By: Christine Zavaskas
August 5, 2014
Pictured recently at the check presentation in Scranton are (from left): Gary Drapek, president and CEO, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties; Jill George, chairman of the Wayne County Fund Distribution; and Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director, The Blue Ribbon Foundation.
The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is committed to supporting nonprofit agencies that respond to the needs of its neighbors throughout the region. The Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved more than $130,000 in contributions that will be shared by 14 United Ways across BCNEPA’s 13-county service area.
The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties received $35,796 for its 2014/15 campaign, targeted specifically to support health-related programs for residents of both counties.
"The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is a leader in ensuring that at-risk families in our region receive much-needed services," said Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director of The Blue Ribbon Foundation. “We are proud to be able to support their important efforts.”
“The long-time partnership between our United Way and The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania has helped to provide life-saving services to individuals and families most in need in our region for many years,” said Gary Drapek, President and CEO of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. “We are fortunate to have such a caring partner who is committed and concerned for the well-being of our less fortunate friends and neighbors.”
About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.
BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central
Pennsylvania. The Foundation has accelerated its 2014 grantmaking. As a result, The Foundation will not be accepting new funding requests for the remainder of this calendar year. Please check online at www.bcnepa.com/Community/BlueRibbon.aspx for future updates.