MassMutual honored with Easter Seals Team Hoyt Award

Date: 5/1/2015

WORCESTER – Easter Seals paid tribute to three Massachusetts businesses on April 30 for their work in empowering people with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Easter Seals will present its prestigious Team Hoyt Award to MassMutual Financial Group, and Empowerment Awards to Comcast and CVS Health. The ceremony will take place at the Easter Seals Evening of Empowerment celebration at the Westin Waterfront Hotel.

The Team Hoyt Award reflects the courage and determination of famed father-son athletes Dick and Rick Hoyt in breaking down barriers facing people with disabilities. The Hoyts are long-time Easter Seals supporters.

A loyal Easter Seals partner, MassMutual has sponsored a series of nationwide studies on the challenges of living with autism and other disabilities and has provided more than $3.3 million to Easter Seals affiliates nationwide.

In Massachusetts, the company is involved with Easter Seals youth leadership programs and, through its SpecialCare SM program, provides access to information, specialists and financial products and services that can help to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and other special needs and their families and caregivers.

“MassMutual has worked with Easter Seals since 2001 to help alleviate the financial pressure on caregivers providing care to loved ones with special needs,” Mike Fanning, executive vice president of MassMutual’s U.S. Insurance Group, said. “Our recent joint study, ‘The Many Faces of Caregiving,’ revealed that close to half of the respondents who identified as caregivers worry about the financial impact of their roles. At the same time, we’ve seen the intense relief that putting a life care plan into place can bring to a family, with one father saying he felt an enormous weight being lifted off his shoulders.”

Empowerment Awards represent Easter Seals’ mission of ensuring that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.  Comcast is the winner in the “learn” category.