Every year since 1998, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots have been celebrating those who give their time to help others. Among the honorees this year was none other than Megan House Foundation President & Founder, Tim Grover.
A beaming Grover, who is a huge Patriots fan, proudly accepted a $10,000 grant from Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation President Joshua Kraft, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippet, who is currently the team’s Executive Director of Community Affairs.
“To have the work done at Megan’s House recognized by an organization as renowned as the New England Patriots is a tremendous honor,” said Grover. “The Kraft family and the Patriots not only exemplify excellence on the football field, their work in the community is also second to none.”
The presentation took place this past Thursday, June 8, at Gillette Stadium in Foxoboro. Current Patriots Tom Braidy, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski also made a surprise appearance to congratulate the winners.
The program, originally known as the Community Quarterback Awards, were renamed back in 2011 in honor of the late Myra Kraft who committed her life to volunteering. The awards are presented to those who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.
“When I purchased the New England Patriots 23 years ago, not only did we set out to build a winning organization, but we also wanted to help build a spirit of giving amongst our fans,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “There are some incredible people in our local communities that have dedicated much of their lives to volunteering. In creating the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, we wanted to show our appreciation for these outstanding community advocates and offer our support to the causes that are so near and dear to their hearts. We admire their selflessness and thank them for their commitment to making the world a better place.”
The 2017 Myra Kraft Community MVP winners range from 17 to 86 years old and represent every New England state. Winning nonprofits provide support for many causes, including education, domestic violence prevention, healthcare, homelessness, mentoring and military support.
The Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation received hundreds of applications this year from nonprofit organizations looking to recognize their outstanding volunteers.
Nominations open each spring and the awards are open to all nonprofit organizations in the New England region. For more information on the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, please visit www.patriots.com/community.
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