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Atlanta Resident Alexandria Phillips Named Allstate Give Back Day Hero

Community heroes, Rodney Peete kick off Allstate's National "Give Back Day" in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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12/08/2011 - ATLANTA, Ga.

Allstate Insurance Company today announced that Alexandria Phillips of Atlanta has been named a 2012 Allstate Give Back Day Hero. For the fourth consecutive year, Allstate is paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by encouraging individuals to volunteer in their communities on MLK Day 2012 (Jan. 16) through its Give Back Day program ( Rodney Peete, former NFL quarterback and co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation, is helping launch the 2012 program along with Phillips and three other outstanding community heroes who are recognized as leading volunteers in their communities. Peete and the four Heroes will be guiding Give Back Day activities in their home cities with Allstate.

"Alexandria Phillips is a remarkable individual who selflessly gives back, keeping Dr. King's legacy alive through her passionate commitment to service," said Bob Holden, field vice president for Allstate's Southeast Region. "The volunteer efforts of the Give Back Day Heroes reflect the values and causes important to Allstate and communities across America. We hope their stories inspire others to put their good hands to work in their own communities every day and on Jan. 16, in honor of Dr. King."

Never-ending compassion for human kind was instilled in Alexandria Phillips at a very early age. Phillips was five years old when she moved with her mother from their hometown near Kansas City, Mo., to the Dominican Republic in the island of Hispaniola for a year-long stay in a poverty stricken village. This year, she served as Haiti Team intern at the Clinton Foundation and worked on the Event Operations team as Whisper Room Logistics Assistant for the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Phillips was recently named an Opportunity Nation Scholar and attended the summit and leadership institute in New York City.

Phillips, 21, is currently a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta where she is majoring in International Studies and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, the Student United Way, Actively Changing Tomorrow through Service (ACTS) and Association of Fundraising Professionals. After graduation, Phillips looks forward to a career within the non-profit sector and foundation work helping others less fortunate than she is.

Phillips joins Robert Cradle from Baltimore, Joyce Calvin from Chicago, and John Darjean of Dallas as this year's class of Allstate Give Back Day Heroes. Each hero has helped create positive, sustainable change in their communities by volunteering to address important causes like domestic violence, economic empowerment and mentoring at-risk youth. On behalf of Phillips, Allstate is making a donation of $2,500 to Beltline Bike Shop. Heroes will attend The King Center's "Salute to Greatness" Awards in Atlanta on Jan. 14, 2012 for a celebration of individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership.

In addition, Peete will be attending a special Allstate Give Back Day volunteer event in Atlanta on MLK Day 2012. "It is an honor for me to be associated with this committed and selfless group of heroes. I have always believed in getting involved in causes that you are passionate about, and it's great to see these individuals mirroring the spirit of Dr. King by giving back," said Peete, who spent 16 years in the NFL as a quarterback. Peete and wife Holly's HollyRod Foundation, which helps those living with autism and Parkinson's disease, is currently developing plans to open their first "HollyRod4kids Compassionate Care Center for Autism" in Los Angeles, a central location where families in the autism community can go for support, guidance, treatment and hope.

Individuals interested in participating in Allstate Give Back Day 2012 can visit to find local volunteer opportunities via VolunteerMatch, an online search engine promoting volunteerism and civic engagement by matching volunteers with charitable organizations and non-profits. Visitors to the website can view profiles of the four Allstate Give Back Day Heroes and learn about their community involvement through a series of video interviews. In 2011, more than 1,500 Allstate employees, agency owners and community members volunteered in dozens of cities across the country on Give Back Day.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®.

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