March 09 2015

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March 9, 2015 (Sandwich, MA)- Heritage Museums & Gardens and the Arbella Insurance Foundation announced today that the Foundation will serve as the Leading Sponsor for Heritage’s 2015 season, which begins April 18.

The partnership will support programs, consumer education opportunities, and exhibits at Heritage, a premier cultural center and public garden on Cape Cod, over the next two years, including “Driven to Collect,” an exhibit of important and rare American automobiles, and the Heritage Auto Show on June 13th. Heritage Museums & Gardens and Arbella’s Foundation will jointly participate in several activities that enhance the visitor experience for classic car aficionados and the many guests who may visit the Museum and interact with its exhibits for the very first time. In addition to its participation in Driven to Collect and the Heritage Auto Show, the Foundation’s support will help underwrite Halloween Family Fun Nights and Gardens Aglow --events that promote family togetherness. It will also offer educational content to Heritage visitors and members.

Arbella’s Foundation will provide monthly educational information to Heritage’s members and friends through its newsletter and social media. Safety topics such as preventing distracted driving will be at the top of the list. On August 7, before the new school year arrives, the Foundation will bring its Distractology 101 program to Heritage. New drivers and their parents will experience this high-tech driving simulator firsthand. The training for Distractology is based on Arbella-funded research conducted with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was designed to create a new generation of safe drivers by demonstrating the potentially harmful consequences of distracted driving. 

"We are proud to partner with Heritage Museums & Gardens as part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen communities where our customers and employees live and work," says John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman and president of Arbella’s Foundation.

The partnership is representative of ongoing efforts by Arbella’s Foundation to raise awareness of the arts by supporting many of the wonderful museums and exhibits throughout New England. Since 2005, the Arbella Insurance Foundation has been committed to supporting various non-profit organizations that strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of New England.  In 2014, the Foundation donated $2.5 million to not-for-profit organizations throughout the region.

"Heritage wishes to thank the Arbella Insurance Foundation for taking the lead in supporting our mutual goal of providing top-tier educational experiences and engaging exhibits for visitors of all ages,” says Ellen Spear, President & CEO of Heritage Museums & Gardens. "The Arbella Foundation is setting a powerful example we hope others will follow in terms of corporate responsibility and consumer education.”

About Heritage Museums & Gardens:
Set on 100 stunning acres of gardens, nature trails, and open spaces, Heritage Museums & Gardens is the only place where you can view rare works of art, fly through the trees on a zip line, and see iconic antique automobiles all in one day. Explore Hidden Hollow™, an interactive outdoor discovery area for kids of all ages. Take a ride on the vintage carousel. And find your own special spot on the Cape. For more information, please visit, or call (508) 888-3300. To receive the Heritage newsletter, visit and enter your email address in the sign-up box on the bottom right side of the webpage.

About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation

Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group ( is a company with more than $700M in revenue with approximately $1.3B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. The mission of Arbella’s Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.