DES MOINES, IA (June 8, 2015) — Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield presented NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources with a $7,500 award for Willow Park. The award helped to create a safe place for young adults, children and families to enjoy, stay healthy, and be a part of the growth and future developments in Rapid City.
“The entire community came together to work on this great project,” said Stephany Valkenburg, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources. “The award from Wellmark allowed us to transform the empty space into a park that will fit everyone’s wants and needs.”
Willow Park, located on the corner of Lemmon Avenue and Monroe, will also host several activities. A few activities include reading in the park days and the College Park Block summer meetings. Future plans for the park include planting flowers on the corner of the park and installing a reading box. The boxes will be full of donated books that will be enjoyed by parents and children enjoying the space.
Willow Park was one of only 16 projects, from more than 100 entries, selected to receive $7,500. As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, Wellmark announced it awarded $7,500 to 16 projects that were able to demonstrate a long-lasting impact on making the healthy choice the easy choice, and improving overall community health and wellness. The public also had the chance to vote for their favorite project with more than 84,000 votes received during the voting period.
“We are pleased to present NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources with this award,” said Stephany Perry, Wellmark. “The impact that Willow Park would have on improving the health and well-being of the community for years to come was clearly demonstrated. We commend the community for taking a proactive approach to making the healthy choice, the easy choice.”
To see how Wellmark celebrated its 75th anniversary including what Wellmark did each day during its “75 days. 75 ways.” campaign to encourage healthier and better lives for Iowans and South Dakotans, visit www.Wellmark.com/75.
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