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  1. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Announces 2021 Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay Contest

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    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is now accepting submissions for its annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Contest, awarding a $2,500 scholarship to one student in the Greater Pittsburgh Area who submits an inspiring personal essay on increasing distracted driving awareness.

    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment, is pleased to announce that it is accepting submissions for its annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship. The 2021 scholarship will award a local student in the Greater Pittsburgh area helping in the fight against distracted driving with a $2,500 scholarship to be applied toward further education.

    Recognizing the dangers associated with distracted driving – while at the same time committed to educating and acting upon it – the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s annual campaign invites students to submit an inspiring essay about distracted driving. These essays can be about a personal experience, a proposed awareness campaign, or technology and its impact on distracted driving.

    “Our goal is to encourage students to take a critical look at the ways in which they commonly become distracted while driving,” says Eric Chaffin, Managing Partner of Chaffin Luhana LLP, and a Trustee of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation.

    “Distracted driving is a leading factor in crashes nationwide, and is especially deadly among young drivers. While we’ve been unable to present directly to students due to Covid-related school-closings, our annual campaign continues to allow us to connect, inform, and educate.”

    High school and college undergraduate students in the Greater Pittsburgh Area are invited to submit a 500-700-word essay about one of the following topics:

    1. Personal Experience. Have you had a personal experience with distracted driving? If so, how has it impacted your life?
    2. Plan for Action. Create a realistic distracted driving awareness campaign to effectively reduce the number of distracted driving-related auto accidents in the U.S. Please include: ways to better educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving; steps that can be taken to prevent new, young drivers from distracted driving; and actionable steps that can be taken to put an end to distracted driving.
    3. Technology’s Impact. How do you think technology and recent technology advancements have impacted the rise of distracted driving in the United States? Also, how big of a role do you believe that technology can have in putting an end to distracted driving?

    Students are also required to post on social media tagging The Chaffin Luhana Foundation (@chaffinluhanafoundation) to explain why they believe this cause is important.

    The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”

    For more information on our scholarship contest, rules, and criteria, visit our website: https://www.chaffinluhana.com/scholarship.

    The application deadline is July 31st, 2021.

  2. CLF to Give Away 800+ Turkeys Next Month

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    Chaffin Luhana to Give Away More Than 800 Turkeys This November

     

    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is pleased to announce that it will give away more than 800 turkeys in November – both in Pittsburgh as well as Hancock County, WV.

    Chaffin Luhana is committed to Doing Good By Doing Right ™ and giving back to the communities we serve. To do our part — given the COVID-19 pandemic and times of such food insecurity — the Chaffin Luhana Foundation will be holding its 2020 Turkey Giveaway in late November, just before the Thanksgiving holiday. See below for details.

    DATES:
    Pittsburgh: Thursday, November 19
    Hancock County, WV: Friday, November 20

    TIME: 2:00-4:00 PM

    LOCATIONS:
    Pittsburgh:
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh (Green Tree)
    (Rear Upper-Level Parking Lot) 
    500 Mansfield Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15205  

    Hancock County, WV:
    Tomlinson Run State Park
    3391 Veterans Blvd.
    New Cumberland, WV 26047

    In order to reserve your turkey, complete the form here.

    To keep in accordance with proper health guidelines and protocols, this year’s turkey giveaway will be contactless — meaning that we will deliver the turkey to your vehicle as you drive through.

    Over the years, Chaffin Luhana and the Chaffin Luhana Foundation have given back to the local communities by contributing support and donations to various nonprofits.

    Most recently, our entities have focused on food insecurity and safety through the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with our 10k Sandwiches event in March through which we gave out 10,000 sandwiches and then our efforts to help distribute masks to more than 12k people in the Pittsburgh community.

  3. Chaffin Luhana Helps Deliver More than 12k Masks to Those in Need

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    We gave out more than 10,000 sandwiches to feed people when COVID-19 started, and now we’re proud to say that we’ve handed out more than 12,000 masks to help people get back to their lives.

