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Foresters Financial Announces Sponsorship of the 6th Annual Voice Awards

  • May 02, 2017

Foresters Financial is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 6th Annual Voice Awards, which will be presented at the JW Marriott Downtown in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 20, 2017. 

The Voice Awards is the single biggest fundraising event benefiting the GMCLA, the Alive Music Project (AMP) and the It Gets Better Tour. The Awards honors leaders who use their voice for social change and equality, to advance our world, refute silence, lend a voice to the oppressed, exhibit leadership and give hope to those living under the weight of silence. This year’s honorees include Gwen Baba (Community Leader Award), Logo TV (Visionary Award) and Stephen Schwartz (Vanguard Award).


This is the fifth year that Foresters Financial is sponsoring the Voice Awards.  “We are pleased to support the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, GMCLA, whose mission is to change hearts and minds through the power of music,” said Bill Lipkus, President and CEO, Foresters Financial Holding Company, Inc.  
“While Foresters Financial is dedicated to providing innovative financial solutions to help families and individuals reach their goals, we believe in enriching lives and building strong communities – that’s our purpose.  It has defined us since 1874, and it helps us continually redefine what we can do for all families and their communities”; explained Mr. Lipkus. By collaborating with community leaders, Foresters Financial is committed to making a positive impact on society—investing time and money to make a difference, including neighborhood programs, charities, and scholarships. 

For over 30 years, the GMCLA Chorus has built an international reputation for musical excellence while remaining deeply rooted in service to the Los Angeles community. The support of the Voice Awards by Foresters Financial will help the GMCLA fund its general operations and many of its important, groundbreaking programs.

These programs include the 250+ member GMCLA chorus; the Alive Music Project (a unique music education outreach program designed for middle and high school students that uses song to create powerful anti-bullying messages); the It Gets Better Program (a tour that targets underserved areas of the U.S. to address bullying); the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and many other initiatives. 

About Foresters Financial Holding Company, Inc. (formerly First Investors)
Foresters Financial Holding Company, Inc. consists of a group of diversified financial services companies that include a registered broker-dealer, two investment advisers, a life insurance company and a transfer agent. Foresters Financial Services, Inc., a broker-dealer, helps everyday families reach their financial goals by offering solutions and guidance through its network of financial representatives working in 44 branch offices across the United States. Foresters Investment Management Company, Inc. is the investment adviser to the First Investors family of funds, which had more than $11.2 billion in total assets under management as of September 30, 2016.  Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, Inc., a New York domiciled insurance company, offers a range of insurance and annuity products and maintains an “A” (Excellent) rating by A.M. Best1. For more information visit

About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and total funds under management of $34 billion². With a history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities.³ For more information, visit  

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.

¹ An "A" (Excellent) rating is assigned to companies that have a strong ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders and have, on balance, excellent balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile when compared to the standards established by A.M. Best Company. A.M. Best assigns ratings from A++ to F, A++ and A+ being superior ratings and A and A- being excellent ratings. In assigning the Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company (FLIAC) rating on August 18, 2016, A.M. Best stated that the rating outlook is "stable", which means it is unlikely to change in the near future. See for our latest rating.

² In Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2015.

³ Products offered vary by country. Not all products are available for distribution in all jurisdictions. In the United States, products are offered by The Independent Order of Foresters and its subsidiaries, including Foresters Financial Services, Inc. a registered broker-dealer. Securities, life insurance and annuity products are offered through Foresters Financial Services, Inc. or independent producers. Insurance products are issued by Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, New York, or The Independent Order of Foresters. Investment advisory products and services are offered through Foresters Advisory Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser. 

About Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA)
GMCLA has garnered international acclaim for artistic excellence while remaining deeply rooted in service to the Los Angeles community and beyond by promoting civil rights, tolerance and acceptance through music. Founded in 1979 during the emergence of the gay civil rights movement, critics have proclaimed the chorus “inspired,” “expressive, innovative, and utterly moving,” and hailed it for presenting “meaningful entertainment.”


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