Saluting Maine's Everyday Heroes

Portland Pirates, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine Announce Unique Partnership

S. PORTLAND, Maine, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Portland Pirates and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine have teamed up this winter to create a unique program which recognizes Maine's community heroes.  

"Anthem's Community Angels program recognizes everyday heroes — people in our local community who have led, created, or otherwise been instrumental in activities that help make our community better," said Brian Petrovek, Managing Owner/CEO of the Portland Pirates.

Examples of Anthem Community Angels activities include building a playground, raising money for local non-profit agencies, and involvement in youth athletics, etc.

The Pirates are now accepting nominations for the award.  Fans can visit and click on "Anthem Angels" in the community section to submit their nominations.

A total of three honorees will be chosen before the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. Each honoree will be recognized at a home game in an on-ice ceremony and will receive a number of prizes from Anthem and the Pirates, including a framed Pirates jersey. Anthem will also make a $500.00 donation in the honoree's name to the non-profit of his or her choice.

"The selfless efforts of volunteers across Maine make our state a better place," said Dan Corcoran, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. "This program is one small way in which we can thank and recognize them for all that they do."

About Anthem

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Maine, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is available at Also, follow us on Twitter at, on Facebook at, or visit our YouTube channel at  

About the Portland Pirates

The Portland Pirates are active members of the Greater Portland community, supporting numerous charitable efforts and core causes, impacting thousands of lives annually, making a difference in helping to improve the quality of life throughout the region. Complete information on the Pirates and their charitable efforts can be found at

SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine