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by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars and the Dallas Stars Foundation announced today the recipients of the 2008-09 Season Grant Awards, this year’s combined total of donated funds coming in at $257,404. Since 1998, the Dallas Stars Foundation has distributed $2.57 million to local children’s charities.

Every year, generous Stars fans help contribute valuable funds at events like the Dallas Stars Golf Tournament and Casino Night, and at other fun promotions at home games throughout the season. Your generosity and participation makes the Foundation’s efforts possible. The Dallas Stars Foundation is committed to making an impact on the North Texas area with grants to kids and family charities. Thank you to all Stars fans who help us all make a positive difference in our community.

Those receiving grants for a combined total of $257,404 are:

American Diabetes Association: provides scholarships and supplies for a week-long day camp for children with diabetes and their siblings.

Arc of Dallas: purchasing arts and crafts supplies, games, and funds field trips for kids with developmental disabilities who are enrolled in their summer adventure camp.

Camp Summit: purchasing 20 picnic tables with removable benches to accommodate campers with disabilities in wheelchairs, braces, and have other needs.

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.: purchasing two “Bye-Bye Buggy” child-mover carts, as well as supplies for the Mary R. Saner Child Development Center.

Central Dallas Ministries: purchasing food for the Emergency Food Network, provided to low-income children who depend on the public school system for food.

Children’s Education Fund: will fund tuition assistance scholarships to children of low-income families so they can choose the best academic institution for their child.

Children’s Medical Center Legacy:  the fourth of five planned installments of a $250,000
commitment to the new campus in Plano. The Foundation has been partners with Children’s for many years.

The Children’s Resource Foundation: purchasing food and clothing for the survival of at-risk children. Food package consists of three large boxes that will last a family three-four weeks. A new coat and two pairs of shoes are also provided.

Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer: create “Everlasting Memories” – gifts, last wishes and financial assistance to children in the last stages of terminal cancer.

Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc.: provides assistance during a crisis period to children and family members who are victims of abuse. Includes rent, bills, clothing, food, shelter and medical needs.

Dallas Hearing Foundation: purchasing five hearing aids for children who are suffering from hearing loss.

Dallas Life: funding the children’s program for the poor and homeless – providing balanced nutritious meals as well as back-to-school needs.

Dallas Services: purchasing furniture and supplies for the Saturday and Kids Clinic programs which provide optometric examinations and glasses to low-income school children at minimum cost.

Hoffen Foundation: used for a new scholarship fund for college-bound hospital patients who suffer from blood disorders. The scholarship is named after Dillon Wolford, a local hockey player who passed away at 23.

Interfaith Ministries of Denton, Inc.: to reduce hardships on families by providing economically disadvantaged children with clothes a school supplies.

Nancy Lieberman Foundation: provide scholarships for summer basketball clinics for low-income families (87% of the participants are on scholarship).

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: offset the costs of camper’s accommodations, meals, clothing and supplies for Champ Camp – a four-day camp for children with MS and their families. The Stars Foundation was the first supporter of this camp.

Nelson Children’s Residential Treatment Center: to expand the physical education and enrichment opportunities for abused children and require 24/7 psychiatric care. Gym equipment and athletic supplies.

New Beginning Center: complete the playground at the Emergency Shelter, a place that fosters an environment of safety, support and respect for families affected by domestic violence.

Promise House, Inc.: provide meals, clothing, shelter, and education opportunities for runaway and homeless and at-risk youth.

Recovery Resource Council: provide meals, program supplies, awards, t-shirts and van rentals for Camp L4, a day camp for impoverished and high-risk youth to help address the issues of substance abuse.

Retina Foundation of the Southwest: purchasing a hand-held auto reflector which measures the optical power of a child’s eyes, helping determining visual impairment.
Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth: provides a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children in Ft. Worth, allowing families to stay even if they are unable to pay.

Shared Housing Center: funds used for the 2009-10 “School if Cool” campaign drive which sends needy children back to school with a new outfit, a pair of shoes, and a backpack filled with supplies.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital: purchasing adapted living equipment such as shower seats, bath benches, adapted car seats and vest belts so children can continue everyday functions following surgery.

Vogel Alcove: providing breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, ensuring each child receives his or her daily nutritional requirement (for children living in area shelters).

The Dallas Stars would like to congratulate all of the recipients and commend them for the wonderful work they are doing for children in the Metroplex.
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