(Baton Rouge, LA) — This October, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will honor ten everyday Louisianians doing extraordinary good for the state’s children at the 2016 Angel Award® ceremony.
This year’s honorees were chosen from a record number of nominations from across the state. Each Angel will receive a $20,000 grant to the charity of their choice to deepen the impact of their work.
The work of the 2016 class of Angels ranges from supporting Louisiana’s foster children to community development and education. And while each has had a profound effect on the lives of children, he or she started out by making a simple decision to do good for just one child – an important theme to the Angel Award.
“Each of our Angels began their work by making the courageous decision to do something simple to help a child. Their work simply grew from there,” says Foundation president Michael Tipton. “We hold these people up because we want to show everyone how everyday goodness takes hold and spreads in a way that completely changes the future for our children.”
The stories of each Angel will be told at an invitation-only presentation ceremony to be held Monday, Oct. 17 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. Receiving the Angel Award this year are:
Each year, the Foundation also honors a “Blue Angel,” an employee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana who has shown extraordinary commitment to children. This year, the Foundation has selected two employees – Billie Jean Davis-Lomas and Glenda Chappell – who, over the last decade, have provided hands-on training, mentoring and career development to Baton Rouge youth through the local chapter of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA). The Foundation will make a $5,000 grant to BDPA in Davis-Lomas’ and Chappel’s names.
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.