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Media Contact: Cheryl Monkhouse
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cheryl.monkhouse@bcbsga.com

More than 400 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Associates Helped 13 Georgia Organizations During its Fourth Annual Community Service Day

ATLANTA – May 16, 2011 – More than 400 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) associates and their friends and families joined forces to participate in the company’s national Community Service Day. These efforts helped 13 organizations across the state.

“At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia we work everyday to improve the health of our communities,” said Morgan Kendrick, president of BCBSGa. “And our associates truly demonstrate that commitment by donating part of their weekend to partner with important service organizations throughout Georgia. I’m very proud that they make serving our communities a top priority.”

At the W.W. Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, associates cleaned and painted the boys’ and girls’ restrooms, and painted rooms throughout the building, including several murals – one of a smart phone image created by the Boys & Girls Club teens. These upgrades help to create a positive environment where Atlanta’s youth will learn and engage in healthy, team-building and leadership activities.

BCBSGa’s associates across the state participated in many activities at locations, including:
• Atlanta: Jerusalem House, MedShare, Senior Services North Fulton
• Columbus: A.J. McClung YMCA, Brown Bag of Columbus, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center
• Savannah: March of Dimes Georgia Chapter - March for Babies Coastal Empire
• Other Sites (Augusta, Fairmount and Macon/Warner-Robbins): Golden Harvest Food Bank, Fairmount Flower Lot Project, Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Georgia

In 2010, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation granted $750,857 to community organizations in Georgia. In addition, BCBSGa gifted $189,133 to civic and charitable organizations through its community relations support.

And through BCBSGa’s associate giving campaign, which included a 50 percent match from the parent company’s foundation, BCBSGa associates pledged $339,004 to help nonprofit organizations throughout the state in 2011.

During the past four Annual Community Service Days, company associates from across the country:
• Cleaned/Painted/Renovated: 341 Community Clinics, 45 Murals, 55 Classrooms, 206 Emergency Shelters
• Built/Repaired: 80 Miles of Trails
• Beautified/Planted: 198 Acres of Green Space, 296 Community Gardens; 2,898 Trees
• Served: 2,230 Meals
• Sorted: 132,200 Pounds of Food for Distribution; 109,000 Pounds of Medical Supplies for Redistribution Overseas
• Engaged: 4,725 Children & Seniors in Fun & Fit Activities

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association® . The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at www.bcbsga.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinInBCBSGa, visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin or check out the Our Health Connects Us campaign site at http://connects.bcbsga.com/.

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that the company serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to reduce the number of uninsured as well as organizations and nonprofit charities that promote the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions.  These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation.  The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual associate giving campaign and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more about the Foundation please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org. >

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