FOXBOROUGH — 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.
The awards were renamed in 2011 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.
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.
Lori Bateman and Kylee McCumber of Leominster were recognized as one of this year’s $5,000 third prize winners.
Five years ago, Lori’s…