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

Highmark Inc.

PITTSBURGH (Feb. 3, 2015) — Highmark Inc. and community members will come together again on Saturday, May 16 at Stage AE on the North Shore to raise money for 75 local nonprofit organizations and take part in the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. 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 walks provide local nonprofits with a vital fundraising opportunity and offer walkers a scenic route for exercise. They also bring 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:

ACLD, Inc.
Allen Place Community Services, Inc.
Alpha House, Inc.
Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry
Angel's Place, Inc.
Arsenal Family & Children's Center
Autism Connection of PA
Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania
Catholic Charities and Free Health Care Center
Center for Victims
Circle C Youth and Family Services
CLASS (Community Living and Support Services)
Communities In Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County
Compassion Connection, Inc.
Coraopolis Youth Creations
DePaul School for Hearing & Speech
Dress for Success Pittsburgh
East Liberty Family Health Care Center
Educating Teems, Inc.
Family Promise of Southwestern PA
Focus on Renewal (FOR)
Glade Run Lutheran Services
God Luv Ya Foundation
Goodwill of Southwestern PA
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Gwen's Girls
Hair Peace Charities
Healthy Start, Inc
Heritage Community Initiatives
Holy Family Institute
Homeless Children's Education Fund
HOPE Network
Hosanna House
Imani Christian Academy
Interplay Child Care Center
Lending Hearts

LifeSpan, Inc.
Lifesteps Inc.
Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center
Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA
National Parkinson Foundation Western PA
North Hills Community Outreach
PA Connecting Communitities
PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance
Partners for Quality, Inc.
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Presbyterian SeniorCare
Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc.
Providence Connections, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh
Sarah Heinz House
Service Coordination Unlimited, Inc.
Sickle Cell Society, Inc.
Small Seeds Development Inc.
Southwinds, Inc.
Spina Bifida Association of Western PA
St. Anthony School Programs
Step By Step, Inc.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
The Community at Holy Family Manor, Inc.
The Open Door
The PEAL Center
TRCIL Services, Inc.
Variety the Children's Charity
Ward Home, Inc.
Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children
Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

About Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc. is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark 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

For more information, contact:
Adrienne Baldini
Highmark Health