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Highmark Blue Shield provides $100,000 to City of Harrisburg to fund children's programs

Highmark Blue Shield

HARRISBURG (June 1, 2015) — Today, Highmark Blue Shield presented the City of Harrisburg with a $100,000 grant to fund summer enrichment and after-school programs for children in the Harrisburg community. Through the programs, nearly 1,000 kids from across the city will have a chance to learn to swim, perfect their golf swing and have a fun, safe summer at no cost.

"We have a longstanding partnership with the City of Harrisburg, to work together to promote healthy lifestyles," said Kelly Lieblein, regional vice president, Highmark Blue Shield. "By supporting the city's summer enrichment and after school programs, we are giving kids the chance to be active all summer long. Active kids are healthy kids."

The Highmark funding will support both the city's after-school programs and summer enrichment programs, which include basketball, golf, swimming, various educational field trips and a daily lunch. All Harrisburg children ages 6-18 are eligible.

"Without the generous support of Highmark Blue Shield, we wouldn't be able to offer this variety of free programming to Harrisburg youth," said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. "In addition to all of the activities offered within the city, plans are also underway to have young people attend a major league baseball game, Chocolate World and the Carlisle Sports Emporium. Thanks to Highmark and city employees, it will be a great summer for our kids."

For more information about the city's programs, go to www.harrisburgpa.gov.

About Highmark Blue Shield

Highmark Blue Shield serves approximately 1.1 million members through the company's health care benefits business and employs nearly 3,000 people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Highmark 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:
David Misner
Highmark Blue Shield
717-302-3638
david.misner@highmarkhealth.org