Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC supports Legal Aid of NC with lead corporate gift

August 18, 2008 MEDIA RELEASE

(Raleigh, NC) - Legal Aid of North Carolina announced today that it has received a pledge of $30,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC).

The BCBSNC gift is one of the largest, single-year gifts that Legal Aid of NC has received in its Access to Justice Campaign, which is starting its second year this month.  The fundraising campaign secured more than $500,000 in pledges and donations from lawyers in the Triangle Area in the first year of the campaign.

The gift from BCBSNC is the first major corporate gift to the campaign.  Pursuing corporate support represents an important new element in Legal Aid of NC’s overall approach to philanthropy.

A.P. Carlton, Jr., who is with the Allen and Pinnix law firm in Raleigh and is a Past President of the American Bar Association, is the chairperson of the Legal Aid of NC campaign.  He noted that although Legal Aid of NC serves the economically most vulnerable households, it defies the stereotypical welfare program.  

“The vast majority—comprising 35% of the state’s population—of Legal Aid’s clients,” Carlton emphasized, “are employed and hardworking, corporate customers as well as corporate employees.”

Carlton
explained that after BCBSNC had all the facts, they quickly understood the importance of Legal Aid of NC’s work and viewed their gift as part of their corporate responsibility to the community as well as a good investment.

“We’re extremely pleased,” Carlton added, “that a company of the stature of Blue Cross Blue Shield has taken a leadership role in support of this important campaign.” 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is a recognized leader in delivering innovative health care products, services, and information.  It has more than 3.7 million members, including over 900,000 served by other Blue Plans.  For 75 years, the company has offered health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs, and events that promote good health.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to eligible households in all 100 counties in North Carolina through its 24 offices and its special projects.  LANC annually serves about 25,000 clients.

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CONTACTS:
Alfred P. Carlton, Jr. (Attorney and Partner, Allen and Pinnix, P.A.), Raleigh, NC, 919-755-0505

George R. Hausen, Jr. (Executive Director, Legal Aid of NC),
Raleigh, NC, 919-856-2564

Dock Kornegay (Director, Public Relations & Development, Legal Aid of NC),
Raleigh, NC, 919-856-2564


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Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

 

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