Schaumburg, Ill., April 24, 2018 – Zurich Insurance will recognize two leaders in the New Orleans nonprofit community as part of the Zurich Classic PGA TOUR golf tournament. Jenice Heck, vice president of Vision Rehabilitation Services at Lighthouse Louisiana and Jim LeBlanc, CEO of Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana are this year’s recipients of the annual Zurich Classic Community Impact Award.

The award recipients—part of the Fore!Kids Foundation group of supported charities—make significant contributions to building resilient and sustainable communities through their inspirational leadership and ability to enact positive change.

“Jenice and Jim work passionately to inspire confidence in children and adults in New Orleans to help them overcome challenges,” said Kathleen Savio, CEO for Zurich North America. “We are honored to help shine a light on the people and causes Jenice and Jim show compassion and empathy for every day.”

Lighthouse Louisiana has been empowering individuals with disabilities for more than 100 years, especially children who are blind, deaf or deaf/blind in our schools. Heck, who has been blind since birth, continually demonstrates individual compassion for each of the more than 200 children served by Lighthouse Louisiana annually.

LeBlanc has served as president and CEO of Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana since 1992, leading an organization with more than 20 programs that help vulnerable seniors, veterans, children, families, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A New Orleans native, LeBlanc has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit management, program development and implementation.

Recipients of the Zurich Classic Community Impact Award will receive a crystal award and $10,000 donation to their nonprofit organization, as well as a skills-based consulting session with Zurich employees in an area of critical need for the organization. Since 2011, Zurich has recognized leaders in the New Orleans nonprofit community as part of the Zurich Classic PGA TOUR golf tournament, held April 23 – 29, 2018 at TPC Louisiana. Savio will present the awards to the recipients on Sunday, April 29, 2018, the final day of the Zurich Classic.

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