Molina Healthcare Of Florida Honors York College Alumna As A Community Champion

TAMPA, FL – June 1, 2010 – Molina Healthcare of Florida recognized six unsung heroes at its first annual Community Champions Awards dinner, which was held at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

One of the winners was York College grad, Virginia Padgett, who won the Support Group/Service Club Award.  Heaven Destiny Children’s Choir opened the award ceremony with a special musical performance and guests received custom-designed chocolates from local store – the Original Leena’s Chocolates.

As a case manager for the Tampa Housing Authority, Padgett helps provide resources and assistance to low-income individuals and families.  However, in her spare time, she volunteers with several community organizations too.  Because of her passion to help others maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle, Virginia dedicates her time teaching free public exercise classes and nutrition education for adults four times a week through the Get into Fitness Today (GIFT) program.  She also helps lead the Prime Time Sisters Circle, a 12-week program that promotes health and wellness for women ages 40-70, which was founded by the former Assistant Surgeon General Marilyn Hughes Gaston.  Her favorite hobby is mentoring young women through the Woman to Woman program, which encourages teen moms, ages 12-18, to graduate high school. Also as an avid reader, Padgett is a part of the Sisters with a Purpose (SWAP) Book Club, where the members pay dues, which is then used to give back to the community.  Through the contributions, the SWAP Book Club has been able to sponsor families in need for the holidays.

Padgett received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health from York College, City University of New York.

“Virginia is an active community advocate who spends almost all of her time helping others,” said David Pollack, president of Molina Healthcare of Florida.  “Through her volunteer efforts and favorite hobbies, she’s able to make a difference in so many lives.

Established to honor the memory of Dr. Molina, our Community Champions program spotlights the good deeds of everyday heroes in their communities.  The 2010 winners were recognized in several categories: education, faith-based organization, support group/service club, healthcare professional and volunteer.  Each winner also received a $1000 grant to give to a deserving nonprofit organization as part of his/her award.

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