Sunday, August 09, 2009

Thrashers Foundation Awards $50,000 in Grants to Local Charity Organizations

The Atlanta Thrashers Foundation has awarded $50,000 in grants to six local charity groups in recognition of and to help benefit their work in the Atlanta community, it was announced today. The organizations receiving grant money include the Agape Community Center, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Children’s Restoration Network, C.H.O.I.C.E.S, CURE Childhood Cancer and Yes Atlanta!

“Since the team’s inception, the Thrashers have been committed to serving an important role in the Atlanta community by supporting several causes and charities through our foundation,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. “We are proud of the impact that our organization has been able to make and look forward to continuing those efforts, especially when charities and non-profits are most in need.”

The Agape Community Center will receive $10,000 to help fund the GoGirlGo! program, which is designed to help get girls active and educate them on healthy habits that lead to healthy lifestyles. The center helps neighborhoods build communities by offering programs and facilitating community organizing for residents of the Bolton Community, located in northwest Atlanta.

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House, which creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, will also receive $10,000 from the Thrashers Foundation. The money will help fund the charity’s Adopt-A-Family Program and will benefit two different houses that are operated by the group.

The Thrashers Foundation will provide the Children’s Restoration Network with a $5,000 grant to help with the group’s Project One-on-One, an academic mentoring program focused on children in shelters and group homes who, because of their circumstances, have fallen behind their grade level in school.

C.H.O.I.C.E.S., the Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, will be receiving a $10,000 grant for their Children’s Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Expos, with special attention to “in-school” health education and fitness awareness. The mission of C.H.O.I.C.E.S. is to provide a parent and child resource center for the clinically diagnosed and at-risk children of obesity.

CURE Childhood Cancer, a group that is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research and education, will also receive a $10,000 award for their Open Arms Program. The program delivers hot and healthy meals to all patients, families and front-line caregivers at the AFLAC Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Egleston and Scottish Rite campuses.

Finally, the Thrashers Foundation will award $5,000 to Yes Atlanta! for their Coaching for Success program, a comprehensive educational planning and support program designed for youth struggling in school or lacking motivation to achieve their potential. Yes Atlanta! works to redirect “at risk” youth in metro Atlanta through academic and personal development programs and empower them to be self-sustaining and contributing members of their communities.
The Atlanta Thrashers Foundation is dedicated to supporting Georgia-based organizations committed to improving the lives of children. The Foundation will work with children’s charities and programs that focus on the areas of health, wellness, education and youth hockey development.

Since its inception in 1999, the Thrashers Foundation has granted $4 million in overall donations and charitable contributions to more than 2,000 charities throughout Georgia. For more information, please visit: Atlanta Thrashers Foundation
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