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The Adams and Reese Baton Rouge office presented a $400 check, from staff and attorney donations, to local members of the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge on May 22 to assist the Kiwanis and UNICEF’s Eliminate Project to rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus. The donations will help will immunize approximately 225 women and all of her future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Attending the check presentation event included: Bob Schmidt - Partner, Adams and Reese, and Member of Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge; Jane LaCour - Club Coordinator, Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge; Tyelise Vavasseur - President, Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge; Kristen Viator – Baton Rouge Regional Office Manager, Adams and Reese; Bill Penny, Multi Division Coordinator, Kiwanis Club; Bridgette Hardy - President, Kiwanis Club of South Baton Rouge; Jessica Samuel - Club Coordinator, Kiwanis Club of South Baton Rouge; and Clarissa Preston – Adams and Reese Governmental Relations Advisor; Division Coordinator - Div. 8B; Member of Kiwanis Club of South Baton Rouge.

This deadly maternal and neonatal tetanus disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. UNICEF and Kiwanis estimate that to eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take an estimated $110 million to support the cause.

The Kiwanis Club is a member of the Adams and Reese employee volunteer program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, and Support), which was founded in 1988 and has since devoted financial resources and thousands of volunteer hours to offer assistance to those in need. Every year throughout Adams and Reese’s regional footprint, employees donate time, money and supplies to more than 100 community organizations in need.