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American Family Insurance donates $43,000 to Seattle Children's Hospital

Donation recognizes Russell Wilson with $1,000 for every Seahawks point in Super Bowl win

(April 24, 2014) — American Family Insurance announced it has donated $43,000 to the Seattle Children’s Hospital in recognition of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his role as a brand ambassador for the company. Washington is one of American Family’s 19 operating states.

The $43,000 donation signifies $1,000 for every point the Seahawks scored in winning Super Bowl XLVIII this year.

"I am humbled that American Family would use our Super Bowl Championship as the reason to make this generous donation to a cause that is so dear to me,” said Russell Wilson. “I am proud that American Family shares my vision to minister to the needs of the children in this region. There is no group more deserving of this gift than the children of Seattle Children's Hospital."

American Family is based in Madison, Wis., where Wilson played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin. He has represented the company in a several commercials, including one that debuted during the Super Bowl. American Family is a primary sponsor of the Russell Wilson Passing Academy for youth.

“We’re honored to make this donation to support Seattle Children’s Hospital and in recognition of Russell Wilson,” said Jack Salzwedel, chairman and CEO of American Family Insurance. “We are inspired by Russell’s commitment to young people and share his passion for and commitment to pursuing, achieving and protecting dreams.”

About American Family Insurance

American Family insurance is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company. Web: www.amfam.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/amfam; Twitter: www.twitter.com/amfam; Google+: plus.google.com/+amfam

About Seattle Children’s Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. www.seattlechildrens.org

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