January 17, 2024

LWCC Awards $20,000 in Support to Three Exceptional Nonprofits through Holiday Giving Contest

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BATON  ROUGE, La. (01/17/2024) - LWCC proudly announces the winners of its 2023 Holiday Giving Contest, an annual tradition supporting nonprofits in Louisiana. In lieu of traditional holiday gifts, LWCC invited agent partners to nominate nonprofits that are leading the way in positively impacting the state and rewards finalists with a $20,000 shared cash prize. Holiday Giving finalists for 2023 include Gaitway Therapeutic Horsemanship (St. Gabriel), Split Second Foundation (New Orleans) and Upside Downs (Thibodaux).  

“Through the Holiday Giving Contest, we're able to not only strengthen our relationship with our agent partners, but also empower local nonprofits who are creating meaningful change across the state,” said Tensey Pricer, LWCC Agency Relations Manager. “This initiative brings to life the Louisiana Loyal movement, providing funds to organizations equally committed to celebrating and elevating our home state." 

Nearly 3,000 public votes determined the distribution of LWCC’s $20,000 shared award. Upside Downs, which advocates for people with down syndrome and provides support and resources to families, received $9,800; Gaitway Therapeutic Horsemanship, which empowers adults and children with disabilities through the healing power of horses, received $5,700; and Split Second Foundation, which is the Gulf Coast’s only adaptive fitness facility for people with neurological conditions, received $4,500.

Pictured from left to right, front to back: Brandon Ruttley, nominating agent from USI, Michelle Dugas, Executive Director for Upside Downs, Beau Brooks, Upside Downs Board Chair, MichelleBrooks, Upside Downs Board Member, David Duval, LWCC Agency Relations Representative; Ed Daigle-USI, Peyton Amadee, Tina Chauvin, MaryBeth Doggett, Brad Deroche, and Susan Miller, USI

Pictured left to right: Raude, Equine Therapist; Brianna Napoli, GaitWay Riding Instructor & Lesson Coordinator; Carl Baker, Louisiana Companies; Tim Reier, LWCC Agency Relations Rep; Christie Hebert, nominating agent from Louisiana Companies; Sarah Davis, GaitWay Executive Director; Kajun, Equine Therapist

Pictured from left to right: Marcus Rullow, Split Second Fitness Trainer; Sam Steib, Split Second Fitness Patient; Caroline Hughes, Split Second Fitness Trainer; Cathy Richardson, Swanson Insurance Agency; Dr. Mary Delahoussaye, Split Second Cares Director; Tori Wells, LWCC Agency Relations Rep; Greg Swanson, Swanson Insurance Agency; Ronda Raymond, Split Second Foundation; Erik Olivo, Split Second Fitness Trainer

The three finalists were selected by LWCC’s Agency Council, an advisory group composed of top performing agents. This year, eighteen Louisiana-based nonprofits were nominated by agents from across the state. From there, the three finalists were selected by LWCC's Agency Council, an advisory group composted of top performing agents, before going to public vote.

“I am grateful to LWCC for not only allowing but encouraging its agent partners to participate in such a worthy program,” said Christie Hebert, an agent with Louisiana Companies who nominated one of the finalists. . “It is gratifying to see an organization, like LWCC, working to uplift and support the nonprofits in our state as they work to assist some of the most vulnerable in our communities. This is just one of the many ways LWCC is truly Louisiana Loyal.”

To learn more about LWCC’s Holiday Giving Contest, visit lwcc.com/holiday-giving.

About LWCC


LWCC is a Champion of Louisiana and proud to be headquartered in the state capital, Baton Rouge. As a model single-state, private mutual workers’ comp company, we promote safety, security, and stability in our state. LWCC is dedicated to excellence in execution from underwriting to life-long care of injured workers. We are proud to partner with our agents and together deliver outstanding service to policyholders and their workers. Our commitment is to be there for Louisiana. Always. Our mission is to help Louisiana thrive by bettering our state one business and one worker at a time. LWCC has been recognized by industry leading bench marker, AON, and named to the Ward’s 50®group of top-performing insurance companies 17 straight times for achieving outstanding results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance. For more information on the corporation and its services, please visit www.lwcc.com.

Media Contacts


Kelly Bienn

LWCC Director of Marketing and Communications

225-930-0409 | kelly.bienn@lwcc.com  

Catherine Koppel

202-779-2485 | ckoppel@tegpr.com



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