On July 5 Farmers Insurance Group, represented by agent, Steve Evans, presented Firewise East Verde Park, Inc. a $500 check as recognition of Evans' civic involvement in the firewise organization. Janet Trujillo, community relations specialist for Farmers, thanked Evans in a letter for his interest in his community and in improving community relations of Farmers Insurance Group.
"We are very excited about your involvement and are proud to forward you this check for $500 toward your adopted organization," Trujillo said.
In attendance were Payson Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Su Connell; Don Brooks, president of the East Verde Park Homeowners Association; Matalyn Gardner, president of Firewise East Verde Park, Inc. and Evans of Farmers Insurance. The grant from Farmers is available to organizations through employees twice a year to recognize employee involvement in community and civic causes and to bolster community relations between Farmers Insurance and community organizations such as firewise.
"Steve has been involved in our firewise program from its inception. He has been very active in clearing and removing brush and debris as well as making contributions for fund-raising activities. We are very fortunate to have him in our community," Gardner said.
Connell recognized the importance of what Firewise East Verde Park has undertaken. "You folks here today have again proven to be good stewards of the forest, your land and your homes. You have created buffer zones, removed flammable brush, trees and vegetation. As a community you have created a healthier environment for the forest, the wildlife and your fellow neighbors," Connell said.