Rick Neale June 2, 2022, 5pm
After growing up in the Palm Bay-Melbourne area, Orion180 founder Kenneth Gregg launched his company’s Star Outreach Program last August to support charitable causes across the Southeast.
Now, Orion180’s program is donating $25,000 to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity.
“One of the things I’m a big believer in is, we want to help the area that we’re in stay a great place to live, and have families, and enjoy a safe environment,” Gregg said.
“I wanted to reach out the sheriff and say, ‘Hey, we’re here to support you,’ ” he said.
Wednesday afternoon, Gregg presented Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey a $25,000 check.
The BCSO charity assists law enforcement officers and firefighters in times of need such as medical emergencies and long-term illness; funds the Sheriff’s Pet Posse to help homeless pets; and funds Dream for the Badge.
The latter program, which debuted last year, lets adults and children with terminally illness or ability challenges “serve” as a uniformed deputy for a day.
“It’s probably the most heartfelt thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Ivey said.
Headquartered on U.S. 1 in Melbourne, Orion180 is a homeowners insurance provider that was founded in 2017 and serves independent agents in the southeastern United States.
Orion180 also operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. In November, the firm announced its was expanding into the Georgia market.
Rick Neale is the South Brevard Watchdog Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY.