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EUGENE BARONE OF BLUE CROSS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TO BE HONORED BY NCOA

 WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Council on the Aging, Inc. (NCOA) will present its Courage to Care Award to Eugene J. Barone, chairman and chief executive officer, Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania, on Monday, April 12, it was announced today.
 NCOA President Daniel Thursz will make the presentation at a reception and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Vista Hotel.
 Thursz said that the NCOA Courage to Care award "recognizes Mr. Barone's commitment to excellence, devotion to the health and welfare of his fellow citizens and distinguished business leadership."
 Barone serves as a member of the Governing Panel of the Access to Health Care Services Project of the Institute of Medicine, and is an advisor to the Healthy Tomorrow Partnership for Children Committee. He is also on the board of directors for Partnership for Prevention in Washington.
 His community involvement includes active participation on the executive committees of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Barone also serves on the boards of the University of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Boy Scouts of America.
 Barone has been honored by several organizations, including the Little Sisters of the Poor (for his work with the elderly), the Vocational Rehabilitation Center and Big Brothers and Sisters of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has been recognized by the Sickle Cell Society, the Italian Heritage Society of America and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
 Robert W. Hannan, chairman and chief executive officer of Thrift Drug, Inc., will be the awards dinner chair. Local aging advocate and PBS television personality Eleanore Shano will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies.
 Founded in 1950, the National Council on the Aging is committed to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being and contributions of older persons -- within the context of their families and their communities.
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 /CONTACT: Louise Cleveland of the National Council on the Aging, 202-479-6975/


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