TAMPA, Fla., June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), through the WellCare Community Foundation, donated $25,000 to the OneOrlando Fund to support the needs of the victims and their families, and the healing of the broader community.
"The WellCare family stands with Orlando and the LGBTQ community in this time of mourning and healing," said Ken Burdick, WellCare's chief executive officer. "We are committed to supporting organizations like the OneOrlando Fund in their efforts to improve the quality of life for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, color or ethnicity."
The OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, will support victims and their families; the LGBTQ, Hispanic and faith communities; underlying causes of the tragedy; and other needs that cannot yet be anticipated. The distribution of funds will be overseen by a newly created board of community leaders.
"Our city has just begun to recover from the impact of the Pulse tragedy. The support of major corporations, like WellCare, sends a signal to our city that we are not in this alone," said Mayor Dyer. "The money we are raising will provide a way to help us respond to the needs of our community. Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are for the outpouring of support from across the globe."
To date, the OneOrlando Fund has raised more than $7.5 million, much of which will go directly to families and survivors. They are in need of quick assistance for groceries, rent and medical expenses, Dyer said.
For more information about the OneOrlando Fund or to donate, go to oneorlando.org.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. The company serves approximately 3.7 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2016. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com or view the company's videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.
About the WellCare Community Foundation
The WellCare Community Foundation was established in 2010 and is a nonprofit, private foundation. Its mission is to foster and promote the health, well-being and quality of life for the poor, distressed and other medically under-served populations – including those who are elderly, young and indigent – and the communities in which they live. The WellCare Community Foundation carries out this mission by supporting work that helps people live healthy, safe and productive lives, and by assisting groups with serious and neglected health needs. Underscoring this mission is the WellCare Community Foundation's goal to serve as a national resource that fosters an environment where there is a continuum of education, access and quality health care, all of which improve the overall health, well-being and quality of life of targeted beneficiaries.
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SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.