Cranston resident Stephanie Vito has been named the 2017 BlueAngel of the year at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for her commitment and leadership in giving back to the Rhode Island community.
Nominations for the award are submitted by Blue Cross employees, who then vote to select the honoree. Vito was voted on this year because, according to managing direct of community relations at Blue Cross Carolyn Belisle, “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.”
Belisle also said that Vito served this year as the Blue across Rhode Island project captain for a playground revamp through LISC at Children’s Friend in Providence.
“Stef’s enthusiasm for giving back to the community is something you can see and feel when you’re around her,” she said.
Vito has also volunteered as the Gobble Games captain at the annual food drive competition benefiting the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. She took her own children to the gobble games competition as well to get them excited about helping others.
Vito will also volunteer at the Children’s Friend Spirit of Giving drive with her children later this year. All of these acts of volunteerism, Belisle said, demonstrate Vito’s commitment to passing on the spirit of philanthropy.
Vito was awarded a $500 grant from Blue Cross to be donated to her charity of choice, Children’s Friend, which serves Rhode Island’s needy children and families.