Kraken celebrates community heroes and awards $32,000 in grants with every home game

The Kraken are asking fans to recommend civic-minded friends and neighbors, some of whom will see a $32,000 grant awarded to their chosen nonprofit at each of the 41 regular-season home games. next season.

The Kraken Unity Fund and Starbucks will sponsor a celebration of what one team called a “community hero” at each home game. The Kraken Unity Fund Together with Starbucks replaces the Starbucks Community Stars program.

“The chance to do that prolifically, in every home game, is remarkable. We’re telling this individual’s story and we’re doing it in front of our fans,” Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke said. offer them a wonderful gift that will then support their cause.

“What I anticipate is that we’re going to see applications and submissions that will bring tears to our eyes.”

The selection will be led by the One Roof Foundation Board of Directors – the team’s philanthropic arm and Climate Pledge Arena – in conjunction with the team and Starbucks. Eligible applicants and organizations have missions that align with the foundation’s values, including “Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, and Racial Equality,” Addressing Homelessness and Hunger, Empowering Youth, and help those who are negatively affected by climate change.

The first round of nominations can be submitted at from May 24 to August 24. 1, but they will be accepted on a rolling basis until January. Applicants must be at least 13 years old and from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho or Montana. The tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or tax-sponsored 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that would receive the grant must be headquartered in those states, according to the website of the One Roof Foundation. Political, religious, advocacy or special interest groups will not be considered.

Starbucks is set to host a community service day at the start of the season and host an annual event for recipients at the end of the season.

The number 32,000 represents the Kraken entering the NHL as its 32nd franchise and the 32,000 fans who made season ticket deposits when an online submission portal went live on March 1, 2018.

“We can take a big, big step forward in so many things this second season now that COVID is over, including the community,” Leiweke said. “It’s a beautiful program.”

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