March 18, 2010

Blue Cross Opens 2010 Angel Award Nominations

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana this week issued its annual call for nominations for the Angel Award® with a deadline of May 14. The Angel Award, presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, recognizes Louisianians performing extraordinary volunteer work to improve the lives of our state's at-risk children. 

Because making a difference in Louisiana's communities requires time and money, the Angel Award includes a $20,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for each honoree's charity. 

The Angel Award grants provide each year's honorees with much-needed resources to further their important efforts to serve Louisiana's children, says Christy Reeves, the Foundation's executive director. Blue Cross has been committed to the health and wellbeing of our state since we were founded in 1934. We're proud to support these men and women who are so committed to strengthening their communities.

Since its creation in 1995, the Angel Award program has helped to identify and honor more than 100 outstanding individuals and given more than $1 million to their designated charities throughout the state. This year Blue Cross will give eight more Louisianians their wings, and the Foundation will contribute a $20,000 grant to each honoree's chosen charity.

Angel Award honorees, from age 17 to 93, have come from all walks of life. What they all have in common is their unselfish contribution of time and energy to improve the welfare of the children in their communities. Anyone who knows an individual who fits this description is encouraged to nominate him or her for the 2010 Angel Award. The deadline for nominations is May 14, 2010.

Angel Award honorees are selected by a panel of past recipients based on their efforts to enhance a child's life - physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. The volunteer work may be through churches, schools, civic organizations or individual effort.

To nominate someone or learn more about the Angel Award, visit and click on Community. The website allows visitors to research information on hundreds of past Angel Award nominees, finalists and overall winners by name, year of nomination or geographical location, as well as review nomination criteria and fill out a convenient online nomination form.

Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1.888.219.BLUE (1.888.219.2583) or e-mailing Supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos, is encouraged but cannot be returned.

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.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. BCBSLA is a not-for-profit, fully taxed mutual insurer, owned by policyholders and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The company provides group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to more than 1.2 million members. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana employs more than 1,800 Louisianians who are committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care.

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