Cross Blue Shield of Michigan seeking 'Angels' and Exemplary Senior
Volunteers throughout state... Nominations can be made
DETROIT, March 28 /PRNewswire/ --
Do you know a few good "Angels" who are volunteering to positively
impact the lives of Michigan's children? What about outstanding
senior citizen volunteers working to improve the lives of Michigan's
If so, they may be eligible for
two annual community service awards sponsored by Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Michigan and its HMO affiliate Blue Care Network.
The eighth annual Caring for
Children Angel Awards will honor exceptional volunteer work on
behalf of Michigan youngsters. The 16th annual Claude Pepper Awards,
presented by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Senior Advisory
Council, will honor two senior citizen advocates making a profound
impact on the state's older adults.
Nomination forms and additional
information on both awards programs are available on
People also can make nominations
by phoning 1-800-733-BLUE (2583) or writing to Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Michigan Community Service Awards, Mail Code 0620, 600 E.
Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226. The nomination deadline for both
awards this year is April 30.
"All across the state, there are
many people who make a difference in the lives of Michigan's
children and senior citizens every day by devoting their time to
work with nonprofit organizations. Both of these awards serve to
honor them for their efforts," stated Diana Jones, vice president of
Community Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
A panel of community leaders from
across the state will review the nominations and select five adult
finalists and one adolescent to receive Angel Awards. From among the
five adult finalists, judges will select a Grand Angel, who will
receive a trophy and a $5,000 donation for her or his affiliated
The other four adult finalists and
The Littlest Angel will each receive a trophy and a $1,000 donation
for their charity.
The Senior Advisory Council
Education Committee will review all Claude Pepper Award nominations
and select the two finalists. The awards will be presented to one
retiree and one actively employed person of any age. They will each
receive $1,000 for their respective nonprofit organizations.
The Claude Pepper Awards, named
for the late U.S. senator from Florida who was a lifelong activist
for the nation's elderly, are presented to two individuals whose
professional or volunteer efforts have made significant
contributions to improving the lives of Michigan seniors,
particularly those whose access to health care services may be
hindered by physical, mental, financial or geographical limitations.
Senator Pepper was one of the
principal sponsors of the Older Americans Act of 1965 and a major
force in strengthening Social Security and Medicare.
Only nonprofit organizations with
a tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Service code are eligible for Angel Award and Claude Pepper Award
donations. If the winners are associated with a non- qualifying
program, a qualifying program related to his or her service may be
The Claude Pepper Awards will be
presented on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth
during the Senior Advisory Council annual conference. The Angel
Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10 in Detroit
at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Bricktown Service Center.