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EmblemHealth Honors Brooklyn Nonprofits at “Commitment to Care Lecture & Award Series”

NEW YORK, NY (May 15, 2014) — EmblemHealth, the New York-based health and wellness company, recognized and honored six nonprofit organizations serving residents of Brooklyn at the “Commitment to Care Lecture & Award Series.”

The awards ceremony held May 1 at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens was the sixth installment of the series in New York City and the first held in Brooklyn. The event featured Carlo Scissura, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, as the evening’s keynote speaker. The program recognized nonprofit organizations that exemplify a commitment to providing care, services and support to the residents of New York City. In 2013, EmblemHealth honored 26 nonprofit organizations serving Upper Manhattan, Southeast Queens, Chinese American and Brooklyn neighborhoods.

“EmblemHealth is very proud to honor and recognize our fellow New Yorkers. We have the chance to shine a spotlight on organizations that are making a difference and a positive impact in their communities,” said Dave Mahder, EmblemHealth Vice President of Marketing and Communications and the event’s master of ceremonies. “Their unwavering commitment to making their communities healthier and better is an inspiration.”

The evening’s Commitment to Care nonprofit organization honorees were:

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation: Commitment to Care Award For Bringing Economic Opportunity and Community Development to Brooklyn
Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President for Programs accepted the award on behalf of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

CAMBA: Commitment to Care Award For Securing Affordable Housing and Promoting Education and Youth Development
Joanne Oplustil, President and Chief Executive Officer and Marjorie Momplaisir-Ellis, Program Director accepted the award on behalf of the CAMBA.

Haitian-American Community Coalition — Commitment to Care Award For Empowering the Haitian and Caribbean Communities and Advocating for Health Education and Support Services
Dr. Andre K. Peck, Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of Haitian-American Community Coalition.

Diaspora Community Services: Commitment to Care Award For Strengthening Families and Individual's Resolve to Access Health and Supportive Programs
Nadine Juste-Beckles, Board Member, accepted the award on behalf of Diaspora Community Services.

Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need: Commitment to Care Award For Enhancing the Quality of Life for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Charles A. Archer, Esq, Chief Executive Officer, accepted the Award on behalf of Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need.

Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center: Commitment to Care Award For Initializing a Wellness Revolution in Central Brooklyn
Harvey Lawrence, President and Chief Executive Officer accepted the award on behalf of Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center.

Carlo Scissura, President, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
(Left to Right) Joanne Oplustil, President and Chief Executive Officer, CAMBA; Charles A. Archer, Esq, Chief Executive Officer, Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need; Dr. Andre K. Peck, Executive Director, Haitian-American Community Coalition; Nadine Juste-Beckles, Board Member, Dispora Community Services; Harvey Lawrence, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center; Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President for Programs, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
(Left to Right) David Flemister, Director of Community Marketing, EmblemHealth; Charles A. Archer, Esq, Chief Executive Officer, Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need; Joanne Oplustil, President and Chief Executive Officer, CAMBA; Nadine Juste-Beckles, Board Member, Dispora Community Services; Harvey Lawrence, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center; Dr. Andre K. Peck, Executive Director, Haitian-American Community Coalition; Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President for Programs, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation; Dave Mahder, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, EmblemHealth

About EmblemHealth
EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.4 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of PPO, EPO and HMO plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs and dental and vision care. EmblemHealth offers a choice of networks, including quality doctors and other health care professionals throughout the region, leading acute care hospitals across the tristate area, and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states. For more information, visit www.emblemhealth.com.

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