Sept. 11, 2012
Seven men and women from around the state have been chosen winners of the 2012 Angel Award presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. The award is given annually to outstanding volunteers who give of their time and talents for Louisiana’s children.
"Directly affecting the lives of hundreds of Louisiana children every year, the Angel Award program is one of the ways the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation fulfills its mission of supporting health- and education-related causes," said foundation Executive Director Christy Reeves. "In its 18 years, the program has awarded well over $1 million to charities whose purpose is to improve the welfare of the state's children."
This year’s winners, who will be honored at a presentation ceremony Nov. 5 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, are:
Also being recognized is Blue Cross printing production specialist Wendell Jackson as the 2012 Blue Angel. A member of the Nubian Kruzers motorcycle club, Jackson initiated and developed a public relations and fundraising campaign that enabled the group to increase their support for the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center and the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center.
For more information on the Angel Award program, visit the Blue Cross website at www.bcbsla.com and click on About Blue, then Company and The 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. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, 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.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to more than one out of every four Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana employs more than 1,900 Louisianians who are committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care.
Learn more on the company's website at www.bcbsla.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluecrossla. Follow Blue Cross on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BCBSLA and CEO Mike Reitz at www.twitter.com/MikeReitzCEO.
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