Posted by Eric Bleier on November 12, 2010
The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation announced the donation of $425,000 in new grants to 15 Memphis nonprofit organizations Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Theatre Memphis during their annual Grizzlies Foundation Partners Breakfast. The $425,000 marks the largest dispersal of new grants to Memphis nonprofits since the Grizzlies Foundation’s inception in 2004.
This year’s distribution of grants brings the total giving by the Grizzlies Foundation to Memphis non-profit organizations to $26.1 million.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast in the main entry area the grant recipients and other attendees moved inside the theater for the distribution of grants. Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica did his standard splendid job as the master of ceremonies, and he was joined on stage by Grizzlies Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Chris Wallace and Charles Ewing, owner of Ewing Moving Service and a major supporter of the Grizzlies Foundation.
The Grizzlies Foundation’s mission to serve Memphis youth through education and mentoring saw them welcome three new partners to their group of yearly grant recipients. This year the New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis Prep Program and Leadership Memphis joined a list of nonprofit organizations that have received grants in previous years including: ArtsMemphis, the Church Health Center, Exchange Club Family Center, the Leadership Academy, Memphis Child Advocacy Center, Memphis Leadership Foundation, the Mid-South Food Bank, MIFA, STREETS Ministries, The Works, Inc., United Way of the Mid-South, and Girls Incorporated of Memphis.
Prior to the distribution of grants, there was a photo montage that recognized the work that the Grizzlies Foundation and its partners have accomplished since 2001. During the program the Grizzlies Foundation also honored longtime community partners Soulsville, Urban Youth Initiative, Youth Villages, Memphis Athletic Ministries, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and BRIDGES Inc.
The Grizzlies Foundation recruits and refers mentors, provides training and technical assistance to mentoring programs and raises awareness of the need for mentors throughout the community. To learn more about the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and how to become part of the Grizzlies TEAM UP youth mentoring initiative e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call (901) 205-TEAM or visit www.TeamUpMemphis.org.Share