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The Health Plan Donates to Charities Through Tree Decorating Contest

Photo Provided Santa strikes a pose, identical to that of an inflated Jack Skellington figure, in front of “Nightmare Before Christmas” tree created for in The Health Plan employees’ decorating competition. The second-place winner garned $2,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

The Health Plan’s lawn lit up with holiday cheer during the second annual Light Up Night at the corporate headquarters in downtown Wheeling on Wednesday night.

Ten teams made up of The Health Plan employees competed on behalf of local nonprofit organizations all hoping for the chance to win $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 for the charities they selected.

With some help from Santa Claus, the Grinch and Olaf, the three winners were announced.

The Pharmacy team’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” tree took third place and won $1,000 for WV CASA.

In second place, the Provider Relations and Engagement team won $2,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network with their “Nightmare Before Christmas” themed tree. The ASO team, competing on behalf of the Augusta Levy Learning Center, won first place with their Gingerbread House themed tree for the grand prize of $3,000.

“Everyone did such a wonderful job decorating that it was difficult to have just one winner,” said Carla Bell, senior vice president of human resources. “We were so impressed with the effort the teams put forth that the other teams will receive $500 for their charity.”

The nonprofit organizations that will receive a $500 donation are Catholic Charities, Ohio County Animal Shelter, The Ronald McDonald House, A Special Wish Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project and the YWCA Wheeling.

Some teams went an additional step further for their nonprofit groups. The Corporate Services, Compliance and Finance team raised more than $600 for A Special Wish Foundation.

The Pharmacy Team raised $300 for WV CASA, while the Sales team held a food drive for Catholic Charities.

The Quality Management, Risk Adjustment and Population Health Management’s team collected donations for the Ohio County Animal Shelter.

In addition to a tree lighting ceremony, The Health Plan employees and their families enjoyed an evening of holiday fun that included pictures with Santa, Olaf and The Grinch, cupcakes and a Christmas movie screening.

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