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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 across Pennsylvania and Delaware to raise money for 213 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 their walk location and the nonprofit beneficiary of their choice:

The locations, dates and participating nonprofits include:

  • Pittsburgh — Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Stage AE on the North Shore
    View the 75 nonprofits that will benefit in Pittsburgh.
  • Harrisburg — Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Harrisburg Area Community College
    View the 46 nonprofits that will benefit in Harrisburg.
  • Johnstown — Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Central Park in downtown Johnstown
    View the 20 nonprofits that will benefit in Johnstown.
  • Lehigh Valley — Saturday, May 30, 2015 at DeSales University, Center Valley
    View the 29 nonprofits that will benefit in Lehigh Valley.
  • Wilmington, Del. — Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Bellevue State Park
    View the 20 nonprofits that will benefit in Delaware.
  • Erie — Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Presque Isle State Park
    View the 23 nonprofits that will benefit in Erie.

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 www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Kelly Housen DeAngelis
Highmark Health
302-421-2188
Kelly.DeAngelis@highmarkhealth.org