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CVS Downtown 5K Benefits 40 Schools

MORE THAN 40 AREA SCHOOLS AND NONPROFITS AWARDED FUNDS RAISED BY 2013
CVS CAREMARK DOWNTOWN 5k

 

Grants
from the funds raised by this year‰Ûªs racing event are awarded to schools and
youth-focused nonprofit organizations from Southern New England

Woonsocket, R.I. (November 26, 2013) ‰ÛÒ At an awards dinner held at CVS
Caremark this evening, organizers and race officials of the CVS Caremark
Downtown 5k celebrated the 24th anniversary of the popular road race
and CVS Caremark‰Ûªs 14th year as title sponsor of the race by handing
out some early holiday gifts to area schools and charities. Grants were
presented to more than 40 youth-focused nonprofit organizations and schools
from Southern New England, bringing the total funds raised for charity since
CVS Caremark became the title sponsor of the race to more than $1.4 million.
More than 150 people convened for the special
celebration ‰ÛÒ including track and field coaches, student runners, and
representatives from area nonprofit organizations. Elite runner and Providence
resident Molly Huddle inspired the group as the guest speaker. An Olympian,
Huddle recently set a world record for the women‰Ûªs 12k race and is a 3-time
winner of the CVS Caremark Downtown 5k, most recently winning the women‰Ûªs
national 5k title at this year‰Ûªs race.
Most of the schools and organizations that received
grants at the awards dinner provided volunteers for the 2013 CVS Caremark
Downtown 5k. Others receiving grants were recognized for their athleticism.
‰ÛÏThis special gathering gives us an opportunity to
thank and recognize all of the volunteers who worked hard to make the CVS
Caremark Downtown 5k a big success,‰Û said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice
President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy for CVS
Caremark. ‰ÛÏIt also allows us to connect with our charitable partners and the
athletes and coaches from area schools to celebrate the Downtown 5k and provide
them with much-needed funds to support athletic programs in our schools and
communities.‰Û

 

For the fifth year, Tufts
Health Plan joined the CVS Caremark Downtown 5k as sponsor of the 3k High
School Inspirational.

 

Tufts Health Plan Senior Vice President of Sales,
Marketing & Client Services, Brian Pagliaro said, ‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been fun and
rewarding for Tufts Health Plan to sponsor the High School Inspirational 3k at
the CVS Caremark Downtown 5k for the past five years. Like CVS Caremark, our
company is committed to helping people live a healthy lifestyle. Our support of
this combined costume contest and race allows us to engage high school athletes
in a healthy activity and inspire them to have fun while they’re being active.
The fact that these athletes put a smile on our faces each year with such
creative costumes is a bonus!‰Û

 

Representatives
from the schools, track clubs and nonprofit groups that provided volunteers for
the race were honored by the CVS Caremark Downtown 5k and presented with grants
at the gathering. The groups that received grants include: Attleboro YMCA,
Cumberland High School, LaSalle High School Girls Basketball, North Kingstown
High School Cross Country, North Kingstown High School Indoor Track, Exeter
Sports for Kids, Lincoln High School, Bishop Hendricken High School, Chariho
High School, Toll Gate High School, East Greenwich High School, Sentinel
Striders, Partnership for Providence Parks, Rhode Island Interscholastic
League, Tolman High School, Silent No More, American Heart Association of
Southern New England, American Red Cross of Rhode Island, Autism Project of
Rhode Island, A Wish Come True, Project Undercover, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer
Resource Foundation, Sean Duarte Scholarship Fund, Camp Ruggles, and Rhode
Island Track & Field Coaches Association.   

 

To
further promote health care and to emphasize the importance of physical
activity for children, CVS Caremark Downtown 5k also awarded $500 grants to ten
schools that won random drawings. 
Elementary, middle and high school teams with 25 or more children who
participated in the 2013 CVS Caremark Youth Races or High School Inspirational 3k
qualified for the drawings, which were earmarked to assist physical education
programs. The winners of these grants are: Barrington Middle School, Mount
Saint Charles Academy, Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, Saint Margaret
School, Mount Hope High School, The Learning Community, Goff Junior High School,
Cranston West High School, Cranston East High School, and Chester Barrows School.

 

The
awards dinner also included the announcement by Tufts Health Plan of the High
School

Inspirational
3k grant winners. To be eligible for these grants, any high school with 25 or
more youths participating in the 3k could be entered to win one of 10 $500
grants. The winners of these grants are: Cumberland High School, Mount Pleasant
High School, Classical High School, Lincoln High School, Tolman High School,
Toll Gate High School, Shea High School, Portsmouth High School, Chariho High
School, and Bishop Hendricken High School.

Others
recognized at the dinner and grant presentation event were children of all
abilities who participated in the CVS Caremark All Kids Can䋢 Inspirational
event held at this year‰Ûªs CVS Caremark Downtown 5k. ‰ÛÏThese children inspire all
of us with what they are able to achieve while facing challenges on a daily
basis,‰Û said Howard Boone. ‰ÛÏWe are so proud of their commitment to practicing
for this event and really enjoy seeing the pride on their faces as they cross
the finish line.‰Û
The
CVS Caremark All Kids Can Inspirational event is an extension of CVS Caremark‰Ûªs
All Kids Can program, which focuses on helping children of all abilities learn,
play and succeed in life.‰Û

 

About the Downtown 5k

The
Downtown 5k is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization
that promotes health and fitness through road racing. Proceeds from the annual
race event are donated to local youth charities in Rhode Island and Southern
New England.

 

About
CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping
people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy
company in the United States. Through the
company’s more than 7,500 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit
manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic
system, the largest in the nation with more than 700 MinuteClinic locations, it
is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail
clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.  As a pharmacy
innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark
continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new
approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with
chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obtain and stay on their medications. 
Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better
health at info.cvscaremark.com.

 

 

About Tufts
Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan is a nonprofit organization
nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality
health care coverage. The plan offers members and employers an array of health
management programs, which support evidence-based approaches to health and
wellness.

Tufts Health Plan is one of the few health insurers in Massachusetts to
participate in the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid/subsidized markets,
offering coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. Its
HMO and PPO plans are continually ranked in the top 10 of insurance plans in
the United States by the NCQA* placing them in the top 1% of health plans in
the country. Its Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO earned a 4.5 star rating from the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2014, putting it among the
top 5% of Medicare plans nationally.

Network Health, a subsidiary of Tufts Health Plan, is ranked third in the
country for Medicaid plans**.

Tufts Health Plan recently became the first health plan in the Northeast, and
one of only 20 health care organizations in the United States, to receive the
NCQA Wellness & Health Promotion (WHP) Accreditation.

Headquartered in Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan also serves members in Rhode
Island. Visit us at www.tuftshealthplan.com.

*NCQA‰Ûªs
Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014 ‰ÛÒ Private
**NCQA‰Ûªs Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014 ‰ÛÒ Medicaid

 

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