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2002 - Insurance and Risk Protection

Benjamin Franklin and his fellow firefighters founded The Philadelphia Contributionship in 1752, the nation's oldest insurance company whose fire mark, four clasped hands on a shield, has been a familiar sight on Philadelphia properties over the centuries. Celebration of Benjamin Franklin Founder recognized in this event the Bicenquinquagenary of The Philadelphia Contributionship. The Franklin Celebration also acknowledged in a special presentation of the Franklin Founder Bowl, the significant role firefighters played in the development of the insurance industry and the safety of Philadelphia's residents.

John C. Bogle, founder and former Chairman of the Vanguard Group delivered the keynote address: "Energy and Persistence Conquer All Things" Applying Benjamin Franklin's Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century."

A seminar was held following the luncheon with lectures by Dr. Philip Krider, The Lightning Rod, "An Instrument So New" and Dr. Robert Gibbons, Ounces of Prevention and Pounds of Cure: Risk Management and Economic Progress.