Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois spreads holiday cheer to Springfield area agencies

Dec 20, 2012, 18:36 ET from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD Ill., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced today that it has presented nine Springfield area organizations with holiday checks totaling more than $9,000 to help support their missions. Michael Mannion, vice president of BCBSIL's government relations in Springfield said, "It's a small gesture we make on behalf of the 1,100-plus Blue Cross employees who call Springfield and Sangamon County home. These important agencies support our friends, families and neighbors just as they do for the rest of our community."

Checks were distributed to the following:

Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois  


Family Service Center                          


Gateway (drug court)                           


Illinois Executive Mansion                      


Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery                   


Sojourn Shelter & Services                      


St. Martin De Porres Center                     


St. Patrick's Grammar School                   


YMCA of Springfield                                  


BCBSIL also provided a $1,000 holiday season gift to the Lawrence Hall Youth Services in Chicago, as well as supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. In 2012, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois provided financial support to Illinois organizations and social service agencies totaling more than $8.3 million, and included grants and financial support to a total of 42 Springfield-based organizations.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL)
With 7.2 million members, BCBSIL, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, is the largest health insurance provider in Illinois. It is not a publicly-traded company, but is member-owned. Started in 1936 in Chicago, BCBSIL is committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and the communities it serves through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSIL is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois