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Blue Cross Foundation Accepting 2012 Angel Award Nominations

February 6, 2012

BATON ROUGE – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation today announced that it will be accepting nominations through Friday, May 4, for the Angel Award®. The Angel Award annually recognizes eight Louisianians who go beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts 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 for each honoree’s charity. 

“The Angel Award is just one of many ways the Foundation gives back to the community and those who dedicate their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of Louisiana children,” said Christy Reeves, the Foundation’s executive director. “We are looking forward to honoring this year’s angels who make it their mission to ensure a brighter future for those in need.”

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. The 2011 honorees included a Baton Rouge man who created a safe haven for children to learn, a New Orleans-area woman who provides mentoring and extra-curricular activities for young ladies in Harvey and a woman in Northeast Louisiana who battles chronic hunger by providing meals to Monroe-area children.

Angel Award honorees have ranged from teens to those approaching the century mark and come from all walks of life. What they all have in common is going the extra mile to improve the lives of Louisiana children – the future of our state. The Blue Cross Foundation encourages anyone who knows an angel for kids to nominate him or her for the 2012 Angel Award.

The deadline for nominations is May 4, 2012. To nominate someone or learn more about the Angel Award, visit the Foundation’s website, www.ourhomelouisiana.org, and click on Programs, then The Angel Award.

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 done individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations.

The Blue Cross Foundation website allows visitors to review nomination criteria and research information on hundreds of past Angel Award honorees by name, year of nomination or geographical location. The site also features 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 Angel.Award@bcbsla.com. 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.  Learn more on the Foundation’s website www.ourhomelouisiana.org

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 provides group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to more than 1.3 million members. 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.

Learn more on the company's website at www.bcbsla.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluecrossla. Follow Blue Cross on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BCBSLA and CEO Mike Reitz at www.twitter.com/MikeReitzCEO.



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