; The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey To Donate $1,000,000 To Assist New Jersey Residents Affected By Hurricane Sandy
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The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey To Donate $1,000,000 To Assist New Jersey Residents Affected By Hurricane Sandy

November 7, 2012

NEWARK – The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey (Foundation) today announced that it has committed $1 million dollars to help New Jersey families affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Foundation will be making direct grants to the American Red Cross (North Jersey Chapter), the Salvation Army (New Jersey Division), the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Fund. In addition, the Foundation will match employee donations to those organizations on a three-to-one basis.

“Many New Jersey families, along with many of our employees, have been terribly affected by Hurricane Sandy and are in great need to put their lives back together,” said Horizon BCBSNJ Chairman & CEO, Robert A. Marino. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the people of New Jersey, our members, employees, friends, and families during this difficult time. We stand with our fellow New Jersey residents as we work together to rebuild our communities.”

The Foundation Board of Directors approved the following disaster relief grants:

  • $250,000 – Foundation grant to American Red Cross Northern New Jersey Chapter.
  • $250,000 – Foundation grant to Salvation Army New Jersey Division.
  • $100,000 – Foundation grant to Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
  • $100,000 - Foundation grant to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

The Foundation also allocated $300,000 to match employee donations to these organizations on a three-to-one basis.  The Foundation has made grants previously to assist the New Jersey victims of Hurricane Irene, those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina, and relief efforts following earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.

Many Horizon BCBSNJ employees have been volunteering in a number of relief efforts across the state. Horizon BCBSNJ’s Blue to You van and the Care-A-Vans of Horizon NJ Health, the state’s largest Medicaid insurer have been across New Jersey aiding victims by distributing clothing, food and water, and providing electrical power to charge phones and laptops for volunteers and victims. Horizon NJ Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Phil Bonaparte, and several nurses and social workers have been providing care to victims in a number of shelters. Additionally, Horizon BCBSNJ employees have initiated a food drive to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and volunteer efforts to collect and distribute blankets, clothing, diapers and other necessities for displaced families.

About The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life throughout New Jersey by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation visit www.Horizonblue.com/Foundation.

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 3.6 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com.

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