Hollenbeck Youth Center/Inner-City Games Celebrates over 32 Years Serving the Los Angeles...

Hollenbeck Youth Center/Inner-City Games Celebrates over 32 Years Serving the Los Angeles Community

Announces New Initiatives, Activities and Recognizes Community Leaders, Dignitaries, Athletes and Corporate Sponsor Blue Cross of California Foundation for Ongoing Contributions


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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–May 31, 2005–The Hollenbeck Youth Center/Inner-City Games (Hollenbeck Youth Center) today celebrated 32 years of serving the Los Angeles Community. A press conference was held at the Hollenbeck Youth Center in Los Angeles to announce new initiatives and to recognize community leaders, dignitaries, athletes and corporate sponsor Blue Cross of California Foundation for their ongoing contributions.

Danny Hernandez, President Hollenbeck Youth Center and Founder/Inner-City Games was joined by: Tommy Lasorda, Senior Vice President, Special Advisor to the Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers; Priscilla Hernandez, Field Deputy Representing Governor Schwarzenegger; Joel De La Hoya, Father of Oscar De La Hoya; Rudolf C. Montiel, P.E., Executive Director of the Los Angeles Housing Authority; and Josh Valdez, Senior Vice President, Health Care Management, Blue Cross of California. In addition, Ray Morales, M.D., Director, Social Investment Programs, Blue Cross of California Foundation, presented a generous check made out to Hollenbeck Youth Center in the amount of $250,000.

“Through the support of our generous sponsors, we are able to continue the development of outreach programs that address social, health and other issues that impact the youth population in our communities,” said Danny Hernandez, President, Hollenbeck Youth Center and Founder of Inner-City Games.

Blue Cross of California Foundation recently partnered with Hollenbeck Youth Center to help enroll inner-city children in health coverage. “Nearly half of California’s children eligible for existing public coverage are not enrolled,” said Ray Morales, M.D., Director, Social Investment Programs, Blue Cross of California Foundation. “By partnering with the Hollenbeck Youth Center, we can educate uninsured families and youth of their heath care coverage options.”

Hollenbeck Youth Center also announced a new working partnership with the Los Angeles Housing Authority and their educational, anti-violence and artistic programs to educate residents of their options to access low- or no-cost health care. “This supports our mission of assisting public housing residents and Section 8 clients to become better educated and economically self-sufficient by creating pride, respect and stability,” said Rudolf C. Montiel, P.E., Executive Director of the Los Angeles Housing Authority.

Hollenbeck Youth Center/Inner-City Games

Since 1972, the Hollenbeck Police Business Council (a.k.a., the Hollenbeck Youth Center) and the Inner-City Games Los Angeles have provided safe and quality after-school recreational, educational and entrepreneurial programs. The partnership has given thousands of at-risk youth an opportunity to become productive members of society and great Dodger fans. Its partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollenbeck Division, is an example that community involvement can deter at-risk kids from gangs and violence.

Blue Cross of California Foundation

Blue Cross of California Foundation is an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross Association. Blue Cross of California Foundation focuses on initiatives that make health care more accessible and affordable, improve quality of care, shape the development of health-related public policy, and help identify best practices in medicine. The Foundation invests in social programs and partners with non-profit public charities whose objectives closely align with Blue Cross of California’s health care priorities. Blue Cross of California Foundation was formed by Blue Cross of California, a health benefits company that has been serving the health care needs of Californians since 1937. For information about free and low-cost health care coverage for individuals, families and small businesses call the California Uninsured Help Line at 800-234-1317 or visit www.coverageforall.org

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CONTACT:

Blue Cross of California; Kellie Bernell, 805-557-6755

or

CHP; Officer Alex Delgadillo, 213-744-2331

Hollenbeck Youth Center/Inner-City Games Celebrates over 32 Years Serving the Los Angeles Community