    The initiative, in partnership with Sparkt, reached thousands of people in dozens of communities in Allegheny County in neighborhoods north, south, east and west.  

    “We are excited to continue our COVID-19 relief efforts in Pittsburgh with Sparkt by preparing people of all ages–including kids and the elderly in particular–with masks so they can begin to return to the ‘new normal’ public life that we all face,” said Founder & Managing Partner Eric Chaffin. “The masks are an important first step in helping Pittsburghers ensure that they and their families are protected in public.”

    Masks were distributed to recipients of food at three Boys & Girls Club events at City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Housing Authority communities in the city’s Larimer neighborhood, and in Duquesne and Clairton. Many people took masks not only for themselves, but for needy family members and neighbors.

    Independent Meals on Wheels organizations in Allegheny County also received masks to distribute to recipients of their meals, as well as to their volunteers. These organizations spanned Allegheny County, from Ross, McCandless, Pine, Bellevue and Avalon to the north, to Coraopolis, Neville Island and Crescent to the west, South Park and Pleasant Hills to the south, and Monroeville, Pitcairn, Wall and Wilmerding to the east.

    Additionally, through our partnership, we were able to give away masks at a Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank event at PPG Paints Arena, helping more than 700 families. 

    In the coming days, we are excited to be announcing continued efforts with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Meals on Wheels, and a new partnership with North Way Christian – a massive non-denominational organization with 7 campuses throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region – who are launching a boxed meal program that will focus on the hardest hit school districts to deliver 1,300 meals to families in need, which will include our mask packages.

  4. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Donates to Bahamas Relief in Honor of International Day of Charity

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    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation supports the SOL Relief organization, and those providing essential aid to all affected by Hurricane Dorian’s devastation.

    On Monday, September 2, the category 5 hurricane directly hit the island of Great Abaco and northwest region of the Bahamas for 36 hours, halting any possible relief support until the storm passed. The resulting damage left homes demolished, neighborhoods flooded, and its people in serious need of shelter and supplies.

    The Red Cross estimated 45% of the homes in Grand Bahama and Abaco were likely damaged or destroyed by the storm. The islands have been left in need of clean drinking water, food, and supplies to rebuild.

    SOL Relief

    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation will provide a donation to Stephen Barnes for continued support of the SOL Relief organization and supports its efforts to provide immediate relief to the people of the Bahamas. Since 2017, the SOL Relief organization is dedicated to providing disaster relief by flying essential items directly to the islands affected by hurricanes. 100% of donations received go directly towards their mission.

    “We know this is a critical time for the people of the Bahamas,” said Eric Chaffin, Managing Partner of Chaffin Luhana LLP and a Trustee of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation,

    “we offer our support to those recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian and applaud all of the volunteers who are tirelessly working in the recovery efforts.”

    In honor of the United Nation’s International Day of Charity which falls on September 5, please consider donating supplies or funds to the SOL Relief organization or other organizations to help the people of Bahamas recover from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. For more information on the SOL Relief organization on the supplies needed and how to help, please visit their website https://solrelief.org/dorian/

    About The Chaffin Luhana Foundation:

    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment, recognizes the urgent need of relief from the unprecedented damage left behind by hurricane Dorian.

    Law partners Eric Chaffin and Roopal Luhana, along with their families, established The Chaffin Luhana Foundation in 2010 to honor their humble roots and build upon the values of integrity and resilience instilled in them by their hardworking parents.

    A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment through the endowment of funds to deserving recipients, the creation of community-based enrichment projects, and the support of important scientific research that meaningfully impacts the underprivileged and sick in society.

  5. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Announces Winner of 2019 Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Contest

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    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment, is pleased to announce the winner of their annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship. This award honors one student helping in the fight against distracted driving with a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward further education.

    Distracted driving claimed over 3,100 lives in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nearly 600 “nonoccupants” (pedestrians, bicyclists, and others) were also killed.

