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Friday, October 22, 2021

Highmark Virtual Walk for a Healthy Community raises over $800,000 for 249 local nonprofits

PITTSBURGH (October 22, 2021) — The 19th annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, held virtually this year officially concluded its 2021 online fundraising campaign this month raising just over $813,000 for 249 local nonprofits in Pittsburgh, Laurel Highlands (Johnstown/Altoona), Erie, Harrisburg, Leigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Wilmington, Delaware.

Highmark announced in February that the annual walk would again be held virtually and would offer online fundraising instead of holding events throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware due to COVID-19.

"For the second year in a row, the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community was held virtually, coupled with online fundraising, and we are thrilled with the results” said Yvonne Cook, vice president of community programs, Highmark Health. “We are so proud that we can help contribute to the development of the 249 participating community nonprofit organizations, that have never had the opportunity, staff, or other resources to hold a major fundraising event of their own.”

Since 2003, the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community has raised nearly $16.8 million for over 500 nonprofits across Pennsylvania and in Delaware.  Organizations use the money raised to build capacity for their mission, expand resources, and extend their work in the community.

Highmark coordinates and underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes directly to participating nonprofits.

Pittsburgh walk    
Raised more than $260,982 for 99 nonprofit organizations.     
Top three fundraising nonprofits:    
     Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank   $30,453.00 
     DePaul School for Hearing and Speech   $27,982.00 
     Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center   $20,506.50
Harrisburg walk    
Raised $213,432 for 52 nonprofit organizations.    
Top three fundraising nonprofits:    
     Paxton Ministries     $31,912.00 
     Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area     $17,411.00 
     West Shore Foundation     $13,899.29
Lehigh Valley walk    
Raised $143,051 for 23 nonprofits.    
Top three fundraising nonprofits:    
     Lifepath Foundation    $52,530.94 
     Family Connection of Easton    $16,659.00 
     Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania    $16,341.05
Wilmington walk    
Raised over $142,664 for 32 nonprofits.     
Top three fundraising nonprofits:    
     Friendship House, Inc.    $74,873.00
     Family Promise of Northern New Castle County    $18,349.00 
     Read Aloud Delaware      $9,585.00
Erie walk    
Raised $29,074 for 22 nonprofits.     
Top three fundraising nonprofits:    
     Erie United Methodist Alliance   $9,815.01 
     Presbyterian SeniorCare Network   $6,077.61 
     Supportive Living Services, Inc.   $3,900.00
Laurel Highlands walk    
Raised $20,509 for 8 nonprofits.     
Top three fundraising nonprofits:    
     Camp Harmony   $11,051.40 
     Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy     $4,087.00 
     United Methodist Human Services     $3,247.00
NEPA walk    
Raised $3,706 for 13 nonprofits.     
Top three fundraising nonprofits:    
     Northeast PA Area Health Education Center   $1,382.00 
     Saint Joseph's Center NEPA   $1,065.00
     Wyoming County Cultural Center, Inc.     $442.00


We are currently accepting applications from local community-based organizations for next year’s event. Online applications can be found at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.

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One of America's leading health insurance organizations and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Highmark Inc. (the Health Plan) and its affiliated health plans (collectively, the Health Plans) work passionately to deliver high-quality, accessible, understandable, and affordable experiences, outcomes, and solutions to customers. As the fourth-largest overall Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated organization, Highmark Inc. and its Blue-branded affiliates proudly cover the insurance needs of more than 6 million members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and West Virginia. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance and other related businesses. For more information, visit

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