This past December, we hosted our third annual week of “Give, Care, Share.” Each year, this week serves as a simple and cheerful reminder of how thankful we are to work with not only the best clients, but the best employees. While our official week of “Give, Care, Share” began December 14th, the giving began shortly before with our office wide toy donation to Toys for Tots and toiletry drive to benefit a local men’s shelter.
The sales team kicked off our week of “Give, Care, Share” with a delicious waffle breakfast. “The Grinch Who Stole Waffles” comprised of warm Belgian waffles, homemade maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream, and more. Our second day of excitement was a cookie swap titled “Have Yourself a Merry Little Cookie.” Thanks to our resident bakers, our office was overflowing with sweet treats for days! On the third day, we were excited to indulge in “It’s a Wonderful Lunch,” a locally catered lunch hosted by our delightful leadership team. Continue reading Ovation’s Annual Week of Giving, Caring, and Sharing
In the employee benefits industry, the holiday season always tends to be a stressful time of the year, with nearly 40% of all employer group contracts maintaining a renewal date of January 1st. Due to this volume, our teams work tirelessly around the clock to go above and beyond for the people we serve.
Although it may seem stressful during the moment, this year our issues seem minimal when compared to the events occurring around the world. As one looks at domestic and world events, the combination of climate change, international and domestic terrorism, immigration, the economy and higher education, there certainly is no shortage of things to be concerned about. It is easy to become overwhelmed with some level of fear and/or anxiety over the state of the country, the world or the planet; and tempting to feel some level of isolation and helplessness. Continue reading Happy Holidays From Our Ovation Family to Yours
This past week, we hosted our first annual “Night of Wine: A Client Appreciation Experience” at our corporate office. Our honored guests were treated to a holiday wine tasting event and the room was adorned with lighted trees, wreaths, poinsettias, candles, and of course, an abundance of wine. Our own employees served as the night’s sommeliers, as our clients sampled wine from Italy, France, New Zealand, California, and other regions around the world.
Upon arrival, each guest was personally greeted and entered into a raffle to win an enormous basket full of wine-themed prizes. Managing Principal Brian Driscoll kicked off the night with a few words to recognize our clients for their continued partnership, to thank them for their loyal friendship, and to wish everyone good health and happiness this season. Throughout the evening, the room was alive with new and old friends chatting, toasting, and mingling. Continue reading Ovation’s “Night of Wine: A Client Appreciation Experience”
During this time of year, in the spirit of giving back, I make it a priority to get involved in my community. Recently, I participated in a “Soup and Cards” event at my church. I knew it would be a perfect opportunity for me and my daughters to help out others who may be in need of some holiday cheer. We each picked a job and worked together to prepare hot soup, cookies, and corn muffins to create a complete meal to donate to those in need. In addition to preparing hot meals, we each made decorative cards filled with holiday wishes. Although cooking and making cards was enjoyable, my favorite part was personally delivering the meals to families. Our first “Soup and Cards” package was delivered to a 90 year-old woman named Mary, whose husband recently passed away. After delivering the meal and spending time getting to know Mary, she “paid it forward” a few days later by personally delivering homemade cookies to my house to thank my family. Mary’s personality and generosity made an impact on my life and I plan to visit her again soon. Continue reading Spreading Holiday Cheer by Giving Back