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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Highmark Virtual Walk for a Healthy Community raises over $900,000 for 260 local nonprofits

PITTSBURGH (Aug. 14, 2020) — The 18th annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, held virtually this year officially concluded its 2020 online fundraising campaign this month raising just over $917,000 for 260 local nonprofits in Pittsburgh, Laurel Highlands (Johnstown/Altoona), Erie, Harrisburg, Leigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Wilmington, Delaware.

Highmark announced in April that the annual walk would be held virtually, and would offer online fundraising instead of holding events throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware due to COVID-19.

"When we announced earlier in the year that the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community would be virtual coupled with online fundraising due to COVID-19, we were hopeful the approach would be embraced and supported by the community,” said Evan Frazier, senior vice president of community affairs, Highmark Health.  “We are thrilled with the results and excited for the 260 participating community nonprofit organizations benefiting from the virtual walk.” 

Since 2003, the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community has raised nearly $16 million for over 450 nonprofits across Pennsylvania and in Delaware.  Organizations use the money raised to build capacity for their mission, expand resources, and extend their work in the community.

Highmark coordinates and underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes directly to participating nonprofits.

Pittsburgh walk
Raised more than $268,000 for 101 nonprofit organizations. 
Top three fundraising nonprofits

  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank 
$32,841.00
  • Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center (MACAC)     
$12,991.00 
  • Sarah Heinz House 
$12,835.00

Harrisburg walk
Raised $232,262 for 52 nonprofit organizations.
Top three fundraising nonprofits:

  • Paxton Ministries
$39,729.00
  • Susquehanna Service Dogs
$23,737.45
  • South Central PA Sickle Cell Council      
$16,764.50

Wilmington walk
Raised over $187,000 for 32 nonprofits. 
Top three fundraising nonprofits were:

  • Friendship House, Inc
$78,032.00
  • Read Aloud Delaware
$23,822.00
  • Family Promise of Northern New Castle County     
$18,938.15

Lehigh Valley walk
Raised $157,272 for 26 nonprofits.
Top three fundraising nonprofits:

  • LifePath Foundation  
$35,943.52
  • Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania     
$22,752.51 
  • Family Connection of Easton
$16,397.00

Erie walk
Raised $34,560 for 25 nonprofits. 
Top three fundraising nonprofits:

  • EUMA (Erie United Methodist Alliance) 
$10,449.50
  • Presbyterian SeniorCare Network 
$4,779.08 
  • Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA      
$3,815.00

Laurel Highlands walk
Raised $24,759 for 8 nonprofits. 
Top three fundraising nonprofits:

  • Junior Achievement of Western PA
$6,225.00 
  • Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy (Laurel Highlands)      
$5,009.50 
  • Camp Harmony 
$3,895.00

NEPA walk
Raised $12,737 for 8 nonprofits. 
Top three fundraising nonprofits were:

  • Maternal and Family Health Services  
$3,007.00
  • Northeast PA Area Health Education Center      
$2,395.00 
  • Junior Achievement of Northeastern PA   
$1,267.00

We are currently accepting applications from local community based organizations for next year’s event.   Online applications are due by August 15, 2020 and can be found at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community homepage at www.walkforahealthycommunity.org.           

About Highmark Inc.

One of America's leading health insurance organizations and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Highmark Inc. (the Health Plan) and its affiliated health plans (collectively, the Health Plans) work passionately to deliver high-quality, accessible, understandable, and affordable experiences, outcomes, and solutions to customers. As the fourth-largest overall Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated organization, Highmark Inc. and its Blue-branded affiliates proudly cover the insurance needs of more than 4.4 million members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance and other related businesses. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:

Cathy McAlister
Highmark Health
304-347-7754
cathy.mcalister@highmarkhealth.org