The Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards place a spotlight on those who give their time to help others and exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism. Annually, the Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation host the awards program as part of the ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative in honor of Myra Kraft’s example of being a lifelong volunteer.
On June 9, 26 volunteers were recognized for their contributions at a luncheon and awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium. Each Community MVP received grants for their respective nonprofit organizations. Fifteen New England based organizations were presented with $5,000 grants in honor of their volunteers’ work. Ten others received grants of $10,000 and one grand prize winner was presented $25,000.
“Every year, we ask New England nonprofit organizations to nominate one volunteer who they consider their MVPs,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “This year, we received a record number of nominations from over 400 nonprofits. Their stories are heartwarming and inspirational and narrowing the field to 26 winners gets more difficult every year. As a lifelong volunteer herself, this was always Myra’s favorite event. I am so glad that her legacy continues to live through the great work of all the Myra Kraft Community MVPs.”
Bob Beach, co-founder of Golf For All, was selected as one of fifteen $5,000 third place winners.
“People with different abilities belong, supporting them has been my privilege,” said Beach. “It has been my goal in life to volunteer as much as I can and help as many people as I can. With this generous Myra Kraft Community MVP Award, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation has joined me in furthering this goal. I am very grateful to the Kraft family.”
As a head professional at Braintree Municipal Golf Course and a Class A member of the PGA, Beach began sharing his love for the game of golf with special needs athletes thirty years ago. This past year, he recruited other PGA professionals to help conduct over 140 clinics, including 73 clinics for veterans. Beach’s volunteer work has served individuals with autism, down syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and amputees. His dedication has helped build confidence and inspired hundreds of individuals to play a game they never thought they would be able to play.
“Receiving the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award is a great honor and Bob Beach is such an honorable man; caring, unselfish, modest, tireless, honest, organized, personable, patient, genuine and dedicated – he inspires everyone he meets,” explained executive director of Golf for All, Fred Corcoran. “At Golf For All, we could not be happier that the Kraft family also recognizes who Bob is by presenting him with this prestigious award. Throughout his life, Bob, has touched so many people. His touching my life, has been a life-changing event for me. I am privileged and honored to be his associate and friend.”
The 2014 MVPs represent all six New England states, a variety of nonprofit organizations and range in ages from 13 to 93 years old. Nominations open each spring and for the most up-to-date information, visit www.patriots.com/community.