top of page

Federated Insurance Makes Major Gift to the Owatonna Foundation

Federated Insurance recently contributed $50,000 to the Owatonna Foundation to assist the Foundation with their efforts to fund projects in the community related to education, community, recreation, and the arts.

Through generous contributions from local businesses and individuals, the Owatonna Foundation has provided over $13 million in support of community projects across Owatonna. Funding has been for capital projects ranging from the Hospice House to the Public Library to the Four Seasons Centre to the Water Park. Recently, the Owatonna Foundation approved $250,000 for the expansion of Community Pathways and $50,000 for the rigging and lighting system for the Little Theater of Owatonna.

“Giving back to communities is at the heart of who we are as a company. Federated Insurance is proud to support the Owatonna Foundation and its legacy of dedication to the community.” said Julie Rethemeier, Director of Public Relations and Advertising for Federated Insurance.

“The Owatonna Foundation values its ongoing partnership with Federated Insurance. They have been an important supporter of the community and we appreciate their trust in us to continue that work through this generous gift.” said Angela Gonzales, Executive Coordinator for the Owatonna Foundation.

Pictured from left to right are Peng Olson, Federated Insurance Community Relations Manager; Bill Beers, Foundation Trustee; Mike Kerr, President and CEO of Federated Insurance; Bob Heers, Trustee; David Seykora, Trustee; Ray Stawarz, Owatonna Foundation Treasurer/Secretary and Federated Retiree; David Ramsey, Vice President of the Owatonna Foundation and Federated Retiree; Angela Gonzales, Executive Coordinator of the Owatonna Foundation; and Julie Rethemeier, Vice President, Director of Public Affairs for Federated Insurance.

About the Owatonna Foundation

The Owatonna Foundation was established in 1957, with the goal of improving the quality of life for present and future generations of Owatonna residents. In the nearly 64 years since then, the Owatonna Foundation has committed more than $13 million dollars in grants and scholarships to local organizations and students. Please check them out on their new website at or on Facebook for more information and for ways to donate.

About Federated Insurance

In 1904, a group of farmers and business owners in and around Owatonna, Minnesota, pooled their resources, seeking better value for their premium dollar. In the following decades of consistent growth, they expanded to provide property coverage for equipment dealers, auto dealers, petroleum marketers, and contractors throughout the Midwest. By the end of the 20th century, they are among the largest mutual insurance companies in the nation. Federated Insurance’s home office remains in Owatonna, but they serve customers in 49 states and the District of Columbia, with a regional office in Phoenix, Arizona, and service centers throughout the country.


bottom of page