PHILADELPHIA, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Devereux, a national nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization headquartered in Villanova, Pa., and Independence Blue Cross (IBC) made a special announcement during Devereux's 25th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, June 19 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill. Devereux's president and CEO Bob Kreider and IBC executive vice president Chris Cashman formally announced IBC's "Centennial Sponsorship" of Devereux's 100th anniversary year. A formal check presentation in the amount of $100,000 and remarks took place at 6:30 pm, during which time both organizations outlined specifics of the "Centennial Sponsorship."
From its roots in a suburban Philadelphia schoolhouse, Devereux has grown to become one of the nation's largest providers of behavioral healthcare services to children and adults across the nation. For 100 years, Devereux has supported families in caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, social and emotional issues and special needs. The Centennial Sponsorship by IBC is the single largest corporate gift received by Devereux in its 100 year history and names IBC presenting sponsor of Devereux's Golf Classic, Family and Friends Fun night at the Please Touch Museum August 17, and 100th anniversary gala, set to take place November 10 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
"We at Devereux are thrilled to have support of this magnitude from IBC," says Kreider. "This investment demonstrates their commitment to the mental and behavioral health of individuals across the country, and their generous donation will help Devereux continue to inspire hope and empower lives as we enter our second century as an organization."
"IBC is delighted to make this investment in Devereux and believes wholeheartedly in the work they do for so many individuals, both here in the Philadelphia community and throughout the country," says Cashman. "We congratulate Devereux on their 100 years of service, and look forward to commemorating this milestone at their 100th anniversary gala in November."
Devereux is one of the nation's largest nonprofit behavioral healthcare providers for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders and mental illness. Founded in 1912 by Philadelphia school teacher Helena Trafford Devereux and celebrating its 100th Anniversary, the organization offers research-based assessment and treatment programs for children and adults that build on the strengths of each individual. Devereux employs more than 6,000 staff and operates 15 centers in 11 states, providing services to tens of thousands of individuals and their families every year. For more information, visit www.devereux.org. For resilience-promoting strategies to build children's social and emotional health, follow us on Twitter at @BuildURBounce.
Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.1 million people. For 75 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received among the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. More information about Independence Blue Cross is available at www.ibx.com.