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2020 Highmark Virtual Walk for a Healthy Community Raises $675,000 - Campaign Extended unil July 15th
Wilmington, DE
06/09/2020 05:57 PM

Highmark Inc. announced today that the 2020 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community has raised more than $675,000  for local nonprofit organizations as part of its virtual walk. The event was changed to a virtual walk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Additionally, this year’s virtual campaign has been extended until July 15, 2020. This extension allows participating organizations additional time to garner support and donations for their missions. Participants can take their first virtual steps anytime they like between today and the end of the campaign, by walking on a treadmill, in a park or simply around their neighborhood

 

The virtual event’s top fundraiser overall is Delaware’s very own Friendship House. Friendship House serves individuals experiencing homelessness, and partners with them during their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. This is their fifth year participating in the Walk and they have raised over $60,000.

 

“Our goal was to recruit more walkers because the more walkers we have, the more fun we have at the event. Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, we are excited that we have more walkers this year than ever,” said Kay Preston, Friendship House Board Member and Walk Chair. “Being in quarantine for most of the recruiting time meant we had to rely on social media, emails and newsletters to get the word out. Friendship House’s Communications Director, Kristen Reisor, and all our team leaders have been key to our success. We can't thank Highmark enough for their leadership, and every year we can count on a well-organized and fun event.”

 

To register for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Delaware and to support the many deserving nonprofits, follow this link: Wilmington Virtual Walk. To learn more, and for a full listing of participating organizations, visit www.walkforahealthycommunity.org

 

“We are very excited about this year’s virtual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community currently ongoing throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware,” said Evan Frazier, senior vice president of community affairs, Highmark Health. “The walk benefits 260 nonprofit organizations, helping them to further advance their missions during this critical time. It’s not too late to participate, and we encourage everyone to consider signing up for one of the virtual walks.”

 

The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, held annually in Pittsburgh, Laurel Highlands, Erie, Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Wilmington, Delaware, since 2003, has helped organizations collectively raise more than $15.6 million.

 

About Highmark Inc.

One of America's leading health insurance organizations and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Highmark Inc. (the Health Plan) and its affiliated health plans (collectively, the Health Plans) work passionately to deliver high-quality, accessible, understandable, and affordable experiences, outcomes, and solutions to customers. As the fourth-largest overall Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated organization, Highmark Inc. and its Blue-branded affiliates proudly cover the insurance needs of more than 5.6 million members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance and other related businesses. For more information, visit www.highmark.com
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