This marked the first year that the Predators Foundation partnered with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to enable participating organizations that received Predators Foundation grants to put their grant money toward CFMT’s The Big Payback campaign. The Big Payback, which began at 12 a.m. this morning and runs through midnight, is a 24-hour online giving event that CFMT uses to increase and encourage philanthropy in Middle Tennessee.
“We are fortunate to have foundations like The Community Foundation and the Predators Foundation, two outstanding organizations helping the greater good,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “We are even luckier as a community to have a whole cadre of nonprofits that work each and every day to make this community stronger – and to have an engaged citizenry that’s always ready to give. The partnering of these two foundations, plus other nonprofits throughout our area, is making a big difference through The Big Payback.”
In addition to grant recipients, today’s ceremony also recognized local companies Jackson National Life Insurance Company® and DEX Imaging and Mailing for their support of the Nashville Predators Foundation grants program. Jackson presented a check for $28,000 to the Foundation through the “Together We Win” program, which gave $1,000 to the Foundation for every Nashville Predators win on home ice during the regular season (28 in 2014-15). The $28,000 was then allocated to help fund 10 specific grants (noted on pages two and three). In conjunction with the DEX Score and Win Program, which rewards goals and wins by Preds skaters and goalies, DEX Imaging and Mailing donated $31,250 to area charities this season.
Including the more than $415,000 in grant money distributed today, Jack Diller Scholarships, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Research Fund and other initiatives, the Nashville Predators Foundation donated nearly $1 million in cash to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations during the 2014-15 season. Established in 1998, the Foundation also serves the community through in-kind donations, player ticket programs, assisting in fund-raising efforts and more.
“This year’s donation of $415,020.47 – the largest in franchise history – is an unbelievable testament to the support and generosity of Smashville. The organizations and their staffs honored today are community heroes – offering services and programs to those in need,” Nashville Predators Foundation President Sean Henry said.
“Our fans, players and staff, with their dedication and loyalty to our annual events, ensure that Middle Tennessee youth and families continue to benefit from the funding the Predators Foundation commits to the community on a regular basis.”
Upon reviewing nearly 200 grant applications, 88 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 2015-16 season are Habitat for Paws, Nashville Diaper Connection, Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and The Brown Center for Autism. The grant money will benefit local youth in many ways, such as:
- Boys & Girls Club of Maury County – Funding will be used to purchase a Predators-branded bus to help transport youth to and from the club each day.
- Nashville Ballet – Funding will underwrite a new outreach ballet to double the outreach efforts to middle school-aged students.
- Special Spaces – Funding will help sponsor two children fighting life-threatening health conditions to receive a one-day dream bedroom makeover.
- YMCA of Middle Tennessee/Camp Widjiwagan – Funds will purchase equipment for the Camp’s woodworking program; teaching kids woodworking skills and complimenting literary-themed camps.
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 $700,000 to the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General which goes to fund research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, with another donation slated for this coming June.
Below is a complete list of organizations receiving a 2015 Predators Foundation Grant:
Alive Hospice, Inc.*
An Array of Charm Camps (AAOC)
Arc Williamson County
Bethesda Community Mission, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Maury County
Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County
Branch of Nashville, Inc.
Brentwood Leadership Foundation
Bridges Domestic Violence Center
Camp Sycamore Creek
Cane Ridge Elementary School
Children Are People, Inc.
Community Childcare Center
Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park
Cottage Cove Urban Ministries
Cumberland River Compact
Cumberland Valley Arc, Inc.
Dan Mills Elementary School
Dancing through the Curriculum
Deer Run Retreat Center
Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee
Fannie Battle Day Home for Children*
First Steps, Inc.
Flashes of Hope
Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind
Girls on the Run Nashville
Glengarry Elementary School
Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey
Green Fork Academy
Hands On Nashville
High Hopes, Inc.*
Kymari House, Inc.
Land Trust of Tennessee
Lighthouse Christian School
Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee*
Martha O’Bryan Center
McNeilly Center for Children
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Harding, Inc.*
Morning Star Sanctuary, Inc.
Music City Trykes
Nashville Chess Center
Nashville’s Children’s Alliance
Nashville Inner City Ministry
Nations Ministry Center
New Hope Academy
Preston Taylor Ministries
Project C.A.M.P. Inc.
Read to Succeed
Refuge Center for Counseling
Rejoice School of Ballet
Rocketown of Middle Tennessee
Rutherford Co. Board of Education Coordinated School Health
Safe Haven Family Shelter*
Salama Urban Ministries
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee*
St. Luke’s Community House
Tennessee Equality Project Foundation
Tennessee Hemophilia & Bleeding Disorders Foundation
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Tennessee Trucking Foundation
Tullahoma South Jackson Civic Association
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
W.O. Smith Music School
Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center
Wilson County Civic League, Inc.
YMCA of Middle Tennessee/Camp Widjiwagan
You Have the Power
* Received money allocated from Jackson National Life Insurance Company®’s “Together We Win” program.
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
2015 - $415,020
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
Jill Cogen ● Laura Currie ●Willie Diehl ● Melissa Freeman ● Jim Fyke ● Vince Gill ● Joe Huston
Kristen Laviolette ● Brad Karro ● Dan MacDonald ● Barbara Mandrell ● Ken Premo ● Ron Samuels
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 more than $4 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 2014-15 season. To learn more, visit www.nashvillepredators.com/foundation.
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee:
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 1,050 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 23 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $725 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.
Miss out on joining the fun at the Big Payback Plaza Party presented by the Predators Foundation on Tuesday afternoon? Mark your calendars for the Smashville Celebration on Friday, May 8 from 5-8 p.m. for fun, prizes, games and more. Stay tuned to NashvillePredators.com and @PredsNHL on Twitter for more information about this exciting event.