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Lorina Marshall-Blake of Independence Blue Cross Honored by Girls Inc.

Philadelphia, PA - March 10, 2010 - Independence Blue Cross Vice President of Government Relations Lorina Marshall-Blake will be honored today by Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for her dedication to the organization and the inspirational role she's played in the lives of the many young women she has mentored over the years.

Marshall-Blake, along with Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and Sharon Marzano-Diaz,  Deputy Secretary  for Regulatory Programs, Pennsylvania Department of State, will be recognized at the Girls Inc. 8th annual Founders Breakfast, held this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

"It is a wonderful feeling to be honored by an organization that means so much to me," said Marshall-Blake. "Working with girls and young women is one of my most rewarding passions, and Girls Inc. provides me with the fantastic opportunity to see them blossom into confident, competent, and caring individuals. I'm sure my fellow honorees, who unselfishly devote their time, treasury, and talent to this organization, would agree that working with Girls Inc. is a gift that keeps on giving."

Marshall-Blake began working with Girls Inc. in 1984 when she participated in the Big Sisters, Little Sisters program. In her community, she also serves as a mentor to eight "daughters," a group of young women who are in the process of establishing their careers.

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Marshall-Blake serves as an Associate Minister at the Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She exhibits a strong commitment to the community and is affiliated with more than 30 professional and civic organizations. Among her affiliations are the United Negro College Fund, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Federal Affairs Committee, and the Governor's Advisory Committee on African American Affairs. She is also affiliated with 2000 African American Women, the Community College of Philadelphia, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

"The joy that comes from knowing I've touched the lives of these young women and made a difference is incredible. As one of my heroes Dr. Maya Angelou said: 'Love life; engage in it; give it all you've got. Love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over what you put into it.'"

About Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With local roots dating to 1864 and national status since 1945, Girls Inc. has responded to the changing needs of girls and their communities through research-based programs and advocacy to empower girls to reach their full potential and to understand, value, and assert their rights. Girls Inc.'s public education extends the values of girls' rights to adults, as well as giving them the tools they need to assist girls' efforts to access their rights.

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.3 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.