Dan Osman, Director of Development at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, received the organization’s first place award for the Fairmont at Fenway Park. Credit: Rachel O’Driscoll/Boston Red Sox
The IMPACT Awards, presented by the Red Sox Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation, support organizations that raise awareness and improve outcomes related to mental health.
Vermont Business Magazine Last Wednesday night, Ta-Kum-Ta camp took home a $10,000 first place prize in Vermont as part of the eighth annual IMPACT Awards, a joint initiative of the Red Sox Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation, which is running for the third year in a row. Mission to support organizations that have demonstrated a profound impact in raising awareness and improving mental health outcomes in their communities.
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, one of the 18 winners across six New England states, offers challenging and extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment to children with or who have had cancer and their families free of charge.
Besides traditional camp activities like swimming, athletics, ropes course, and arts and crafts, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like rock climbing trips, hot air balloon rides, formal dances, and lake trips.
The IMPACT Awards give Red Sox fans the opportunity to nominate their favorite nonprofits to receive support and funding. With a $125,000 grant from the Ruderman Family Foundation, awards provide winning nonprofits with either a $10,000 first-place grant, a $3,000 second-place grant, or a $2,000 third-place grant. The eligible organizations with the most online fan votes were the determined winner, with three nonprofits selected from each New England state.
O Camp Ta-Kum-Ta CEO Dennis DePaul said: “We are pleased and humbled to have been selected Vermont as the winner of the 2022 Red Sox Foundation Impact Award. As Camp Ta-Kum-Ta reopens its in-person programs, COVID-19 prevention strategies have proven costly. Not only will the $10,000 grant help us keep our immunocompromised children safe, but it will also enhance our ability to provide fun and enjoyable experiences. Our deepest appreciation goes to the Red Sox Family Foundations, Ruderman, and the Vermont community who voted for us!”
Vermont’s runner-up is Grace Cottage Hospital, which meets the healthcare needs of its community, promoting wellness, alleviating suffering and restoring health. The third place winner is NAMI Vermont, a statewide, grassroots, non-profit voluntary organization made up of people living with a mental health condition, families, and advocates. Provides education, support, and advocacy on mental health issues.
The winners were honored at a pre-game gala in Fenway Park on Wednesday, receiving their awards in the field along with Ruderman Family Foundation Deputy Director Dr Hanna Shaul Bar-Nissim, partner of Fenway Sports Group and CEO of Boston Globe Media Linda Pizzuti Henry, Red Sox Foundation Honorary Chairman Tim Wakefield, Executive Vice President of Social Impact at the Boston Red Sox and Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation Bakh Salwasser.
“Mental health continues to be an ever-growing epidemic, and it has only exacerbated the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to once again partner with the Red Sox Foundation for our annual IMPACT Awards as we look to address and normalize the stigma associated with mental illness,” said Jay Ruderman, President The Ruderman Family Foundation: “Health Across the Community Across New England and Beyond.” “Each of this year’s IMPACT Awards winners have demonstrated their commitment to carrying out this important mission within their communities, and in recognizing and supporting these efforts, we hope that others will be inspired to do the same. “
Red Sox fans had the chance to nominate a mental health nonprofit from April 7 to April 20. After the finalists were chosen on May 2, online voting was held until May 31.
“Our society is facing a mental health epidemic that has been exacerbated by the events of the past two years,” said Becca Salwasser, executive director of the Red Sox Foundation. To help address this growing problem, we have partnered with the Ruderman Family Foundation for the third year in a row to offer IMPACT Award grants to organizations that are doing outstanding work in the field of mental health. This year’s award winners go out in their communities every day to spread resources and improve results. We are proud to honor their work, raise awareness of this critical issue and help fund organizations on the front lines fighting it.”
Last month, the Red Sox Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation jointly pledged support to combat the stigma surrounding mental health in sport. In a panel discussion on May 2, organizations recognized the ongoing mental health crisis and the unique platform on which the sports industry must work to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health. The event included opening remarks by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, and MLB Vice President and Special Assistant to Commissioner Billy Bean.
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