When her cell phone rang on the morning of the Patriots season opener versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, the last person New Hope’s CEO Marcia Szymanski expected to hear on the other end of the line was Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
“It was completely surreal. I thought it was a family member pulling my leg,” Szymanski recalls. But it was no joke: Kraft was calling to inform her that the New England Patriots Foundation was making a $100,000 commitment to help New Hope deliver prevention education about domestic and sexual violence.
Robert Kraft has been embarking on a series of “surprise philanthropy” telephone calls to area nonprofit organizations. The gift to New Hope is a part of his latest commitment to agencies working to end domestic violence. In addition to four gifts to area programs, Kraft and the New England Patriots Foundation have pledged $1.5 million to Jane Doe, Inc. – the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence – in support of their Institute for Safety and Justice. Kraft is also collaborating with Attorney General Maura Healy on a program, Game Change, to prevent violence among high school students.
When asked about New Hope’s plans for the Kraft windfall, Szymanski smiled and said: “Friends and New Hope supporters will have to attend our Highlights of Hope event on Tuesday, September 29 to learn more. We are so grateful for this investment by Mr. Kraft and the New England Patriots Foundation and we can’t wait to share our plans for the future.” Information about the Highlights of Hope event can be found on New Hope’s website: www.new-hope.org.
About New Hope
New Hope, Inc., founded in 1979, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing 54 cities / towns in Massachusetts with “full-spectrum care” to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our mission is to break the cycle of violence by “ending domestic and sexual violence in our communities.” New Hope’s spectrum of care includes: Prevention Education; Crisis Intervention; Shelter; Counseling; Transitional Living; Family Reunification and Batterer Intervention. Our programs seek to illuminate a path to violence-free self-sufficiency for each of our clients, regardless of race, age, gender or sexual orientation.
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