Nashville, Tenn. (October 4, 2019) - The Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub announced today, on World Smile Day™, that ShowerUp Nashville will be the first ever recipient of the new SuperGrants that were introduced as a result of the ground-breaking partnership between the Foundation and Nashville-based SmileDirectClub. This SuperGrant will be one of multiple awards to Middle Tennessee community organizations for the purpose of completing large-scale projects in support of empowering lives during times of transition across education, health and cultural needs across the state.
Thanks to this SuperGrant that will be awarded at Saturday's Nashville Predators game, ShowerUp will be able to purchase a new truck to tow their larger shower trucks around the city as they practice their mission of building relationships with, restoring the hope and dignity of, and showing love to those in need. Thanks to Two Rivers Ford, ShowerUp will also be provided with lifelong maintenance and benefits for their new truck.
ShowerUp Nashville, founded in 2016 by Paul and Rhonda Schmitz, is a non-profit organization that provides those in need with shower services and access to personal care that may otherwise be out of reach. By utilizing mobile shower units, ShowerUp provides hot showers, clean towels and toiletries to the homeless and those in times of transition.
"We are so appreciative of SmileDirectClub's support and participation that make possible unique and substantial SuperGrants that will dramatically impact organizations throughout Middle Tennessee," said Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King. "SuperGrants offer life-altering programs and projects to individuals working to transform their lives. We are thrilled to present our first Smashville SuperGrant to ShowerUp as they open doors for people striving for new beginnings and opportunities in our community."
To further support ShowerUp's efforts, the Foundation will host a drive prior to and at Saturday's matchup between the Predators and Red Wings. Fans are encouraged to bring travel-sized toiletries or monetary donations to the Bridgestone Arena plaza before the game, where they can also view the ShowerUp mobile truck and new Ford truck. Donations can also be brought to the Foundation Area (outside of Section 106/107). Requested items include shampoo, conditioner, soap and body wash, loofas and washcloths, deodorant, shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Additionally, World Smile Day Mystery Pucks will be available for purchase.
In addition to the collections from tomorrow's drive, the Nashville Predators Foundation will provide ShowerUp with suits donated by players and staff, an initiative started in 2017 by Preds forward Austin Watson.
"We're honored to be partnering with the Nashville Predators Foundation to provide our first SuperGrant in support of ShowerUp," says co-founder of SmileDirectClub Alex Fenkell. "Our mission at SmileDirectClub is to provide our customers with the confidence they need to transform their lives and we're thrilled to support an organization with a likeminded mission that is helping so many people in our hometown of Nashville."
Through this multi-year partnership, additional SuperGrants will be distributed throughout the season, and will range from $25,000 to $100,000.
About the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub
The Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub is devoted to funneling the excitement of professional sports towards the needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has awarded $6.5 million in grants to the greater Nashville community and donated more than $2 million in cash and in-kind during the 2018-19 season alone. As of August 2019, the Predators Foundation partnered with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub in an ongoing effort to meet educational, social, health and cultural needs throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee. To learn more about the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub and see a list of upcoming events, visit NashvillePredators.com/Foundation.
About SmileDirectClub, Inc.
SmileDirectClub, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDC) is the industry pioneer as the first direct-to-consumer medtech platform for transforming smiles. Through our cutting-edge teledentistry technology and vertically integrated model, we are revolutionizing the oral care industry. SmileDirectClub's mission is to unleash the power of people's smiles to empower them to positively impact their place in the world. SmileDirectClub was founded by Alex Fenkell and Jordan Katzman in partnership with Camelot Venture Group. Available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the UK, SmileDirectClub is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit SmileDirectClub.com.