WHO ARE WE

 

HOW OUR STORY BEGAN

In 2001 our family was personally touched by an article in our neighborhood newspaper which profiled several families. Each family had a different story; however they shared one common thread. They felt invisible and were desperately in need of necessities (food, clothing) during the Christmas season.  We joined our community, we privately adopted our first family and that’s how our story began.

In 2014, our hearts were again touched by a Mother’s simple wish for new pajamas. She explained that while clothing is a necessity, her children’s clothing was often donated and previously worn. She simply wanted her two sons to awake on Christmas morning in a pair of NEW PAJAMAS.

Between 2001 and 2017 our family privately adopted over 45 families, granting the Christmas wishes for each child and often the guardians.

Between 2014 and 2017 our family honored a mothers wish for new pajamas for her children as we privately hosted an annual dinner each year donating more than 160 pairs of new pajamas to children in need.

The LaBranche Family Foundation Inc (LFFINC) was officially designated as an IRS sanctioned 501(c)(3) Non Profit organization on February 17, 2017. Today, founded as a non-profit organization, the LFFINC continues to offer support to families impacted by financial challenges within Will County and our border communities. Guided by four pillar programs, we grant provisional wishes, donate the gift of new pajamas, provide annual scholarships/grants and present free healthy living sessions throughout each year!

OUR HISTORY

2017 – Organized as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization
2017 – Hosted inaugural Masquerade Ball
2017 – Expanded Holiday Organized Pajama Event (HOPE) to include homeless shelters
2017 – Health and Wellness Program conducted inaugural wellness session
2018 – Christmas Wish Program expands to grant wishes THROUGHOUT the year
2018 – Holiday Organized Pajama Event (HOPE) expands to share the gift of new pajamas THROUGHOUT the year
2018 – Education Program awards inaugural scholarships & grants
2018 – 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball
2019 – Finalist for Best Of Bolingbrook Business (BOBB) Awards
2019 – 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball
2019 – LaBranche Family Awarded “Family Of The Year” by Bolingbrook IL
2020 – Finalist for 2020 Best of Bolingbrook Business (BOBB) Awards
2020 – 4th Annual Masquerade Ball
2021 – Awarded the Silver Seal of Transparency by GUIDESTAR
2021 – 5th Annual Masquerade Ball
2022 –  Finalist for 2022 Best of Bolingbrook Business (BOBB) Awards 
2022 – 6th Annual Masquerade Ball

 

TODAY
In just a few short years, the LaBranche Family Foundation has …
  • Granted over 500 individual Christmas Wishes!
  • Donated more than 1800 pairs of pajamas as gifts!
  • Distributed more than $9000 in gift cards!
  • Awarded $21,000 in scholarships and grants!
  • Hosted nine (9) free Health & Wellness Sessions

BOARD MEMBERS

EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rowsha D. LaBranche – Founder/President
Rowsha L. Thompson – Vice President/Education Program Chair
Elwin LaBranche – Treasurer/Director of Corporate Sponsorships
Rachel E. LaBranche – Secretary/Inventory Control Manager

Members
Floyd Hill – Corporate Capital Campaign Manager
Kymberlee Owens – Community Outreach Coordinator
Tamara L. Rogers MSN, APN, FNP-BC – Health and Wellness Chair