Farmers Insurance Rose Bowl Float Features Towering Native-American Chief

Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:54pm EST

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LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--He stands 60 feet tall, holds a peace pipe under his right arm,
and wooden feathered cane in his left and is crafted entirely from
flowers, vegetables and other natural material. He is a Native
American Chief standing proudly in full regalia on the Rose Parade
float presented by Farmers Group, Inc.

   This year's Rose Parade theme is Passport to the World's
Celebrations. "Farmers entry, "Celebrating Our Rich Heritage" honors
Native Americans and the contributions they have made to our country,"
noted Farmers Insurance CEO Paul Hopkins. "Farmers will be observing
its 80th anniversary in 2008 and we recognize the success we have
achieved is due to the rich tapestry of cultures America embraces.
This is the 49th consecutive year Farmers will be part of this great
American tradition."

   Joining the Chief on his journey down Pasadena's Colorado
Boulevard will be six members of the Farmers Insurance family: Al
Candos, from Orland Park, Illinois, is the 2007 Farmers Insurance
agent of the year; Marte Formico, from San Jose, California, is the
Farmers 2007 District Manager of the Year.

   The remaining four float riders were selected for the role they
played in the 2007 Farmers Insurance nationwide March of Dimes
fundraising drive. "Their tremendous effort, along with the Farmers
family, helped raise a record $4.5 million this year. As a result,
Farmers was named the number one insurance company fundraiser in the
country for the March of Dimes," Mr. Hopkins said.

   Farmers is proud to introduce Cathy Guevara, Oklahoma City Claims
Department; Tennessee State Executive Director Betsy Nealon; James
Lizzio, Farmers' agent from Chicago; and Doug DiBartelo, Farmers
District Manager from Westmont, Illinois.

   Farmers Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich
Financial Services, an insurance-based financial services provider
with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and
Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets.
Farmers(R) is the nation's third-largest Personal Lines Property &
Casualty insurance group. Property and casualty products are
underwritten and issued by the Farmers Exchanges and their
subsidiaries, which Farmers Group, Inc. manages but does not own.
Headquartered in Los Angeles and doing business in 41 states, the
Farmers insurers provide Homeowners, Auto, Business, Life insurance
and financial services to more than 10 million households. For more
information about Farmers, visit our Web site at

Farmers Insurance Group
Jerry Davies
Ph: 1-323-932-3662

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