TriWest Healthcare Alliance Continues Full Support of Alaska ASYMCA’s ‘Teddy Watch’, and other Military Support Programs


Alaska | Press Release | June 26, 2012

Media contacts:

Mari Jo Imig, ASYMCA Alaska, 907.552.4688

Scott Celley, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, 602.564.2526,

Alaska (June 26, 2012) — Local military families will continue to receive much-needed support and services from the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) through the help of a $300,000 contribution from longtime supporter TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Facing budget deficits that would have placed popular programs and services—including social events for military children and recognitions of military community members—in jeopardy, the donation will now go toward keeping those programs available for thousands of military families in the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and Fort Wainwright-area in 2012-2013.

Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and Fort Wainwright-area programs helped by the contribution include:

  • The Teddy’s Child Watch at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and Fort Wainwright. TriWest support has enabled the ASYMCA to provide drop-in child watch for 22,977 children and allowing parents to attend scheduled their medical appointments or those for other children through December 2011. The ASYMCA has provided care for 1230 military children through April 2012.
  • Father-Daughter dances at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and Fort Wainwright locations the past 3 years. In 2011, collectively there were 823 fathers and daughters in attendance.
  • The Annual Salute to the Military event, which recognizes 12 exceptional junior enlisted service members from all branches of service and duty status. TriWest has helped us honor 60 service members for their outstanding performance and selfless service.


“TriWest Healthcare Alliance has been an incredible supporter of our Alaskan based military community. Their partnership has enabled us to provide the Teddy’s Child Watch program, the Father Daughter Dance, and the Annual Salute to the Military. This support is critical for us to support, enrich and appreciate our military community. They truly help us make military life easier for service members and their families”, states Mari Jo Imig, Executive Director of the Alaska ASYMCA.

“TriWest stepping up and continuing to fully fund their charitable partners says it all,” said ASYMCA President and CEO Mike Landers. “They care about troops and their families, and the ASYMCA continues to be a proud partner alongside them.”

A Phoenix-based company that administers the U.S. military’s TRICARE health benefit in 21 western states, TriWest is proud to support the ASYMCA and their community outreach efforts, said TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr.

“We’re truly privileged to be able to help the ASYMCA in the military communities that we have the honor of serving together,” McIntyre said.

 About TriWest

TriWest Healthcare Alliance has been On a Mission to Serve® America’s military families since 1996. We connect our 2.9 million military members, retirees and families across 21 western states to more than 175,000 high-quality health care providers. It’s our honor to deliver award-winning customer service through a team of 1,700 people, half of whom have military connections. Life in the military has its challenges—accessing health care shouldn’t be one of them. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our blog.


About the Armed Services YMCA

The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) was rated in the top 3% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011 achieving their highest rating for the 6th consecutive year.  The ASYMCA makes military life easier with free and low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 junior enlisted military and their families each year at 33 branches and affiliates nationwide. Please visit to learn more.