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Blue Jackets Foundation Donates Nearly $300,000 to Local Charitable and Youth Hockey Organizations

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Earlier this evening during the Blue Jackets vs. Dallas Stars contest, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announced the donation of a record-high total of $292,500 in grants and a season-long contribution of more than $5,000 in autographed merchandise. The grants were awarded to several local non-profit organizations that serve the Foundation's main pillars of giving: pediatric cancer; education; children's health and safety; and the development of youth and amateur hockey. Since its inception seven years ago, the Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million in community grants and has built an endowment of nearly $500,000.

In addition to the Foundation’s annual fundraising events and ongoing programs, this year’s record total was reached with the help of several players (current Blue Jackets Manny Malhotra, Adam Foote, Sergei Fedorov, Dan Fritsche, Jody Shelley, Nikolai Zherdev, Fredrik Modin, and former Jacket Anson Carter) who donated nearly $100,000 in support of the Foundation's efforts to expose underserved youth to the game of hockey.

Upon reviewing the 2006-07 applicants, the following grants were awarded:

 

PEDIATRIC CANCER

Columbus Children's Hospital Foundation ($60,000)

Hope Street Kids ($17,500)

Flying Horse Farms ($12,500)

Cure Search National Childhood Cancer Foundation ($10,000)

KidShare ($10,000)

Make A Wish Foundation ($10,000)

Adventures For Wish Kids ($5,000)

Flashes of Hope ($5,000)

Kids 'n Kamp ($5,000)

Skate For Hope ($5,000)

Wellness Community ($2,000)

 

EDUCATION

Columbus Dispatch – Newspapers in Education ($13,000)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio ($10,000)

American Cancer Society Scholarship ($5,000)

Ohio Fallen Heroes ($5,000)

 

CHILDREN'S HEALTH & SAFETY

Children's Hospital Sport Helmet Program ($40,000)

Columbus Recreation and Parks Council ($1,500)

 

YOUTH & AMATEUR HOCKEY

Columbus Ice Hockey Club ($10,000)

Columbus Chill Youth Hockey Association (CCYHA) Special Hockey ($10,000)

Ohio Junior AAA Blue Jackets ($10,000)

Capital Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) - ($8,000)

ONN Broadcast of OHSAA Hockey Championship ($5,000)

Columbus Blue Jackets - Quebec PeeWee Team ($5,000)

Youngstown Youth Hockey ($5,000)

Athens Youth Hockey Association ($4,000)

FlexxCoach ($3,500)

Chiller Sport Helmets ($3,000)

Jude Warner ($2,000)

High School Hockey Scholarships ($10,500)

 

The selections, determined by the Foundation's Board of Directors, were based on the mission of the Foundation with funds awarded to associations that are in need of financial aid/assistance and meet various criteria established by the Foundation. For information on the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and to download a complete copy of the annual report, visit www.BlueJackets.com.

The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation was established in March of 2000 by team majority owner and Foundation Chairman John H. McConnell to utilize the unique resources of the hockey club's professional athletes, coaches and staff to help improve the quality of life throughout the community.

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