• Home
  • Newsroom

Pat Pulaski Receives the 1st Annual Humana Starlight Award, Honoring Senior Citizen Volunteers in Grand Rapids

Pulaski Chooses the Organization Access of West Michigan to Receive $10,000 Grant


Wednesday, October 31, 2007 4:52 pm EDT



Public Company Information:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pat Pulaski has been selected as the recipient of the Humana Starlight Award, honoring the efforts of senior citizens who volunteer in the Grand Rapids area. In recognition of her service, Humana awarded a $10,000 grant to All County Churches Emergency Support System (ACCESS), the nonprofit organization of Pulaskis choosing.

Pat Pulaski started as a volunteer with ACCESS more than 15 years ago and rose to be one of the organizations top volunteers by sharing her story at poverty workshops, before being diagnosed with terminal cancer. She started as a volunteer helping with the holiday basket program, and then decided to continue volunteering every week by helping ACCESS with anything from computer data entry and filing to preparing meeting packets. Pulaski really became a stand-out volunteer when ACCESS started the Living on the Edge Poverty Simulation workshops. In the workshops participants are challenged to assume the role of a family living on a poverty level income. At the Poverty Simulation workshops, Pulaski would share her life struggles of divorce, losing her children, depression and cancer, with the goal being to motivate others to act in a compassionate way to those in similar situations. Pulaski recently had to end her volunteer activities at ACCESS due to the progression of her terminal cancer.

I cannot overstate the impact Pat has had on our organization and the countless lives she touched volunteering at ACCESS. She has even been invited to speak at colleges, community groups and at the State Capitol, where sharing her personal story and advice on how to help the poor has affected legislator voting outcomes, said Bruce Schlanderer, executive director and CEO of ACCESS. Pats willingness to share her story from her heart has changed how thousands of people in West Michigan respond to poverty issues.

Nonprofit organizations from throughout the Grand Rapids area nominated their top senior citizen volunteers for the 2007 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.

We could not imagine a more worthwhile recipient for the Humana Starlight Award, said Rob Hitchcock, vice president of Medicare operations in Humanas 26 state Western Division. Pats tireless dedication to helping Grand Rapids poor and destitute truly is remarkable. Her message had a powerful impact on the audiences who were lucky enough to hear her speak.

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 was presented at a special recognition ceremony October 30th in conjunction with the opening of Humanas new Grand Rapids office.

The Humana Starlight Award began last year in Nebraska. In addition to continuing the award in that state, Humana will also present similar awards in Des Moines and Salt Lake City. 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, visit http://www.humana.com/about/company_information/starlight.asp, or contact the local Humana office at 5555 Glenwood Hills Parkway SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49512, or call 616-942-6701.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 million medical members, including more than 170,000 in Michigan. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services through traditional and consumer-choice plans to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

Over its 46-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.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the companys web site at http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders;
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
  • Most recent investor conference presentations;
  • Quarterly earnings news releases;
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls;
  • Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);
  • Corporate Governance Information.


Humana Corporate Communications
Amanda Dvorchak Harris, 312-441-5361
Mobile: 312-285-8541