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SAPARS Board President receives an award from the New England Patriots!

William Lowenstein (our Board President) of Auburn, Maine wins second place award of $10,000 for SAPARS in the Myra Kraft and New England Patriots Community MVP Charitable Foundation!

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Here is the official press release:

“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. Annually, the Kraft family and 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 June 9, 26 volunteers were recognized for their contributions at a luncheon and awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium. Each Community MVP received grants for their respective nonprofit organizations. Fifteen New England based organizations were presented with $5,000 grants in honor of their volunteers’ work. Ten others received grants of $10,000 and one grand prize winner was presented $25,000.

‘Every year, we ask New England nonprofit organizations to nominate one volunteer who they consider their MVPs,’ said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. ‘This year, we received a record number of nominations from over 400 nonprofits. Their stories are heartwarming and inspirational and narrowing the field to 26 winners gets more difficult every year. As a lifelong volunteer herself, this was always Myra’s favorite event. I am so glad that her legacy continues to live through the great work of all the Myra Kraft Community MVPs.’

On hand to congratulate the award winners was Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation President Joshua Kraft, Pro Football and Patriots Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and Patriots alumni and three-time Super Bowl Champion Joe Andruzzi.

William Lowenstein of Auburn, Maine was one of ten $10,000 second place winners.

‘It is a privilege and an honor to be recognized by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and with being entrusted with carrying on the legacy of Myra Kraft,’ said Lowenstein. ‘Volunteering has provided opportunities for creating personal growth and provided me with the chance to create positive change in my community while trying to establish a safe environment for sexual assault victims.’

As a founding board member, Lowenstein has been volunteering tirelessly to support those in need for thirty years. Being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, he willingly opens up about his experiences to other male survivors. Lowenstein is able to build trust with victims and has made himself available to speak with other survivors while also serving as a community advocate, educating the public about sexual assault. He is able to touch upon a topic that people have trouble discussing and does so with heartfelt compassion. Despite being diagnosed with leukemia several years ago, Lowenstein continues to play a key role in shaping the organization’s prevention programming.

‘Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services is proud and grateful that Bill Lowenstein is being honored with a Myra Kraft MVP award,’ said Marty McIntyre, Executive Director of the nonprofit. “The award not only recognizes and honors Bill’s 3 decades of work with and for our agency, but it also provides an opportunity for us to continue to raise awareness about sexual assault, including that it happens to males and that males can have a powerful role in helping to end it.’

The 2014 MVPs represent all six New England states, a variety of nonprofit organizations and range in ages from 13 to 93 years old. Nominations open each spring and for the most up-to-date information, visit www.patriots.com/community.”

(Congratulations, Bill!)