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Stanley Miller Receives the Inaugural Humana Starlight Award, Honoring Senior Citizen Volunteers in Des Moines

Miller chooses the Des Moines Art Center to receive $10,000 grant


Thursday, November 8, 2007 2:15 pm EST



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DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Stanley Miller 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 $10,000 grant to the Des Moines Art Center, the nonprofit organization of Millers choosing.

Stanley Miller started as a volunteer with the Des Moines Art Center in 1999 and has since become an integral part of the entire art education team. One of Millers major contributions was creating the outreach lecturer program after he realized there was a large need in the community. He visits eight retirement homes as a guest lecturer, where he brings images from the Art Center directly to the senior citizens who may be unable to travel to the museum and see the exhibits in person. Miller also volunteers at the Art Center as a tour guide, and has led thousands of students and adults through the exhibits, helping each visitor to better understand and appreciate the art. Miller also enjoys teaching art at the museum school where he volunteers as an instructor for acrylic painting and beginner drawing. Miller does not accept any payment from the Art Center. Even when the Art Center is rented for special events and he receives $25 per tour, Miller will take the check and then promptly endorse it to the Art Center.

Stan Miller sets a high bar for philanthropic spirit, said Jeff Fleming, executive director of the Des Moines Art Center. But what sets Stan apart from other accomplished volunteers, is that he isnt satisfied with pursuing these interests for his own personal gain or enrichment. Stan embodies a very real need to share what he knows with his community.

Nonprofit organizations from throughout the Des Moines 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.

Stans talent for sharing his knowledge and skills in art has inspired thousands of people in the Des Moines community, said Rob Hitchcock, vice president of Medicare operations in Humanas 26 state Western Division. We could not imagine a more worthwhile recipient for the Humana Starlight Award and were pleased that the $10,000 donation will help the Des Moines Art Center continue its important mission of making art accessible to everyone.

Humana, one of Iowas 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 November 7th at the Marriott West Des Moines.

The Humana Starlight Award began last year in Nebraska. This year, in addition to continuing the award in that state, Humana also presented similar awards in Grand Rapids and Salt Lake City. Anyone who is 65 years of age or older and has served as a volunteer for a nonprofit organization in Polk, Warren, Dallas, Guthrie, and Madison counties, 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 5107 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport, IA, 866-653-7275.

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