FOXBOROUGH, MASS.—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. Each year, the Kraft family and the 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 Thursday, June 2, Benny Cammuso, a volunteer at Southington’s Bread for Life (BFL), was among 26 volunteers recognized for their contributions at a luncheon and awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium. Each Community MVP received grants for their respective nonprofit organizations. As a result of Cammuso’s volunteer work, BFL was among 15 New England-based organizations presented with a $5,000 grant.
“This event will always be one of my favorite community programs that we do,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft in Patriots a press release. “The story of each recipient and the cause they are supporting is so unique and inspiring. I know that, just like Myra, none of these winners were looking for any recognition but we are happy to shine some light on the great work they are doing in their communities.”
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.
Since retiring in 1997, after a 37-year career with the General Electric Company, Cammuso became a full-time volunteer in Southington. He has given tirelessly to the efforts at Bread for Life. He was one of only four Connecticut volunteers recognized this year.
“Benny has quietly led a life of giving to others with little fanfare and no personal expectations,” BFL officials said in a press release. “He is a doer. If there is an event that benefits those less fortunate than he, Benny is there, and everyone in this town has witnessed this man who always has his sleeves rolled up. The town of Southington is blessed to have a person with such an unwavering commitment of giving back to their community.”
The 2016 MVPs represent all six New England states, a variety of nonprofit organizations and range in age from 17 to 93 years old. The Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation received a record number of applications this year from nonprofit organizations looking to recognize their outstanding volunteers. Nominations open each spring and the awards are open to all nonprofit organizations in the New England region.
For more information on the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, please visit www.patriots.com/community.