ROBERT KRAFT AND THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DONATE $200,000 IN THE NAMES OF 2017 MYRA KRAFT COMMUNITY MVP AWARD WINNERS
Twenty-six New Englanders were honored at Gillette Stadium during the 2017 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards.
Elizabeth McLellan of Portland, Maine wins second prize of $10,000 for Partners for World Health.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Every year since 1998, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots have been celebrating those who give their time to help others. The program was originally known as the Community Quarterback Awards, and were presented to those who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.
Back in 2011, the awards were renamed in honor of the late Myra Kraft who committed her life to volunteering. As part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, the Kraft family hosts a special luncheon each year to show their appreciation for local volunteers.
On Thursday, June 8, 26 volunteers were recognized for their contributions at an awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium. Fifteen local volunteers received a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit organization for which they volunteer. Ten others received grants of $10,000 for their New England-based nonprofit and one grand prize winner was presented with a $25,000 grant for their charity.
“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.”
On hand to congratulate the award winners were Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation President Joshua Kraft and Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett. Patriots players Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski also made a surprise appearance to congratulate the winners.
Elizabeth McLellan of Portland, Maine was selected as one of this year’s $10,000 second prize winners.
As a registered nurse, McLellan has committed her life to caring for others. Over the years, she has volunteered to travel overseas to help provide medical treatment to developing countries.
Through her travels, McLellan noticed a lack of basic medical supplies in Africa and Southeast Asia. She began collecting unused supplies from local hospitals and storing them in her home. In just two years, McLellan collected more than 11,000 pounds of supplies for developing countries and Partners for World Health was born.
“Keep us ever mindful of the needs and wants of others, a philosophy ingrained in me from an early age by my father,” said McLellan. “And so volunteering and reaching out to those in need has been, a way of living, my whole life. There are so many people in our country and our world who need a helping hand; someone who shares the generosity of their heart with a smile. Someone who is committed to something greater than their own personal needs. That is what makes the world a better place.”
McLellan has now developed a network of more than 500 volunteers that have joined her on medical missions to Africa and Southeast Asia. She recently returned from a mission trip and continues her incredible commitment, serving some of the world’s neediest populations.
“The Myra Kraft Community MVP Award is a great honor for which I am most humble,” said McLellan. “She was a philanthropist and touched the hearts of many as she reached out to make a difference. Partners for World Health is carrying out her philanthropic dreams to help those less fortunate. I believe that we all can make a difference and all we have to do is try.”
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.
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett congratulate Elizabeth McLellan from Partners for World Health for being selected as a 2017 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award second prize winner. During the June 8 luncheon, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation awarded $200,000 in grants to 26 New England nonprofits. Partners for World Health received a $10,000 grant in honor of McLellan’s volunteer efforts. (photo courtesy of Eric J. Adler/New England Patriots)
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, President of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Josh Kraft, Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski smiled for a photo with all 26 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award winners at Gillette Stadium. The 26 volunteer 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. (photo courtesy of Eric J. Adler/New England Patriots)
Below is a complete list of the 2017 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award Winners:
Name Hometown Organization Organization Town
$25,000 Grand Prize Winner
Fabienne Eliacin Dorchester, Mass. Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Roxbury, Mass.
$10,000 Second Prize Winners
Justin Doo Walpole, Mass. Moyamoya Disease Research Foundation Walpole, Mass.
Robert Faherty Braintree, Mass. Cops for Kids with Cancer Braintree, Mass.
Jerry Ferrera Framingham, Mass. St. Francis House Boston, Mass.
Cherylann & Len Gengel Worcester, Mass. The Be Like Brit Foundation Worcester, Mass.
Judy Giovangelo West Roxbury, Mass. Ben Speaks Louder Than Words Holliston, Mass.
Tim Grover Lowell, Mass. Megan’s House Foundation Lowell, Mass.
Ryan Matthews Plainville, Conn. The Susie Foundation Beacon Falls, Conn.
Elizabeth McLellan Portland, Maine Partners for World Health Portland, Maine
Barbara Smith Acton, Mass. Household Goods Acton, Mass.
Janet Ulwick-Sacca Gloucester, Mass. National Braille Press Foundation Boston, Mass.
$5,000 Third Prize Winners
Lori Bateman & Kylee McCumber Leominster, Mass. Kylee’s Kare Kitz for Kidz Leominster, Mass.
Maggie Bornstein Amesbury, Mass. Lucy’s Love Bus Boston, Mass.
Steve Brosnihan Bristol, R.I. Rhode Island Hospital Providence, R.I.
Stephen Colella Warwick, R.I. Job Club Rhode Island Warwick, R.I.
Frances Davis Watertown, Mass. Windrush Farm North Andover, Mass.
Nicole DiPaolo Randolph, Mass. Paws4Survival Rescue Randolph, Mass.
Louise Griffin Hampton, N.H. Zack’s Team Foundation Billerica, Mass.
Debbie Mearls Brockton, Mass. Soldier’s Angels Brockton, Mass.
Jana Planka Narragansett, R.I. Rhode Island Mentoring Warwick, R.I.
Neil Rhein Mansfield, Mass. Keep Massachusetts Beautiful Mansfield, Mass.
Michael Sanphy Westbrook, Maine My Place Teen Center Westbrook, Maine
Kenneth Thompson Rutland, Vt. Vermont Elks Charities Rutland, Vt.
Laurie Tomaszewski Nashua, N.H. Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation Nashua, N.H.
Kathy Wood Canton, Conn. Friends of Canton Football Canton, Conn.
Jack Zorski East Falmouth, Mass. Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools Falmouth, Mass.