Since Zurich became a title sponsor of The Classic in 2005, the tournament has given more than $15 million to over 100 charities, which support 200,000 children in Louisiana. Relationships Zurich has developed through the tournament have grown outside it as well.
Zurich’s alliances with the Bayou District Foundation and SBP in New Orleans are inspiring examples of how disaster-impacted communities can come back stronger than before. Recovery is important, but it’s not enough. The Bayou District Foundation and SBP’s focus on resilience are strengthening communities to mitigate damage from severe storms. Zurich, Bayou District, and SBP understand that investments made today will mitigate the losses of tomorrow.
This year, Zurich celebrates the Bayou District Foundation as a shining example of a community rebuilding to a stronger, safer, more resilient standard. Zurich is donating $1 million dollars to the Bayou District Foundation to continue its work to increase the sustainability and resilience of New Orleans.
Zurich’s relationship with the Bayou District Foundation started through the Zurich Classic. The Fore!Kids Foundation, charitable arm of the Zurich Classic, made a $250,000 donation in 2007 to the Bayou District Foundation that served as the seed money to start an incredible multi-million dollar project. The Bayou District is a forward-thinking community built from the ground up that embraces resilience. It’s the first community to replicate the sustainable revitalization of Atlanta’s East Lake community. Its sustainable model enables children and families to escape the cycle of poverty, build a thriving community, and live productive, healthy and fulfilling lives – all with a focus on resilience so their neighborhoods stand strong during the next major storm. Core aspects of the Bayou District’s plan involve structures that can withstand hurricane-force winds, housing built above the flood zone, and programs to educate residents on how to stay safe in severe storms.
Zurich’s relationship with the SBP has grown since 2009, with Zurich employees and friends of Zurich having helped over 80 families return home since Katrina. Our $3 million grant to the non-profit organization in 2014 is helping SBP identify communities across the nation that can benefit from disaster planning and resilience building, passing along what’s been learned in New Orleans. It’s all a part of Zurich’s mission to help communities understand and protect themselves from risk.
Zurich has donated $1.2 million to St. Michael Special School, which has taken significant steps in assisting New Orleans-area students who have special educational needs. Zurich’s contribution to the school helped build a vocational building and playground. Zurich also has given more than $250,000 to support Blessings in a Backpack, which has helped 2,875 children at six New Orleans schools since 2011. Zurich's donations have helped alleviate nearly 110,000 hunger-free weekends in New Orleans. Our donations have totaled more than 325,000 pounds of foods to New Orleans school children.