Nashville, Tenn. (April 19, 2018) – On Wednesday, May 2, the Nashville Predators Foundation will distribute 149 grants, totaling $607,639.32 – the largest one-time donation in the Foundation’s history, surpassing last year’s previous high of $515,000 by nearly $100,000 – to Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community service and charitable organizations. The grants will be presented during a ceremony taking place from 9 – 11 a.m. CT in Bridgestone Arena’s Nissan Atrium.
This is the fourth year that the Predators Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT), enabling organizations that receive Predators Foundation grants to put their grant money toward CFMT’s The Big Payback. The Big Payback plaza celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. CT on May 2, is a 24-hour, online giving event the CFMT uses to increase and encourage philanthropy in Middle Tennessee.
Following the grant distribution, community members are invited to join with staff, parents and children from the 149 organizations, the Nashville Predators Foundation and CFMT for a party on Bridgestone Arena’s plaza. The party will include food trucks, live music, family activities and more.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 2
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. – Introduction/Program
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Grant Presentations
10:45 a.m. – Group Photograph
11 a.m. – The Big Payback Plaza Party presented by Preds Foundation/CFMT (public invited)
WHO: Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry
Representatives from all 149 charities receiving Predators Foundation Grants
WHERE: Bridgestone Arena’s Nissan Atrium (Enter at corner of Fifth Ave. and Broadway)
NOTES: This announcement marks the 20th grant distribution by the Predators Foundation. Since its 1998 inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 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 $1 million back into the community during the 2017-18 season.
All media are invited to attend.