Help Allied National Celebrate its 50(+1) Anniversary With a Grand Celebration
Allied National’s founders, Bill and Ernestine Ashley, started our company as a brokerage in 1951. In 1970, they formed Allied Group Insurance Trust, one of the nation’s first multiple employer trusts for small group health insurance. In 1993, Allied incorporated to form Allied National, Inc. and in 2020, 90 Degree Benefits acquired majority interest.
In honor of our "50+1" anniversary as Allied - and in light of the fact that the pandemic derailed our plans for a 50th celebration in 2020 - Allied's executives are inviting all employees, plus one guest each, to a grand celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17, 2021, at the Kansas City Zoo.
Check out all the event details below and RSVP for you and your guest if you haven't already.
We hope you'll join us. It's bound to be a roaring good time!
Q. When is the last date I can register? A. Please register (RSVP) no later than 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.
Q. Can I bring a guest? A. Yes! You may bring one guest who is over the age of 21.
Q. What are the parking arrangements? A. Parking is free. Please park in the main lot located nearest the zoo entrance. There are stairs that lead to the entrance. The zoo is located at 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO 64132 in historic Swope Park with easy access from I-435 and 71 Highway.
Q. Where is the Kansas City Zoo located? A. The zoo is located at 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO 64132 in historic Swope Park with easy access from I-435 and 71 Highway.
Q. What do I do if I need mobility assistance? A. Please note that there are stairs from the main lot to the entrance and the walk from the main entrance to the tent is about 10 minutes. If you need mobile assistance from the parking lot to the entrance; throughout the zoo; or from the entrance to the tent, please mark that on your RSVP form. Trams will be available to take guests from the entrance to the tent, but special arrangements will need to be made with us if you need a ride back to the entrance. Motorized scooters and a "golf" cart also can be made available if we have advanced notice.
Q. Will there be security at the zoo? A. Yes, the zoo provides security for all of their events.
Q. Do I have to check in? A. Yes. There will be a table located outside the zoo's main entrance where you will get your name tag and meal tickets.
Q. Do I need to wear a mask? A. We will be following Kansas City, MO, mandates. As of now, they are requiring the use of a mask indoors through Aug. 28. Of course, you may wear a mask after that date if you like.
Q. What is the dress code? A. The dress code for this event is work casual. We know it may be hot in September and you want to be comfortable, but if you wouldn't wear it to the office, please don't wear it to the event.
Q. Will there be a safe place for me to put my purse or jacket? A. Sorry, no. You will need to keep your valuables with you as you tour the zoo.
Q. Do I need to bring money with me? A. No. All costs are covered, including for the open bar.
Q. How do I make a special dietary request? A. Please list your dietary restrictions and/or food allergies on the RSVP form online.
Q. What happens if there is bad weather? Will the event be cancelled? A. The event will not be cancelled. The dinner will be held underneath a tent and we will add flaps to the tent in case of rain.
Q. Can we tour the entire zoo? A. Allied employees and guests may tour the front section of the zoo. Please review the event map.
Q. Are there any special events? A. Besides the wonderful plated dinner at 7:15 p.m. (accompanied by rousing speeches!), there will be a Special Sea Lion Splash at 6:30 p.m. Also keep an eye open for the free photo booth and open bar located near the tent. An event photographer will also be taking photos for our archives.
Q. Will my guest get a gift? A. Each gift package has an anniversary logo event cup that you may give to your guest. The choice of a backpacks, polo or t-shirts are for employees only. Check out gifts to see which bundle you would like to receive and to look at your shirt size options.
Q. Can I post photos on social media at the event? A. Yes! Please post. You may use #Alliedis50 for the event hashtag. Don't forget to tag @AlliedNational or make your post public so we can see and share your posts, too.
Q. Can I get the anniversary gift even if I don't attend? A. Yes, just fill out the RSVP form indicating that you can't attend and the form will take you to a site where you can choose your present.