Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson Honored as 'Healthy Hero' by The AMERIGROUP Foundation

Friday, September 12, 2008 General News J E 4
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Sept. 11 The AMERIGROUP Foundationtoday announced that Savannah, Ga., Mayor Otis Johnson has been honored withits "Healthy Heroes" award. The occasion was celebrated in two ceremoniestoday at the Savannah City Hall and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil RightsMuseum.

"AMERIGROUP is pleased to honor those who work tirelessly to make adifference in our communities, and Mayor Johnson certainly fits thatdescription," said Dr. Tunde Sotunde, CEO of AMERIGROUP Community Care inGeorgia. "In addition, we are pleased to support the work and mission of boththe Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the West Broad Street YMCA, theworthy organizations which Mayor Johnson has commended."

The AMERIGROUP Foundation Healthy Heroes Award recognizes leaders,teachers, schools or community based organizations who demonstrate leadershipby improving the overall well-being of the community, enhancing health-relatedinitiatives, or serving as advocates for the financially vulnerable ordisadvantaged in the area of health promotion or related programs.

To commemorate Mayor Johnson's commitment to the community, the AMERIGROUPFoundation will present a $500 contribution to both the Ralph Mark GilbertCivil Rights Museum and the West Broad Street YMCA.

"The AMERIGROUP Foundation's commitment and many contributions focused onencouraging healthy families and communities have been a great help to thepeople of Savannah," Mayor Johnson said. "We are all grateful for theirsupport of local organizations like the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museumand the West Broad Street YMCA that assist and enrich the lives of those inour community."

The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, recently honored as "Georgia'sBest New History Museum" by the Georgia Journal, is named in honor of the lateDr. Ralph Mark Gilbert. The father of Savannah's modern-day Civil RightsMovement and fearless National Association for the Advancement of ColoredPeople (NAACP) leader was known for much more than his outspoken campaigns forcivil rights. He was a nationally known orator, pulpiteer and playwright,producing religious dramas throughout the country.

The West Broad Street YMCA is one of the last seven Heritage YMCA sites inthe United States. Open originally on West Broad Street, now known as MartinLuther King Blvd., the West Broad Street YMCA moved to its current 1110 MayStreet site in 1968.

About The AMERIGROUP Foundation

The AMERIGROUP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AMERIGROUPCorporation, a multistate managed healthcare company based in Virginia Beach,VA. The Foundation works to help create healthy communities by fosteringaccess to healthcare, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, andpromoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods. For moreinformation about the AMERIGROUP Foundation,

Contact: Kent Jenkins Jr.AMERIGROUP (757) 769-7859



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