For Kids’ Sake Jack Eckerd, founder of Eckerd Drugs, believed that all children deserved the opportunity to succeed. In 1968, in Clearwater, Fla., he turned this belief into a vehicle for change when he started a nonprofit driven by the mission to help children and families in need of a second chance. Still in Clearwater 48 years later, his visi [...]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Blue Foundation has chosen 13 finalists from around the state for its 2016 Sapphire Awards and $350,000 in grants. The awards honor outstanding individuals, programs and nonprofit organizations in community health care, or health care-related fields, whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation and achievements in community health. The winn [...]

The 2016 Sapphire Symposium and Awards is scheduled for April 20-21, 2016 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, Florida. The early registration discount ends on April 1, 2016. This event will have several amazing panelists and speakers participating. The Sapphire Awards is a highly competitive nomination program. For the 2016 competition, a total of 117 nomination [...]

The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace is Jan. 31, which is right around the corner. To help get the word out and help our community achieve better health in 2016, the Tallahassee retail center hosted Souls to Enroll Health Fair on Sunday, Jan. 10. The goal of Souls to Enroll w [...]

When you need an escape from the holiday hustle and bustle, you don’t have to travel far. So as the season approaches, plan early and consider these top Florida cities and events. Miami: No winter chill here. But there’s a lot of winter stuff to see and do. Like an Enchanted Forest. Features a holiday theme park and [...]

When our military men and women come home from serving in other countries, especially if they have been in a war zone, they face many hurdles. Transitioning to non-military life, finding a job and rebuilding relationships are just a few of the major changes many service personnel have to navigate. Many face physical injuries that require medical care for a long time – maybe forever. But many ti [...]

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 through May 12, to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the inspiration for modern nursing. Florida Blue’s 292 nurses play an integral role in the success of the company, supporting our members through a number of health care programs focusing on utilization, case and disease management, wellness, and quality. These dedicated, [...]

I had birthday last month. It was filled with loads of well wishes from all my wonderful friends, family and colleagues. I was even surprised with a few gifts too. Many people did ask me what I wanted for my birthday, but I didn’t really need ‘stuff.’ This year marked my 35th birthday, so I wanted to mark the occasion by doing something a little different. The best birthdays I have had [...]

Moore will Serve as the Keynote Speaker for the 11th Annual Art of Giving Fundraiser that Benefits Suncoast-area Early Literacy Programs.  Everyone starts with the same potential for success, but the opportunities available – or lack thereof – greatly impact how futures play out for each. This message will be the cornerstone of United Way Suncoast's an [...]

Soul of Art

Posted on Feb 6th 2015 by Sharon LaSure-Roy

The great artist, Pablo Picasso said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” As a child I firmly believed I was an artist.  Not only did I believe it, I embraced it.  I was constantly painting, drawing and as my mother called “making.” [...]

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