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October 25, 2021

13 awarded for “Favorite Charity” program

Independent Health to award 65 charities $650 each during Medicare Open Enrollment; Nominate your favorite charity now

Independent Health announced the first 13 recipients of its “Nominate Your Favorite Charity” program, with each non-profit awardee granted $650. The program received more than 1,000 nominations throughout its first two weeks. Randomly selected recipients ranged from large, well-known charities to small non-profit organizations and included:


Throughout the Medicare annual enrollment season, which concludes Dec. 7, Independent Health continues to invite anyone to nominate their favorite local charity for a chance to receive a donation. Every two weeks, Independent Health will randomly select 13 local non-profit organizations to receive $650 each. This amounts to $42,000 for 65 organizations serving Western New York (#650for65charities).

“Throughout the fall season, as thousands of Western New Yorkers evaluate their Medicare options for 2022, we chose to offer this program to invest in our community and support the local organizations our members, and non-members, value most,” said Cathy Aquino, director of government sales, Independent Health.

Anyone can nominate a charity of their choice. You do not need to be an Independent Health member or Medicare-eligible to submit a nomination, nor is there an obligation to enroll with Independent Health. Entries are limited to one nomination per person and the non-profit organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and operate within the eight counties of Western New York. The selected charities will be individually notified if they’ve received an award. 

Individuals who are interested in nominating a charity may do so by:

Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the nomination period

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