Risk Placement Services raises money for reading

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/RPS
Fifty-five teams enjoyed a perfect day at Schumaker Park in Salisbury for the 8th Annual Disc Golf Tournament hosted by Risk Placement Services of Cambridge. Wellspring Insurance Network earned the first-place trophy.

SALISBURY — Risk Placement Services (RPS) of Cambridge, recently held its 8th Annual Disc Golf Tournament raising a record-breaking $24,080 to benefit United Way’s Imagination Library Program. Now the largest disc golf tournament in the State of Maryland, 55 teams competed at Schumaker Pond Park in Salisbury, to raise funds for the program which provides free, home-delivered books each month to local children from birth to age 5.
Event sponsors included RPS, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., AXIS Capital, Hanover Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance, CHUBB Insurance, CNA Insurance, Unites States Liability Insurance (USLI), Hiscox USA Insurance, Liberty Mutual – Safeco Insurance, Beazley Insurance, Selective Insurance, and Westchester Insurance.
Wellspring Insurance Network, from Frederick, took home the 1st Place trophy this year with Affordable Business Systems of Delmar, MD placing 2nd and the team from WBOC/Draper Holdings, Salisbury, taking 3rd.
Dean Goodwin, marketing manager of RPS and event coordinator of the tournament shared, “I am absolutely overwhelmed and humbled by the support and generosity of our carrier partners, our local insurance agency clients and the entire Delmarva business community. This event gets bigger every year!”
RPS also hosts the Annual “Preakness Palooza” event alongside parent company, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Over the past seven years, these two events have raised over $184,000 for Imagination Library, equating to 85,000 free books for local children to help prepare them for kindergarten.
The Imagination Library Literacy program is administered by United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, and to date has distributed over 196,000 books to over 7,500 children in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties since its inception in 2012.
United Way President & CEO Pam Gregory stated, “The support we receive each year from these events is absolutely remarkable. RPS & Gallagher have created super fun events to directly support early learning for local children, while also providing a great team building and networking experience for attendees.”
United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, now in its 75th year, serves all communities in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. United Way collaborates with organizations and stakeholders to strengthen our community, and currently provides over $1.6 million to support 80 programs and community initiatives, impacting 1 in every 3 individuals on the Lower Shore. For more information on United Way or to help make a difference, visit www.uwles.org, www.ShoreGetConnected.org, or on Facebook @uwles.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.