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Predators Foundation & National Hockey League Respond to Nashville Flood Disaster

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Nashville, Tennessee – The NHL and the Predators Foundation were among the first to respond to the massive flooding in Nashville and Middle Tennessee with a donation to the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits supporting relief, restoration and clean-up efforts in the Davidson County area in the aftermath of the flooding and storms.

“Millions of our neighbors have been affected in some way by this unprecedented flood. Some lives will return to normal quickly, others will take months or years to rebuild,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Thanks to the NHL and the Predators Foundation, The Community Foundation will continue doing everything it can to connect the generosity of people who want to help to the needs of their neighbors.”

The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management forged a partnership with The Community Foundation to simplify and expedite the process by which people affected by disaster receive help. The Community Foundation is accepting financial contributions from donors and will disperse them to nonprofit organizations helping people affected by disaster.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and businesses that suffered losses and damages from the recent storm,” said Gerry Helper, President of the Predators Foundation. “We recognize this is a time of incredible devastation and unprecedented challenges in our community, but it is also an opportunity to show others how a community can come together to aid and support one another in times of great difficulty. It is our hope that others will contribute to the rebuilding effort in a manner most suitable to their own situation, be it in the form of financial support or the volunteering time, skill and services to expedite the healing process.”

“The NHL is proud to support all the citizens of Nashville at this time of crisis," said Bernadette Mansur, Executive Director of the NHL Foundation. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the community, the Community Foundation and everyone involved in the rebuilding efforts.”

For more information, call The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 615-321-4939, or toll free at 888-540-5200.

Fans who would like to help can go to or send donations to The Community Foundation, P.O. Box 440225, Nashville, TN, 37244.

About The NHL
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 clubs, with Nashville entering the NHL in 1997 and beginning play in 1998. The NHL has also hosted one of its signature events, the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, here in Nashville when over 13,000 spectators attended and over 2,000 team personnel, players and their families, sponsors, agents and media congregated for the annual event. Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players.

About The Predators Foundation
Predators Foundation was formed in 1998 and has now distributed over $2.5 million in grants for specific programs and projects to Nashville and middle Tennessee charitable and community service organizations, including a record $305,000 awarded last month. Additionally, the Foundation provides in-kind ticket and memorabilia donations to hundreds of local organizations on an ongoing basis. It has been recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as one of its 2010 Corporate Philanthrophy Award winners.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 730 charitable funds. In the past 18 years, The Foundation has distributed more than $470 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

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