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Predators Foundation Distributes a Record $410,652 in Grants to Area Charities

by Press Release / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. – During a 3 p.m. ceremony today at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators Foundation distributed 117 grants, totaling $410,652 to Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community service and charitable organizations. The afternoon also included fun activities like corn hole, air hockey and a photo booth.

Including the more than $400,000 in grant money distributed today, Jack Diller Scholarships, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Research Fund and other initiatives, the Nashville Predators Foundation has donated nearly $900,000 in cash to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations in the last year. Established in 1998, the Foundation also serves the community through in-kind donations, player ticket programs, assisting in fund-raising efforts and more.

“Without our fans, players and staff and their dedication and loyalty to our annual events, this donation of $410,652 – the largest in franchise history – would simply not be possible,” Nashville Predators President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry said. “Thanks to the support and generosity of Smashville, our community’s youth and their families will continue to benefit from the funding that the Nashville Predators put back into the community each and every season.”

Upon reviewing nearly 250 grant applications, 117 organizations were selected to receive grants. The grant committee selected programs that will primarily benefit youth and families, keeping consistent with the Foundation’s mission.

Each year the Predators choose four organizations to serve as featured charities for the season. In addition to financial grants, the Predators Foundation 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 2014-15 season are Beads of Courage, Interfaith Dental Clinic, Homework Hotline and Youth Villages. The grant money will benefit local youth in many ways, such as:

FiftyForward – Funding will be used to purchase math and reading workbooks for FiftyForward’s FLIP program. The FLIP program, which impacts more than 400 students in 29 schools, pairs senior math and reading tutors to at-risk students in     grades K-4.

King’s Daughters Child Development Center – Funding will help update and enhance the King’s Daughters’ gardens to ensure at-risk preschoolers develop a strong love for learning through interactive outdoor play opportunities.

Music City Trykes – Funding will be used to purchase customized AmTryke adaptive therapeutic tricycles for children in   Middle Tennessee with special needs.

W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School – Funding will help purchase equipment to record performances and teach students the art of live recording and studio engineering.

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, over the past three years, the Nashville Predators have donated more than $400,000 to the 365 Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, with another donation slated for this summer.

Below is a complete list of organizations receiving a 2014 Predators Foundation grant:

100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee
A.B.L.E. Youth
Adventure Science Center
Against the Grain
Akiva School of Nashville
Alive Hospice
American Diabetes Association
An Array of Charm (AAOC)
Ashley’s Place (Sumner Child Advocacy Center)
Assistance League of Nashville
Autism Foundation of Tennessee
Backfield in Motion
Barefoot Republic
Beads of Courage
Best Buddies
Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
Better Health 4Kids
Bridges Domestic Violence Center
Camp Marymount
Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County
Christian Community Services
Community Childcare Center
Cottage Cove Urban Ministries
Cumberland River Compact
Deer Run Retreat Center
Domestic Violence Program
East Nashville Hope Exchange
Eighteenth Avenue Family Enrichment Center
Exchange Club/Stephens Center
Faith Family Medical Center
First Steps
Flashes of Hope
Friend2Friend Book Project
Gallatin Shalom Zone
Gilda’s Club Nashville
Girls on the Run Nashville
Global Education Center
Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey League
Hands on Nashville
Hendersonville Inline Hockey Association (HIHA)
High Hopes
Holly Street Daycare
Homework Hotline
Hope Clinic for Women
Interfaith Dental Clinic
Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
King’s Daughters Child Development Center
Lakeview Design Center
Land Trust for Tennessee, The
LEAD Public Schools
LEAP Organization
Lighthouse Christian School
Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee
Martha O’Bryan Center
Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee
Mercy Community Healthcare
Mid South Mediation Services
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Harding
Music City Trykes Chapter of National AMBUCS
Music City Youth Orchestra
Musicians Corner a Program of The Conservancy
My Friend’s House Family and Children’s Services
Nashville Celtics Basketball Association
Nashville Chess Center
Nashville Childrens Alliance
Nashville Childrens Theatre
Nashville Inner City Ministry
Nashville Jr. Preds
Nashville Symphony Association
Nashville Youth Hockey League
Nashville Zoo
National Wheelcats
New Hope Academy
Oasis Center
PENCIL Foundation
Preston Taylor Ministries
Project Reflect
Project Transformation Tennessee
Read to Achieve
Read to Succeed
Renewal House
Rocketown of Middle Tennessee
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville
Root 53 Foundation
Rutherford County Board of Education
Saddle Up!
Safe Haven Family Shelter
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
Siloam Family Health Center
Simon Youth Foundation
Sophia’s Heart/Compassion Nashville
Special Olympics Tennessee
T.J. Martell Foundation
Tenn. Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Tennessee Trucking Foundation
Tennessee Wildlife Federation
TN Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Tucker’s House
Ultimate Goal Ministries
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
USO Fort Campbell
VSA Tennessee
W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School
Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center
Williamson County Child Advocacy Center
You Have the Power…Know How to Use It
Youth Incorporated
Youth Life Learning Centers
Youth Villages

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
2013 - $405,000
2014 - $410,652

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