State Farm Honored with William B. Hoyt Award for Service to Families

For Immediate Release:  October 23, 2019
Contact: Mary Simpson, Development and Marketing Manager
716-332-4130, [email protected]
State Farm Honored with
William B. Hoyt Award for Service to Families
By EPIC – Every Person Influences Children
BUFFALO (NY) - EPIC – Every Person Influences Children is pleased to announce that State Farm has been selected as a 2019 EPIC Hero, receiving the William B. Hoyt Award for Service to Families. EPIC – Every Person Influences Children established the award to recognize organizations whose work improves the lives of children by strengthening the bonds of home and family.
State Farm supports EPIC’s Car Seat Safety program, which educates families on the proper use of car seats and provides seats to families in need. Through its online services, State Farm provides valuable information and resources for families across the country.
“Thanks to the generosity of State Farm, EPIC has helped families learn how to properly use and install car seats and provided car seats to families in need. A strong start in a child’s life includes their safety,“ said Tara N. Burgess, executive director of EPIC. “We are pleased to honor State Farm with the William B. Hoyt award.”
“State Farm is dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and work. Since the company was founded in 1922, we have been committed to roadway safety. Our mission it to help educate drivers, passengers and pedestrians on the importance of making good, safe decisions. That’s why we’re proud to support EPIC’s Car Seat Safety program and help keep everyone safer on our roadways,” commented Jennifer Young, State Farm Public Affairs Community & Media Specialist.
EPIC’s Car Seat Safety Program has served more than 200 families since May 2019, providing car seat safety classes, car seat safety checking stations, the replacement of any damaged, recalled or expired car seats for families in need, as well as installing the seats.
EPIC Heroes Gala Reception Thursday, November 7, 2019
State Farm and other EPIC Heroes will be celebrated at the EPIC Heroes Awards Reception on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Atrium @ Rich’s. Major event sponsors include Baillie Lumber Co. L.P. and BlueCross BlueShield. Co-Chairs of the event are Dr. Thomas E. and Susanna Schenk, BlueCross BlueShield and Craig and Lisa Spencer, Rich Products. More information is available at  
Other awardees include: 
Sandra B. Rifkin, Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary H. Gresham, Ph.D., Robert L. Wilson Award for Exceptional Service and Leadership
Raul Vazquez, M.D., Robert M. Bennett Award for Service to Community
The Gloria J. Parks Community Center, Eugene T. Reville Award for Service to Education.  
About EPIC                  
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children’s mission is to help families, schools and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults. EPIC provides year-round programming in Parenting Education, which includes Ready, Set, Parent! (offering support and solutions for parents of newborns), parenting classes for parents of young children, and young adolescents; Families in Transition (helping individuals facing challenges reach their full potential as parents); and Just for Teens (enhancing the skills and confidence of pregnant and parenting teens) and Family Engagement in Education, encouraging early literacy and building parents' capacity to become more actively involved in their children's education, through programs such as Ready, Set, Read! (developing family literacy and early intervention for children's academic success); and Storytime (fun family literacy-based event). For more information about EPIC, please visit
Robert Wilson, EPIC founder
EPIC was founded by Robert Wilson after his wife, Linda, was murdered by a 15-year-old boy, a neighbor, in 1977. Through his sorrow, Wilson wanted to know why. He explored the boy’s past to find a child who had been abused, neglected, and shuffled between 11 different foster homes. The child’s life was filled with loss, violence and anger; absent was acceptance and love.
The tragic death of his wife, Linda, inspired Wilson to dedicate the “rest of my years” to prevent such heartbreak. His vision created EPIC in 1980, committed to uniting home, school and community to help children become responsible and successful adults.