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Predators Foundation awards most-ever charitable grants

From the Nashville Predators:

This Wednesday, April 8 the Nashville Predators Foundation will distribute 109 grants totaling $260,000 to Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community service and charitable organizations. The grants will be presented during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Sommet Center.

This announcement marks the 11th grant distribution by the Predators Foundation. Since its 1998 inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in financial grants to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations. Between the grants and other charitable donations, such as player ticket programs and fund-raising efforts, the Foundation put more than $­­­600,000 back into the community during the 2008-09 season.

“The Predators Foundation has always been committed to providing help to those in need,” Predators Foundation President Gerry Helper said. “But this year, it was even more imperative to give as much as possible, with charity organizations dealing with the economic challenges as much as any organization. We’d especially like to thank our fans and partners for continuing to support our fund-raising efforts such as the Gala Ball, Golf Tournament, Wine Festival and Tasting and game-night silent auction; their support has allowed us to continue to give back to the charities and organizations that are the backbone of Nashville.”

Each year, the Predators choose four organizations to serve as featured charities for the season. In addition to financial grants, the Predators Foundation also 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 2009-2010 season are: Against the Grain, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, the Martha O’Bryan Center and Ronald McDonald House.

Upon reviewing hundreds of grant applications, and in keeping consistent with the Foundation’s mission, the grant committee selected programs that will primarily benefit children. Of 104 total charities, 64 were Nashville-based and 40 were first-time recipients of Predators Foundation grants. The grant money will benefit local

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, TN Inc – new washers and dryers for tenants
  • Williamson County Youth, Inc. – new furniture for My Friends House residential group home
  • Friends of TN School for the Blind – gymnasium-improvement project
  • Martha O'Bryan Center – exercise equipment and healthy field trips (such as hiking and canoeing field trips) for center youth
  • Bridges Academy – new calculators for students
  • Against the Grain – funding to cover costs for children to attend day camp; includes transportation, food and activities

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 the 2009 grants from the Predators Foundation:

  • A.B.L.E Youth, Inc.
  • Adopt-A-Book Literary Foundation
  • Against the Grain
  • American Cancer Society of Greater Nashville
  • Ashley's Place (Sumner Child Advocacy Center)
  • Assistance League of Nashville
  • Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
  • Book 'Em
  • Books from Birth of Middle TN
  • Boys & Girls Club of Middle TN
  • Bridges Academy
  • Bridges of Williamson County
  • Camp Marymount
  • Cannon County REACH Afterschool Programs
  • Challenged Athletes Playing Equally (C.A.P.E)
  • Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County, Inc.
  • Christian Community Services, Inc.
  • Christian Women's Job Corps of Middle Tennessee
  • Clarksville-Montgomery County American Red Cross
  • Comprehensive Educational Classroom @ Mt. Juliet High School - Wilson County
  • Coopertown Middle Football
  • Cottage Cove Urban Ministries
  • Crieve Hall Youth Athletic Assoc.
  • Cumberland Co. Community Drug Alliance-Tad Center
  • Deer Run Retreat Center
  • East Academy
  • East Nashville Hope Exchange
  • Education Equal Opportunity Group, Inc.
  • Exchange Club Family Center, Inc.
  • Family Foundation Fund
  • Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Inc.
  • First Steps, Inc.
  • Friends of TN School for the Blind
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • Gallatin Shalom Zone
  • Girls On The Run
  • Grace Pregnancy Resource Center
  • HomeSafe of Sumner, Wilson & Robertson Counties, Inc.
  • Hope Center at Family Guidance Training Institute, Inc., The
  • Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County, Inc
  • Humanities Tennessee
  • In Full Motion, Inc.
  • Janet's Planet, Inc.
  • Junior Achievement of Middle TN
  • Junior Auxiliary of Franklin
  • Kilowatt Ours
  • LEAD Academy
  • Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Love Helps, Inc
  • Love In A Big World
  • Make-A Wish Foundation of Middle TN
  • Martha O'Bryan Center
  • Mercy Children's Clinic
  • Mid South Mediation Services
  • Mission Clarksville
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Glen Cliff High School)
  • Nashville Area Chapter American Red Cross
  • Nashville Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.
  • Nashville Public Television
  • Nashville Rescue Mission
  • Nashville Youth Hockey League
  • Nashville Zoo
  • National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee
  • Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee
  • Our Kids, Inc
  • Park Center, Inc.
  • Plenty International/Kids To The County
  • Project for Neighborhood Aftercare Inc.
  • Project Reflect, Inc.
  • Read to Succeed, Inc.
  • Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
  • Refuge Center for Counseling, The
  • Rejoice Ministries, Inc.
  • Renewal House
  • Rocketown of Middle Tennessee
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, TN, Inc.
  • Salvation Army, The
  • Salvus Center
  • Siloam Family Health Center
  • Southern Alliance for Animal Welfare Pet Sterilization and Education Services
  • Special Kids, Inc.
  • Special Olympics Tennessee
  • Spectrum Ministries, Inc. DBA Barefoot Republic Camp
  • STARS Nashville
  • Sumner County CASA
  • Sumner County Just Say No Network
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Tennessee Central Railway Museum
  • Tennessee Historical Society
  • Tennessee Lions Charities, Inc.
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
  • Tennessee Wildlife Federation
  • United Neighborhood Health Services
  • United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
  • Urban Housing Solutions, Inc.
  • VSA Arts Tennessee
  • Williamson County Youth, Inc. dba My Friend's House
  • Wilson County Schools Vision Program
  • YMCA of Middle Tennessee: Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center-Camp Widjiwagan
  • Youth Encouragement Services
  • Youth Incorporated
  • Youth Life Learning Center
  • Youth Villages, Inc.

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

 Board of Directors for the Nashville Predators Foundation:

Jack Diller, Chairman ● Gerry Helper, President ● Ed Lang, Vice President ● Mike Kaplan, Secretary ● Beth Snider, Treasurer ● Deryl Bauman ● Sharon Bell ● Mark Blaze ● Laura Currie ● Willie Diehl ● Melissa Freeman ● Jim Fyke ● Ronn Hollis ● Joe Huston ● Brad Karro ● Dan MacDonald ● Barbara Mandrell ● Ken Premo ● Ron Samuels ● Kim Trotz