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HEALTH NET'S UNCONVENTIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!

 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Net and its associates had a refreshingly different approach to their customary staff holiday celebration this year. Instead of spending considerable sums on the traditional Christmas party for its employees, the Woodland Hills-based HMO and its associates decided to institute "Health Net's Celebration of Children."
 The statewide Celebration of Children Involved all of Health Net's management and associates in an effort to reach out to disadvantaged children and their families. The idea for the Celebration of Children originated at the top of the organization when Roger F. Greaves, president, chairman and chief executive officer, suggested to his associates that the company spend money on the community rather than themselves this holiday season. The idea received overwhelming support within the company.
 "Health Net's Celebration of Children" proved to be a memorable series of activities and events that touched the hearts of all participants. Over 600 children throughout the state were the beneficiaries. Two Christmas parties were held, one in Woodland Hills in Southern California which served over 250 children. The Northern California party was held at Children's Hospital in Oakland. In excess of 225 children attended the benefit for the "Center for the Vulnerable Child," a program which focuses on foster children, children affected with the AIDS virus and child victims of sexual abuse. All children who attended were given a toy, and each parent/caregiver was also handed a food certificate from a local grocery company to help with their holiday meal. The toys and food certificates as well as the labor and production costs for the events were entirely contributed by Health Net's employees and associates with the help of volunteers from the various agencies involved.
 Other events took place in Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield and Mountain View where Health Net's regional offices adopted needy families in their areas. Families were surprised with groceries, complete holiday dinners, Christmas trees and trimmings as well as presents and clothing for all. The festivities brought joy and happiness to children and their families who otherwise may not have enjoyed a holiday celebration. Acknowledging the success of the company's efforts in initiating "Health Net's Celebration of Children," Henry Loubet, vice president and executive director, said, "We take pride in the overwhelming generosity shown by our employees in their unconventional holiday celebration." Loubet added, "The dual benefits of reinforcing our dedication to children and uniting our employees, company-wide, in this effort amounted to a wonderful holiday gift."
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 /CONTACT: Analida P. Graham of CrossCultural Marketing, 415-668-8480, for Health Net/


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