August 31, 2010
A committee of past recipients of the Angel Award, now in its 16th year, considered 61 nominations from throughout the state before selecting Stacey Debevec of Alexandria, Shelton Jones of Baton Rouge, Sal Miletello of Shreveport, Anna Monhartova of New Orleans, Carolyn Myer of Baton Rouge, Christy Papania-Jones of Lake Charles, Dee Scallan of West Monroe and Jane Wholey of New Orleans. The winners will be honored at a presentation ceremony Oct. 18 at the LSU Lod Cook Alumni Center in Baton Rouge.
“Making a difference in our communities requires time and money, and that’s why the Blue Cross Foundation is pleased to recognize each of these volunteers with $20,000 grants through the Angel Award,” said Christy Reeves, executive director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. “Through the Angel Award program, we’re partnering with outstanding volunteers to support Louisiana communities and create a healthier state.”
To date more than 100 Angel Award honorees, from age 17 to 93 and from all walks of life, have been selected based on their efforts to enhance a child’s life – physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. What they have in common is an unselfish focus on improving the welfare of children in their communities. With the addition of these 2010 Angels, grants to their charitable organizations will total more than $1 million.
For more information on the Angel Award program, visit the Blue Cross website at www.bcbsla.com and click on Community then Angel Award. There, visitors can research information on hundreds of past Angel Award nominees, finalists and overall winners by name, year of nomination or geographical location.
About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. The Angel Award is one of two signature programs. The other, Smart Bodies, is an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various non-profit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
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