BATON ROUGE, La. — This October, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will present The Angel Award® to nine everyday Louisianians doing extraordinary good for the state’s children.
The honorees were chosen from nearly 200 nominees submitted across Louisiana. Each Angel will receive a $25,000 grant to the nonprofit organization of their choice to deepen the impact of their work.
Now in its 25th year, The Angel Award® is notable for focusing on people who do hands-on work, says Foundation president Michael Tipton.
“We honor these men and women for leading from the front lines, and building movements of others to join in making lasting, powerful change for our state’s future through its children,” he said.
The stories of each Angel will be told at an invitation-only presentation ceremony to be held Monday, Oct. 14 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. 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 Deirdre Barfield, M.D. of Shreveport – a longtime volunteer at the Martin Luther King Health Center and Pharmacy, where she provides high quality family medicine services for people who cannot afford to pay for healthcare. Dr. Barfield also mentors students from area colleges who aspire to healthcare careers.
More information about the Angel Award is available online at www.BCBSLAFoundation.org.
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.