FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the past 25 years, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation have been recognizing volunteers for going above and beyond to give back to their communities through the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program. Formerly known as the Community Quarterback Awards, this volunteer recognition was renamed in 2011 in memory of Myra Kraft.
On Wednesday, June 8, 26 volunteers were recognized for their contributions at an awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium. In total, $275,000 in donations were distributed to the nonprofits represented by each volunteer. Twenty-five organizations each received $10,000 and the Grimes King Foundation for the Elderly received this year’s grand prize of $25,000.
Thelma Burns of Dorchester, Mass. was selected as this year’s $25,000 grand prize winner for her volunteer efforts at the Grimes King Foundation for the Elderly.
Her commitment to the community spans more than 40 years, volunteering at several other organizations including Action for Boston Community Development and the Central Boston Elderly Services Advisory Committee. At 85 years young – and as a two-time cancer survivor – Thelma refuses to slow down.