Making a Difference

​Over $140,000 in Scholarships Awarded to 16 New Jersey Student’s

New Brunswick, NJ – On Thursday, July 26th, 2018, over 400 Guests and Workers’ Compensation Industry Professionals from across New Jersey came together at the Kids’ Chance of New Jersey 6th Annual Fundraising Gala held at the Hilton in East Brunswick, NJ. Over $140,000 in Scholarships was awarded to sixteen students whose parents suffered a fatal or catastrophic injury in a work-related accident.

We are proud to introduce our sixteen Scholarship Recipients:  Nicholas Garcia, Freddy Garcia-Arequipa, Scott Kwiatek, Corinne Levy, Robert Levy, Angelica Lockhart, George Lockhart, Ashley McDuffie, Juliette Phillips, Tyler Rogow, Trent Schamble, Sara Schisler, Michael Schraft, Alexa Vander Ploeg, Brenda Vidas, and Gandhi Vidas-Veliz,. Their success stories and biographies can be viewed directly by visiting www.kidschancenj.org

Founded in 2012, Kids’ Chance of New Jersey is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization committed to providing educational scholarships to children of New Jersey workers whom have been fatally or catastrophically injured in a work-related accident, resulting in financial hardship. More than four million workplace injuries occur in the United States each year, with approximately one million of those resulting in a disabling injury and 5,000 resulting in death. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

A special thank you to our generous Prime Gala Sponsor, Premier Orthopaedic Associates ($10,000 pledge), and Gala Sponsor, Pro Staff Physical Therapy ($8,000 pledge).

Kids’ Chance of New Jersey would also like to recognize our dedicated and generous Scholarship Sponsors (Pledging $20,000 over a four year period): Capehart & Schatchard, Comp-X Medical Management, D & H Risk Solutions, FirstMCO, Eastern Alliance, Inns of Court, Investors Bank, Kanwisher/Burton Agency, New Jersey Self Insured Association, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo & Associates, Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner, & Shinrod/Richard & JoAnn Rubenstein, The Advance Spine Center and Twin Boro Physical Therapy.

Kids’ Chance of New Jersey’s scholarship program is entirely funded by generous donors like you. For more information on how you can help please visit www.kidschancenj.org.

​2018 Scholarship Recipients


​Michael Schraft

​Freddy Garcia-Arequipa

​Juliette Phillips

​Robert Levy

​Nicholas Garcia

​William Gardner

​Scott Kwiatek

​Corinne Levy

​Angelica Lockhart

​George Lockhart

Ashley McDuffie

​Trent Schamble

​Sara Schisler

Alexa Vander Ploeg

Brenda Vidals

​Gandhi Vidals-Veliz