Woman’s Hospital announces a $56,000 donation to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) East Baton Rouge First Responders Fund in honor of the region’s first responders. This donation is the result of an employee campaign that began several weeks ago; Woman’s employees donated $28,000, which the hospital matched in full.
“This donation expresses the shared commitment that Woman’s and our first responders have toward providing unwavering care for our community,” said Teri Fontenot, President and CEO, Woman’s Hospital. “Woman’s intended to present the donation weeks ago, but it was delayed due to the city’s urgent response to the historic flooding.”
Fontenot continued, “These funds now have an even greater significance because many law enforcement, EMS and firefighters rescued so many in our community, including many of Woman’s employees and their families.”
Woman’s chose the BRAF fund because of the organization’s strong relationship and mutual support for our region’s first responders. Established in 1988, the East Baton Rouge First Responders Fund raises money for law enforcement officers and first responders who may be injured or killed in the line of duty and for their families. The Fund helps survivors who will require much time and assistance to recover from their wounds and the families of those who have fallen in the line of duty. Funds are used to cover unexpected expenses, such as healthcare, therapy, lost wages and funeral expenses.