Bolton Foundation Announces Second Annual “Granting Holiday Wishes”

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Bolton Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pasadena-based insurance
broker Bolton & Company, is partnering once again with A Noise Within
for the return of “Granting Holiday Wishes,” a special event hosted for
local children in need.

Now in its second year, “Granting Holiday Wishes” invites approximately
250 guests to a luncheon and matinee performance of Charles Dickens’ “A
Christmas Carol.” The event takes place at A Noise Within, a performing
arts theater in Pasadena that puts on the production, and concludes with
a toy giveaway and surprise visit from Santa Claus for the children in
attendance.

The Bolton Foundation has selected five nonprofits to participate in
this year’s event. Lincoln Training Center, Boy’s Republic, Danny’s
Farm, Hopeful Hearts Foundation and Ronald McDonald House of Los Angeles
will each invite selected guests to attend. These organizations will
also receive a grant from the Bolton Foundation in support of their
operations.

Bolton Chief Operating Officer and Foundation Chairman Mike Morey said
the annual event encapsulates what the Bolton Foundation represents at
its core.

“This is about family, community and that warm feeling we all get when
we see someone’s face light up,” said Morey. “’Granting Holiday Wishes’
serves as a moment of relief for those who deal with a lot of hardship
throughout the year. It’s also about supporting those organizations that
support the community, and we’re very fortunate to work with A Noise
Within to make this magical event a reality.”

The event’s debut last year drew approximately 250 guests representing
Bienvenidos, Hillsides, Foothill Family Service, LA Inner City Arts and
Five Acres. Each nonprofit organization received a grant from the Bolton
Foundation.

“Granting Holiday Wishes” is facilitated by the Bolton Foundation and
volunteers from Bolton & Company’s staff, family and friends. Throughout
the month of November, Bolton runs an internal drive to collect toys for
the event. Last year, the event provided close to 150 toys to children
during the giveaway.

Recipient organizations are selected based on their close alignment with
grant funding priority areas as defined by the Bolton Foundation,
including education, youth services, community development and
multiculturalism. Those chosen must be a 501c(3) organization with valid
tax ID, located within California and use the grant as either seed money
for startup programs or funding for existing programs.

Funding for these grants is provided through the year-round fundraising
efforts of the Bolton Foundation and its partners.

The Bolton Foundation was established to formalize Bolton & Company’s
commitment to making a difference in the community. To date, Bolton
supports more than 200 nonprofit organizations, and strives to make a
positive impact on the lives of children and families in California.

About The Bolton Foundation: Launched in January 2014, the Bolton
Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization operating as a component
fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is
to empower those who serve others by providing grants to local nonprofit
organizations that address community development, education, youth
services and multiculturalism within our local communities. For
additional information, please visit www.boltoncofoundation.org
or contact Kim Sidders at ksidders@boltonco.com
or 626-535-1976.

About Bolton & Company: Established in 1931, Bolton & Company
is one of the nation’s largest employee-owned insurance broker agencies
providing clients worldwide with insurance and risk management services,
employee benefits and financial products. As a partner of Assurex
Global, Bolton employs over 160 insurance professionals and places over
$300 million in annual premiums on behalf of their clients. Learn more
by visiting www.boltonco.com.

Contacts

The Bolton Foundation
Greg Toumassian, 626-535-1462
gtoumassian@boltonco.com