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BCBSF Foundation Hosts Annual Sapphire Award Presentation to Honor Florida Health Nonprofits

October 1, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation (BCBSF Foundation) will host the annual Sapphire Award Symposium and Presentation Feb. 21-22, 2013, at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The Sapphire Award is Florida’s only statewide honor that recognizes programs, organizations and individuals that create a significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for the state’s at-risk people and communities.

In 2013, the program will feature nearly two days of information sessions, roundtable discussions and networking. Presenters will include national, regional and Florida-based experts on a variety of issues including health, health care reform, child obesity and philanthropy. New this year, the Sapphire Award Symposium and Presentation will showcase a trade show with 20 to 25 exhibitors. The exhibitions will feature curriculums and tools that will allow health-related nonprofits to better serve their clients.

The BCBSF Foundation will honor excellence in three distinct categories: organizations, programs and individuals. A Sapphire Award is bestowed on the nominee in each category that best meets the criteria for excellence in providing solutions to Florida’s community health issues. A total of $360,000 will be shared among the honorees. While there is a financial reward, this is not a grant program. Honorees are recognized for demonstrated success. Nominations closed Aug. 31.

Registration for this event opens in January 2013. For more information, visit www.bluefoundationfl.com.

About the BCBSF Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation (BCBSF Foundation) is a separate, philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan for Floridians. The BCBSF Foundation and its parent, Florida Blue, are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information about the BCBSF Foundation, please visit www.bluefoundation.com.

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