UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin and Packers Radio Network to be Honored by Wisconsin Upside Down
BROOKFIELD, Wis. (Feb. 3, 2011) Wisconsin Upside Down, a Down syndrome advocacy group, will honor UnitedHealthcare and Packers Radio Network for their support of "First Downs for Down Syndrome," a fundraising effort that raised $10,000 to support Down syndrome patients and their families.
UnitedHealthcare and Packers Radio Network will be recognized at the advocacy group's upcoming Kelly's Upside Down Ball, an event to benefit people diagnosed with Down syndrome. The Feb. 11 event at the Brookfield Sheraton, 375 S. Moorland Road in Brookfield, is open to the public. Registration is required.
"First Downs for Down Syndrome" was developed by Wisconsin Upside Down and hosted by the Packers Radio Network. UnitedHealthcare sponsored the fundraising program, donating $25 each time the Green Bay Packers made a first down during the regular season. The Packers recorded 312 first downs, resulting in a $7,800 donation; UnitedHealthcare has added $2,200 to make a $10,000 total donation to Wisconsin Upside Down.
The donation will be used to help fund a grant program that helps pay for certain therapies, tuition expenses for parents and caregivers to attend educational conferences, and parent support groups to host local educational programs.
"It is a thrill to have a business like UnitedHealthcare show its commitment to our cause and our organization in such a generous way," said Robbin Lyons, president, Wisconsin Upside Down. "This fundraising program has been a big boost for our mission of enhancing the lives of people with Down syndrome in Wisconsin. And the awareness created by the Packers Radio Network's partnership has been a huge benefit to our organization."
"In celebration of the Green Bay Packers' exciting playoff run to the Super Bowl, UnitedHealthcare is honored to work with Wisconsin Upside Down and the important work it does to support people with Down syndrome," said Wendy Arnone, president, UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin. "UnitedHealthcare is committed to supporting our communities by helping people enhance their health and quality of life."
About Wisconsin Upside Down
Wisconsin Upside Down is a group of energetic parents, concerned community leaders, and self advocates, interested in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with Down syndrome in southeastern Wisconsin. The mission of Wisconsin Upside Down is to empower individuals with Down syndrome by providing them, their families, and the community with the best information, advocacy, and support. The goal of Wisconsin Upside Down is to offer life-long support for people with Down syndrome through programs aimed at prenatal diagnoses to issues facing adults with Down syndrome.
UnitedHealthcare provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of approximately 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.