casualty's Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program will receive requests for grants from its $100,000 pool of funding September 15, 2013 through January 15, 2014. Read more...

California Casualty Auto and Home Insurance Expands Identity Theft Protection Services for Policyholders

San Mateo, CA, August 16, 2013 … California Casualty launches an enhancement to its identity theft protection services to include assistance with digital threats, such as e-mail and social media compromise, as well as data breach victim assistance. Read more...

Atwater, CA High School Teacher Wins $2,500 California Casualty Academic Award

San Mateo, CA, August 21, 2013California Casualty has presented a $2,500 Academic Award to high school teacher, Elaine Tam, for her class at Atwater High School in Atwater, CA. Tam's name was randomly selected from a pool of more than 15,000 entries from around the nation. Read more...

Deserving Nurse Wins California Casualty's "Give A Nurse A Break" Trip To Hershey Chocolate Spa®

San Mateo, CA, August 8, 2013 … California Casualty announces Lisa Gordon, LPN as the winner of the "Give A Nurse A Break" all-expenses-paid getaway to The Hotel Hershey® in Hershey, PA. The grand prize trip for four includes a day of pampering at the world-famous Chocolate Spa®. Read more...

Volunteer Firefighter in Sidney, NE wins California Casualty's "Work Hard, Play Hard" Contest Valued at $10,000

San Mateo, CA, August 8, 2013 … The winner of California Casualty's latest "Work Hard Play Hard" contest is Tom Vail, Volunteer Firefighter of the Sidney Fire Department, NE. Given the option of a bass boat or $10,000, Vail chose the $10,000 and was presented the check August 1st. Read more...

California Casualty Website Builds Momentum for 100th

San Mateo, California, June 21, 2013 . . . Halfway into its 100th year of business, California Casualty has launched a website commemorating the company's rich history, customer-focused culture and four generations of Brown family leadership: www.calcas100.com. Read more...

Educators Rejoice as California Casualty Unveils the $7,500 School Lounge Makeover at Sunnydale Elementary in Lancaster, CA

San Mateo, California, May 22, 2013 . . . The lounge at Sunnydale Elementary in Lancaster, CA was so unattractive and dysfunctional, many staff members never used it. That's all changed thanks to a California Casualty "School Lounge Makeover" completed this month. Read more...

California Casualty Awards $101,500 in Athletics Grants to Public High Schools in 38 States

San Mateo, CA, April 12, 2013 . . . California Casualty announced it has awarded $101,500 in grants to 85 public high schools in 38 states. This is the third year the company is helping ensure youth can participate in athletics programs, which are often first on the chopping block of education budgets. Read more...

Sycamore, OH Kindergarten Teacher Wins $2,500 California Casualty Academic Award

San Mateo, CA, April 12, 2013 . . . California Casualty has presented a $2,500 Academic Award to kindergarten teacher Heidi Fortney for her class at Mohawk Elementary School in Sycamore, Ohio. Read more...

Firefighters Encouraged to Enter $10,000 Firehouse Makeover Contest from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, March 27, 2013 . . . California Casualty announced today that entries are now being accepted for its second annual Firehouse Makeover contest. Read more...

Sunnydale Elementary School Wins School Lounge Makeover from California Casualty

San Mateo, California, March 22, 2013…The newest winner of a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover contest sponsored by California Casualty is Sunnydale Elementary School in Lancaster, California. Read more...

"Work Hard, Play Hard" Contest Gives One Lucky Firefighter, Peace Officer, or EMT the Opportunity to "Reel in the Perfect Catch"

San Mateo, CA, February 12, 2013 … California Casualty's "Work Hard, Play Hard" contests honor and reward every day heroes– this time with a bass boat or $10,000 equivalent cash option. Read more...

Thomson, GA Firefighters Enjoy Results of $15,000 Station Makeover from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, February 8, 2013 … The crew at the Thomson, GA firehouse feel pretty lucky to have won the firehouse makeover. Read more...

California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award Program Extended

San Mateo, CA, January 30, 2013 … The deadline for California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award program to help educators cover the costs of classroom materials and supplies has been extended to February 28, 2013. Read more...

Time Running Out to Enter Nationwide School Lounge Makeover Sweepstakes

San Mateo, CA, January 11, 2013 … The deadline to enter the nationwide "Win a School Lounge Makeover" Sweepstakes from California Casualty is January 31, 2013. Read more...

