LANO Member Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will be accepting nominations through Friday, May 4, for the Angel Award®.
The Angel Award annually recognizes eight Louisianans who go beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts to improve the lives of our state's at-risk children.
Because making a difference in Louisiana's communities requires time and money, the Angel Award includes a $20,000 grant for each honoree's charity.
"The Angel Award is just one of many ways the Foundation gives back to the community and those who dedicate their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of Louisiana children,” said Christy Reeves, the Foundation's executive director. "We are looking forward to honoring this year's angels who make it their mission to ensure a brighter future for those in need.”
Since its creation in 1995, the Angel Award program has helped to identify and honor more than 100 outstanding individuals and given more than $1 million to their designated charities. The 2011 honorees included a Baton Rouge man who created a safe haven for children to learn, a New Orleans-area woman who provides mentoring and extra-curricular activities for young ladies in Harvey and a woman in Northeast Louisiana who battles chronic hunger by providing meals to Monroe-area children.
In December, 2011, Angel Award alumni were offered a year's full membership in LANO courtesy BCBSLAF, with access to discounts, networking tools, and exclusive fund development and executive management databases that they can use to increase the capacity of their nonprofit organizations.
The Blue Cross Foundation encourages anyone who knows an angel for kids to nominate him or her for the 2012 Angel Award.