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​Over $150,000 in Scholarships Awarded to 24 New Jersey Students

Woodbridge, NJ – On Thursday, July 11th, 2019, over 400 guests and workers’ compensation industry professionals from across New Jersey came together at the Kids’ Chance of New Jersey 7th Annual Fundraising Gala, held at the Delta Hotel in Woodbridge, NJ. Over $150,000 in scholarships was awarded to 24 students whose parents suffered a fatal or catastrophic injury in a work-related accident.

We are proud to introduce this year’s 24 scholarship recipients: Rosalia Abitino, Andrew Crosby, Meaghan Dowdell, Amanda Downtain, Courtney Downtain, Freddy Garcia-Arequipa, William Gardner, Cassandra Kurnath, Scott Kwiatek, Robert Levy, Angelica Lockhart, Samantha Mangroo, Elizabeth Montague, Evan Phillips, Juliet Phillips, Tyler Rogow, Amanda Russell, Danielle Russell, Trent Schamble, Michael Schraft, Manuela Soto, Alexa Vander Ploeg, Brenda Vidals, and Gandhi Vidals Veliz Their success stories and biographies can be viewed at

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 who were fatally or catastrophically injured in a work-related accident that’s resulted in financial hardship. More than four million workplace injuries occur in the United States each year, with approximately one million individuals experiencing disability and 5,000 dying as a result. (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 Advanced 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