Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Wins Third Platinum Fit-Friendly Honor

Video profiles of each of  the 2012 Angel Award winners are now available on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana website. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation presents the award annually to outstanding volunteers who give of their time and talents for Louisiana’s children.

The 2012 Angels are:

  • Gaylynne Mack of Baton Rouge, executive director of Big Buddy of Baton Rouge.
  • Tiffany Phelps of New Roads, executive director of the Center for the Arts.
  • Michael Hackett of Metairie, retired university IT director and nine-year Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer.
  • Mary-Brent Brown of Covington, who recently turned 17, but for the past five years has been running a non-profit group that teaches other children how to raise funds for charity.
  • Ann Keene of Tallulah, who has worked with 4-H in Louisiana since she was a seventh-grader in 1953.
  • Darryl Durham of New Orleans, director of Anna’s Arts for Kids, an after-school arts and academic support program for children aged 4-14 in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood.
  • Tim Falcon of Marrero, co-founder of Café Reconcile and Café Hope. 
Also featured is Blue Cross printing production specialist Wendell Jackson, the 2012 Blue Angel, who is honored for his work with the Nubian Kruzers. 

For more information on the Angel Award program, visit the Blue Cross website at and click on About Blue, then Company and The Angel Award. Visitors can research information on hundreds of past Angel Award nominees, finalists and overall winners by name, year of nomination or geographical location.

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.

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