FOXBORO — Every year since 1998, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots have been celebrating those who give their time to help others. The program was originally known as the Community Quarterback Awards, and the honors were presented to those who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.
In 2011, the awards were renamed in honor of the late Myra Kraft, who committed her life to volunteering. As part of the New England Patriots Foundation’s ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, the Kraft family hosts a special luncheon each year to show their appreciation for local volunteers.
At this year’s luncheon, 26 volunteers were recognized for their contributions at an awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium, including UMass Lowell student Noelle Lambert and her Born to Run Foundation, which received a grant for $10,000.