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October 2015

UnitedHealthcare Does Fundraising in Style

UnitedHealthcare CEO Don Langer, left, KEYE-TV Reporter Adela Uchida and UHC Children’s Foundation President Matt Peterson pose for picture on stage at Wine, Women & Shoes event.
UnitedHealthcare CEO Don Langer, left, KEYE-TV Reporter Adela Uchida and UHC Children’s Foundation President Matt Peterson pose for picture on stage at Wine, Women & Shoes event.

Fundraising can be a joy on its own, but doing it in style can make it unforgettable. With help from Wine, Women and Shoes, a national charity dedicated to raising money for issues related to women and children, the UnitedHealthcare Children’s foundation provided the glamorous women of Austin a night of sophistication and beauty while supporting a great cause.

The evening started out in a flash with guests greeted by photographers, snapping professional pictures with friends and event guests. As they entered the dining hall, where they would later savor fine wines, appetizers and a gourmet dinner, attendees first laid eyes on the enormous catwalk that stretched out to the middle of the room. As the night went on, models strutted their stuff in designs created by Project Runway’s Peach Carr.

Project Runway Designer Peach Carr, left, Fashion Stylist JJ Valentin and KEYE-TV Reporter Adela Uchida present live auction and fashion show.
Project Runway Designer Peach Carr, left, Fashion Stylist JJ Valentin and KEYE-TV Reporter Adela Uchida present live auction and fashion show.

Throughout the event, fortunate guests won special prizes and giveaways. One lucky winner received a $1,000 Visa gift card to pay for her airfare and accommodations in New York where she will meet with Max Martin of the American luxury brand, Max Martin Shoes, and design her very own pair named after her.

This is the second of six events hosted by Wine, Women and Shoes and UHCCF. All proceeds from the event goes toward UHCCF to fund medical grants for families with sick children to help pay for medical expenses not covered, or fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan. In the past five years, nearly 550 Texas families have received more than $18 million from UHCCF.

Fundraising for medical grants can’t get any more fashionable.

Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club and UHC team up for children’s health and Hispanic Heritage Month

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Dallas Cowboys players Dakorey Johnson, left, and Jameill Showers read children’s health book to preschool children.

The Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club and UnitedHealthcare celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and brought awareness to children’s health by hosting a “play day” at Mi Escuelita Preschool in Dallas.

According to the most recent America’s Health Rankings report, obesity in Texas has nearly tripled over the past 25 years – from 12% in 1990 to 31% in 2014. At almost 37%, that number is even higher for Hispanics in Texas.

At the recent event, The Rookie Club, UnitedHealthcare and nutritionists from Dairy MAX and Fuel Up to Play 60 worked with the kids on a variety of activities aimed at creating healthy habits. Players from the Rookie Club read books about health and colored MyPlate diagrams to learn about the different food groups. The players also got active with the kids, swinging at a football pinata filled with healthy treats.

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Dallas Cowboys player Vince Mayle and children from Mi Escuelita preschool show off their colored MyPlates while learning about food groups.
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Dallas Cowboys players Damien Wilson, left, and Mark Nzeocha hold up football pinata for children to swing at.

Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Rookie Club is an annual outreach initiative designed to introduce the team’s newest members to the importance of giving back to the North Texas community. It’s UnitedHealthcare’s fifth consecutive year to team up with the Dallas Cowboys to demonstrate both organization’s commitment to making the next generation of youth the most active and healthy.

UnitedHealthcare Supports Texas Women

Texas Conference for WomenEach year, Texas women come together as part of a movement to empower each other, grow ambitions and reach goals at the Texas Conference for Women. At this year’s event – its 16th annual – taking place this week in Austin, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is a proud sponsor of the conference’s Community Connection Pavilion.

UnitedHealthcare’s Community Connection Pavilion will offer ways for conference attendees to donate, create and participate in initiatives that change the lives of families in need. Under the pavilion, there will be a hands-on activity for volunteers to make blankets for Meals on Wheels in Austin and an opportunity to sign up for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in their hometowns – another event which UHC actively supports as its first-ever statewide sponsor.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, center, making blankets for Meals on Wheels with UHC's Marian Cabanillas and conference volunteers.
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, center, making blankets for Meals on Wheels with UHC’s Marian Cabanillas and conference volunteers.

In addition to sponsoring the Community Connection Pavilion, two of UnitedHealthcare’s senior leaders will be participating in the conferences sessions. Yasmine Winkler, our Community & State CEO for the central region and chief consumer officer with UnitedHealthcare, will be part of the day’s luncheon keynote session with many of the conference’s top guests, which include Robin Roberts, ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor and cancer survivor, Oscar-winning actress and advocate for wage equality Patricia Arquette, designer and urban planner Candy Chang and Life is Good CEO Bert Jacobs.

Dr. Dawn Bazarko, the Founder and Senior Vice President of Moment Health, an innovative new UnitedHealth Group business focused on bringing mindfulness solutions to the workplace, to health care workers and into health care delivery to improve the care experience, will be taking the stage with other health experts in a session about optimizing stress to improve overall wellbeing.

UnitedHealthcare has been at the forefront of women’s health with its many initiatives throughout Texas and the United States, including its approach to women’s preventative care services.

Bringing together inspirational individuals and organizations to highlight women’s issues is the goal, and we’re proud to help be part of that conversation.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, left, Meals on Wheels representative and UHC's Marian Cabanillas pose for a picture while holding a blanket they made at the UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, left, Meals on Wheels representative and UHC’s Marian Cabanillas pose for a picture while holding a blanket they made at the UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
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