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Junior Achievement of NEPA, Inc. to induct BCNEPA into Business Hall of Fame

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By: Anthony Matrisciano
April 30, 2014
Pictured above at BizTown are (left to right): Stephen Olson and Molly Poray, eighth grade students at Wyoming Area Catholic School; Paul Francis, Operations Director, Junior Achievement of NEPA; Brian Rinker, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, BCNEPA; and Samantha Rajza, JoAnna Cox, Charles Kulick and John Morris, eighth grade students at Wyoming Area Catholic School.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. — Each year, Junior Achievement of NEPA, Inc. inducts honorees into its Business Hall of Fame to recognize the community contributions of local business leaders and companies.

This year, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) will proudly be inducted into Junior Achievement’s 27th Annual Business Hall of Fame.  BCNEPA will receive the Outstanding Sponsor Award at an event to be held Friday, May 30 at Mount Airy Casino and Resort in Mount Pocono.

“We chose to honor BCNEPA not only for its support of Junior Achievement, but for all of the great things the company and its employees do in our community,” said Melissa Turlip, president of Junior Achievement of NEPA, Inc.  “BCNEPA’s support of our BizTown program, for example, really makes a difference in the lives of the students who participate.  They are able to learn so much about health and wellness, which is something they can carry into adulthood.”

BCNEPA has been involved with Junior Achievement of NEPA, Inc. and its BizTown program for more than a decade.  BizTown teaches students in grades four through six about the importance of job readiness, teamwork and managing finances. 

Bill Grant of Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC, Patrick, PJ and Kristin Dempsey of Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, and Sallie Mae will also be honored at the May 30 event.

For more information on the 27th Annual Business Hall of Fame dinner, please visit Junior Achievement of NEPA’s website at

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.