American Heart Association Coachella Valley Division gets Humana Starlight Award

On hand for the presentation of the Humana Starlight Award were: Russell Barbour, Director of Senior Products for Humana in Southern California; Ellyse Siu, Business Development Director for the American Heart Association; Dr. Charlie W. Shaeffer, Jr., American Heart Association Board member; Cindy Stillman, Executive Director for the American Heart Association Coachella Valley division; and Jeff Chicot, Humana Senior Vice President. (Photo by Jim Olivari)

On hand for the presentation of the Humana Starlight Award were: Russell Barbour, Director of Senior Products for Humana in Southern California; Ellyse Siu, Business Development Director for the American Heart Association; Dr. Charlie W. Shaeffer, Jr., American Heart Association Board member; Cindy Stillman, Executive Director for the American Heart Association Coachella Valley division; and Jeff Chicot, Humana Senior Vice President. (Photo by Jim Olivari)

The American Heart Association Coachella Valley (Calif.) division has been awarded a $10,000 grant as the winner of this year’s Humana Starlight Award in the Coachella Valley.

The Starlight Award, sponsored by Humana, recognizes an outstanding nonprofit organization for its work inspiring well-being among seniors by:

  • Encouraging and supporting volunteerism with seniors age 65 and older,
  • Connecting volunteers of all ages with seniors in the community,
  • Developing programs or initiatives promoting healthy lifestyles for seniors.

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The organization’s overarching goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

The American Heart Association Coachella Valley division applied under the “encouraging and supporting volunteerism with seniors age 65 and older” category. The organization hosts and participates in several events that are dependent on volunteer support, including the Go Red for Women Luncheon, the Heart Walk, the Heart Ball and local health and resource fairs. To garner volunteers AHA actively outreaches to chambers of commerce, senior centers, and senior facilities, as well as through social media and its partnerships with the media.

“Volunteerism is an essential component of our local endeavors and our annual success,” said Cindy Stillman, Executive Director of the American Heart Association Coachella Valley division. “We are proud that Humana has chosen to honor us with the Starlight Award. Through our volunteer leadership, which includes senior volunteers, we are establishing very successful partnerships with like-minded organizations that help us spread our message about the importance of cardiovascular health and its impact on well-being.”

“The Humana Starlight Award seeks to recognize a local nonprofit that has a positive impact on the health and well-being of seniors in the Coachella Valley,” said Russell Barbour, Director of Senior Products for Humana in Southern California. “Through its educational programming and events, the American Heart Association is spreading the wellness message by utilizing senior volunteers in the Coachella Valley. This truly embodies the spirit of the Starlight Award so it is an honor that they are this year’s award winner.”

A panel of local judges – comprised of community leaders, local executives, politicians and health-care providers – evaluated the applications and chose the award recipient.

This is the second year Humana is sponsoring the Starlight Award program.