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

Dan Umansky, territory director for Eye Care Centers of America (ECCA), utilizes his position with ECCA to partner with the Hunger Task Force in Wisconsin. Dan has been instrumental in placing food donation boxes in ECCA retail stores throughout the region and has helped to collect more than 2,000 pounds of food to the Hunger Task Force. As a volunteer for St. Augustine's Church, Dan helps serve meals to senior citizens, shut-ins and the hungry every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Dan has also participated in community service activities and served as an usher for Temple on the Heights for 20 years.

George Yanoshik Jr. (Hometown: Middletown, Pa.)

George Yanoshik Jr., public relations consultant, has volunteered with the Miss America Scholarship Organization at the local and state levels for nearly 30 years, helping young women to prepare for competition and reach their ultimate goal of obtaining educational scholarships. George's communication, public speaking and professional presentation guidance has helped to instill confidence and self-esteem in those he mentors. In addition to his role as an adviser, George works to raise money to be awarded in scholarship assistance to program winners.

About the Jefferson Awards

In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard founded the American Institute for Public Service, a nonprofit public foundation, to establish a "Nobel Prize" for public and community service -- the Jefferson Awards.

The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. National award recipients represent a "Who's Who" of outstanding Americans. Winners include Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates, Colin Powell and Arthur Ashe. On the local level, Jefferson Awards recipients are individuals who make a difference on a daily basis in their loca
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