For 60 years now Jackson Insurance Agency has been serving the community, so when it came to supporting the Sterling Community Fund as a gala sponsor again this year it was a no-brainer.
“This community has been so good to me and my family, we don’t just feel the need to give back, I want to give back,” said Rick Jackson. “And this is a great way to do that, because most of what you give goes towards the money we need to help make this community the best it can be.”
There’s a good reason why Jackson and his family love Sterling and Logan County so much. They have been in business here for three generations.
“My father and mother (Perry and Donna Jackson) started in 1962. 20 years later, in 1982, I started, and 20 years later, in 2002, my son Cory started,” said Jackson.
This year the business is marking a major milestone as it celebrates its 60th anniversary, “we are very proud,” said Rick. In recognition of their anniversary and to thank their customers, they will have a hamburger dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 11am to 1pm at their office located at 330 West Main.
Farmers Union Insurance Co. has been Jackson’s carrier since the beginning, but over the years Jackson has been associated with almost all major businesses.
“We have over 50 carriers, anything you need or want to insure,” Rick said.
The company offers a variety of services, including life insurance and personal insurance for cars, homes, flood, homeowners, renters, watercraft, motorcycles, and ATVs. For commercial lines they offer comp, farm, auto and transportation, oilfield, wind and solar, bonds, livestock, special events, crops, and life insurance.
They carry many of the insurance companies you see advertising on TV, including Travelers, Liberty Mutual, Allstate and Progressive, as well as many life insurance carriers.
Rick and Cory Jackson have an experienced team to support them. Tara Fredregill, office manager, has been with them since April 2006 and licensed customer representatives Elaine Meisner, Danae Michaelis and Lexi Stewart came on board in July 2018, Aug. 2020 and September 2021 respectively.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve put together, the team we have and excited to be able to help the community in any way we can,” Rick said.
This includes supporting the Sterling Community Fund, an endowment that will provide ongoing financial support for a variety of projects that make Logan County a great place to live, raise children, start a business, and retire.
Project ideas mentioned by the fund committee include a splash park, a walking trail and now the completed Heritage Park. When asked if he has any projects he would like to see done, Mr Jackson said he is happy to know that the money will help to do something in the community.
He was quick to point out that although Gold Buckle donors like his organization have given $5,000 or more, there are others who give more than money to make the Foundation successful.
“Even the money I give is small compared to what the volunteers give, in their time and effort,” he said. “I am a seller, but even I find it difficult to go out and ask for money for the right reasons. These people do very well, so they are willing to go out and ask people to donate.”
The Sterling Community Fund is part of the Eastern Colorado Community Fund portfolio, which is a group of funds dedicated to supporting communities and charities in our community. All funds are administered by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, a 501c3 charitable organization. Learn more about the power of the Sterling Community Fund by visiting or contacting John Chapdelaine at (970) 580-1013 or John @NoCoFoundation.org.
The Sterling Community Fund Annual Gala will be held on Sept. 10, 2022, from 6 to 9:30 pm at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Tickets are available for purchase at Bank of Colorado Sterling and the CSU Community Engagement Center and cost $125 per person.