Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community helps charitable organizations across Pennsylvania and Delaware raise record-breaking $1.38 million
PITTSBURGH (July 28, 2015) With participation from more than 13,000 walkers, the 2015 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, held in six locations across Pennsylvania and Delaware, helped 207 local non-profit organizations raise a record-breaking $1.38 million. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the walks in Erie, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Pittsburgh and the Lehigh Valley, Pa. and Wilmington, Del. have generated more than $1 million and brings the 13-year fundraising total for the walks to $9.19 million.
"We are very pleased to see the continued growth and success of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community," said Dan Onorato, Highmark Health executive vice president. "This event allows Highmark the opportunity to work with many of our outstanding local organizations and help contribute to their fundraising efforts. It also encourages physical activity by getting people outdoors and moving for a good cause, improving their overall health and wellness."
Highmark's Walk for a Healthy Community events, held during May and June, provide a yearly opportunity for the community to support participating local nonprofits. The primary goal of the walks, which includes both a 5K (3.1 mile) route and a one-mile fun walk option, is to help charitable health and human service organizations raise money for their individual missions. Highmark underwrites all of the costs associated with the walks, so 100 percent of funds raised by community members are donated to the charity they select. This year’s top fundraising nonprofit was able to earn more than $44,000 for its cause.
The top five fundraising nonprofit organizations for 2015 were:
- Meals on Wheels Northampton County (Lehigh Valley): $44,400
- LifePath (Lehigh Valley): $37,000
- Meals on Wheels Lehigh County (Lehigh Valley): $35,800
- Susquehanna Service Dogs (Harrisburg): $30,200
- Southwinds (Pittsburgh): $29,200
Held on May 16, the Harrisburg and Pittsburgh walks raised approximately $356,000 and $486,000 with the participation of 2,400 and 5,400 walkers, respectively.
Held on May 30, the Lehigh Valley and Johnstown walks raised approximately $253,000 and $93,000 with the participation of 1,900 and 550 walkers, respectively.
Held on June 6, the Erie and Wilmington walks raised approximately $112,000 and $88,000 with the participation of 1,800 and 1,200 walkers, respectively.
"We want to thank all of the walkers and charitable organizations for their enthusiastic efforts on walk day and for the work they do all year long to serve our neighbors in need," said Highmark Health Senior Vice President of Community Affairs Evan Frazier.
Organizations and walkers interested in learning more about the Highmark walks should visit the Highmark Walk for Healthy Community's website. Nonprofit organizations that want to be a part of the 2016 walk in their region should apply online by July 31.
View a slideshow of photos from the 2015 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community available for unrestricted use.
About Highmark Inc.Highmark Inc. is among the ten largest health insurers in the United States and is 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.
Kelly DeAngelis (Western Pa. and Del.)
David Misner (Central Pa. and Lehigh Valley)