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Highmark Employee Volunteers Receive $9,500 in Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Grants are awarded to support programs with which Highmark employees


PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. recently awarded $9,500 to 19 nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania to support programs with which Highmark employees volunteer. Grants were awarded to initiatives that promote physical activity, provide nature, arts and culture education and raise funds to provide access to health care services.

Highmark recognizes that its employee volunteers know best the most pressing needs of the organizations where they volunteer. Through the Employee Volunteer Grant Program, employees are invited to apply for a $500 grant to support an organization that they commit their time and energy to.

The grants awarded each quarter through the Employee Volunteer Grant Program are generally given to organizations that do not already receive significant contributions through Highmark's corporate giving. An organization is eligible to receive one grant each year through the program.

The following organizations received grants through the Highmark Employee Volunteer Grant Program during the third quarter of 2008.

Nonprofit Volunteer and Activity County


Light of Life Ken Wills, database administrator Allegheny

Rescue Mission III, volunteers to assist in the

organization's Hope for Change

campaign to raise funds to support

life changing programs for the poor

and homeless of Greater Pittsburgh.

The Mission's goal is to empower

people to achieve education,

healthy living, independence and

rewarding careers.

St. Nicholas Tracy Saula Karas, director of Allegheny

Serbian financial support, is a parent

Tamburitzans volunteer for the St. Nicholas

Serbian Tamburitzans, a youth group

that performs at local schools,

synagogues, nationality fairs,

nursing homes and rehabilitation

centers to preserve the culture of

Serbian and eastern European music

and dance.

Christina Kent Joan Punt, senior account Bernalillo

Day Nursery executive, provides fundraising and County, NM

literacy education support for the

organization, which provides day

care services for children of low

income, single parents in

Albuquerque, NM.

Big Spring Area Gayniale Nowak, technical business Cumberland

Community Center analyst IV, volunteers as a coach

for the youth soccer program for

children ages 4 to 15.

Pennsylvania Heather Seeno, actuarial project Cumberland

Regional Ballet consultant 3, volunteers as a

parent liaison and head usher for

the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, a

pre-professional ballet company

consisting of 20 young dancers and

some 100 students.

Shippensburg Patricia Bender, electronic output Cumberland

Aquatic Club project analyst, is a parent

volunteer who assists with swim

meets and fund-raising. The

Shippensburg Aquatic Club helps

youth ages 6 to 18 improve their

physical fitness and swimming

abilities and raise their self-


American Cancer Lisa McNair, senior tax analyst, Dauphin

Society volunteers as the chairperson for

the annual Bandana Buddies event

which raises breast cancer

awareness and provides a networking

opportunity for families who have

been affected by breast cancer.

Ned Smith Center Charlene Sendatch, technical Dauphin

for Nature and business analyst Lead, volunteers

the Arts on the personnel and finance

committee for the Ned Smith Center,

which provides nature education

opportunities through seminars,

lectures, hands-on events and


Holy Name of Amy Coates, COB contract Dauphin

Jesus Youth specialist, and David Hanes,

Football Program director of billing platform,

volunteer as a team mom and a youth

football coach respectively to help

foster teamwork, teach

sportsmanship and promote the

importance of physical activity for

the 220 children enrolled in the


LDC United Michele Perri, HPO business analyst Dauphin

Arsenal U11 4, volunteers as the uniform

Soccer director for the Lower Dauphin

Soccer Association and is

responsible for ordering,

coordinating and delivering more

than 1,000 uniforms to youth soccer

players in the program.

The Salvation Lovie Chandler, OPL/MSP contract Dauphin

Army specialist, volunteers at the

Salvation Army, an adult

rehabilitation center, as a

recovery group facilitator and


Ephrata Area Brian Rohrbaugh, application Lancaster

Rescue Services developer III, serves as a training

officer and chief of the department

which provides technical rescue

services for water, ice, high angle

and vehicle coverage for 16,000

individuals in its service region.

Suburban Cyclist Richard Terry, senior provider Montgomery

Unlimited auditor, is a member and ride

leader for Suburban Cyclist

Unlimited, an organization formed

to promote recreational cycling in

the community. As a ride leader,

Richard is responsible for

educating children and adults on

the proper use of a bike on the


Blain Youth Michelle Ashman, decision support Perry

Soccer consultant 3, volunteers as a youth

Association soccer coach to help children learn

team work, friendship and the

importance of physical activity.

Boy Scout Troop Fred Gregory, operating reporting Perry

222 analysis team Lead, volunteers as a

committee member for the troop

which promotes leadership for boys

ages 11 to 17.

Susquenita Fawn Cramer, OCR specialist, Perry

Midget Football volunteers in the concession stand

Association and assists within the organization

as needed.

East Suburban Jim Snitger, technical business Westmore-

Citizen Advocacy analyst 2, was matched through East land

Suburban Citizen Advocacy as a

friend, advisor and mentor to

Donnie, a 50-year-old man with Down

Syndrome, to provide him with a

supportive and valuable

relationship. Jim has volunteered

as an advocate for Donnie for 16


Northern Music Susan Yergo, administrative York

Boosters assistant, volunteers as the

student fundraising coordinator for

the Northern Music Boosters, an

organization that supports more

than 200 students involved in the

music programs at Northern High


Paddletown St. Michael Wolfe, membership/billing York

Paul's United administrator 2, volunteers to plan

Methodist Church events that bring members of the

community together to remember and

support veterans. Most recently,

the $1,407 in proceeds from the

Etters Community Memorial Day

Celebration were given to the VA

Hospital in Lebanon, PA.

About Highmark

As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.6 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. The company provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit .

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