August 08, 2008

2008 Angel Award Nominees Announced

Blue Cross and BIue Shield of Louisiana recognizes outstanding volunteers statewide

Louisiana residents have nominated 50 of their fellow citizens for the 2008 Angel Award sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, identifying these nominees as performing outstanding volunteer work on behalf of children in our state.

A panel of past honorees will choose eight Louisiana angels from among these nominees. Each of the eight will receive a $20,000 grant for his or her charitable organization from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Created in 1995, the Angel Award program has helped to identify and honor 103 outstanding individuals and given more than $720,000 to charities on behalf of the honorees. 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.

The Angel Award webpage includes more information on the Angel Award program, including information on hundreds of past Angel Award nominees, finalists and overall winners by name, year of nomination or geographical location.

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.