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Nashville Predators Foundation To Distribute A Record $350,000 In Grants To Area Charities

by Press Release / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (April 18, 2012) – This Friday, April 20, the Nashville Predators Foundation will distribute 113 grants, totaling $350,269 to Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community service and charitable organizations. The grants will be presented during a 12 noon ceremony at Bridgestone Arena in the meeting rooms.

This announcement marks the 14th grant distribution by the Predators Foundation. Since its 1998 inception, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million in financial grants to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations. Between the grants and other charitable donations, such as player ticket programs and fund-raising efforts, the Foundation put more than $1 million back into the community during the 2011-12 season.

“This record breaking donation is really a testament to the support and loyalty of our fans,” Nashville Predators President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry said. “Since the team’s inception, funds for the foundation have been raised through participation in annual off-ice events such as galas, wine tastings and golf tournaments, as well as in-arena game night auctions, initiatives and drives. Thanks to the generosity of our fans, youth organizations from across Middle Tennessee benefit from a record grant allocation of $350,000 this season and the $3 million the Nashville Predators Foundation has put back into the community since 1998.”

Upon reviewing close to 300 hundred grant applications, and in keeping consistent with the Foundation’s mission, the grant committee selected programs that will primarily benefit youth and families. Of 116 total charities, almost 50 were outside of the Nashville area.

Additionally, each year the Predators choose four organizations to serve as featured charities for the season. In addition to financial grants, the Predators Foundation also provides these featured charities with organizational visits by players and Preds personalities as well as added exposure, awareness and visibility for the charity. The featured charities for the 2012-13 season are Disability Law Advocacy Center of Tennessee, The King’s Daughters Day Home, Tennessee Lions Charities and W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School. The grant money will benefit local youth in many ways, such as:

    •Barefoot Republic Camp – Funding will create a roller hockey program including a cement rink and roller hockey kits.
    •Global Education Center – Funding scholarships for students to attend two weeks of the Summer Multicultural Arts Camp.
    •Teach for America – Funding a GNASH Resource Room that will allow corps members to further their professional development and access high quality resources as they lead their students to earn expanded life opportunities.
    •W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School – funding will purchase and install a “Predators Piano Lab” which will be utilized to teach group piano instruction and help alleviate waiting lists for lessons.

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. All 501(c)3 organizations in Middle Tennessee are eligible to receive grants, which are distributed once a year. Annual grant applications were received by mid-February for consideration. Additionally, the Nashville Predators have donated more than $400,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt over the past three years. Attached is a complete list of organizations that received grants from the Predators Foundation in 2012.

Breakdown of grant amounts by year are as follows:
    1999 - $145,927
    2000 - $250,850
    2001 - $226,048
    2002 - $211,729
    2003 - $154,980
    2004 - $146,040
    2005 - $54,152
    2006 - $149,348
    2007 - $240,110
    2008 - $250,524
    2009 - $260,000
    2010 - $305,000
    2011 - $325,059
    2012 - $350,269

Board of Directors for the Nashville Predators Foundation:
Jack Diller, Chairman ● Sean Henry, President ● Gerry Helper, Vice President
Mike Kaplan, Secretary ● Beth Snider, Treasurer ● Deryl Bauman ● Sharon Bell ● Mark Blaze
Jeff Cogen ● Laura Currie ●Willie Diehl ● Melissa Freeman ● Jim Fyke ● Joe Huston ● Brad Karro ● Dan MacDonald ● Barbara Mandrell ● Ken Premo ● Ron Samuels ● Kim Trotz

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