American Diabetes Association to receive $10,000 grant
DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Caesar Smith, a senior volunteer with the American Diabetes Association, has been selected as the recipient of the Humana Starlight Award, honoring the efforts of senior citizens who volunteer in the Des Moines area. In recognition of his service, Humana awarded a one-time, $10,000 grant to the American Diabetes Association.
Smith has provided exceptional dedication for nearly 20 years to the American Diabetes Association of Iowa. Donating more than 100 hours of his time in the past year, Smith has served as the secretary of the Central Iowa Community Leadership Board and as the chairman of Central Iowa American Diabetes Association Diversity Committee. Fifty-four million Americans are unaware that they have diabetes and as chairman, Smith has actively developed strategies to reach a high-risk diabetes population.
“Caesar’s leadership has raised diabetes awareness and supported education in the African American community, which has made the difference in the lives of more than two million people,” said Lori Hannam, executive director of American Diabetes Association of Iowa.
Twenty-three-point-six million Americans suffer from diabetes, including 25 percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74. Smith’s commitment to diverse populations helps contribute to the American Diabetes Association’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes.
“There’s no question that the African American community has been impacted by diabetes. Unfortunately there’s a lack of information out there,” Smith said. “It’s a continuing challenge to help this community and I appreciate being able to provide them with this information that could, potentially, save their lives.”
Nonprofit organizations throughout the Des Moines area nominated their top senior citizen volunteers for the 2008 Humana Starlight Award. Nominees are evaluated on the dedication and leadership they have demonstrated, as well as the impact their volunteer efforts have had on others in the community.
“Caesar’s determination to engage his community in diabetes education has inspired numerous people in the greater Des Moines area,” said Janice Burrows, president of Medicare Operations in the Central North region and chair of the Des Moines and Omaha/Lincoln Humana Starlight Award. “We applaud Caesar’s community activism and are proud to present him with the Humana Starlight Award. We’re pleased that the $10,000 donation will help the American Diabetes Association continue its important mission of improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”
Humana, one of Iowa’s leading providers of Medicare health plans and prescription drug plans, created the Starlight Award to honor an exceptional senior citizen volunteer, as well as to provide financial support for a nonprofit organization whose good work benefits the community. The second annual Humana Starlight Award was presented at a special recognition ceremony Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel.
The Humana Starlight Award began three years ago in Nebraska and is also now presented in Des Moines, Salt Lake City, and Grand Rapids. Anyone who is 65 years of age or older and has served as a volunteer for a nonprofit organization in Polk County is eligible for the Humana Starlight Award. To nominate a senior citizen volunteer, nonprofit organizations must be classified as a 501(c)(3) and serve the community in one of three areas:
For more information about the Humana Starlight Award, visit http://www.humana.com/about/company_information/starlight.asp, or contact the local Humana office at 5107 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport, IA, 52807, or call 866-653-7275.
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