The Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation (NEPCF) have selected Brad Cole as a recipient of the 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award. NEPCF recognized Cole and his Therapy Dog Spartacus for their work comforting survivors after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and the Boston Marathon Bombings. Spartacus is a Therapy Dog registered with Pet Partners.
Cole is the Executive Director of K9 First Responders, Inc. (K9FR). NEPCF awarded K9FR a $5,000 grant to support their mission and growth.
Pet Partners is the nation’s largest therapy animal organization. They are the leader in demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal therapy, activities and education.
The award highlights the Patriots’ ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, which honors Myra Kraft’s lifetime commitment to volunteerism. The Patriots Charitable Foundation and members of the Kraft family reviewed all 400+ nominations from throughout New England and selected individuals who exemplified leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteering.
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft commented “It is a great opportunity to recognize people who are dedicated to making a difference in their local community. Every year we get to hear these incredibly heartwarming stories of selflessness and I know that these volunteers would make Myra very proud.”
Brad Cole said “I am humbled by this award. Being recognized in Myra Kraft’s memory is both inspiring and a responsibility to continue to do good.”