Beautiful day today at the Buddy Walk. We had a great time. You truly appreciate how wonderful a person with Down syndrome is when you watch the joy and enthusiasm they bring to whatever they do. Kouri Insurance is extremely proud to be a sponsor. Thank you New Directions for a job well done!
 
 
The Randy Kouri Golf Benefit for Children's Care is only 2 weeks away! August 17th to be exact. Here are some of the awesome raffles and auctions we have available:
 
  • An amazing Experience at The Prairie Club Golf Course near Valentine, Nebraska.
  • 4 Tickets to the Pittsburgh vs. NOTRE DAME Football game at South Bend.
  • Signed Footballs by Lou Holtz, Brian Kelly and Ara Parseghian.
  • 1 Year Social Membership at the Westward Ho. 
  • 1 Year Membership to Sanford Wellness.
  • 1 Year Season Pass to Willow Run Golf Course.
  • 1 Night Stay at Cedar Shores Resort with a $25 gift card.
  • Session with Tom Gunlicks, Dog Behaviorist at Precious Pets Country Resort.
  • Weekend package at Grand Falls Casino & Resort.
  • Golf packages from a variety of local courses.
More being added...

We still have some Dinner Tickets available. Help us help Children's Care and have a great time doing it!

 
 
Save $10 on a 1 day Sioux Empire Fair pass while raising money for the Children's Miracle Network!

The Murphy Bros. Exposition has graciously offered to donate $1 to the Children's Miracle Network for every coupon redeemed Monday August 6th - Thursday August 9th. The Murphy Bros. Exposition will be providing the fair rides this year, including the worlds largest portable roller coaster.

Have fun, save money, and raise funds for Children's Miracle Network - all at the same time! Now that is a good deal. Print out the attached coupons and email this article to your friends so we can join forces to raise money for CMN while supporting our local fair. See you there!
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We are very pleased to announce that Kouri Insurance has been honored with several awards from the 2012-13 The Local Best voters.

To continue our streak that started in 2007, Kouri Insurance was a category winner in Home Insurance and was loved in Auto Insurance and Health Insurance. To put this in perspective, there were 128 nominees in the Home Insurance category, 149 for Auto Insurance, and 106 in the Health Insurance field. As a whole, we were blessed to win a number of demographics and scored high in many others. It is a great feeling to see how highly we performed through such a wide variety of voters and categories.

For the 2nd year in a row, Bryan Kouri was honored as a category winner as one of The Local Best Insurance Agents. Warren Schneider was named as loved in this same category. What made this such a humbling award was the fact that Bryan scored 4th out of 222 agents nominated, and Warren was 1 of only 29 agents to receive the loved designation. Bryan was also loved in the Life Insurance category. In the Life Insurance group, only 15 out of 162 were named as loved.

All of us at Kouri Insurance are very thankful for the kindness shown by the voters. We have a fantastic group of people we work with and are pleased to have the wonderful customers that we have. It is a pleasure to work with you and to call you friends.

More details at The Local Best.
 
 
In 2011, a group of Randy's close friends decided to establish a golf benefit to honor the friendship they shared for many years. Randy was an avid golfer whose unique swing created many a comment. Not many people could pull of a "hitch" swing quite like Randy. He was also one of the pioneers in helping Racquetball get started in Sioux Falls and was well known for hosting the "Syrian Open."  Coaching was something he truly enjoyed and Randy spent nearly 30 years coaching youth baseball, softball and basketball.

In addition to his love of family and friends, Randy was dedicated to his faith. He strongly believed that it was important to provide assistance to those who needed help. He did so in a quiet, humble manner that kept the focus on the cause. He was always one of the first to help, and the last to seek recognition for it.

This focus on faith, family, friends and community is the legacy that his friends wish to carry on with this tournament. Doing so in such a way to bring the fun loving, genuinely caring personality that Randy posessed into this benefit. You can be sure the day will be filled with great memories, laughter and a memorable round of golf. When the golf is done, we will continue the good feelings with a party that will include a social, dinner, award presentations and music to celebrate the night.

Not only is this a celebration of  the life of a special person, but this benefit also serves as a fundraiser for local charities that were important to Randy. In 2011, we used the benefit to assist the St. Francis House, a charity that Randy worked closely with. We are proud that the 2011 RKMG Benefit raised over $16,000 for the St. Francis House! For 2012, we are extremely pleased to support the Children's Care Hospital and School!

The 2012 Golf Date is Friday, August 17th at Prairie Green Golf Course. Sponsorships are available and filling up fast. For more information, please visit Randy Kouri Memorial Golf Benefit
 
 
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Anne & Laura with "Flo"
What a great day. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise 940 lbs for the Sioux Falls Food Pantry. You rock!
 
