ACF Annual Gala: Agents Attend Inaugural Fundraiser to Fight Hunger

Earlier this month, the Agent Charitable Fund (ACF) hosted its first Annual Gala to support its mission of ending hunger in Michigan. About 80 Farm Bureau Insurance agents and others from across the state attended this inaugural event held at the Gem Theater in Detroit.

“It was a great opportunity for agents to get to know each other, increase their awareness of what ACF is all about, and raise money in support of our cause,” said agent and Agent Charitable Fund Board Chairman Merrick Maris.


The evening featured remarks by Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM).  This Council is a statewide nonprofit that provides leadership to the state’s food banks and improves access to nutritious food for over 1.6 million Michiganders.

Knight discussed food security issues and how agents working together could make a difference even by getting involved on a small scale. “If everybody did something little, made a small contribution, it could have a significant impact.”

Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, the event raised thousands of dollars to help fight hunger in Michigan. Maris was pleased with the turnout, continued support of the Agent Charitable Fund, and looks forward to agent-led fundraisers in 2019.

“This was a great way to kick off our annual gala,” he said. “I hope that more agents will do fundraisers for the ACF in the future.”

The ACF serves as a fund for Farm Bureau agents, clients and partners to contribute to charitable causes throughout Michigan. The fund grants monies to provide food, build agriculture awareness, educate and help citizens throughout the state. To learn more about the Agent Charitable Fund, visit