Blue Cross Funds Boys & Girls Clubs Program


WILKES-BARRE - The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania to support a personal safety education program for kids. 

The Club will partner with community-based medical, legal and emergency management professionals to offer "Kids in Control." The 12-lesson program is designed to help Club members learn the personal safety habits and practical skills they need to be safe at the Club, at home and out in the community. Sessions tailored by age group will cover topics such as first aid basics, stranger danger, controlling anger, playground safety and cyber-bullying. An estimated 100 youngsters, ages 6 through 11, at three club locations in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties will participate in the coming year.


Pictured at the check presentation are, first row L-R, club members Luckyisha McLean, Alexandra Solsman, Kaylee Loyd and Kaleef Boone. Second row, L-R, are Boys & Girls Clubs representatives Julianne Cucura, development director, and Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, executive director; Cynthia A. Yevich, The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania; and Laura Gentile, director of operations, Boys & Girls Clubs.

About The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  It offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to approximately 600,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  The company's mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves. 

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania established its private, non-profit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.