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Boston Bruins Foundation Announces 2007 Grant Recipients

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins Foundation has announced its 2007 Grant Recipients.  Nearly $275,000 was distributed to 18 different local charities through the grant review process.  The seven charities receiving the largest grants include the Mayor's Cup Hockey Tournament, Cradles to Crayons, Ellis Memorial, Jumpstart, M.I.T. S.T.E.M. Program, S.C.O.R.E. Boston, and the Teen Center at St. Peter's.


 "We at the Bruins Foundation are very proud about the groups that are receiving grants this year," said Executive Vice President of the Boston Bruins and Delaware North Companies, Charlie Jacobs.  "This year the number of grant applications that the Foundation received doubled, which forced us to make some difficult decisions.  In the end we feel as though we have a robust group, and we are confident that the money that we raised this year will better the lives of children throughout New England."

The Mayor's Cup Hockey Tournament will receive $22,500 for their 13th Annual Mayor's Cup Youth Ice and Roller Hockey Tournaments. This tournament brings hundreds of young players from throughout Boston's neighborhoods together for five days of exciting competition in the spring and fall.  The Mayor's Cup will host 50 teams of youngsters in the Mite, Squirt, and Pee Wee divisions together at various Boston parks and skating rinks.

Cradles to Crayons, an organization serving low-income and homeless children, will receive $20,000 to aid their Red "E" School backpack Program.  A backpack featuring the Bruins logo that will be filled with school supplies will be distributed to 1,000 children entering kindergarten.

Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House, Inc. will receive $25,000 to host a larger, more effective, after school program at their facility. Based out of Boston's South End, Ellis Memorial's goal is to be able to provide educational, social, and health support services in a nurturing and diverse environment.

Jumpstart will receive $25,000 for a program called Read for the Record.  Jumpstart is an organization that has helped assuage the early education crisis in low-income families across the state.  The Read for the Record program helps to provide children with their first book.  Jumpstart will also distribute 2,500 copies of the Story of Ferdinand, each with the Foundation logo on the nameplate.

Cambridge's M.I.T. S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program will receive $25,000 to help eliminate the achievement gap between many ethnicities. The M.I.T. S.T.E.M. program hopes to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship, as well as search for advances in science and medicine to promote with the rest of the country.

The Boston Urban Hockey Initiative's S.C.O.R.E. (Sportsmanship, Character, Opportunity, Respect and Education) Boston program will receive $25,000 to provide inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in the sport of hockey.  The grant will help SCORE with costs associated with ice time, jerseys, etc. for boys and girls between the ages of 5-17.

The Teen Center at St. Peter's will receive $20,000 to help fund their programs.  St. Peter's has provided recreation centers for at risk teens so that they can receive help with homework and also have a safe after school environment. Their goal is to expand services for the most at risk children.

Cradles to Crayons, Ellis Memorial, Jumpstart, M.I.T. S.T.E.M. Program, S.C.O.R.E., and Catholic Charities will all receive their checks prior to the start of a Bruins game in the upcoming 2007-08 season as part of a formal check presentation.

Other grant recipients include:

Access Sport America/Spaulding Hospital - $5,000
CityKicks, Inc. (Dorchester) - $15,000
Friends for Tomorrow (Lincoln) - $15,000
Best Buddies (Boston) - $12,500
Big Brother/Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay (Boston) - $12,500
Rachel's Table (Worcester) - $10,000
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Boston (Salem) - $5,000
Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield (Marshfield) - $5,000
Hattie B. Cooper Community Center (Roxbury) - $5,000
Raw Art Works (Lynn) - $5,000
Read Boston (Boston) - $5,000
Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation Eng. (N. Dartmouth) - $5,000
YWCA of Central Maine (Lewiston, Maine) - $5,000

The Boston Bruins Foundation's Board of Directors, which features Jacobs as its chairman, selected this year's grant recipients.

About the Boston Bruins Foundation
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than 1.5 million dollars through a series of fundraising events.

The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.

Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins Foundation should visit www.bostonbruinsfoundation.com or call 617.624.1928.
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