BATON ROUGE, La – (Baton Rouge, LA) – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is asking Louisianians to nominate people doing extraordinary good for local children for The Angel Award®. The Foundation will accept nominations through April 7, 2023 online at www.bcbslafoundation.org/nominate.
For nearly 30 years, this prestigious award has shined a light on everyday people who have given their time, talent and resources to improving the lives of young people in the state. The award is also a grant program – each honoree chooses a nonprofit to receive a $25,000 grant in their name.
“We’ve been able to keep this program going because, thankfully, there’s no shortage of Angels who demonstrate compassion and commitment to our state’s young people,” said Michael Tipton, president of the Blue Cross Foundation. “If you know someone in any community across Louisiana who is working consistently for kids, nominating them is an excellent way to show appreciation and help them get recognition for that work.”
Past Angel Award honorees have made their mark in education, housing, the arts, support services of children with disabilities and much more. Profiles of all past honorees can be found at www.bcbslafoundation.org.
There is no limit to how many people you can nominate for The Angel Award, and multiple people can submit a nomination for the same individual.
The Pay-Offs of Persistence
Tipton encourages those who have filled out nominations before to update and resubmit them again this year. The Foundation receives hundreds of submissions each year, but is only able to select eight honorees.
“Persistence pays off. Past Angels select each new group of honorees, and each year, there are a few chosen who have been nominated two, three or even four years in a row before they seem to break through. So, if you’ve nominated someone before and they weren’t chosen, don’t be discouraged — submit it again,” Tipton said.
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. Since 2020, Blue Cross and the Blue Cross Foundation have invested more than $20 million into Louisiana’s communities and nonprofits, including grants made in response to COVID-19 and natural disasters.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We have been recognized for the past four years as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We invite all Louisianians to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media @BCBSLA.