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The Progeria Research Foundation was chosen as one of four national charities to be publicly recognized at the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation!
Sam and Garth brooks received a standing ovation to an audience of 800 when Garth gave Sam a special gift - Curt Schilling's Red Sox jersey
The Progeria Research Foundation was chosen as one of four national charities to be publicly recognized at the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation Annual Appreciation Party, held January 15-16, 2005. PRF co-founders, Dr. Scott Berns and Dr. Leslie Gordon, and their son Sam, traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a sports-star-studded weekend of activities. The Teammates for Kids Foundation awarded 250 grants to children's charities in 2004 and it was a tremendous honor to be selected as one of the four charities to be featured at this year's event.
PRF received a $20,000 grant to help fund our Diagnostics Testing program. "This grant has come at a much-needed time and will assure that the PRF Diagnostics Program stays up and running" said Dr. Gordon at a Teammates for Kids Foundation event at the Charles River Country Club on September 17th, 2004."More and more families are coming to PRF needing a definitive diagnosis for their children and this grant will allow us to promptly meet the needs of these families."
Founded in 1999 by legendary country music star Garth Brooks, the Teammates for Kids Foundation provides financial assistance to children's charities. Criteria for a grant include "having a record of outstanding service in effectively and efficiently delivering programs and services that improve the lives of needy children". The Foundation enlists the participation of professional baseball, hockey, and football players who contribute a predetermined sum based upon selected categories of on-field and on-ice performance. And, to quote Garth Brooks himself, "One hundred percent of the money generated by the players and donors goes to the kids. That's not a goal, it's a rule."
Red Sox Pitching Ace Curt Schilling is wowed by Sam's magic tricks!
Many thanks to Kevin and Jen Queally, co-founders of the New England Chapter of Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, and New England Committee member Maura Craig for their support. Find out more about this wonderful organization at www.teammates4kids.com