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Yvonne Shaheen to receive prestigious Community Health Network Foundation honor; Indiana philanthropist will be recognized at The Giving Gig 2014

For release on January 20, 2014

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network Foundation officials today announced Yvonne Shaheen will receive the Jack Heiney Award for Philanthropic Leadership at The Giving Gig, a sold-out cancer fundraising event held February 15, 2014.

Well-known throughout the state for her generosity, Shaheen was selected to receive the award in recognition of her leadership, compassion and deep commitment to Community Health Network and the patients it serves. A Community Health Network Foundation donor, she has served on multiple Community boards and committees for over two decades.

“Yvonne’s service to Community Health Network echoes her commitment to countless other non-profits that have each benefited from her leadership and volunteerism,” said Joyce Irwin, Community Health Network Foundation’s president and CEO. “Thanks to Yvonne, central Indiana is a better place, and she undeniably deserves to receive Community’s greatest honor.”

In addition to her service to Community, Shaheen also supports numerous central Indiana non-profits, lending her talents as a board member and fundraising leader. A former elementary school teacher, she became president and CEO of Long Electric company following her husband’s death in 1987. She has received many awards and recognitions for her service to others, and holds Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Purdue University and the University of Indianapolis.

“This is a very special recognition because I never thought I would get an award connected with Community Health Network, and I’ve been volunteering at Community for a long time,” said Shaheen. “Jack Heiney was very special to me, and to get something connected to him means a great deal.”

Shaheen will receive Community’s award in front of 860 people attending The Giving Gig 2014, Community Health Network Foundation’s event held to raise financial support for Community’s cancer programs. Held at the downtown Indianapolis Marriott hotel, the event will feature a performance by KC and the Sunshine Band, along with a silent and live auction. The event is sold out. More information is available at eCommunity.com/GivingGig or at 317-355-GIVE.

The Giving Gig 2014 is presented by BMO Harris Bank, Alderson Commercial Group, Roche Diagnostics Corp., and AxiomPort. Additional sponsorship support comes from American Senior Communities, Aramark Healthcare, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Bright Sheet Metal , Browning Investments, BSA Lifestructres, Community Health Network, Community Hospital Anderson, Community Hospitals Oncology Physicians, Community Westview Hospital Foundation, Emmis Communications, Fifth Third Bank, Forum Credit Union, Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka, Gregory & Appel, Healthcare Claims Management, Hofmeister Jewelers, Ice Miller, Indiana Blood Center, Indiana Grand Casino, Indianapolis Business Journal, Katz, Sapper & Miller, MacAllister Machinery, Medline Industries, Microsoft, Monarch Beverage Company, Netech/Cisco, Ogletree Deakins, Ortho Indy, PNC Bank, Pepper Construction, Sharp Business Systems, Sport Graphics, Wells Fargo and WTHR.

About The Jack Heiney Award for Philanthropic Leadership
The Jack Heiney Award for Philanthropic Leadership was established in 1998 by Community Health Network Foundation’s board of directors to honor Heiney’s long-term commitment to serving Community. The former president and CEO of Indiana Gas Company, Heiney provided four decades of unpaid volunteer service to many of Community’s boards until he died in 2011. He and his wife, Betty, also donated more than $1 million to improve the health of the central Indiana communities that Community serves.

About Community Health Network Foundation
Community Health Network Foundation is the not-for-profit philanthropic organization of Community Health Network, Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them.  Donations support patients, caregivers and Central Indiana communities.  For more information about Community Health Network Foundation, call (317) 355-GIVE or visit eCommunity.org.

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Ryan Chelli, Media Relations
Ryan Chelli