BLOOMFIELD, Conn,–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Cigna Foundation announced its second $100,000 grant to
Shatterproof – a national non-profit dedicated to reducing the
devastation that addiction causes to families and the stigma associated
with this disease.
The grant – one of Cigna’s World of Difference grants – was officially
announced at Shatterproof’s Hartford rappelling event last week, in
which more than 140 people participated. The event was the latest in the
Shatterproof Challenge Rappel, a series of rappelling events in cities
throughout the country. Employees from Cigna’s Bloomfield headquarters
participated as part of the largest team in the three-year history of
the Shatterproof Challenge, with 84 participants who helped raise more
“We are honored to receive such incredible support from Cigna,” said
Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof. “Cigna has always been a
wonderful partner in achieving Shatterproof’s goals of raising awareness
and resources for addiction prevention, treatment and recovery – and
this grant is just the latest example.”
This is the second consecutive year that Cigna has given Shatterproof a
$100,000 grant. The grant money will go toward funding Shatterproof’s
new online resource center. The Shatterproof Resource Portal will be a
place to maintain and share the most comprehensive, up-to-date,
evidence-based information on preventing, intervening, treating, and
recovering from the disease of addiction. It will be the first of its
kind to serve parents, families, individuals, and professionals
“The Cigna Foundation is proud to continue to support the work that
Shatterproof does to stem the tide of the addiction epidemic our country
faces,” said Cigna Foundation’s Executive Director David Figliuzzi. “We
hope that with Cigna’s grant, Shatterproof will be able build a
comprehensive Resource Portal where families can turn to find the
information they need to help their loved ones fight this disease.”
About Gary Mendell
Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded
Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the
death of his son Brian, who lost his battle with addiction in 2011. Mr.
Mendell is the founder and former CEO of HEI Hotels & Resort and the
former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.
Shatterproof is a national non-profit dedicated to reducing the
devastation that addiction to prescription drugs, illicit drugs, and
alcohol cause to families, and ending the stigma of those affected by
this disease. Shatterproof provides information and resources for those
living with addiction and their families, enabling powerful new
evidence-based approaches to prevention, treatment and recovery, and
takes the issue to the steps of Capitol Hill.
About the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by
contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries.
The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to
enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of
their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna
employees live and work.
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helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security.
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