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Lorina Marshall-Blake of Independence Blue Cross Named Honoree by the National Adoption Center

Philadelphia, PA - April 22, 2010 - Last night, the National Adoption Center (NAC) recognized Lorina Marshall-Blake, vice president of Government Relations at Independence Blue Cross with the 2010 Alison Award during their largest annual fundraising event, Celebration of Family. She is a long-time supporter of the center and its mission to find permanent loving families for our most vulnerable children.

The event was held at the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Marshall-Blake, along with Lincoln Financial Group, were honored for their generous support with the Alison Award - named after the very first child with Down syndrome to be adopted with the NAC's help. Since the center was formed in 1972, it has helped find families for more than 21,000 children across the United States. The center works closely with parents, adoption placement agencies, and the public sector to facilitate adoptions for waiting children through media outreach, information and education, and referral services.

"I have been given an opportunity to help make a difference in a child's life, and for that, I am truly grateful," said Marshall-Blake. "There is a special place in my heart for all of these wonderful children."

Marshall-Blake is a former NAC Board member and is a current member of its Advisory Board and has been involved with the organization for more than 20 years. In addition to her professional 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, 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.

About the National Adoption Center

The National Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for the 120,000 children living in foster care throughout the United States, and is a resource to families and to agencies who seek the permanency of caring homes for children. This "home-grown" organization that originated in the area covering southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, was later expanded to include several adjoining states, and eventually became a model for the country. Additionally, through the Adoption Center of Delaware Valley (ACDV), a separate NAC affiliate, NAC seeks to expand adoption opportunities for the 1,600 waiting children who live in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

About 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.