Baton Rouge, LA – The fourteenth annual LWCC Kids’ Chance invitational golf tournament raised over $35,000 for the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program. The Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program provides scholarships to dependent children of Louisiana workers killed or permanently and totally disabled in a workplace accident.
At the tournament, held at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge on September 25, LWCC President and CEO Kristin Wall presented a check for $30,000 to Kids’ Chance Committee Co-Chair Michelle Sorrells and LBF President Valerie Briggs Bargas, who accepted on behalf of the Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program. A final accounting of the tournament and a few unexpected donations brought the total amount raised up to $35,600.
In 2003, LWCC’s board of directors founded this tournament to raise money for the Kids’ Chance Louisiana chapter. Since its inception, the LWCC golf tournament has raised over $445,000, which has contributed to 275 scholarships totaling $604,600 awarded to LBF Kids’ Chance Scholarship recipients.
“This financial assistance goes a long way in helping support educational goals. But more than that, it lets recipients know that people care and remember what they are going through,” stated Wall. “We are proud to be a part of something that truly impacts the lives of Louisiana children affected by workplace injury.”
The Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program is administered by the Louisiana Bar Foundation and governed by a committee representing a cross-section of legal and workers’ compensation communities, including LWCC. The first program, Kids’ Chance, Inc., was established in 1988 by the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Georgia State Bar. Today, there is a collection of independent programs in 36 states. These programs will be celebrated during National Kids’ Chance Awareness Week November 13-17, 2017.
“Kids’ Chance believes that we can make a significant difference in the lives of all children affected by a workplace injury by helping them pursue and achieve their educational goals,” stated Sorrells. “National Kids’ Chance Awareness Week is designed to highlight Kids’ Chance initiatives, programs, and state organizations and raise awareness about Kids’ Chance and our mission.”