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Friday, May 26, 2023

Highmark West Virginia and Charleston Dirty Birds Team up for Ks for Kids to Benefit Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

Charleston, W.Va. (May 26, 2023) – Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia and Charleston Dirty Birds will support Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council through the 9th annual Ks for Kids program. Ks for Kids is a joint partnership between Highmark West Virginia and the Dirty Birds in which Highmark West Virginia donates $5 for every strikeout thrown by a Charleston Dirty Birds pitcher at GoMart Ballpark this season.

“Through our annual Ks for Kids program, Highmark West Virginia and Charleston Dirty Birds have the unique opportunity to partner with community-based nonprofit initiatives that positively impact our youth,” said Highmark West Virginia President Jim Fawcett. “We are pleased to support Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council this year, as they learn the foundations of community, health, and leadership that will set them up for successful futures in the Mountain State.”

Working in partnership with over 2,000 volunteers, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council serves nearly 5,500 girls in 61 counties in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 2.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

"We are honored to be part of Highmark West Virginia’s 2023 Ks for Kids program,” said Beth Casey, CEO of Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council. “This funding will go directly toward programming to benefit our Girl Scouts in their personal development as future leaders of our great state.”

This is the ninth year that Highmark West Virginia has partnered with the minor league baseball organization as part of the Ks for Kids program. Since 2014, more than $20,000 has been awarded through Ks for Kids to local, community-based organizations. A check presentation will take place on the field during a game later this summer.

“With this year’s unveiling of the new Toni Stone mural at the ballpark on Opening Night and the introduction of our first ever ‘Women Making a Difference Night’ on July 20, the 2023 season is a great time to team up with our region’s Girl Scouts through the Black Diamond Council,” said Dirty Birds owner Andy Shea. “The Dirty Birds are pleased to team up with Highmark West Virginia to benefit Girl Scouts who may grow up to be women who are pioneers like Toni Stone or who will make a difference in so many ways in our community and beyond.”

The 2023 Charleston Dirty Birds play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a partner league of Major League Baseball.  Their season is underway and continues with a ten-game home stand starting this Friday evening.  The baseball season and Ks for Kids will continue through September 17.  

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia 
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 250,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia holds the largest share of the commercial market, and more West Virginians carry a Blue Cross Blue Shield card than any other insurance carrier in the state. Highmark West Virginia employs approximately 600 people and serves as a key economic driver in the state with its total economic impact reaching $352 million.

For more information, contact

Bethany Ross
Highmark West Virginia