    Young adult and teen drivers are particularly at risk, with 229 killed in 2017 in distraction-affected crashes. A 2019 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported that teen drivers are up to seven times more likely to be involved in a crash if they’re distracted by smartphones or other items. For every second the drivers’ eyes were off the road, the risk of a crash increased by 28 percent.

    Unfortunately, many teens don’t clearly understand the danger. In a survey by the NHTSA, one-fifth of drivers age 18-20 said texting didn’t affect their driving. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors health-risk behaviors among high school students and found in 2017 that 42 percent of students who drove in the past 30 days reported sending a text or email while driving.

    Recognizing the danger and committed to doing something about it, each year the Chaffin Luhana Foundation invites students to submit an inspiring essay about distracted driving. These essays can be about a personal experience, a proposed awareness campaign, or technology and its impact on distracted driving in the U.S.

    “Distracted driving has steadily increased, and continues to increase, on our roads,” said Eric Chaffin, founding partner of Chaffin Luhana, LLP, a plaintiffs-only law firm, “and young people are particularly at risk, not only for injuring themselves, but others. As more vehicles come equipped with dashboard technology, the problem expands, and young drivers simply aren’t aware of how quickly they can get into trouble.”

    This year’s scholarship winner, Kelsey Delauter, 19, is attending North Carolina State University and offered some ideas for how to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving among young people. In her essay entitled, “Control Your Fate, It Can Wait,” she proposes a campaign called the “Wreckless Checklist,” a distracted driving plan that would employ eye-catching graphics, relatable videos, technology apps, and a checklist of ground rules to help educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving.

    “New, young drivers are especially important to target in the campaign,” she writes. “Technology has helped create this problem, but it has been an aid in finding a solution.” She goes on to recommend Cell Control and SafeDrive, two cell phone applications that disable texts, calls, and other features while the driver is behind the wheel. SafeDrive also rewards drivers with points that can be redeemed into coupons.

    This is the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s third annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship contest, with last year’s winner being Carson Kim, who’s essay “Steering Toward the Future” covered innovations, apps, and devices that could help minimize the temptation to drive distracted.

    “We have to find new ways to get the message across,” Chaffin added, “and there’s nothing more effective than peer-to-peer education. Miss Delauter’s essay proposes a practical and effective way to spread the message among teens, and we’re happy to recognize her attention to this serious problem. We look forward to seeing how she will go on to make positive changes in her community.”

    The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”

    Like the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, the NHTSA encourages teens to speak up when they see a friend driving while distracted, and to encourage their peers to pledge to never drive distracted. They also suggest young people become involved in their local Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter—an organization that focuses on peer-to-peer education encouraging young people to make positive life decisions.

  6. The 2019 CLF National Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Winning Essay

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    The essay below was submitted to The 2019 National Chaffin Luhana Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay Contest by Kelsey Delauter of North Carolina State University.

    Control Your Fate, It Can Wait

    Sitting in our pockets, passenger seat, or even outside of the vehicle are deadly weapons. Cellphones, passengers, and other items are major contributing factors to the rising issue in America: distracted drivers. To educate the public through an effective campaign, we must acknowledge our own faults and encourage the implementation of the Wreckless Checklist distracted driving plan.

    Figure 1

    The first step in creating an effective campaign is educating the public on the topic. Every driver, young or old, are required to take a driver’s education course before obtaining a license. Though widely used, this method has proven to be ineffective. Just like students forget a boring topic after a test, new drivers quickly forget the risks of the road. Humans are by nature visual learners, making computers and television a necessity to spread awareness. Instead of books and verbal statements, the team of Wreckless Checklist will use colorful images to convey powerful messages to our audience. Figure 1, for example, shows the dangers of texting and driving. These eye capturing graphics will be spread across varying mediums including magazines, newspapers, and social media platforms. The campaign will be endorsed by influential people in each community, extending outreach around the nation.

