Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators Foundation, an integral part of the Nashville Predators organization, has recently been honored by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Davidson County, the Nashville Business Journal and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Nashville Chapter for their philanthropic work in Nashville and the surrounding communities of Middle Tennessee.
Founded in 1998, the Nashville Predators Foundation “strives to meet the educational, social, health and cultural needs of our community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations.” Annually, the foundation hosts special events such as the GnashVegas Casino Night and Auction, the Wine Festival and Tasting, the Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic and the Preds & Pins night to raise money for the foundation. Following the 2012-13 season, the Foundation distributed more than $400,000 to over 100 grant recipients, the largest one-time allocation in team history.
NAMI Davidson County, an organization that works to help people affected by mental health issues through peer led support groups, education classes, helpline service and advocacy, honored the Predators Foundation with the “Community Impact Award.”
One of the 2012-13 Foundation grant recipients was Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, which helped to fund the purchase of play therapy supplies and provide specialty training for staff to meet the needs of children with mental illness.
“There is no question that your organization [the Predators Foundation] has profound positive effects on the community through your charitable contributions to agencies that help improve children’s lives,” said Kathy Ballinger, a board member of NAMI Davidson County.
The Predators Foundation was named the “Corporate Philanthropist of the Year,” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Nashville Chapter, the professional association of “individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit, charitable organizations.”
Nominated by the Fannie Battle Day Home and the Adventure Science Center, two grant recipients, the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award honors a corporation that regularly gives back to the community around them. Fannie Battle Day Home has received Foundation grants in the past to help assist with sending their children to summer camp. The Adventure Science Center uses the Foundation funds for the Big Yellow Bus Program that helps economically disadvantaged public schools meet the costs of providing educational field trips.
Finally, the Nashville Predators were recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as one of the honorees on their “Corporate Giving Award” list. The honorees for this list were chosen based on money and hours of service donated per employee, and will be recognized during an awards luncheon on Nov. 19, “celebrating the companies who excel in volunteering their time and money to charitable organizations.”
As the holiday season nears, the Predators Foundation will take part in many outreach opportunities within their Nashville community. For more information the Foundation, upcoming events and information on how to get involved, please visit www.nashvillepredators.com and take a look at the “Community” section.