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Spencer Foundation to benefit from RIMS golf, hockey events


PHILADELPHIA—Attendees at the 2012 Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. Conference & Exhibition once again will hit the links and rinks to raise money to support students of risk management.

As in past years, the Spencer/Gallagher Golf Tournament and the NAPCO Spencer Cup hockey tournament will function as the “unofficial kickoff” for the conference.

Both events benefit the Spencer Educational Foundation Inc., a RIMS-affiliated charitable organization that awards scholarships and educational grants to students pursuing an education in risk management and related fields.

Adam Bergen, assistant vp at NAPCO L.L.C in Iselin, N.J., has organized the event for the past three years and expects this year's event, which plays off the “Hockey Night in Canada” theme, to draw more spectators than ever.

“We'll have games on two rinks going at once, but during the finals game, the other rink will be open for public skating,” said Mr. Bergen.

In addition to the action on the rinks, there will be a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, a raffle, and a “Chuck a Puck” contest.

“Our fundraising goal for this year is between $12,000 to $15,000,” said Mr. Bergen. “We've already raised $7,500,” he said last month. Last year, the NAPCO Spencer Cup raised more than $10,000 for the Spencer Educational Foundation.

“Since it's a free event, the overwhelming support comes from the players,” said Mr. Bergen. “Instead of charging a $20 admission at the door, we'd rather everyone take advantage of the public skating or the silent auction.”

Spectators can reserve their spots at the event by registering at For more information, contact Adam Bergen at 732-603-5612 or

This year's Spencer/Gallagher Golf Tournament, sponsored by brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., will be held the morning of April 15 at the Ace Club, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Lafayette Hill, Pa.

Last year's event in Vancouver, British Columbia, counted 64 players and 19 sponsoring firms, and raised more than $32,000 for the Spencer Foundation.

This year's event had received registrations from 105 players and 18 sponsoring firms at press time, said Lauren Cavanaugh, an account manager at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc. in Baton Rouge, La., and an organizer for the event.

“I think we're seeing an increase (in registrations) as the economy gets a little better,” said Ms. Cavanaugh. “It's very exciting.”

Transportation will be provided to the Ace Club, a 30-minute ride from downtown Philadelphia, Ms. Cavanaugh said. A shuttle will leave the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, she said.

A shotgun start will begin the tournament at 8 a.m. after a 7:15 a.m. continental breakfast.

After the tournament, prizes will be awarded for top finishers.

Registration for individual players has closed, but corporate tee sponsorships are available until April 4.

For more information on the golf tournament, visit the event website at, or contact Ms. Cavanaugh at 225-906-0143 or

The events will present their proceeds to the Spencer Educational Foundation during Spencer's annual board meeting, held during RIMS.