Florida Peninsula Insurance Company (FPI) Senior Financial Analyst Julie Edstrom, CPA, rolled up her sleeves to participate in the Kayuba Dive Club of Florida’s “Kayak Against Cancer” fundraising event Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Fort Lauderdale Beach. The event was a huge success, raising more than $200,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“Our employees are so committed to the community they not only participate in company sponsored events but also individually to support our local neighborhoods and those in need,” said Mariella Gonzalez, Agency Support Manager with FPI. “We are so proud of Julie for competing in this wonderful charity event.”  Julie has been employed with FPI for the past three years. She encouraged her coworkers to donate and attend the event, too.

“Kayak Against Cancer” is an annual event where kayakers and paddleboarders compete in a friendly race up the coast of Fort Lauderdale beach. The event has also expanded to include a leisurely beach-side stroll and walk along A1A for those who don’t want to participate in the water portion of the day.

Kayuba, which gets its name from Kayaking and Scuba diving, began as the West Side Dive Club in Coral Springs, Florida. It grew to Kayuba when members started diving from their kayaks.

Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, one of the top 10 largest homeowners insurance companies in the state, participates in several community initiatives, including the recent WPLG Local 10 Storm Expo in Miami and a Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach “Build Day” in Boynton Beach. The company’s employees also work with the Head Start Program at C. Robert Markham Elementary School. Through this program the company has “adopted” students and their families and provided Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas presents, and Easter baskets through donations from Florida Peninsula employees.