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3rd Annual Humana Starlight Award to Honor Omaha/Lincoln 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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OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is honoring a senior citizen volunteer in the Omaha or Lincoln areas through the third 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 17, 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, November 6, 2008 at the Omaha Marriott, 10220 Regency Circle, in Omaha.

Humana, one of Nebraskas 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. The company will also present awards in Des Moines, Grand Rapids and Salt Lake City. Special consideration is given for senior volunteers helping other seniors like Omaha resident Bill Hamilton, the 2007 recipient of the Humana Starlight Award. In recognition of his service, Humana awarded a $10,000 grant last year to Volunteers Assisting Seniors (VAS) in Omaha, the nonprofit organization where Hamilton volunteered for ten years, helping some 400 Nebraska seniors annually.

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.

Were proud to be the first state to honor deserving senior citizens with the Humana Starlight Award, and very glad to see the celebration spread to other states, said Darrell Russell, director of Humana MarketPOINT in Nebraska. We are pleased to support this award as we have seen how it can empower our senior volunteers and have a tremendous positive impact on a worthy non-profit organization.

The application deadline for the Omaha/Lincoln Starlight Award is October 17, 2008. Anyone who is 65 years of age or older and has served as a volunteer for a nonprofit organization in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders or Washington counties in the Omaha area, or Gage and Lancaster counties in the Lincoln area, 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 visit http://www.humana.com/about/company_information/starlight.asp, or contact the Humana office at 11420 Blondo Street, Suite 102; Omaha, NE 68164, or call 402-496-3388, toll-free at 1-800-941-1182.

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 74,000 in Nebraska. 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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