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2nd Annual Humana Starlight Award to Honor Grand Rapids Senior Citizen Volunteer

Now Accepting Applications from Local Nonprofits with Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteers


Monday, September 29, 2008 8:00 am EDT



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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is honoring a senior citizen volunteer in the Grand Rapids area through the areas second annual Humana Starlight Award. As a way of recognizing their community service, Humana will honor the volunteer with a one-time grant by donating $10,000 to the nonprofit organization of the recipients choice.

Local nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate their most dedicated senior citizen volunteers for the Starlight Award by the application deadline of October 13, 2008. The Starlight Award is funded by Humana to honor a senior volunteer who gives time and talent to make a difference in his or her community. The award will be presented at a special recognition ceremony Thursday, October 30, 2008 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, in Grand Rapids.

Humana, one of Michigans 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 Humana Starlight Award began in Nebraska in 2006. In addition to continuing the award in Nebraska, the company will also present similar awards in Des Moines and Salt Lake City. Special consideration is given for senior volunteers helping other seniors. Grand Rapids resident Pat Pulaski, was the recipient of the Humana Starlight Award last year. In recognition of her service, Humana awarded a $10,000 grant to All County Churches Emergency Support System (ACCESS), the nonprofit organization where Pulaski began volunteering more than 16 years ago. Pulaski began her volunteer work by helping with the holiday basket program. She quickly rose to be one of ACCESSs top volunteers by offering her services weekly in the office. She became a stand-out volunteer when ACCESS started the Living on the Edge Poverty Simulation workshops, where Pulaski became a motivational speaker, sharing her life story with workshop participants. Her willingness to share her personal struggles with depression and cancer motivated others to be more compassionate toward people with similar hardships.

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. While the program is sponsored by Humana, a panel of local judges comprised of community leaders, local executives, physicians and healthcare providers - evaluates the applications and chooses the award recipient.

The Humana Starlight Award recognizes a senior citizen who is making a real difference in his or her community and celebrates senior volunteerism, said Joseph Braun, director of Humana MarketPOINT in Michigan. As our company continues to expand its Medicare presence in areas throughout Michigan, we see firsthand how the volunteer efforts of these extraordinary senior citizens improve the quality of life in their communities. This program is a great way for an organization and community to applaud the volunteer efforts of all seniors who have such a positive impact on a daily basis.

The application deadline for the Grand Rapids Starlight Award is October 13, 2008. Anyone who is 65 years of age or older and has served as a volunteer for a nonprofit organization in Kent 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:

  • Mind: Organizations or institutions that seek to improve the educational landscape, resulting in higher levels of achievement
  • Body: Organizations or human service agencies engaged in the promotion of healthy bodies and lifestyles
  • Spirit: Civic & cultural development organizations that seek to inspire communities and enliven the human spirit

For more information about the Humana Starlight Award program, visit http://www.humana.com/about/company_information/starlight.asp, or contact the Humana office at 5555 Glenwood Hills Pkwy SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49512 or call 616-942-6701, ext. 2222.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 11.5 million medical members, including more than 189,000 in Michigan. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplementary benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 47-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

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