Seeking to prevent tragedy and raise awareness of improper heatingsystems, local Concord Group Insurance Companies is giving $500,000 totheir policyholders for the purchase of home heating fuel this winterseason. Thousands of individuals and families across the state ofVermont are eligible for Concord Group’s one-time “A Warm Hand:Policyholder Heating Lottery” program.According to Joseph A. Desmond, Chairman and CEO of Concord Group, “Werecognize the unique challenge the economy causes for many families thisholiday season. We have seen our policyholders through the GreatDepression, oil embargo and other economic challenges. This is one ofthe ways we can show our policyholders – in a way that touches theirlives – how we value their trust.”All Concord Group Insurance homeowner and mobile homeowner policyholdersof record as of October 31, 2008 are eligible in the state of Vermont. Concord Group Insurance will award fuel voucher checks in a lotteryformat. Policyholders who wish to participate can register one of threeways: . Directly on Concord Group’s web site located atwww.concordgroupinsurance.com(link is external).. Through their local Independent Insurance Agent who willregister them with Concord Group.. Or walk into one of Concord Group’s local offices in Concord,NH; Berlin, VT or Auburn, ME and register directly with the company. “Unlike some other companies, we’ve been prudent in our investments and in our daily operations,” said Concord Group President Linda J. Day. “We felt that this was the best way to offer safety and security to thethousands of New England families who turn to us for peace of mind.”Each fuel voucher check will be awarded at $250 each. Four drawings are scheduled: December 15, 2008; January 15, 2009; February 16, 2009 andMarch 16, 2009. All fuel voucher checks will be distributed by the end of March, 2009.Fuel sources eligible for the fuel assistance check include heating oil;natural gas; electric; propane (LPG); wood pellets; fire wood.