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GMI Insurance Teams Up With Chester County Food Bank

By GMI Staff, Submission to PR&I

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The entire staff of GMI Insurance, and subdivision Norman Specialty Insurance, took a day to give back to the community of Phoenixville on September 26.
Thirty employees from GMI/Norman, 99 Starr Phoenixville, spent ‘GMI Cares Day ‘partnering with the Chester County Food Bank to build a community garden in Phoenixville, supervised by CCFB representative Bill Shick. We were very grateful when one of the residents (David Zugary) from the newly built Fairview Village Apartments joined in and help, each garden will be assigned to a family.
GMI Insurance Partners Mark, Karen, Michael and Carter Trudel said that instead of just contributing money, they wanted to do something that was hands-on to benefit the community. The lead organizers of the day were Karen Trudel and Lynise Walton.
Walton said, “We all worked very hard sweating to build those beds. It was a great, first experience for a lot of us. It took tremendous teamwork, but in the end it was fun and all well worth it.”
The company was founded by Norman Trudel, the partners’ father, in 1980. His children said that it was important to him to give back to the community so they are carrying on the tradition. GMI was originally located in Manhattan and then was moved to Phoenixville in 1994.
According to the partners, GMI is a member of the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce and has supported many national and local charities, including the American Melanoma Foundation, Alzheimers Foundation of America, The Hermanus Waldorf School in South Africa, Employment Horizons in Cedar Knoll NJ, the Police Athletic League of Phoenixville, Mom’s House in Phoenixville, The Clinic and the Good Samaritan Shelter, both also in Phoenixville.
After work was completed, employees went back to GMI to enjoy a fully catered lunch and afterwards dismissed early for the day.