Instead of hosting 184 Nashville and Middle Tennessee charitable organizations at Bridgestone Arena like in years past, Predators front office members ventured out into the communities served by those nonprofits to make some life-changing deliveries.
Even amongst the challenges faced over the past 13 months, the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub has now distributed its largest-ever one-time donation, with grant allocations totaling $735,000. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has now provided over $7.9 million through its grant program.
The past year hasn't been an easy one for the local community, and in addition to hardships brought on by the pandemic, the need for tornado, flood and downtown bombing relief efforts has also been a necessity.
Through it all, the Preds Foundation has remained a force in the region, and the $735,000 in funding further builds on the 2020-21 efforts of the Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers and Foundation, which drove approximately $5.5 million in life-changing funds to those in need across the Nashville community and surrounding areas.
And even though the Predators did not hold their traditional grant ceremony and celebration in their home building this year, organizations receiving a check on their own doorstep was just as, if not more impactful.
The Foundation took over Preds social media channels during the day on Thursday to share photos of the distributions and recognize those who are just as passionate when it comes to giving back.
Enjoy this gallery from the day, and stay tuned in the weeks and months ahead to learn more about how those grants are being used to make Smashville a better place.