Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island names 2017 BlueAngel of the Year


PROVIDENCE, RI – Stephanie Vito, of Cranston, has been named the 2017 BlueAngel of the Year at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI). Vito, a team leader in the corporate affairs division, was honored for her commitment and leadership in giving back to the Rhode Island community.

Each year since 2001, the BlueAngel of the Year Award has honored BCBSRI employees who make a difference by serving the local community through their passionate and long-term participation in the BlueAngel Community Investment Program. Nominations are submitted by BCBSRI employees, who then vote to select the honoree.

“Stef's enthusiasm for giving back to the community is something you can see and feel when you’re around her,” said Carolyn Belisle, managing director of community relations at BCBSRI. “She has been an engaged supporter of on-site volunteer opportunities with organizations like the Confetti Foundation, Birthday Wishes and the Rhode Island Blood Center. This year, on top of maintaining her volunteerism with these organizations, she served as a Blue across Rhode Island project captain for a playground revamp through LISC at Children's Friend in Providence.”

Belisle continued, “Stef shared her enthusiasm and positive attitude as a Gobble Games captain this year to make the annual food drive competition benefitting the Rhode Island Community Food Bank fun and successful. She also made it a point to include her children in this year's Gobble Games competition by taking them to the grocery store with her to get them excited about helping others. She has volunteered at the RI Community Food Bank with her kids and will volunteer for the Children's Friend Spirit of Giving drive again with her children later this year, demonstrating her commitment to passing on the spirit of philanthropy.”

Vito’s commitment to service is representative of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s mission to support the local community. In 2017, BCBSRI employees contributed approximately 8,000 volunteer hours serving organizations across Rhode Island.

At the ceremony announcing Vito as the 2017 BlueAngel of the Year, BCBSRI awarded a $500 grant to Vito’s organization of choice, Children’s Friend.

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