First Annual Kids’ Chance of New Jersey Inaugural Gala raises $75,000

Kids’ Chance of New Jersey provides educational funding to kids of New Jersey workers who have been fatally or catastrophically injured in a work-related accident.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Over 300 Workers’ Compensation professionals from across New Jersey came together for a special night to raise $75,000, and award it’s first $10,000 scholarship.  The Inaugural Gala was held this past summer at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, N.J.

The scholarship recipient was Mackenzie Kurnath, 2013 graduate of West Morris Mendham High School in Mendham, N.J.  An active student at West Morris Mendham High School, Kurnath participated in Volleyball, Lacrosse, Basketball, and Track.  This fall, she went on to attend at the University of Delaware, where she plans to major in Fashion Marketing with the goal of pursuing a public relations career in the Fashion industry.

Kids’ Chance of New Jersey is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012.  The educational scholarships are provided throughout the year to the sons and daughters of New Jersey workers who 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.

“Through Kids’ Chance of New Jersey, we are able to eliminate financial obstacles for these very deserving students who are trying to achieve their educational dreams,” said Dr. Charles Gatto, President of the New Jersey Chapter.

Funds raised at the First Annual Kids’ Chance of New Jersey Inaugural Gala will contribute to future scholarships.

For more information about Kids’ Chance of New Jersey, please visit www.kidschancenj.org