The PeyBack Foundation today announced that $581,000 will be distributed to more than 90 youth-based community organizations in Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana for 2013.
“The mission and work of the PeyBack Foundation is something we are very passionate about,” said Peyton Manning, PeyBack Foundation President. “We are pleased to add Colorado to our giving cycle and are proud of the positive impact that so many youth-based organizations in this state, as well as in Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana, have on our communities.”
In Colorado, 37 youth-related charities will receive a total of $288,750 in grants. A total of 12 organizations in Indiana will receive $52,500 while 15 Louisiana organizations will receive $78,750 and 25 Tennessee organizations will receive $161,000.
The PeyBack Foundation has donated more than $6.5 million through its grants and programs since its inception.
Requests for grants are accepted from non-profit agencies and organizations actively advancing the welfare of disadvantaged children in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee. All requests for financial assistance are given careful consideration by the PeyBack Foundation, and grants are awarded based on the unique merits of the individual agency, its goal and mission. Each organization must complete a PeyBack Foundation grant application to be considered.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback and PeyBack Foundation President, returned to Indianapolis for a private event celebrating the efforts of 36 local children who make up Team Peyton All-Stars and True Hero Ambassadors, two programs that uniquely support Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent.
Team Peyton All Stars is a school fundraising program created to inspire young philanthropists and foster servant leaders for their respective Indiana communities. The program began in the fall of 2012 and collected $50,000 for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent during its inaugural year. Also in attendance were former and existing patients of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent who serve as True Hero Ambassadors for the faith-based hospital. These select patients courageously share their personal health journeys to raise awareness about childhood illnesses, and provide inspiration to others. During the celebratory event at the Marten House Hotel, Manning presented each child with a certificate of appreciation, thanking them for their dedicated service.
“Along with Team Peyton, we have our True Hero Ambassadors program. These ambassadors are our patients, my True Heroes, who are courageous to share their stories with others,” Peyton commented. “Most of you here today are part of our True Hero Ambassador program, and I just wanted to share how truly proud I am of you and the inspiration you give to others after you.” “You have empowered others to make a difference by making a difference yourself,” said Peyton Manning during the closed event. “For that I just want to say thank you.”