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Barnard Donegan Insurance celebrates 100 years

Barnard Donegan Insurance celebrates 100 years
Bruce Barnard (left), president of BDI Insurance Agency, gives thanks to Emmett Donegan for years of service. Donegan led BDI from 1958-1963. BDI celebrated 100 years by donating $100,000 to various community-wide service agencies, the La Vernia Christian Food Pantry being one of them. Barnard presented a $2,500 donation to Roz Miller, director of the La Vernia Christian Food Pantry, May 6.

Hidden amid the downtown La Vernia businesses lies Barnard Donegan Insurance, an insurance company that on Thursday, May 5, celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Started by Hugh Donegan in 1911, and purchased by Bruce Barnard in 1992, it became the name it represents today.

Barnard is still the president today, with five offices spread across South Texas. The office in La Vernia, located at 13210 U.S. 87 W., was established in April 2003, when Barnard Donegan Insurance bought La Vernia Insurance from Frank and Kim Pruski.

The local insurance company offers health, life, commercial, including property, liability, and workers’ compensation; and personal, including home, auto, and RV; as well as 401k options and annuities.

With the new health-care laws, the group health insurance has been the company’s most popular service offered.

“We are extremely competitive. With our extensive resource of companies we can compete with almost every carrier,” said Wes Becknell, an insurance agent in the La Vernia office. He said their main goal is “getting the opportunity to meet new people and find ways of saving [our customers] money without cutting coverage.”

Along with Becknell, there are three other agents working from the La Vernia office, Frank Pruski, Jennifer Harper, and Janell Goedhart.

Barnard Donegan Insurance is an independent agency, contracted with more than 100 companies to be able to offer the best prices available.

The business is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information, call 830-303-8300.

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