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Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community helps charitable organizations across Pennsylvania and Delaware raise record-breaking $1.39 million

Highmark Inc.

PITTSBURGH (July 20, 2016) — With participation from more than 12,000 walkers, the 2016 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, held in six locations across Pennsylvania and Delaware, helped 213 local nonprofit organizations raise a record-breaking $1.39 million. This marks the fifth 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 14-year fundraising total for the walks to more than $10 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 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 $53,000 for its cause.

The top five fundraising nonprofit organizations for 2016 were:

  1. Penn State Hershey (Harrisburg): $53,400
  2. Meals on Wheels Northampton County (Lehigh Valley): $52,100
  3. LifePath (Lehigh Valley): $49,600
  4. Autism Connection of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh): $31,700
  5. Sarah Heinz House (Pittsburgh): $25,600

The Pittsburgh walk, held May 14, raised approximately $444,600 with the participation of 4,800 walkers.

The Harrisburg walk, held May 21, raised approximately $373,100 with the participation of 2,100 walkers.

The Lehigh Valley, Erie and Wilmington walks, held June 4, raised approximately $265,700, $118,300 and $115,800 with the participation of 1,800, 1,700 and 1,400 walkers, respectively.

The Johnstown walk, held June 11, raised approximately $79,500 with the participation of 400 walkers.

"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 Evan Frazier, Highmark Health senior vice president of community affairs.

Organizations and walkers interested in learning more about the Highmark walks should visit the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community's website. Nonprofit organizations that want to be part of the 2017 walk in their region should apply online by July 31, 2016.

About Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc. and its health insurance subsidiaries and affiliates collectively are among the ten largest health insurers in the United States and comprise the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated organization. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue Card program. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related 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:
Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Inc.
304-424-9888
kristy.cramlet@highmarkhealth.org