Community Involvement




2017 T-Shirt Winners

The Zuzolo network office is proud to announce that we won 3rd place in the Northwestern Mutual 2017 annual Roots & Wings T-shirt competition! The winning shirt was designed by Marketing and Events intern, Lily Henry. We had a blast at the 5k during annual meeting!


Race for Research 17’

Race for Research flew by this year! We had a wonderful 10-week campaign raising funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, benefitting Childhood Cancer Research. Through holding weekly lemonade stands, office jeans days, our intern event at Sonny’s Place, and our happy hour at Salute, we raised a total of $8,308! That funds over 166 hours of research! Thank you to everyone who donated and helped us get one step closer to a cure!


Intern Community Outreach – Sonny’s Place

June 2017

On June 28th, 2017 our interns took part in a fun community outreach project at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT! They held a lemonade stand and sold activity packages with profits benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. A total of $2,017 was raised to help fund research for a cure. We thank everyone who came and donated, as well as the interns for giving hope to those children and their families suffering from the disease.


Race for Research 2017

It’s that time of the year again, Race for Research! Northwestern Mutual is taking a stand against childhood cancer by raising funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to go toward research and finding a cure. Help us reach our goal of $20,000 now through Friday, July 21, 2017. Join us for weekly lemonade stands on the courtyard at Blue Back Square and other exciting events!

Want to learn more about how you can make a difference? Please contact Chantay Morgan at


Spring Clean for a Cause

April 2017

This April, we ran a Spring Clean for a Cause donation drive to submit to Community Renewal Team (CRT) in Hartford, CT. Items donated included essentials such as toiletries, clothing, food, and school supplies. Donations are distributed to human service programs within the Greater Hartford and Middlesex counties. We are proud to have made a positive impact on those that received the items, and thank everyone who donated.

Northwestern Mutual in West Hartford supports Lea's Foundation for Leukemia Research

Raffle for a Cause

Jan-Feb 2017


Throughout the months of January and February we supported Lea’s Foundation. This organization funds research for leukemia in addition to providing patients and families with direct financial assistance. Nick Stamboulis, one of our financial advisors is a highly involved board member of this foundation. Through our gift basket raffle, we raised $583 from our generous FRs and staff.



The Northwestern Mutual West Hartford Office built Thanksgiving Baskets to donate to a local food pantry in Hartford, CT

Spreading the Gift of Thanksgiving

November 2016

Together we assembled Thanksgiving Fixing Baskets to give to a local food pantry in Hartford, CT. These baskets helped give 40 families a Thanksgiving meal this year. Special thanks to everyone who donated & helped build these baskets. We are so thankful to be able to impact our community!


Strength, Courage, HOPE.

October 2016

Our office raised funds for the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research and treatment. Through an array of activities like our Links for Pink Initiative, Pink Wig Party, Bake Sale, and Jeans Days, we were able to make a sizeable donation to the organization.

Alex’s Lemonade Day!

On July 21st, we hosted Alex's Lemonade Day at Salute, a happy hour to celebrate the funds we've raised for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research. During this event, we raised $1,481 funding 30 hours of pediatric cancer research. Special thanks to Salute for helping us host our event, all of our raffle item donors and to everyone who supported this great cause!

Happy Hour we hosted at Salute Restaurant in Downtown Hartford, CT to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Race for Research - Final Numbers:

With everyone’s generous support and concerted efforts, June 1st through July 22nd, we were able to raise $8,797 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. That amount funds 176 hours of research! Finally, thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors, and donors for your liberality. It has made a difference!

Putt for Research

On July 14th, we held our second Intern Mini Golf Tournament, benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). The day was filled with fun, food, mini-golf and of course … lemonade! We raised $2,204 from this event, funding 44 hours of childhood cancer research.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Thank you to everyone who came out to play and volunteer, all of our sponsors and the Berlin Batting Cages for helping us host our event!

Mini Golf Tournament we hosted at Berlin Batting Cages in Berlin, CT to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

RACE FOR RESEARCH: Our First Lemonade Stand!

On June 1st, we held our first lemonade stand benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). ALSF raises money for childhood cancer research. In 2 hours we were able to raise over $100, with support from the West Hartford Community as well as employees from Northwestern Mutual.

Keep an eye out for more of our lemonade stands being held on the courtyard at Blue Black Square. Dates are June 15th, 22nd, 29th, July 6th, 13th and 20th. Look out for other events we’ll be hosting throughout June and July including a Mini Golf Tournament, a Facebook Live Text-A-thon and more!

Interested in making an impact on the lives of children fighting cancer? Please contact Chantay Morgan for volunteer opportunities. (


A Visit to High School Inc.

April 2016

In April, Marlene Espinoza, Katie Phillips & Jim Finlay volunteered at High School Inc, in Hartford CT, to help students enhance their job interviewing skills. For 3 interactive hours, our staff & recruiters worked alongside individuals from other companies conducting mock interviews with students.

This 3 hour session helped students improve their delivery and communication with the interviewer. We were pleased to be able to help prepare these students for today’s job market.

Jim Finlay, Katie Phillips and Marlene Espinoza at High School Inc.


Donation-Drive for My Sister’s Place

March 2016

For the entire month of March, our office ran a donation-drive for My Sister’s Place. My Sister's Place is part of an interactive community committed to eradicating domestic violence. They provide safe and confidential emergency shelter and transitional-to-permanent housing to battered women and their children.

Our reps and staff brought in items such as toys, books, gently used women’s clothes, and baby items to add to our drop box. By the end of the month, our drop box was overflowing with items to give to the organization! We concluded our campaign with a Jeans Day and had our employees bring in a pack of diapers to wear their favorite jeans for the day.



The Zuzolo Group Supports St. Jude

January 2016

Our Give Back Team rang in the New Year hosting a raffle and a Jeans Day at our network office to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Within one week, we were able to raise $540, which surpassed our goal of $300. Congratulations to our three raffle winners Annie Arey, Dan Mack and Michaela Rinaldo. Thank you to everyone who donated to support the fight against childhood cancer.



Committed to Our Community: The Give Back Initiative

The Give Back Initiative embodies our core values here at Northwestern Mutual: To enrich lives, build legacies and impact communities. Each month our Give Back team selects a cause to support through various activities inside and outside of the office. Throughout the month, our team organizes events that get the entire office involved and giving back to the community. To kick start the initiative, our team supported Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October. At Northwestern Mutual, we are committed to making a positive impact on those living in our community and providing them with a means to build a bright future.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Recognizes Northwestern Mutual for its Support of Childhood Cancer Research

It’s with heartfelt gratitude that we say thank you to Northwestern Mutual for raising critical funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Together, Northwestern Mutual offices raised more than $515,000 through its Race for Research. These dollars will support 10,300 hours of childhood cancer research. Thank you Northwestern Mutual for joining us in the fight. You are making a difference!

Liz and Jay Scott
Co-executive directors, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

We take pride in our community and are dedicated to providing a higher quality of life for its members. We promote social responsibility, encourage active participation and embrace positive change. We understand that our involvement will make a lasting difference that will help to ensure the long-term vitality of our community and its members.

Tavern Trot 2015 runners

Tavern Trot 2015 Runners: (left) Matt Eppinger, Jeffrey Zuzolo, Steve Zirolli, Bilal Afolabi


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