COLUMBUS, OHIO - In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation was recognized by the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as its 2017 "Outstanding Foundation." The Blue Jackets Foundation received the honor earlier today at the 25th anniversary Celebrate Giving award luncheon held at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.
Last month, the Blue Jackets Foundation awarded $1.2 million in grants to local charitable and youth hockey organizations, surpassing last year's previous record-setting grant total of $1,050,000. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has invested more than $9.3 million in central Ohio to support youth health and wellness initiatives. Click here to view the Blue Jackets' 2016-17 Community Report which illustrates the hockey club's total community investment of $2,150,000.
"Beyond the game of hockey, we're passionate about using our resources to improve our community and we're very honored to receive this recognition on behalf of the many people who have been part of our mission the last 17 years," said Kathryn Dobbs, Columbus Blue Jackets Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director, Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. "Through strong partnerships and the generosity of our fans, players, staff and donors, we're able to invest in organizations that support healing through distraction, promote fitness through play, encourage reading and literacy and remove barriers to playing our game."
As the charitable arm of the National Hockey League club, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation leverages its unique resources - players, coaches, staff and fans - to partner with and invest in central Ohio charities. For more information, visit www.BlueJackets.com/community.