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Allstate Announces 2013 Class Of "Give Back Day Heroes" To Be Honored For Their Volunteer Efforts

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NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fifth consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company is honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through Allstate Give Back Day, a program that encourages individuals across the country to volunteer. As part of the program, Allstate is recognizing four selfless African American heroes who dedicate their time and efforts to making a positive impact in their communities, not only on MLK Day, but throughout the year.

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who founded Kamp Kizzy in Atlanta to help empower the spirits of young girls, has partnered with Allstate to help launch this year's program and announce the 2013 class of Give Back Day Heroes. This year's heroes, who were nominated for recognition by their peers, include: Freedom Wright, from Atlanta; Jackie Lomax, from Chicago; Joseph Cole, from Nashville; and Margaret Dixon, from Oakland, Calif. Pulliam and the Give Back Day Heroes will join Allstate employees and agency owners to participate in service projects in their home cities on MLK Day, Jan. 21, 2013.

"Allstate places a high value on volunteerism, which is why the Give Back Day program has been so near and dear to our hearts the past five years," said Vicky Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility for Allstate. "Our agency owners and employees across the country know the importance of giving back to the communities we call home. This year's Allstate Give Back Day heroes have inspiring stories that reflect the values and causes important to Allstate and we hope this program continues to encourage individuals to make a difference in their own communities on MLK Day and throughout the year."

These remarkable heroes help to create positive, sustainable change in their communities with a focus on addressing important causes such as education, diversity advocacy, disadvantaged youth, and teens in foster care. On behalf of the Give Back Day Heroes, Allstate is making a donation of $2,500 to a charity of each hero's choice. As part of their award, the heroes will also attend The King Center's "Salute to Greatness" Awards gala in Atlanta on Jan. 19, 2013. The ceremony serves as a special celebration to honor both Dr. King and the outstanding individuals and corporations who have demonstrated a commitment to service and leadership.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to be aligned with this group of outstanding men and women who have put so much time and energy into making a difference in their communities," said Pulliam. "It is truly an honor to be part of a program like Allstate Give Back Day that keeps Dr. King's legacy alive and at work every day. Volunteering in my community has always been an important pillar in my life and I am excited to partner with Allstate for the Give Back Day program."

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