Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ray of Hope Foundation

Established by NBA All-Star Ray Allen in 1997, The Ray of Hope Foundation assists with sports related and community based programs and provides avenues of opportunity through which our youth can “hope” to realize their full potential.

The Ray of Hope Foundation has helped charitable organizations in several parts of the country fulfill their mission of assisting children in need. From providing kids in low-income areas with safe and productive activities, to helping young students build greater self-esteem; the foundation is focused on continuing its positive work and becoming a constructive force in the Northeast.

Since its inception, the Ray of Hope Foundation has raised over $500,000. The organizations that  have received assistance from the foundation include…

AAU Programs – Brookfield Warriors, New Mexico Wildcats, Charlotte Royals
Alliance for Education
B.E.L.L. (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
Boston Centers for Youth and Families
Boys & Girls Club of Boston – No Books/No Balls Basketball Program
Boys & Girls Club of King County
Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee
Boy Scouts of America
City Ballet Theatre of Milwaukee
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation
Connecticut Public Schools
Development through Athletics Program
Glen Park Biddy Basketball Program
JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
Joslin Diabetes Center
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Middletown High School
Milwaukee Public Schools
Muhammad’s Islamic Academy
NBA Programs
One Family
The First Tee – Connecticut
The Gifford School
The Home for Little Wanderers
The World Youth Peace Summit
Thomas More High School
Seattle Public Schools
Sumter Volleyball Club
Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
Washington Education Foundation
Wisconsin Scholars, Inc.
YMCA – Milwaukee
YMCA – Seattle
YMCA Strong Kids Campaign


Ray Allen Golf Tournament – Held at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. The tournament is a fun filled day of golf to raise money for the foundation. 36 groups play the 18-hole course in a shamble format. The day features golf, a silent auction, raffle prizes, putting contest, lunch, dinner, and a variety of tasty hors d’oeuvres as you play your round.

ROHF Thanksgiving Event – Provides a Thanksgiving meal for 275 selected families. The foundation, with assistance from Costco Wholesale and Vitamin Water, serve these families with a full Thanksgiving dinner. The families are provided with a non-cooked meal which includes a turkey, gravy, stuffing, russet potatoes, salad, green beans, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and beverages.

ROHF Holiday Giving Tree – Adorned with 450 ornaments, the Holiday Giving Tree is set up in the mall. Each ornament has printed on it the name and gift wish of an in-need child’s. Shoppers who pick an ornament will buy the gift for the child. In exchange for the gift purchased, Ray will personally sign an autograph as a thank you for the shoppers generosity.


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