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Preds Foundation distributes over $150,000

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators Foundation distributed 58 grants totaling more than $150,000 to Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community service and charitable organizations Thursday, April 13. The grants were presented during a ceremony at Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The announcement marks the seventh grant distribution by the Predators Foundation. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $1.4 million in financial grants to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations. This year's grants include 42 Davidson County organizations. There are 26 previous grant recipients and 32 new grant recipients.

"Any day our organization can provide funds to worthy charitable and community service organizations is a great day," said Predators Foundation President, Gerry Helper. "We are proud of the Predators Foundation's commitment to the growth of Middle Tennessee and grateful to these organizations for their work."

In reviewing hundreds of grant applications, and consistent with the Foundation's mission, the grant committee selected programs that will primarily benefit children. 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.

The following is a complete list of organizations that received 2006 grants from the Predators Foundation:

• A.B.L.E. Youth (Athletes Building Life Experiences)

• Alive Hospice, Inc.
• American Parkinson Association- Middle TN Chapter
• American Roots Music Education
• The Arc of Williamson County
• Baptist Hospital Foundation
• Benton Hall School
• Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
• Blakemore Children's Center (BBC)
• Camp Marymount
• City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation
• City of Life Corporation
• Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center
• Community High School/ Creative Recovery Communities
• Cottage Cove Urban Ministries
• Domestic Violence Program, Inc
• Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT)
• Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee
• Faith Family Medical Center
• Friends of TN School for the Blind, Inc.
• Heart of Tennessee Chapter- American Red Cross
• Kids on the Block of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
• Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee
• Mercy Children's Clinic
• Monroe Harding, Inc.
• Nashville Child Advocacy Center
• Nashville Inner City Ministry
• Nashville Zoo (Summer camp scholarships)
• Nurses for Newborns
• Open Arms
• Our Kids, Inc. (Digital video camera)
• Parents Reaching Out
• Powerhouse Youth Project
• Preston Taylor Ministries
• Prevent Blindness Tennessee
• Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
• Primary Care & Hope Clinic
• Project Reflect, Inc. (New playground equipment)
• Reconstruct, Inc.
• Rejoice Ministries, Inc.
• Renewal House
• Robertson County Historical Society Museum
• Safe Haven Family Shelter
• Senior Citizens, Inc. (Children's books)
• Siloam Family Health Center
• Special Kids
• St. Luke Community House (Summer field trips)
• Sumner County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
• Sumner County Just Say No Network
• Tennessee Central Railway Museum
• Tennessee Lions Charities, Inc.
• Trinity Community Services, Inc.
• Urban Housing Solutions, Inc
• Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
• The Village Cultural Arts Center, Inc.
• Walnut Grove Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (WGES PTA)
• Youth Encouragement Services (New computers)
• Youth Life Learning Center

Nashville Predators Featured Charities are in bold.
In parenthesis are grant money projects that have already been targeted.

Board of Directors for the Nashville Predators Foundation:
Deryl Bauman, Sharon Bell, Laura Currie, Willie Diehl, Jack Diller, Jim Fyke, Leslie Giallombardo, Gerry Helper, Ronn Hollis, Joe Huston, Mike Kaplan, Brad Karro, Ed Lang, Craig Leipold, Dan MacDonald, Barbara Mandrell, Ken Premo, Ron Samuels, Beth Snider, Kim Trotz and Art Victorine.

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