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Highmark Inc. Recognizes Exceptional Employee Volunteers with Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Date:4/28/2009

Awards given for going above and beyond in community service efforts

PITTSBURGH, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. has recognized 12 of its employee volunteers with a Jefferson Award for Public Service for going above and beyond the call of duty in their community service efforts. A corporate champion of the American Institute for Public Service, Highmark is one of five companies in Pennsylvania with the privilege of acknowledging its employees with the Jefferson Awards for making extraordinary contributions to the community through volunteerism.

"We believe that our employees are the company's greatest asset in our ability to give back to the community," said Yvonne Cook, vice president of community and health initiatives. "The time and energy that these individuals commit to putting others before themselves truly makes them unsung heroes in our community."

Last year, nearly 1,500 of Highmark's employees logged more than 92,000 hours of volunteer work, estimated at a value of more than $1.7 million in giving back.

Highmark presented award recipients with a Jefferson Awards medallion and a $500 grant for the nonprofit organization of the winners' choice.

Of Highmark's 12 Jefferson Awards recipients, one overall winner was selected to represent the company at the national Jefferson Awards recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. Carolyn Fronapel will attend the ceremony on June 16-17 together with winners from select corporations across the United States.

Carolyn Fronapel (Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Carolyn Fronapel, business staff analysis specialist, has volunteered at St. Lawrence O'Toole Parish for more than 32 years in a variety of roles, ranging from serving on the Parish Pastoral Council to planning music for weekly services. As a member of the parish's Cluster Planning team, Carolyn was responsible fo
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