The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2016 Angel Awards through Friday, April 8, 2016. Now in its twenty-first year, The Angel Award® program recognizes Louisiana volunteers who perform extraordinary work for children in need. The Foundation will also make a $20,000 grant to the Louisiana-based charity represented by each honoree.
If you know an Angel, you can find more information – including rules and guidelines –and a nomination form online at www.ourhomelouisiana.org<http://www.ourhomelouisiana.org>.
Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or by emailing Angel.Award@bcbsla.com<mailto:Angel.Award@bcbsla.com>. Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)
Profile of an Angel
In 2015, several Baton Rouge-area volunteers were recognized as Angels, including Dustin LaFont of Baton Rouge, LA. Dustin LaFont founded Front Yard Bikes<http://www.frontyardbikes.com/> in Baton Rouge in 2010. Front Yard Bikes is a program that teaches young children to earn a bike through hard work and dedication. If kids repair or restore a bike in the Front Yard Bikes shop, they are working to earn it.
LaFont uses his experience as a teacher to educate children on mathematics, physics and mechanics while repairing bikes. As a bonus, the kids experience inclusivity, mentorship, recreation and academic achievement. Front Yard Bikes provides ways for youth in the community to participate in weekly group rides, extracurricular activities and in building reliable transportation in a safe environment.
About the Blue Cross Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works each day to improve the health and lives of Louisianians by empowering everyday people to do extraordinary good. By building and funding coalitions of friends, families and neighbors, the Foundation hopes to build a healthier Louisiana, particularly for its children. The foundation is funded solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, but is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Together Blue Cross and the Blue Cross Foundation invest $2.5 million each year into Louisiana’s communities and nonprofits.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a private, fully taxed nonprofit company, mutually owned by policyholders—not shareholders. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is governed by a Louisiana Board of Directors.
The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices around the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the health and lives of all Louisianians.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is dedicated to transforming the healthcare industry in Louisiana into one that delivers high-quality health outcomes at more affordable costs with better experiences for our customers.
Learn more on the company’s website at www.bcbsla.com<http://www.bcbsla.com> or visit its social media hub to connect via Facebook, Twitter and more.