    Figure 2

    Another way the campaign will spread awareness is through educational videos and television shows. Videos create a human connection, offering empathy and relatability. One can see how distracted driving has impacted another person and make the decision within themselves to never be the reason for someone else’s pain. There are also a number of comedic television shows that have covered the topic of distracted driving. A great example of this is an episode from the Nickelodeon show iCarly that highlights the dangers of flashy billboard signs on a busy intersection. By viewing enjoyable content, families will be educated on distracted driving while spending valuable time together.

    Figure 3

    New, young drivers are especially important to target in the campaign. Technology has helped create this problem, but it has been an aid in finding a solution. CellControl is an app that blocks texts and calls as well as disabling other phone features. This app can be used by both the driver or a family member on a shared plan to hold the driver responsible. Another app called SafeDrive, shown in Figure 3, rewards drivers with points that can be redeemed into coupons for not using their phone while driving. A new technology that law enforcement is currently developing called Textalyzer works similarly to a breathalyzer, allowing police officers to check a driver’s cell phone usage if the driver is involved in a car accident. If you do not hold yourself accountable, police officers will. Whether motivated by good merit, rewards, or enforcement, there is a technological advancement to help them become safer drivers.

    Figure 4

    Establishing a set of ground rules is vital for safe driving. While our best friends may be the only person in the world who makes us laugh until our stomach aches, they are probably not the best person to have in the car when you are trying to navigate your surroundings. Drivers should ask passengers to avoid loud and emotional conversations while the car is in motion, dancing, blasting the radio or showing the driver social media content. While it may seem harsh, it will be much easier to apologize for a few rules than for a harmful accident. If a passenger is a child, drivers should find an appropriate area to pull over and tend to their needs. Passengers should handle tasks that would be a distraction if they weren’t there, such as navigating a GPS or communicating with a friend you are planning to meet.

    Distracted driving remains a critical danger to every person on or near the road. There are some distractions that can be completely eliminated such as cell phones and some that are inevitable, such as the mood of the driver. Although not all distractions can be stopped, they can be prevented through educational content, safety applications on cell phones, and discussions with friends.

  7. The 2018 CLF National Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Winner’s Essay

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    The essay below was submitted to The 2017-2018 National Chaffin Luhana Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay Contest by Carson Kim of South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC.

    Steering Toward the Future

    In modern society, technology prospers and yet harms us at the same time. It has streamlined communication between people and offers increased convenience for carrying out day-to-day tasks. However, this increased connectivity has come with fatal strings attached. Because of the addictive nature of phones and the sense of urgency that people feel when receiving a notification, it has led to drivers abandoning their attention to the road and instead directing it toward their device. This has caused a nationwide epidemic of deaths, especially teenage deaths, due to distracted driving, and cell phones are the main culprit. These seemingly innocuous devices are disastrous for teens who are unaware of the deadly consequences of distracted driving. States should take significant measures in implementing legislation that regulates the use of cellular technology within the vehicle in order to curb these tragedies.

    According to The National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, and nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving (NSC.org). In addition, it was reported in 2015 that 42% of teens say they have texted while driving, so it is no wonder why texting and driving is the leading cause of death in teens (Newsday.com). The reason why cell phones are so dangerous in the car is partly because teens don’t really understand how dangerous they are. While substances such as alcohol and drugs are obvious no-no’s for drivers, something as instrumental to the life of a teen as a smartphone seems harmless to use inside a vehicle. Dr. Andrew Adesman, a leading researcher in distracted driving, notes that “We have very strong taboos against drinking and driving. Kids don’t drink and drive every day.  But some kids are out there texting and driving seven days a week — and they admit it” (Adesman). Parents and state regulators alike need to create a driving environment that condemns the driver’s hands-on usage of cell phones in the vehicle, placing an emphasis purely on the protection of the teen driver and his or her surroundings.

