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The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania Supports the United Way of Wyoming Valley

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By: Anthony Matrisciano
August 6, 2012
Pictured recently at the check presentation in Wilkes-Barre are, L-R: Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director, The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania; Frank Joanlanne, United Way of Wyoming Valley 2012/13 campaign chair and president, Borton-Lawson Engineering; and Bill Jones, president and CEO, United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Wilkes-Barre, PA — The United Way of Wyoming Valley recently received an early boost to its 2012/2013 campaign from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA).

In May, The Blue Ribbon Foundation’s Board of Directors approved nearly $122,000 in contributions that will be shared by 14 United Ways across BCNEPA’s 13-county service area.  

The United Way of Wyoming Valley received $30,974 for its upcoming campaign, targeted specifically to support health-related programs for Luzerne County residents.

"Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is committed to supporting nonprofit agencies that respond to the needs of our neighbors,” said Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director of The Blue Ribbon Foundation.  "We are always pleased to partner with the United Way of Wyoming Valley and support the great work done by United Way agencies that serve Luzerne County's most vulnerable residents.”

"We are very appreciative of The Blue Ribbon Foundation’s generous contribution, especially in this challenging economic climate," said Bill Jones, president and CEO, United Way of Wyoming Valley.  “BCNEPA’s continued support helps 25 United Way partner agencies meet the needs of families most at-risk in our community.”

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania 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.