June 26, 2008

Angel Award Nomination Deadline Extended to July 11

$160,000 in grants will benefit Louisiana's children

There's still time to nominate a candidate for the Angel Award, a partnership of the state's largest health insurer and its non-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. The deadline for submission has been extended to July 11, 2008.

Now in its 14th year, the Angel Award is a statewide recognition program that honors outstanding volunteer effort on behalf of Louisiana's children. The annual event has honored more than 100 "angels" who have made exceptional contributions to better the lives of kids in our state. More than $720,000 has been awarded to charities chosen by finalists and winners of the award in the years since the program's inception in 1995.

Eight winners will be chosen by a committee of past award winners to receive the 2008 Angel Award.  The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will contribute a $20,000 grant to each honoree's chosen charity. A nominee may be recognized for his or her body of work and can also be part of a group's effort, although only individual volunteers, not groups, can be nominated. The volunteer effort can be aimed at enhancing any aspect of a child's life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual.

Past winners have come from all walks of life and ranged in age from 17 to 93. What they all had in common was their unselfish contribution of time and energy to improve the welfare of the children in their communities.

  • Online nomination form
  • Find past Angel Award honorees from your area

    Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1.888.219.BLUE (1.888.219.2583) or e-mailing

    The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees' chosen charities that qualify as non-profit charitable organizations focused on health or education with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is Louisiana-owned and -operated. Marking its 74th anniversary this year, the company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. It is a tax-paying mutual company, owned by its policyholders. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana also has district offices in Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans and Shreveport. The company's subsidiaries include HMO Louisiana, Inc. and Southern National Life Insurance Company, Inc.