Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with more than 55,000 employees worldwide serving customers in more than 170 countries. Founded in Switzerland in 1872, Zurich has more than 140 years of experience serving businesses globally, including 100 years in the United States. In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations.
The Zurich Classic serves as the principal fundraiser for the Fore!Kids Foundation, a crucial program supporting local initiatives in the New Orleans community. Since 2005, our combined efforts have helped raise more than $17 million for more than 100 charities, supporting over 200,000 children in need throughout the Greater NOLA area. Zurich also supports numerous local charities, such as St. Michael Special School, SBP and Blessings in a Backpack, in addition to its Toys R’Us holiday event together with the Fore!Kids Foundation.
Zurich supports the exceptional work of St. Michael Special School, which helps developmentally disabled children participate in a regular classroom environment. With help from Zurich and the Zurich Classic, St. Michael Special School has built a 10,400-square-foot vocational training complex that houses a life-skills lab designed for its 16- to 21-year-old students.
Zurich has also been a major contributor to SBP, a nonprofit rebuilding organization whose mission is to reduce time between disaster and recovery. Since its founding in 2006, SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 650 families with the help of 1,300 Zurich volunteers in New Orleans and has since expanded its reach to other disaster-impacted communities.
Blessings in a Backpack is a unique program designed to feed elementary schoolchildren whose families qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal program, and have little to no food on the weekends. 2016 was the sixth year Zurich participated in this program and it has extended its partnership for another three years. During the tournament week, Zurich’s guests and executives fill more than 1,000 backpacks, which are donated to local New Orleans schoolchildren.
Every year, Zurich and the Fore!Kids Foundation make a donation of Toys R’Us gift cards to 220 New Orleans-area families in need, with the goal of creating a brighter holiday season.