Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Delivers 250 Pairs of Running Sneakers to Boys & Girls Club of Manchester

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MANCHESTER, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire associates delivered
250 pairs of brand new running sneakers to the Boys & Girls Club of
Manchester. Made possible by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Foundation, the shoes will be provided to the Club Kids free of charge
and act as an incentive for them to engage in exercise.

“We are incredibly excited about this gift to the Boys & Girls Club,”
said Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “The
Club does a tremendous job of mentoring kids and we are proud to
continue supporting those efforts. Hopefully this will put more kids on
a path to fitness and help instill a lifelong love of exercise.”

The donation is a collaborative effort between the Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield Foundation and the Two Ten Footwear Foundation. Two Ten
Footwear is the national charitable foundation of the U.S. footwear
industry and through its annual Footwear Cares program helps children by
distributing new shoes and hosting events, programs and activities that
will benefit some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

“We are both thrilled and honored to collaborate with Anthem Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Foundation on this important program,” said Neal Newman,
President of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation. “Helping disadvantaged
children in our communities is central to our national Footwear Cares
initiative, and we are proud to kick off our 2017 campaign by supporting
the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester was incorporated in 1907 and
currently serves about 550 kids a day from across the city providing
educational support, meals and physical activity. The sneakers will also
be distributed through a “shoe pantry” at the Club for those kids who
need a new pair of shoes.

“We are so grateful to Anthem and the Two Ten Foundation for being
incredible partners and for providing the basic necessity of shoes to
our kids. We have been strengthening our health programs this past year
with the addition of a fitness center and running club, and the new shoe
pantry takes our care for kids to a higher level,” said Diane
Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the
health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its
funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative
solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy
Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets
specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal
care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity
rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical
activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal
and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also
coordinates the company’s Associate Giving program which provides a 50
percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer
Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a
registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross
and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association.

Contacts

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire
Colin Manning
Public
Relations Director
(603) 541-2055 (office)
(603) 361-4459
(cell)