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Humana Names Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah as $100,000 Winner of “Humana Communities Benefit – Utah” Grant

2010 winner will use money to expand wish-granting program for children with life-threatening medical conditions throughout Utah


Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:30 am EDT



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"Humana could not be more excited to help Make-A-Wish of Utah expand their good work throughout the state."

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah, an organization that grants the wishes of Utah children with life-threatening medical conditions, has been awarded a $100,000 grant as winner of the 2010 Humana Communities Benefit – Utah program, funded by health-benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).

With the $100,000 grant, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah will expand their program outside of the Salt Lake Valley by developing volunteer networks and building relationships with health care providers in targeted counties, resulting in additional referrals of medically eligible children into the program and more wishes granted.

“Participation in a wish experience enriches far more than a child and a family,” said Christine Sharer, chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah. “It also gives hope, strength and joy to the communities that gather to witness, fulfill and celebrate these wishes, touching thousands in Utah each year.”

“It is extremely gratifying to be able to help another Utah nonprofit succeed in making a significant transformation through the Humana Communities Benefit program,” said Curt Howell, president of Humana’s Commercial operations in Utah. “Humana could not be more excited to help Make-A-Wish of Utah expand their good work throughout the state.”

After naming Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah as the 2010 grant winner, Howell also announced Humana’s intention to provide additional support to the local community through donations from Humana Communities Benefit. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, Boys and Girls Clubs of Utah County, National MS Society Utah State Chapter and Salt Lake Education Foundation will also receive donations from Humana to continue their important work improving the well-being of Utah.

A panel of local judges, comprised of community leaders and business representatives, worked with Humana to select the $100,000 grant winner. Each finalist made a formal presentation before the panel of judges.

Since 2008, Humana Communities Benefit – Utah has awarded a one-time, $100,000 grant to a different 501(c)(3) organization to benefit the health of Utah residents. Past recipients of the grant include:

  • The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome used the 2009 grant to expand its Period of PURPLE Crying program, an educational program for parents designed to prevent the abuse and shaking of infants.
  • Kids on the Move used the 2008 grant to open a satellite center in Lehi to provide enrichment and developmental activities for families with disabled children.

For more information on Humana Communities Benefit – Utah visit www.Humana.com/HCB. Questions can also be directed to Humana’s community relations consultant at 801-256-6299 or by e-mail to UtahBenefits@humana.com.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and approximately 7.3 million specialty-benefit members. 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 49-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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