 
WHAT:   Feed an IRV, Fuel a Community Food Drive!  Collecting food items for Feeding South Dakota.
WHEN:   Tuesday, May 1, 2012 10:30 AM – 2:00 pm
WHERE:  Kouri Insurance 6809 S. Minnesota Ave

WHO:
Progressive Insurance and Kouri Insurance, in cooperation with Feeding South Dakota, invite the Sioux Empire Community to come out and support giving back to the local community by donating non-perishable food items to the Sioux Falls Food Pantry.

We are going to fill the cupboards on May 1st and we need your help! Bring your non-perishable food items to Kouri Insurance on or before May 1st as we support this wonderful organization. Put a box out at work or at your daycare or anywhere you think people would like to help. Summer is the time of the year with the biggest unmet need and we want to change that! Will you help us?

Progressive Insurance, most easily identified through their media icon “Flo”, the quirky red-haired spokesperson, is flexing their partnership with Kouri Insurance to garner attention and focus on commitment to community by partnering with the local area food bank. With the eminent school summer vacation in the coming weeks, our local food pantry needs a major influx of non-perishable food items to help with an elevated need by area families to feed their children at home over the summer.

Make a difference in our community, join us on the 1st!
 
 
Please mark your calendars and celebrate the fourth annual day of awareness to Spread the Word to End the Word, March 7 , 2012, with a renewed pledge to end the hurtful and degrading use of the "R-word." This international day of awareness was created by youth with and without intellectual disabilities in order to change the conversation from one of negativity and pain to a positive message, highlighting inclusion and RESPECT for all.

While March 7th is the culmination, eliminating the R-word from everyday speech is a year-round effort with hundreds of events happening throughout the world. In order to assist our local programs, schools and communities in beginning their own local campaign, updated resources are now available online.

To access these resources and discover how you can become involved in the campaign, visit http://www.specialolympics.org/spread-the-word-to-end-the-word_resources.aspx . To make your Pledge, please follow the link below:

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Make Your Pledge Today!
 
 
The IMT Group, a leading provider of personal and commercial insurance products, today announced its list of 2012 GEM Agencies and has distinguished Kouri Insurance as one of the qualifying recipients. 

Of the more than 800 independent IMT agencies eligible for consideration, only the top 53 performing agencies received the GEM distinction this year.

The IMT Group has a strong relationship and partnership with Kouri Insurance. It is the superior performance and unwavering commitment of agencies like Kouri Insurance that enables IMT to continue living up to their slogan, “Be Worry Free with IMT!”
 
 
“Am I overpaying?”

That’s a question that every consumer asks from time to time. Everyone is curious and concerned as to whether he or she is getting a good value for the money, whether it’s for a candy bar, a car or an airline ticket.

It’s a good question to ask about insurance, too. After all, Americans spend a lot of money on insurance for homes, autos and businesses. In 2008, American drivers spent $161 billion for personal automobile insurance, reported the A.M. Best Co., an insurance research and ratings firm.

This large market for auto insurance is highly competitive. Consumers play a large part in keeping insurance rates competitive by virtue of shopping—whether online, by telephone or on the World Wide Web. More than one of four (about 28 percent) of auto insurance buyers shopped around for car insurance in 2009, reported J.D. Power & Associates in its 2009 national auto insurance study.

But consumers aren’t the only ones shopping around for auto insurance. So do independent insurance agents, including Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents like Kouri Insurance. Independent agents differ from company specific agents like State Farm and others, as they offer more than one company solutions for your family and business.

On average, Trusted Choice® independent insurance agent provide consumers with property/casualty insurance options from eight different insurance carriers, reported the 2008 agency universe study conducted by Future One, a collaboration of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (the Big “I”) and leading independent agency companies. For automobile insurance, those agents may compare rates and coverages at even more insurance companies, through their use of software that allows them to compare multiple policies and multiple carriers.

For auto insurance buyers, research showed that independent agents rank most highly on the most important element of customer satisfaction. The J.D. Power study measures customer satisfaction with auto insurance companies across five factors (in order of importance): interaction, policy offerings, billing and payment, price and claims. Insurers who sell their auto insurance products through agents performed “stronger in the interaction factor than do direct insurers,” reported J.D. Power.

Overall, customer satisfaction with auto insurance companies reached a five-year high in 2009, reported the J.D. Power study. The biggest improvement in satisfaction among the five factors has been in price. Interestingly, 42 percent of customers in 2009 reported that their auto insurance premiums declined without switching insurers.

Are you overpaying for auto insurance? Thanks to a competitive market that includes Trusted Choice® independent insurance agent, the answer probably is no. If you’re not sure, ask an agent to review your options.