RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation has donated a total of $478,000 during the 2019-20 season, including cash grants to 26 local nonprofits and youth hockey organizations in North Carolina. This grant cycle brings the Foundation and team's donation totals to more than $16 million in cash grants and in-kind services since 1997.
"The Foundation always strives to be an agent of change, and impact the community and state we call home," said Jon Chase, Executive Director of the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation. "The grants always have value, but are even more important as these are awarded at a time where our community partners need us more than ever due to the impact of COVID-19. We are proud to support these nonprofits and amplify their message and impact throughout the year. Thank you to the team, our players, our corporate sponsors and all of our individual supporters for making these grants possible."
GOAL (Growing Opportunities and Leaders) Grants are distributed in $50,000 increments for a total of $150,000 over three years to three organizations. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is in its first year of funding, The Green Chair Project is in its second year of funding and Families Moving Forward is in its third and final year of funding.
The Foundation issued 15 Game Changer Grants during their grant cycle, totaling $150,000. The Game Changer Grant recipients are: CAM Raleigh, City of Oaks Foundation, Exchange Family Center, PLM Families Together and SOAR Outreach at the $5,000 level; A Lotta Love, Assistance League of the Triangle, Children's Home Society of North Carolina, The Daniel Center for Math and Science and Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science at the $10,000 level; and El Futuro, Gigi's Playhouse Raleigh, HopeLine, InterAct and TABLE at the $15,000 level.
Future Canes Grants were awarded to seven youth hockey organizations, totaling $118,000. Provided to grow the sport of hockey throughout North Carolina, the funds go towards scholarships and program costs to ensure that children who are otherwise unable to play ice hockey for various reasons are given the opportunity to play. The Future Canes Grant recipients are: Defending the Blue Line, Cape Fear Youth Hockey Association, Greensboro Youth Hockey Association, Raleigh Youth Hockey Association, Triangle Special Hockey Association, Triangle Youth Hockey of North Carolina and Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association.
The Foundation would like to especially recognize the Hurricanes' corporate partners whose commitments made significant impacts this season, including the Carolina Ale House for the Points for Kids and Hearts for the Hurricanes campaigns, and LS Tractor for its support of youth hockey by contributing for every goal scored by the team.
About the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation
The Carolina Hurricanes Foundation provides funding to children's nonprofits with a health or education focus and youth hockey organizations throughout North Carolina. Since the Foundation's inception in 1997, more than $16 million has been donated in cash grants and in-kind support to youth-serving organizations. As the charitable arm of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Foundation takes pride in being a part of the community both on and off the ice. Throughout the year, the Foundation raises funds through annual special events, in-game auctions, mystery fundraisers and generous direct donations. The funds raised are awarded to nonprofits in the community via an annual grant process. The Foundation awards monetary grants at three levels: Future Canes, Game Changer and GOAL. Learn more about the grant process.