    In an ironic twist, technology could be the best solution for putting an end to distracted driving by limiting or negating their use in the vehicle. State funding could subsidize vehicles with hands-free technology built into the dashboard to encourage more car manufacturers to implement them. Hands-free technology, through tech like bluetooth connection and voice activation, allows for easier access of cell phone operations without the dangers of a driver taking his or her eyes off the road. Apple’s CarPlay is a great example of hands-free tech software becoming an industry standard. Many modern vehicles are CarPlay compatible and have a display ready to be connected to a driver’s iPhone. This allows drivers to use their voice as a controller to make phone calls, dictate text messages, and adjust radio volume.

    Additionally, a number of innovators are working on devices that connect to a driver’s cell phone provider and block all incoming messages, calls, and other notifications while a car is in motion (CNN.com). These devices can be controlled by a parent at their discretion and makes the teen’s phones virtually useless in the vehicle. This technology is great for newer, less-disciplined drivers who have a hard time ignoring their friends’ text messages or social media notifications. Although these communication blocking devices are a lot less robust than CarPlay or other hands-free tech software, they are a lot easier to implement for drivers whose phones are not compatible with CarPlay. If the DMV makes this kind of tech more accessible, it will certainly reduce the number of distracted teen drivers and put people in a low-risk road environment.

    Approximately 82% of Americans said they felt the most pressure from their families and 50% from their friends to use phones while driving (National Safety Council). When receiving a call or text message from a loved one, drivers may feel it is more important than keeping their attention toward driving and may feel motivated to respond. This sort of compulsive behavior is reflective of a technology-dependent age. Technology seems to be a burden for many who feel obligated to use their phones in the vehicle for work or for family. However, the greatest solution is right in our phones themselves. Through new innovations, gadgets, and apps that help control the use of devices within the vehicle, drivers can feel safe and secure during their daily commutes.

    Works cited:

    1. NSC. “Distracted Driving Public Opinion Poll.” Distracted Driving Public Opinion Poll, Mar. 2016, pp. 1–12., www.nsc.org/Portals/0/Documents/NewsDocuments/2016/DD-Methodology-Summary-033116.pdf.
    2. Ricks, Delthia. “Study: Texting and Driving Top Cause in Teen Driving Deaths.”Newsday, Newsday, 28 Apr. 2014, www.newsday.com/news/nation/study-texting-while-driving-now-leading-cause-of-death-for-teen-drivers-1.5226036.
    3. Wallace, Kelly, and Meridith Edwards. “Distracted Driving: Is Technology the Answer?”CNN, Cable News Network, 9 Aug. 2016, www.cnn.com/2016/08/04/health/distracted-driving-technology-solution/index.html.
  8. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Helps Support Children and Families During Difficult Times

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    New York City, NY-September 17, 2015- When it comes to healing, something as simple as a home cooked meal or spending time with family can make all the difference.

    To do our part to help improve the health and well-being of children and families, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, is working with the Ronald McDonald House of New York and the Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh to provide support and assistance to families with sick or injured children in the community by donating items to the facility as part of a nationwide community outreach event — known as the Injury Board Day of Action (#IBDayofAction). The Foundation, a non-profit organization, funded the purchase of gift items to residents at the Ronald McDonald house. Employees and their families in Chaffin Luhana’s New York, Weirton, and Pittsburgh offices purchased the items and decorated the gift bags. On Thursday, September 17, 2015, staff from Chaffin Luhana will visit the Ronald McDonald House in New York and Pittsburgh to deliver items that the facility is in need of most.

    The IB Day of Action is a nationwide, collaborative effort to bring together more than 100 plaintiffs’ lawyer firms from across the U.S. — all working for the same cause on the same day.

    “As a firm, we are dedicated to giving back to the local communities where we practice and to helping those in need,” says Eric Chaffin. “We are truly honored to be apart of this nationwide day of action to help support and improve the well-being of children and families during difficult times.”

    “We are passionate about helping Injury Board members give back to their communities; it’s part of the DNA of our organization,” says Tom Young, attorney-at-law and co-founder of The Injury Board. “We are extremely proud to bring our members together for this day of action. To make even the smallest difference is better than making no difference at all.”

