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Highmark West Virginia teams up with West Virginia Power for "Strikeouts for Charity" Campaign

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

PITTSBURGH (April 9, 2015) — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia and West Virginia Power are kicking off the 2nd annual Strikeouts for Charity Campaign this 2015 baseball season. Each time a Power pitcher strikes out an opposing batter during a home game, $5 will be donated to a local non-profit. This year's charity selected is the Ronald McDonald House of Southern West Virginia.

"What better way to support both the Ronald McDonald House and the West Virginia Power baseball team," said Highmark West Virginia President Fred Earley. "At Highmark West Virginia, we care about the communities we serve and supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Southern West Virginia is just one of the ways we can help give back."

The Ronald McDonald House of Southern West Virginia allows families to stay regardless of financial status or the ability to pay. The House is available for an overnight stay, a short nap or a shower during a day visit and can help relieve the stress, financial hardship and loneliness that often add to the trauma of illness. To date, more than 10 million families with sick children have called a Ronald McDonald House a "home-away-from-home."

"We are honored the Ronald McDonald House of Southern West Virginia is the beneficiary of this year's Strikeouts for Charity," said Dewayne Dickens, executive director. "The money raised will allow families with children receiving medical treatment a temporary place to call home."

The 2015 West Virginia Power baseball season kicks off on Thursday, April 9 with their first home game against the Savannah Sand Gnats.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 280,000 customers through the company's health care benefits business and also serves tens of thousands of additional members through the Blue Card program. Highmark West Virginia employs approximately 800 people in Parkersburg, Charleston and Wheeling. Highmark West Virginia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Cathy McAlister
Highmark West Virginia
304-347-7754
cathy.mcalister@highmarkhealth.org