; Anniversary Addition For The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey: 10 Years Of Giving + 1000th Grant = $10,000 Gift To Wheaton Arts And Cultural Center
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Anniversary Addition For The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey: 10 Years Of Giving + 1000th Grant = $10,000 Gift To Wheaton Arts And Cultural Center

July 10, 2014

MILLVILLE and NEWARK — The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is celebrating ten years of supporting community organizations throughout the state by awarding one of its long-time grantees a special anniversary present: An extra $10,000 for general operating support. The gift recipient, the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, had just received separate Foundation approval of a $10,000 award for its Glasstown Collective Education Program. Since this marked The Foundation's 1000th grant, the center netted the bonus $10,000 gift. Representatives from The Foundation – the charitable arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey – presented ceremonial grant checks today to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.

"When selecting our grantees over the past decade, we've looked to identify and support organizations that are making a positive difference in the communities they serve and the lives they touch," said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Foundation. "Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center has consistently excelled in offering quality programs, so we were thrilled to learn that this organization became the one-thousandth grant award recipient."

The grant for the Glasstown Collective Education Program will support children's programs developed to provide interactive arts education. The program addresses critical social and developmental goals, as well as creative goals that align with New Jersey's Core Content Curriculum Standards and educational criteria.

"Since 2006, we have been fortunate to receive more than $100,000 of support from the Horizon Foundation," said Susan Gogan, the Executive Director of the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. "On behalf of all our members, we thank the Foundation for its ongoing commitment to arts education and the well-being of the entire NJ community."

About The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is celebrating 10 years of serving New Jersey's communities. The Foundation promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://www.horizonblue.com/foundation.

About Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is a multifaceted art organization with a mission to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity. It has been an arts center for audiences of all ages for over four decades, featuring diverse traditional and contemporary arts programs, classes, workshops and exhibitions. Learn more at wheatonarts.org.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's oldest and largest health insurer, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving 3.7 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at http://www.HorizonBlue.com.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 105 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.