COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announced today that Blue Jackets Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel Greg Kirstein has been named the Interim Executive Director of the Foundation, replacing current Executive Director Wendy Bradshaw who is leaving her position after 11 years of service to become the Director of Philanthropy for Central Ohio-based Thirty-One Gifts. Bradshaw's last day with the Blue Jackets Foundation will be Friday, March 25.
"Since the Foundation’s inception in 2000, Wendy has been instrumental in the creation of numerous programs, including Hats For Heroes which has raised over $1 million in the fight against pediatric cancer," said team Majority Owner and Foundation Chairman John P. McConnell. "On behalf of the Foundation board, I want to thank Wendy for her passion, commitment and tireless work to improve the lives of others through the Foundation's initiatives."
"I'm honored to have worked with the McConnell Family to fulfill their vision of creating the Blue Jackets Foundation as a vehicle to give back to our community and want to thank all the donors, partners, families, volunteers and especially our players and coaches over the years for all they have done to make the Foundation what it is today," said Bradshaw. "The decision to leave was not easy, but this new opportunity combined with the Foundation's ability to award a record number of grants this year made the timing right for my family and me."
"Our company has so much to be thankful for, and we feel it's important to give back and share the blessings," said Cindy Monroe, Founder & CEO of Thirty-One. “We are so blessed to have Wendy as part of the Thirty-One family. She brings a wealth of experience when it comes to building community partnerships, creating excitement for projects and bringing awareness to charitable efforts."
Kirstein, who has been a member of the Blue Jackets organization since 1998, has served as the secretary of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation for the past two years.
"Through his work in the community and involvement with the Foundation, Greg is well positioned to guide the Foundation during this transition,” said McConnell.
Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million in community grants to 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. For information on the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.