Time Running Out to Apply for California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants

San Mateo, CA, January 2, 2013 … The application deadline for the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program is almost here. Grant seekers have until January 15, 2013 to file their application Read more...

Georgia Heroes at Thomson Fire Department Win Grand Prize in National "Firehouse Makeover" Giveaway

Thomson, GA, December 21, 2012 - Hard-working hometown heroes of Thomson, Georgia will get a firehouse makeover provided by California Casualty insurance.  Once complete, community will celebrate with guests from California Casualty and television's "Maytag Repairman".  Read more...

Helping Teachers Help Their Classrooms: Win $2,500 for Your Classroom with an Academic Award from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, October 25, 2012 … As more and more educators reach into their own pockets to provide supplies for their classrooms, California Casualty announces a new Academic Award program to help educators help their students. This $2,500 Academic Award will go to one K-12 public school teacher per year. Read more...

Warner Middle School, Westminster, CA Wins California Casualty's School Lounge Makeover

San Mateo, CA, October 11, 2012 … The newest winner of a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover contest sponsored by California Casualty is Warner Middle School in Westminster, CA. Read more...

Deserving Nurse Wins Trip to Hershey "Chocolate Spa"

San Mateo, CA, October 1, 2012 … California Casualty announced that Joyce DeZutti, a nurse with Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL was the winner of the all-expenses-paid  getaway for four nurses to The Hotel Hershey, where they will be pampered with a day at the world-famous "Chocolate Spa". Read more...

Honoring Heroic Nurses, Firefighters, Educators, and Peace Officers

San Mateo, CA, September 26, 2012 … California Casualty is launching a new Internet campaign to recognize and thank American Heroes. The "Nominate a Hero" program asks community members to share how nurses, firefighters, educators, and peace officers have made a difference in their lives and communities. Read more...

Ohio Teachers Win Completely Renovated Teachers Lounge for the New School Year

San Mateo, CA, August 28, 2012 … With back-to-school season in full gear, one local high school is starting the year off right by welcoming its teachers back to a new and improved faculty lounge. Read more...

High School Athletic Programs Compete for California Casualty Grants

San Mateo, CA, August 15, 2012 … California Casualty announced today the dates of the application period for its Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program for public high schools. Applications will be accepted between September 15, 2012 and January 15, 2013. Read more...

Thirty-eight Educators to Receive National Recognition With the California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence

Washington, DC, July 25, 2012 … The NEA Foundation today announced the names of the 38 public school educators who will receive the California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence. Read more...

Fifty-nine High Schools Across Nation Receive Grants from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, April 5, 2012 … California Casualty announced today it has awarded 59 grants totaling $75,000 to assist public high school athletic programs nationwide. Read more...

Pennsylvania Firefighter Wins Harley Davidson 48 from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, March 28, 2012 … When he received the phone call, Pennsylvania firefighter Robert LaMantia was over the moon. He could hardly contain himself – he'd never won anything in his life. Read more...

Application Deadline Extended to February 15, 2012 for California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants

San Mateo, CA, January 15, 2012 … California Casualty announced it is extending the application deadline for a grant program providing relief to athletics programs struggling financially in public high schools. Those seeking assistance now have until February 15, 2012 to request a Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. Read more...

Historic Firefighting Steamer Engine Education Program Receives $10,000 from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, December 21, 2011 … In an ongoing effort to support American communities, California Casualty has donated $10,000 to the California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) Steamer Team educational program. This program employs a fully restored 1902 Steamer Engine drawn by three Belgian draft horses. Read more...

Quartz Hill Elementary School wins California Casualty's $7,500 School Lounge Makeover

San Mateo, California, November 22, 2011… When teachers gather first thing in the morning in their school lounge at Quartz Hill Elementary, they aren't much inspired by the fading color scheme and tired furnishings. But that's going to change soon because the school just won a $7500 makeover of the lounge from California Casualty. Read more...

High School Athletic Programs get Vital Assist from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, November 14, 2011 … California Casualty announced today it is expanding its one-year-old Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. During the 2010-11 school year, the program awarded $25,000 to ten high schools in Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon. This year, $75,000 is available in grants to public high schools across the nation. Read more...

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