From the time that Robert Kraft bought the Patriots in 1994 he has made it a point to instill the value of charity in his team. Robert, along with his wife, Myra, who passed away in July of last year, have donated well over $100 million dollars to different philanthropic causes including, education, child and women issues, healthcare, youth sports and American and Israeli causes, just to name a few.
Between the Kraft Family Foundation and the Patriots Charitable Foundation, Robert and Myra Kraft made sure that giving back was a top priority of the organization. In the month of June alone, Patriots rookies visited the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Rob Gronkowski shaved his head to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer and the Patriots Charitable Foundation donated over $100,000 in the names of community MVP’s across New England.
Earlier this month, Jake Bequette, Chandler Jones, Alfonzo Dennard, Dont’a Hightower, and the rest of the Patriots rookies surprised young Pats fans at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. Decked out in their “Celebrate Volunteerism” shirts, the rookies spent hours talking to and playing games with the kids.
Also in June, punter, Zoltan Mesko held his first “ZoliOke” event, a karaoke fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Hospital. The event was originally started by former linebacker Larry Izzo and was called “LarryOke”. Mesko who regularly visits the hospital couldn’t wait to get things started, kicking off the evening with his rendition of “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. There were over 30 Patriots in attendance including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. ALthough Brady did not share his musical talents, guests were definitely entertained. Gronk took the stage and serenaded the crowd with the LMFAO hit “Sexy and I Know it” and linebacker Rob Ninkovich sang a Kenny Chesney country tune. The event was a success, raising $25,000 for Children’s Hospital.