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Nominate Outstanding Florida Health Nonprofits for Sapphire Award

July 3, 2012

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation (BCBSF Foundation) will begin accepting online nominations for the Sapphire Award on July 16, 2012. The Sapphire Award is Florida’s only statewide honor that recognizes organizations and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in addressing community health needs.

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.

On July 20, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, interested persons can call (877) 215-2227 for assistance with the online nomination process. Callers must use Conference ID: 57929# and Pass Code: 57929# to access assistance.

The 2012 Sapphire Award winners were:
• Excellence in Community Health - Individual: Dr. Charles Mahan
• Excellence in Community Health - Program: Teen Xpress
• Excellence in Community Health - Organization: Primary Care Access Network
Click here for profiles of all past honorees.

Nominate a Florida health nonprofit and find additional resources, such as guidelines, eligibility information and other criteria at www.bluefoundationfl.com.

The nomination must be completed by Aug. 31, 2012. Awards will be presented in February at a ceremony in Orlando.

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.bluefoundationfl.com.

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