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Registration is now open for the 2015 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 3, 2015) — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and community members will come together again Saturday, June 6 at Presque Isle State Park to raise money for 23 local nonprofit organizations and take part in the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the walk in Erie. Online registration for the walk is now open, so participants can take their first step in this year's walk by registering today.

Highmark organizes and underwrites all costs associated with the walk, while walkers select the participating nonprofit organization they wish to support. The nonprofits then keep 100 percent of the funds raised by their walkers. The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community has been held annually throughout the region since 2003, and has helped more than 200 organizations collectively raise more than $7.8 million.

"We invite community members to sign up to walk and become part of this important effort," said Dan Onorato, Highmark Health executive vice president. "The walk provides local nonprofits with a vital fundraising opportunity and offers walkers a scenic route for exercise. It also brings the community together to support the nonprofits that provide important services to us and our neighbors."

A 5K (3.1 mile) route and a one-mile fun walk (both handicap-accessible) are available, and pets on leashes are welcome. In addition to the walk, there will be entertainment, refreshments and prizes.

Walkers can register at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community website, where they can select one of the following nonprofit beneficiaries:

Barber National Institute
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of NW PA
Children's Advocacy Center of Erie County
Children's Miracle Network
Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania
Erie County Diabetes Association
Erie Homes for Children and Adults
Erie United Methodist Alliance
Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity
L'Arche Erie Inc.
Make-A-Wish
Mental Health Association NW PA

Mission Empower
Multicultural Community Resource Center
National Kidney Foundation
Perseus House, Inc.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Erie
St. Martin Center, Inc.
The ALS Association Western PA Chapter
Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center
Therapy Dogs United, Inc.
Voices for Independence

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves approximately 3.2 million members through the company's health care benefits business and employs more than 4,000 people in western Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Doug Braunsdorf
Highmark Health
412-544-5206
Douglas.Braunsdorf@highmarkhealth.org