Highmark recognizes 12 employees with presentation of Jefferson Awards for Public Service

Apr 23, 2013, 15:25 ET from Highmark Inc.

PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Highmark Inc. recognized 12 employees with a Jefferson Award for Public Service in an effort to spotlight their unwavering commitment to the community through volunteerism. Highmark serves as a Jefferson Award Champion, and is one of only 25 companies across the country with the privilege to recognize its employees with the prestigious award.

"At Highmark, we encourage employee engagement in the community," said Dan Onorato, Highmark executive vice president, external affairs and communications. "This distinguished award recognizes employees who have made a positive impact in their own community."

This afternoon, during a special ceremony at the company's Pittsburgh headquarters, Highmark recognized its 12 Jefferson Award recipients for their commitment to making our communities better places to live:

About The Jefferson Awards 
The Jefferson Awards was co-founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard, as the 'Nobel Prize' for public service. Named for one of America's most influential Founding Fathers, and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the Jefferson Awards' central tenet is that each and every citizen shares a responsibility to work toward the betterment of their communities through economic participation, public service, volunteerism and other such efforts to improve life for all. Today, the mission of the Jefferson Awards is to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America. As President John F. Kennedy once said, "One person can make a difference and every person should try." To date, more than 50,000 individuals of all ages have been recognized by the Jefferson Awards for their efforts to make the world around them a better place. For more information about The Jefferson Awards, visit www.jeffersonawards.org.  

About Highmark 
Highmark Inc. is a national diversified health and wellness company based in Pittsburgh that serves 33.5 million people across the United States through its businesses in health insurance, dental insurance, vision care, information technology and integrated health care delivery. The company, which has more than 20,000 employees, is among the largest health insurers in the U.S. and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark operates health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members.

The company also offers health and wellness products to clients with employees throughout the country and is a recognized leader in reinsurance. In addition, Highmark operates more than 600 optical retail stores (Visionworks) and four U.S.-based eyewear manufacturing facilities. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

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