Since their launch in 1992, the events have brought holiday cheer to more than 26,000 children from social service agencies who might not have had the chance to experience a joyful holiday.
At each Celebration of Children event, Health Net associates create a festive holiday experience by providing food, arts and crafts activities, games, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a gift for every child.
This year’s Celebration of Children festivities are being held in:
- Woodland Hills, Calif., on Dec. 8, 2012;
- Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Dec. 9, 2012; and
- Greater Phoenix area, Ariz., on Dec. 15, 2012.
An earlier event was held Dec. 1, 2012, in Arlington, Va., for children with a parent deployed overseas for military duty. It was co-hosted by the United Service Organization (USO) of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro).
For each event in California and Arizona, Health Net works with local shelters, social service agencies and other community organizations to invite children from underserved areas who may not have a holiday outside of these special events.
“Health Net is privileged to partner with local organizations to bring holiday joy to children from the communities we serve,” said Jim Woys, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Health Net. “Celebration of Children is a special opportunity for Health Net and its dedicated associates to give something meaningful and brighten thousands of young lives.”
Health Net’s Celebration of Children was created in 1992 after Erika Greaves, wife of then-president of Health Net Roger Greaves, suggested that the company replace the traditional office holiday gathering with a party for underprivileged children. Ever since, Mrs. Greaves has served as the national chair for Celebration of Children. Roger Greaves, now Health Net’s chairman of the board, continues to attend every party from coast-to-coast, helping to carry on the Celebration of Children tradition and legacy.
Celebration of Children is sponsored in part by Health Net, Inc. and the Health Net Foundation, Inc., the charitable foundation of Health Net, Inc.
About Health Net
Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net, through its subsidiaries, provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.4 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as “Part D”), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 4.9 million individuals, including Health Net’s own health plan members. Health Net’s subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.
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