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ARTICLE New Jersey Wine-Tasting Event Raises $55,000 for Children's Health Needs

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (March 19, 2012) – More than 175 attendees from area corporations and health systems helped raise $55,000 to help families pay for their children's medical services that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a family's health insurance plan.

The money was raised at the 2012 UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) wine-tasting event at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City. The event was hosted by the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation with generous sponsorship support from area corporations, health systems and other businesses including:

  • Platinum Sponsor – Coastal Financial, Surgem, Summit Medical Group
  • Silver Sponsor – Bollinger/Slattery, Connecture, Conner Strong, Corporate Synergies, Emerson Reid, Kistler Tiffany, Partners in Care, Preferred Benefits, St. Peter's Healthcare System, USPS/United Surgical, Walsh Benefits, Wells Fargo
  • Bronze Sponsors – Englewood Hospital, Holy Name Hospital, Princeton Healthcare System, Savoy Associates, Valley Health System

Proceeds from this fund-raising event enable the UHCCF to help families in need of financial assistance pay for their children's treatments for health issues such as speech and developmental delays, hearing loss, autism, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. UHCCF is a national nonprofit organization that has provided more than $3.6 million in 2011 alone to families across the United States, including New Jersey.

"We are so grateful to the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation for providing us with this grant. Now we can provide our daughter with speech therapy for her dysarthria – or slurred speech. We could not pay for this much-needed therapy ourselves, so the UHCCF grant is such a blessing," said Lavern Scott, mother of 6-year-old Chelsea, of North Plainfield, N.J. "Parents want to provide their children with the support they need to do well in school and be happy, healthy children. The grant will help Chelsea get the care she needs to become an even sunnier, more outgoing person than she is now."

"The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is dedicated to helping improve the health and quality of life for children by enabling families to focus on their children's care instead of worrying about how they'll pay their medical bills," said Michael McGuire, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of New Jersey. "The funds raised at this event will go a long way in helping families right here in New Jersey."

About UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that strives to enhance either the clinical condition or quality of life of children who have health care needs not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. UHCCF provides medical grants of up to $5,000 for costs associated with medical services and equipment. UHCCF's funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) employees. Donations to help provide assistance are deeply appreciated.