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Nashville Predators Foundation Distributes More Than $250,000 to 113 Area Charities

- Record number of grants and funds rewarded -

Wednesday, 04.02.2008 / 7:17 PM / Community
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Nashville Predators Foundation Distributes More Than $250,000 to 113 Area Charities
Nashville, Tenn. (April 2, 2008) – The Nashville Predators Foundation distributed 113 grants totaling more than $250,000 to Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community service and charitable organizations today. The grants were presented during a ceremony at the Sommet Center.

The announcement marks the 10th grant distribution by the Predators Foundation. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $2 million in financial grants to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations. Between the grants total and other charitable donations, such as player ticket programs and disaster relief, the Foundation put more than $485,000 back into the community during the 2007-08 season.

“We are proud of the Predators Foundation’s commitment to the growth of Middle Tennessee and grateful to these organizations for their work,” said Predators Foundation President, Gerry Helper. “Any day we are able to provide funds to these organizations is a great day. This year we are able to fund more organizations and award more money than ever before - $10,000 more than last year. We thank our Board for their time and effort reviewing the grants and salute the efforts of every charitable and community service organization in the community. Their administrations and staffs are true heroes!”

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 2008 grants from the Predators Foundation:
· A.B.L.E Youth (Athletes Building Life Experiences)
· Actors Bridge Ensemble Theater of Nashville
· Adopt-a-Book Literacy Foundation
· Adventure Science Center
· Against the Grain
· Alive Hospice, Inc.
· American Parkinson Disease Association
· American Roots Music Education
· Ashley’s Place (Sumner Child Advocacy Center)
· Assistance League of Nashville
· Barefoot Republic Camp
· Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nashville
· Book’em
· Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee
· Boxing Resource Center
· Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee
· Bridges Academy
· BRIDGES of Williamson County
· Camp Marymount
· CAPE (Challenged Athletes Playing Equally)
· Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County (Discovery Center)
· City of Life Corporation
· Community Resource Center
· Cottage Grove Urban Ministries
· Domestic Violence Program
· East Academy
· Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee
· Education Equal Opportunity Group
· Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Inc.
· Frist Center for the Visual Arts
· Friends of Tennessee for the Blind
· Gabe’s My Heart
· Gallatin Child Care Center, Inc.
· Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
· Hendersonville Inline Hockey Association
· Homework Hotline
· Hope Center at Family Guidance Training Institute, Inc.
· Janet’s Planet, Inc.
· Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
· Junior Auxiliary of Franklin
· Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
· King’s Daughters Day Home
· KIPP Academy Nashville
· LaVergne Primary School
· Ladies Hermitage Association – The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
· Lifecare Family Services
· Love Helps
· Love In a Big World
· Make-a-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee
· March of Dimes
· Martha O’Bryan Center
· McMurray PNA BOUNCE Program
· Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee
· Mercy Children’s Clinic
· Mid South Meditation Services
· Monroe Harding, Inc.
· Morning Star Sanctuary
· Mother’s Against Drunk Driving
· Murrell School
· Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children
· Nashville CARES
· Nashville Celtics Basketball Association
· Nashville Chess Center
· Nashville Children’s Alliance
· Nashville Children’s Theater
· Nashville Inner City Ministry
· Nashville Opportunities Industrialization
· Nashville Public Access Defibrillation Program
· Nashville Public Library Foundation
· Nashville Public Television
· Nashville Rescue Mission
· Nashville Youth Hockey League
· National Kidney Foundation of Tennessee
· Nia Association
· Nurses for Newborns
· Oasis Center
· Our Kids, Inc.
· Parents Reaching Out
· Plateau Pregnancy Services
· READing Paws, Inc.
· Reconciliation, Inc.
· ReContruct, Inc.
· Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
· Renewal House
· Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville
· Safe Haven Family Shelter
· Saint Thomas Health Services Fund
· Salama Urban Ministries
· Saving Little Hearts
· Special Olympics of Tennessee
· Sports 4 All Foundation
· Luke’s Community House
· STARS Nashville
· Sumner County Just Say No Network
· Susan Gray School
· Tennessee Central Railway Museum
· Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare
· Tennessee Lions Charities, Inc.
· Tennessee Performing Arts Center
· Tennessee Voices for Children
· United Cerebral Palsy of Nashville
· Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System
· W.O. Smith/ Nashville Community Music School
· Williamson County Youth, Inc. dba My Friend’s House
· You Have the Power… Know How to Use it, Inc.
· Youth Encouragement Services
· Youth Incorporated In-Line Hockey
· Youth Life Learning Center
· Youth Villages, Inc.

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


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