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Anthem Blue Cross Provides $50,000 Donation to California Fire Foundation’s California Firefighters Benevolent Fund

September 10, 2021

Donation will support families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect
In honor of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and in recognition of Firefighter Appreciation Month, Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) announced today it has provided a $50,000 donation to the California Fire Foundation’s California Firefighters Benevolent Fund.
 
“As we saw with 9/11, the recent devastating fires in Northern California are a reminder of the sacrifices our firefighters make to protect all of us. That’s why we felt it was critical to honor, pay respect to, and celebrate the extraordinary men and women and their families who work tirelessly for our communities,” said Mark Reynolds, Chief Operating Officer, Anthem Blue Cross commercial plans.
 
The California Fire Foundation provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Anthem’s donation will support the California Firefighters Benevolent Fund which not only provides benefits for firefighters and their families impacted by fire or natural disaster, but for those injured or killed in the line of duty.
 
“The California Fire Foundation is extremely grateful for the generous donation from Anthem Blue Cross,” said Rick Martinez, Executive Director of the California Fire Foundation. “In yet another year of unprecedented wildfires, the partnership with Anthem Blue Cross enables the Foundation to continue to support California firefighters on the frontlines and their families in their time of need." 
 
Anthem has a long-standing commitment to supporting communities, first responders and its members who have been impacted by wildfires and other natural disasters. Anthem and its Foundation have provided support to the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), Direct Relief and Americares who are all supporting California’s wildfire disaster relief efforts.
 
In addition, Anthem is providing special relief to its members and activated emergency personnel who have been impacted by the recent wildfires to help ensure they have access to essential prescription medications and other health care related services.
 
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