Nashville, Tenn. (January 19, 2017) - The Nashville Predators Foundation announced Thursday the addition of five new board members to the Nashville Predators Foundation Board of Directors, all of whom will serve a three-year term.
"We are thrilled to welcome our newest Board members, each of whom brings unique skills, knowledge and expertise that will enable the Predators Foundation to grow its impact in Nashville and Middle Tennessee,"
recently named Chairman Gerry Helper said. "We will continue to utilize our platform to shed light on and provide resources to programs and projects that benefit those in need, with a focus on those serving the youth of our community."
New Board of Directors for the Nashville Predators Foundation:
Ellie Westman Chin, President & CEO, Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Maria DeVarenne, News Director, Tennessean
Philip Dobbs, Chief Marketing Officer at Bridgestone, Bridgestone Americas
Jeff Lipscomb, President & CEO, GS&F
Ralph Schulz, President & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Nashville Predators Foundation gave over $2 million in 2016 alone and $20 million cumulatively in grants, donations, projects and in-kind donations since its inception in 1998. More specifically, the Foundation funds programs and projects such as the KaBoom! Playground build, the organization's contributions to MEND and the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily.
Annual fundraisers are held throughout each season to collect donations, such as the First Tennessee Brent Peterson Golf Classic and First Tennessee Petey's Preds Party, GnashVegas Casino Night & Auction presented by King Jeweler, the Wine Festival & Tasting and the Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival.
About the Nashville Predators Foundation
The Nashville Predators recognize they play an important role in the community beyond what takes place on the ice. Established in September 1998, the Predators Foundation strives to meet the educational, social, health and cultural needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations, awarding almost $5 million to the greater Nashville community. Between grants and other charitable donations, such as player ticket programs and fund-raising efforts, the Foundation donated nearly $1 million in cash to community organizations during the 2015-16 season. To learn more about the Nashville Predators Foundation and see a list of upcoming events, visit NashvillePredators.com/foundation.
Nashville Predators Foundation Board of Directors
Chairman Emeritus Jack Diller, Chairman Gerry Helper, President Sean Henry, Vice-President Rebecca King, Secretary Mike Kaplan, Treasurer Beth Snider, Directors: Deryl Bauman, Mark Blaze, Ellie Westman Chin, Laura Currie, Maria DeVarenne, Willie Diehl, Philip Dobbs, Jim Fyke, Brad Karro, Kristen Laviolette, Jeff Lipscomb, Barbara Mandrell, Ken Premo, Ron Samuels and Ralph Schulz.