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Celebrity Volunteer Challenge Award Goes to Capital BlueCross

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 9, 2011) – Capital BlueCross is doing more for the Lehigh Valley Community and was recently recognized for its efforts by receiving the 2011 Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s Celebrity Volunteer Challenge Award. This recognition was for Capital BlueCross’ volunteer work at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, a no-kill animal shelter in Easton, Pa.

In total, 21Capital BlueCross employees, family and friends donated 369 hours painting the inside hallway and office, replacing outside steps and excavating, leveling and expanding the walking dog path. The renovations spruced up the exterior of the facility, and added a warmer, welcoming feel to the inside.

Capital BlueCross learned of its award during a celebration event held at Coca Cola Park where all competing projects were presented and attendees were given an opportunity to vote for their top choice based on creativity, usefulness\purpose to the organization, community impact and team spirit, and company collaboration.

“The revitalization of the main foyer turned a drab and crowded space into one that is both functional and inviting for customers, staff, and volunteers,” said Jennifer L. Gray, The Center for Animal Health & Welfare board member. “Additionally, the Capital BlueCross team improved the grounds of the shelter by completely rebuilding steps that lead from the main kennel to the dog-walking path, making travel much safer for both humans and animals. Finally, the Center’s dog-walking path was extended to the field behind our main building and equipped with benches. This magnitude of this final portion of the project has been noted by all who visit our shelter. Dogs now have more room to exercise, socialize, and train and are better able to spend some quiet time with potential adopters.”

“Capital BlueCross recognized that despite all the good being done by the shelter, it could be so much more functional for the pets and appealing to adopters with a little bit of work,” said Anne Baum, Capital BlueCross vice president. “Our employees didn’t look at this as work – we saw it as a fun, healthy project that would enhance the shelter’s living environment and improve the adoption prospects.”

Seven organizations competed for this year’s Celebrity Volunteer Challenge Award, which was awarded to the company receiving the most overall votes from the public both online and at the presentation event.