Community Involvement



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













Alex's Goes to SF Pride!

 In June 2017, Northwestern Mutual - San Francisco Bay Area hosted our first lemonade stand at SF Pride!  This was a collaboration between our Diversity and Inclusion Council and our community service team.  Together, we spent 12 hours prepping and working our booth - 6am to 6pm!  It was an amazing experience serving over 25 gallons of lemonade in the beautiful June weather of SF’s Civic Center.

We were even lucky enough to have Heather Banaszek, California's Alex's Lemonade Stand Community Outreach Specialist, paid us a visit with her husband, Cas!  Although this was our first time spreading awareness and fundraising for Alex's Lemonade Stand at SF Pride, we suspect it will not be our last.  It was a fun-filled day of smiles, costumes, and plenty of lemonade!










Go Team Lemon!

On March 26, 2017, Northwestern Mutual San Francisco showed support for Alex’s Lemonade Stand by running the Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon through hilly San Francisco for the second time. These rock-n-rollers included several Financial Advisors, Associate Financial Representatives, recruiters, and staff members.The event raised over $500 to help fund research to fight childhood cancer. Our team ran to honor of Noah Spiegelman, the son of one of our Wealth Management advisors, Adam Spiegelman, and his fight against cancer.  He is now in remission!



Gabe's Chemo Ducks

In February of 2017, Northwestern Mutual San Francisco donated Chemo Ducks, in partnership with Gabe’s Chemo Ducks Program, to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in show of support of those afflicted with childhood cancer. 

Gabe’s Chemo Ducks are cuddly, stuffed companions that give children encouragement through play time! Northwestern Mutual San Francisco is proud to provide comfort to the brave children fighting cancer.


Striking Out Childhood Cancer

On October 16th, 2016, Northwestern Mutual San Francisco Bay Area Group sponsored Striking Out Childhood Cancer. Northwestern Mutual employees, Financial Representatives, doctors, kids, and their families came out to bowl in honor of C.J. Banaszek! C.J. Banaszek would have turned 16 years old had he not lost his fierce battle with childhood cancer. The event was a huge success and resulted in over $100,000 being raised to help fight childhood cancer in C.J.’s honor.  Click here to visit Alex’s Lemonade Stand to read more about the event and C.J.’s heroic story.


Cycling Away Childhood Cancer

On Friday May 20th, the San Francisco Bay Group raised $8,000 for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Managing Partner, Michael Byrne, rented four different SoulCycle locations. Northwestern Mutual staff, Financial Representatives, clients, friends, Doctor Elliot Stieglitz and researchers from UCSF joined on bikes – sweating hard for this noble cause! 

We are determined to help prevent any child from needing to go through the battle that is childhood cancer. 

Stay tuned for our next fundraising event, as we “Strike Out” Childhood Cancer in October of this year!



UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

The San Francisco Bay Area Group has always supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand through a series of fundraisers, including Blue Jeans Fridays where every week members of the firm donate $5 to wear jeans. On March 7th of this year, Financial Representatives, Advisors, leaders, and staff members toured UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. The level of care given to children at UCSF was almost unbelievable. In addition to treating patients, USCF’s team is doing research to cure childhood cancer. Michael Byrne, Managing Partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Group, presented Dr. Elliot Stieglitz with a check for $100,000 to help fund research to cure childhood cancer.



Connecting With Communities & People Where We Live and Work


From one-on-one mentoring, to group community service days, to service on non-profit boards, the staff, financial advisors, and representatives of The San Francisco Bay Area Group are committed to building better communities in which they live and work.

Among the Key Outreach Efforts


Glide’s program is the only one in San Francisco to provide 3 nutritious meals a day, 364 days a year to the city’s poor, homeless and hungry. Glide began serving meals in 1969 as a volunteer-run potluck for 50, and now serves on average of 2,560 meals a day with the help of 30 kitchen and security staff and thousands of volunteers each year.


Habitat for Humanity:

Habitat SF helps the community in many ways from rehabilitating public parks to building homes for those less fortunate. They also partner with other organizations such as Project WeHOPE to build homeless shelters. Current projects include monthly Park Beautifications, building Habitat Terrace, and building a homeless shelter.


The San Francisco Bay Area Group is proud to have participated in Northwestern Mutual’s “Race for Childhood Cancer Research” on July 20th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our team members helped raise more than $280,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit that funds childhood cancer research. Thank you to everyone who supported our office in fighting back against this disease.  The contributions we helped raise will fund more than 5,500 hours of research!


Our Partnerships Build Communities


Sharon Zimmerman Wins Community Service Award from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation

Contributing to the community is a way of life for Sharon Zimmerman. In honor of the work she does with Social Advocates for Youth, Zimmerman has been awarded the 2014 Community Service Award by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation.  The award is presented annually to 16 Northwestern Mutual financial professionals who demonstrate exemplary service with a local nonprofit.  As part of the award, Social Advocates for Youth will receive a $25,000 grant from the Foundation in Zimmerman's honor.



Alex Rosenblatt wins Community Service Award from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation


 San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, based in San Francisco, CA, received a $10,000 grant in honor of Northwestern Mutual wealth management advisor Alex Rosenblatt's exceptional volunteer commitment as part of the company's 19th annual Community Service Award program. Rosenblatt is one of 25 Northwestern Mutual financial professionals recognized as exceptional volunteers. Since the start of the Community Service Award program in 1995, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has donated more than $3 million on behalf of its representatives to over 300 nonprofit organizations across the country.



Alan H. Goldenberg, CLU®, ChFC®, Receives Top Quality of Life Award from MDRT Foundation

During the 2014 MDRT Annual Meeting, the MDRT Foundation presented Alan H. Goldenberg, CLU®, ChFC®, a 27-year MDRT member and MDRT Foundation Silver Knight, with the 2014 Top Quality of Life Award in honor of his many years of mentoring for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.In his honor, a USD 25,000 Quality of Life grant was awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area to support their youth mentoring programs in California. This program matches children between the ages of 6 and 16 with adult mentors who serve as positive role models for a minimum of one year.

Goldenberg, of Walnut Creek, California, has mentored seven at-risk boys, as well as served in a volunteer leadership position for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ board of directors. Adult volunteers often participate in recreational and sporting activities with their Little Brother or Sister, but more important than the activities is the focus on quality one-on-one time together.





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