    Join us in giving back to our communities on Thursday, September 17th at the Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh or at the Ronald McDonald House of New York.

  9. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Launches First CLF DRAW Challenge, Chaffin Luhana’s First Contact Manager and Foundation Spokesperson/Paralympian Speak out on Blog Talk Radio

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    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is sponsoring the first-ever CLF Driver Awareness (DRAW) Challenge for students.  The Challenge is part of the Foundation and Firm’s efforts to drive down the staggering numbers of people injured or killed in distracted driving accidents each year.

    Kelly Camarote, the First Contact Manager at the Firm and Foundation Spokesperson/Paralympian Stephani Victor spoke out on Money for Lunch Radio on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

    Ms. Camarote organized several EndDD (end distracted driving) presentations at schools across the Ohio Valley in 2014.  Eric Chaffin, a Foundation trustee, and Ms. Victor teamed up to make the presentation to those schools which included Oak Glen, Quaker Valley, Wheeling Park and Weir High.  During those presentations they also spoke to students about the DRAW Challenge.  The DRAW Challenge encourages students to develop and submit their own real-world solution, via a 90 second video, to engage, educate and empower others to help end distracted driving.

    The winners of the 2015 CLF DRAW Challenge will be announced in January 2016.

    Find out more about the CLF DRAW Challenge and the Grand Prize Information including an all-expense paid trip to Park City, Utah to ski the slopes with Paralympian Stephani Victor, and scholarship prizes right here.

     

  10. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Announces Launch of CLF Driver Awareness Challenge

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    NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2014 – Did you know that car crashes are the number one youth killer in the United States, with 390,000+ Americans injured or killed in distracted driving accidents each year? To raise awareness of this critical issue, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation is teaming up with five-time Paralympic medalist Stephani Victor to launch the Foundation’s first CLF DRiver AWareness (“DRAW”) Challenge.

    The DRAW Challenge is designed to empower high school students to develop an effective awareness campaign to drive down distracted driving accidents in the U.S. Students, individually or in groups of two, along with an adult mentor, are encouraged to submit a video (up to 90 seconds long) that offers real-world solutions to combat distracted driving, either locally or nationwide. Submissions will be judged initially by social media voting, and then, ultimately, by a panel of nationally recognized judges and stakeholders. The winners — the 2015 CLF DRAW Challenge Scholars — will be announced in January 2016.

    “The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is committed to promoting student awareness about the perils of distracted driving,” said Eric Chaffin, co-founder of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation. “Our hope is that this competition will engage students in a dialogue about the importance of safe driving, educate them and their peers about the dangers of distracted driving, and empower them to make a difference in their communities.”

    The CLF DRAW Challenge Scholarship winners will be recognized at an honorees’ dinner during a life-changing weekend of skiing, mentoring and workshops in Park City, Utah, in March 2016.

    “When people see me, they often conclude that becoming disabled could never happen to them,” said Victor. “Similarly, they believe they are immune to the consequences of driving distracted. How I share my story makes the consequences real and empowers students to take preventative action for themselves and educate others. Being of service has been the primary means for coping with my loss and I am grateful to serve in the role of CLF spokesperson.”

    The Foundation’s video submission portal will launch later this year. In the meantime, high school students and the general public can learn more about the contest at www.ChaffinLuhanaFoundation.org.

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    About the Chaffin Luhana Foundation

    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation, established in 2010, encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment through the endowment of funds to deserving recipients, the creation of community-based enrichment projects, and the support of important scientific research that meaningfully impacts the under-privileged and sick in society. For more information, please visit chaffinluhanafoundation.org.

    About Stephani Victor

    Stephani Victor, spokesperson for the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, was 26 when she lost her legs as the victim of a distracted driving accident. Despite the loss, she went on to become a medal-winning Paralympic skier. Victor now works as a motivational speaker, helping those with physical challenges to realize their true strengths, while fighting to change public attitudes and perceptions about disability. For more information, please visit stephanivictor.com.