Branchville, NJ - Sept. 13, 2001 - Selective Insurance Group, Inc., (Nasdaq:SIGI) and its employees today announced a donation of $100,000 to directly support the victims of Tuesday's national tragedy. Recipients will include the families of the police officers, firefighters and emergency workers who were killed and injured in the rescue effort, as well as the American Red Cross.
"Like all Americans, our employees, many with family and friends working in the impacted areas, were simply horrified by the actions of terrorists against our country," said Gregory E. Murphy, chairman, president and CEO of Selective Insurance Group, Inc. "As part of the contribution, our employees have opted to cancel their "Employee Appreciation Day," and instead dedicate those dollars to help the victims of this tragedy."
Murphy added, "We are fortunate that our insurance operation has limited exposure in the New York City area, with very few claims expected. We hope our support to these charitable organizations will, in some small way, help our country rebuild."
"Our employees are also holding a Red Cross blood drive Friday at the corporate office, and at company regional offices in coordination with local donation efforts. We are providing full support to employees who volunteer as firefighters, nurses and other emergency workers, who are being called to emergency duty for the rescue effort."
"At times like these, you recognize what's truly important," Murphy said. "We know our country will benefit from continuing to operate our business as normally as possible, and we are indeed thankful that we were so minimally impacted by this event. At the same time, we must do everything possible to support our employees and those in need."